#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.
#NirbhayaCase #NirbhayaVerdict #Nirbhaya #NirbhayaCaseConvicts #NirbhayaNyayDivas #NirbhayaHasWon #nirbhayadiwas #NirbhayaConvictsHanged
Uttar Pradesh (India), Mar 20 (Canadian-Media): The hanging to death of four Delhi gang rape convicts in the Nirbhaya case resulted in a festive atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh on Friday, media reports said.
The bus’ cleaners Mukesh Singh and Akshay Thakur, fruit-seller Pawan Gupta and gym instructor Vinay Sharma had been accused of the crime of gang-raping a young woman Nirbhaya in the bus in 2012, brutally assaulting her and finally throwing her off the bus.
Nirbhaya case culprits. Image credit: Twitter
The victim had fought for her life for nearly two weeks in a hospital in Singapore, where she had been airlifted, on December 29, 2012 before succumbing to her injuries.
Although the culprits were convicted within a year and their death sentence upheld by the Supreme Court in 2017, but the delay in execution was due to the lawyers representing these men citing presence of the legal remedies available to the convicts to delay their hanging.
The young woman's parents, especially her mother, continued with the legal battle for eight years to see the culprits hanged.
As soon as the villagers heard about the news on Friday regarding the hanging of the convicts, they gathered at the door of Nirbhaya's grandfather Lal Ji Singh to celebrate the day for the country's daughters.
It was demanded by Singh that the government announce March 20 as 'Nirbhaya Diwas,' which means Day of Fearlessness.
#U.S.BorderPatrol; #TwoIndiansArrested; #NewYork; #IllegalEntryToU.S.; #AlienSmuggling
Bombay (New York), Feb 21 (Canadian-Media): Two individuals were arrested Feb 15 by U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Massena Border Patrol Station in connection with a failed attempt smuggling attempt, media reports said.
US Border Patrol. Image credit: Facebook page
A vehicle was stopped by Border Patrol agents on State Route 95 in Bombay on Feb 15 and was confirmed by the agents that the occupants were of India origin who entered the United States illegally. On further investigation by Border Patrol Station one subject was charged with Improper Entry by Alien in violation of 8 USC 1325, while the driver, also a citizen of India was charged with Alien Smuggling in violation of 8 USC 1324.
Alien smuggling is a felony, which carries a penalty of a fine and up to 5 years in prison for each violation.
“Border Patrol Agents of the Massena Station are continually vigilant and work hard day and night to apprehend smugglers who profit through illicit cross border activity” stated Massena Station Patrol Agent in Charge Wade Laughman, “This is just one example of many recent smuggling events that have been thwarted in the Massena Station area of operation.”
#Rome; #Italy, #LegalAction; #Astronomers; #StarlinkSatellites, #StopLaunchOfSatellites; #HighSpeedInternet; #ImpactOnNightSky
Rome (Italy), Feb 5 (Canadian-Media): Legal action had been called by a group of astronomers to stop the launch of vast numbers of satellites designed to beam high-speed internet around the world until their impact on the night sky can be assessed, media reports said earlier this week.
240 satellites have already been launched by US firm SpaceX as part of its planned Starlink constellation of up to 42,000 satellites. Other companies like the UK company OneWeb, also plan to launch hundreds of their own. There are currently 1500 active satellites orbiting Earth.
SpaceX plans to launch 1500 Starlink satellites this year. Image credit: SpaceX/Flickr
Astronomical observations are being affected by bright streaks in some telescope images created by some Starlink satellites and had caused concern that the thousands of bright points of light could alter the sky for the public and astronomers forever.
Michele Maris at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste in Italy, part of the group calling for legal action said that the best thing would be stop the deployment of these kind of satellites until they fully understand the their impact on the sky.
“It would be desirable to adopt contingent and limiting resolutions to be ratified as shared international rules,” the astronomers wrote and added that in the meantime all mega constellations should be put on hold.
An associated petition has more than 1400 signatures to temporarily halt further launches.
Although SpaceX has started testing a Starlink satellite coated in a darker material so that it won’t reflect as much light, there are ongoing launches, with SpaceX set to send up 1500 Starlink satellites in 2020.
“If it is not possible to leave a better planet for future generations, we can at least try not to make it worse,” said group member Stefano Gallozzi at the Astronomical Observatory of Rome in Italy.
#USBorderPatrol; #Fentanyl, #Arrest
Tuscon (United States), Feb 1 (Canadian-Media): A 19-year-old American man transporting fentanyl in bags taped to his body was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 19 near Amado, Arizona on Wednesday on Jan. 22, media reports said.
US Border Patrol. Image credit: Facebook page
During a routine immigration inspections of a passenger shuttle van the agents questioned the man and performed a search and discovered pills taped to the individual’s thighs, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
After determining that the pills were fentanyl following appropriate tests, the agents seized the pills totaling 243 grams, and arrested the subject.
#USBorderPatrol; #SWBorderLongestSmugglingTunnel; #Trump'sBorderWall; #DEA; #SDTTF, #SanDiegoSector; #HSI; USAO;
Jan 30 (Canadian-Media): The longest illicit cross-border smuggling tunnel on the Southwest border stretching more than 1.2 kilometres from an industrial site in Tijuana, Mexico, to the San Diego area, was discovered by U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) San Diego Sector and partners, as a result of many years of challenging, intelligence gathering, utilizing technology capabilities, and community outreach, USBP reports said.
Longest illicit tunnel along Southwest border of U.S. Image credit: U.S. Border Patrol
San Diego Tunnel Task Force (SDTTF) an inter-agency unit consisting of agents from USBP, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) were successful in uncovering the location of the tunnel after months of inter-agency investigation and tireless law enforcement efforts.
“I am thrilled that this high level narco-tunnel has been discovered and will be rendered unusable for cross-border smuggling. I am proud of the tremendous efforts of the Tunnel Task Force and our agents,” said Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke.
The newly discovered tunnel includes an extensive rail/cart system, forced air ventilation, high voltage electrical cables and panels, an elevator at the tunnel entrance, and a complex drainage system and is approximately five and a half feet tall and two feet wide, an average depth of 70 ft. from the surface, and length more than 14 American football fields went under several warehouses in the Otay Mesa area, where sophisticated tunnels have typically ended, and extended into open fields.
No arrests have been made as a result of this discovery.
"The sophistication of this tunnel demonstrates the determination and monetary resources of the cartels...the DEA and our partners on the Tunnel Task Force will continue to use our resources to ensure they fail, that our border is secure, and that tunnels like this are shut down to stem the flow of deadly drugs entering the United States, said DEA Special Agent in Charge John W. Callery.”
Heitke added, “The investigation continues, and I am confident that our hard work and dedication to uphold the law will lead to future arrests and seizures.”
François-Philippe Champagne. Image credit: Facebook page
#CanadaImposingSanctions; #SpecialEconomicMeasuresAct; #illegitimateElections; #RussianOccupiedCrimea
Ottawa, Jan 30 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made yesterday by François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, about Canada's impositions of sanctions on six individuals, under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA), who were involved in the illegitimate elections held in Russian-occupied Crimea on September 8, 2019, in concert with the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (EU), media reports said.
The SEMA is a legislation that allows the Governor in Council to regulate restriction or prohibition of certain activities in relation to a foreign state, any person (individual or entity) in a foreign state or a national of that foreign state who does not normally reside in Canada, as well as to seize or freeze related property. The Minister of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Act
These sanctions were in response to Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and its violations of international law.
“Canada’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity is unwavering...sanctions demonstrate that Canada and its allies stand united...and the international community are ready to impose a cost for ignoring international law and the rules-based international order,” said Champagne.
Canada has sanctioned more than 430 individuals and entities, since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, and imposed asset freezes and prohibiting dealings.