#Minnepolis; #US; #Murder;#ManSlaughter; #investigation; #Protests
Minneapolis (United States), May 29 (Canadian-Media): The former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and man slaughter of unarmed black man, George Floyd, who subsequently died, officials in Minnesota said on Friday, media reports said.
George Floyd. Image credit: Facebook page
Third-degree murder carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
The evidence gathered by the prosecutors included police body camera footage, witness statements and a preliminary medical examination of Floyd.
An investigation into Floyd's death has been launched by the U.S. Justice Department.
Floyd, 46, a Houston native who had worked as a nightclub security guard was arrested after being was accused of trying to pass counterfeit money at a corner store.
An onlooker's cellphone video captured his arrest, went viral, showing a police officer pressing his knee into Floyd's neck as he struggle to breath.
Due to violence and vandalism by raged protesters, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey declared a curfew order from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time on Friday and Saturday not allowing anyone in public except emergency responders and people seeking medical care, fleeing danger or those who are homeless.
During the protests, a CNN journalist reporting live on television early Friday morning was arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol, leading him and others from his crew away in handcuffs.
They were released immediately when CNN called it a clear violation of their First Amendment rights and called for the release of its three employees.
Protesters gathered outside the building retreated police tear gas and rubber bullets fired at them from the roof.
But they gathered again and eventually attacked the building, setting fire to the structure as police withdrew.
Due to imminent threats to both officers and the public, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey defended his decision on Friday to evacuate the police station.
#US; #RepublicOfLibya; #CounterfeitLibyanCurrency; #CentralBankofLibya; #Russia
U.S. Dept of State, May 29 (Canadian-Media): Republic of Malta’s announcement May 26 of its seizure of $1.1 billion of counterfeit Libyan currency printed by Joint Stock Company Goznak and ordered by an illegitimate parallel entity was commended by the United States (U.S.), media reports said.
The Central Bank of Libya. Image credit: Facebook page
Joint Stock Company Goznak is a Russian joint-stock company responsible for research and development as well as manufacturing security products including banknotes, coins, stamps, identity cards, secure documents, etc.
The Central Bank of Libya headquartered in Tripoli is Libya’s only legitimate central bank.
The inundation of counterfeit, Russian-printed Libyan currency in recent years has aggravated challenges of Libya’s economy.
With its commitment to working with the United Nations and international partners, United States dissuades illicit activities that are inconsistent with internationally-recognized sanctions regimes as well as undermine Libya’s sovereignty and stability.
This incident once again highlights that requires Russia to bandon its malign and destabilizing actions in Libya.
#Canada; #StatisticsCanada; #PoliceService; #PublicSafetyCanada; #GunOrigin
Ottawa, May 25 (Canadian-Media): A project to increase the amount of information collected on guns used in crime has been started by Statistics Canada in collaboration with police services and Public Safety Canada, media reports said.
Statistics Canada. Image credit: Twitter handle
For decades missing information has created greater challenged to stop the flow of illegal guns into Canada or to curb gun violence.
Wendy Cukier, president of the Coalition for Gun Control said that information on origins of guns is fragmented, need of detailed data would help identify hot spots of gun activity in the country.
Although the broad pattern of gun crime in the country has been known for years, Cukier said that the figures used in crimes are elusive.
Even what police refer to as a gun used in a crime isn't the same across the country and Statistics Canada says it's working with police and other groups to come up with a definition.
Statistics Canada's work is further complicated by a lack of requests to trace a gun's ownership history.
There is no legal requirement that firearms be submitted by police for tracing through the RCMP-run Canadian National Firearms Tracing Centre as the centre is not mandated to collect statistics on illegal firearms and hence does not retain the information it gathers and the records are maintained in inconsistent, formats.
The origins of some guns remains a mystery.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, which represents senior police leadership from across the country also wants to standardize definitions of key firearm-related concepts.
Despite the difficulties, collecting the information is still worth the effort said Jooyoung Lee, a professor of sociology at the University of Toronto, who studies the causes and consequences of gun violence.
#UN; #RwandaGenocide; #LawAndOrder; #UNInternationalCriminalTribunal; #IRMCT
Geneva, May 16 (Canadian-Media): UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed the arrest on Saturday of one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, his Spokesperson said in a statement, UN reports said.
Félicien Kabuga, one of the world’s most wanted fugitives who is alleged to have been a leading figure in the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda was arrested in Paris by French authorities. Image credit: IRMCT Video
Félicien Kabuga, alleged to be a leading figure in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, was apprehended in Paris by French authorities as a result of a joint investigation with the UN’s International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT).
He was indicted by the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1997 on seven counts of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Arrest sends 'powerful message'
"Mr. Kabuga’s apprehension sends a powerful message that those who are alleged to have committed such crimes cannot evade justice and will eventually be held accountable, even more than a quarter of a century later," the statement said.
As head of the Comité Provisoire of the Fonds de défense nationale ("National Defence Fund") from about 25 April 1994 to July 1994, Mr. Kabuga allegedly helped finance the genocide.
He was also president of the Comité d’Initiative of Radio Television Libre des Milles Collines, whose broadcasts were used by Hutu extremists to incite hatred against Tutsis and identify individuals for subsequent killing.
"The Secretary-General's thoughts today are first and foremost with the victims of Mr. Kabuga’s alleged crimes, the victims of other serious international crimes, and their families. Ending impunity is essential for peace, security and justice," the UN statement continued.
Coordinated cooperation on arrest
Mr. Kabuga was arrested in what was described as a sophisticated, coordinated operation with simultaneous searches across a number of locations.
He is expected to be transferred to the IRMCT, where he will stand trial.
"For international justice, Kabuga’s arrest demonstrates that we can succeed when we have the international community’s support," said Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor at the UN mechanism.
"This result is a tribute to the unwavering commitment of the United Nations Security Council, which established the Mechanism to continue the accountability process in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia."
Mr. Kabuga had been wanted by the IRMCT since 2013. The mechanism performs essential functions previously carried out by the international tribunal for Rwanda, which closed in December 2015, and another for the former Yugoslavia, which closed two years later.
The UN Secretary-General praised the cooperation between the UN mechanism and the French authorities for the arrest, underlining the responsibility of all States to cooperate with the IRMCT in locating and arresting any fugitives at large.