Court upholds acquittal on charge of torturing journalist

first_img Organisation BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Bahrain BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest March 17, 2021 Find out more October 14, 2020 Find out more News to go furthercenter_img News June 15, 2020 Find out more German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News Help by sharing this information June 24, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court upholds acquittal on charge of torturing journalist Reporters Without Borders and Media Legal Defence Initiative condemn yesterday’s decision by a Manama appeal court to uphold Police Lt. Sarah Al-Moosa’s acquittal on charges of torturing and mistreating Nazeeha Saeed, Bahrain correspondent for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya.“The appeal court’s decision to confirm the police officer’s acquittal clearly shows the lack of independence of the Bahraini judicial system and the duplicitous nature of the government’s concern for its image in the eyes of the international community,” RWB and MLDI said.“We call on the prosecutor-general to take charge of the case and refer it to the Court of Cassation.”“This verdict encourages impunity among security system in Bahrain. I have three medical reports, two of them from Ministry of interior, and still nobody is punished”, Saeed said to RWB.Saeed was tortured and mistreated at Rifaa police station on 22 May 2011, when she was summoned for questioning about her coverage of pro-democracy protests and was accused of lying in her reports. She was also interrogated about possible links with the Hezbollah TV station Al-Manah and Iran’s Arabic-language TV station Al-Alam.The treatment Saeed received during interrogation was condemned by Reporters Without Borders at the time.The Media Legal Defence Initiative sent a Letter of Allegation to UN Special Rapporteurs earlier this year, asking them to make enquiries with the Bahraini authorities on the handling of Nazeeha’s case.A Manama court originally acquitted Lt. Al-Moosa on 22 October 2012, describing Saeed’s evidence as “contradictory” and “not consistent with the forensic report.”Following a great deal of media criticism of the verdict, the prosecutor’s office appealed against the acquittal in an apparent attempt to emphasize Bahrain’s respect for its international obligations.But, operating out of sight of the cameras, the judicial system stood by its decision to clear the policewoman on grounds for which there has been little substantiation.This denial of justice is unfortunately not isolated. Other cases have highlighted how difficult it is for journalists to work freely in Bahrain, which is ranked 165th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News RSF_en last_img read more

Oxford student loses bid to appeal boyfriend stabbing conviction

first_imgAn Oxford student has lost her bid to appeal a suspended sentence for stabbing her boyfriend. The Court of Appeal ruled that Lavinia Woodward, 25, could not successfully challenge her 10 month sentence, which was suspended for eighteen months. Woodward pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding at Oxford Crown Court last year following the December 2016 attack, which took place in Christ Church. Woodward, a medical student, stabbed her then boyfriend in the lower leg with a breadknife, also injuring two fingers. Oxford Crown Court heard last year that she had become angry at his contacting her mother on Skype, after discovering that she had been drinking.Court of Appeal Judge Johannah Cutts rejected her appeal, stating that the Crown Court judge had taken exceptional steps by suspending her jail term. His sentence was “constructive and compassionate”, according to the judge.Oxford Crown Court judge Ian Pringle QC stated that a suspended sentence was an opportunity for Woodward to prove she no longer had an addiction to drugs and alcohol.Pringle noted at sentencing that Woodward was “an an extraordinarily able young lady”. He deferred the sentence as he also believed sending her to prison would damage her career hopes of becoming a surgeon.This move triggered a debate surrounding inequality in the criminal justice system.Woodward has voluntarily suspended her studies at the University of Oxford. Cherwell understands Woodward would face disciplinary procedures if she were to return.last_img read more

Teen charged with 17 counts of murder in deadly Broward school…

first_imgThe attack is the 18th shooting in the US this year on or around school premises. Since 2013, there have been 291 reported school shootings in the US. The much too often tragedy of a mass shooting on a US school campus reached South Florida on Ash Wednesday, turning the day into a Valentine Day massacre. The shooting occurred at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, northern Broward County, shortly before 2.30pm. When the shooting ended at the school of over 3,000 students, including Caribbean-Americans who reside in Parkland and neighboring Coral Springs 17 people were killed, and some 14 injured. The suspected shooter, a 19-year old former student, was apprehended and is in police custody. He has been identified as Nikolas Cruz, and charged with 17 counts of murder. Cruz is being held without bond. Up to press time the victims of this latest in several similar school shootings across the US had not been identified.Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of murder and is being held without bond.Shock waves The shooting, and the large-number of victims, has sent shock waves throughout South Florida and the rest of the country, but particularly so in Parkland, a mostly upscale suburb, where according to a resident was “usually, quiet, lazy, and crime free.”Caribbean American Mikhail Rose, 28, said he was driving to his apartment complex on Westview Reid, about a mile east of the ill-fated high school ,when he noticed several police cars rushing by him with sirens blaring and lights flashing. “I immediately knew something was wrong because we hardly see police cars on patrol or hear police sirens blearing in this city. I am beyond shocked that so many people were killed” Highly reputed schoolAnother Caribbean-American resident, Leslie Trott said she and her family moved to Parkland three years ago “primarily because of the high-quality reputation of the city’s schools, especially the Marjory Stone Douglas High Schools. Students excelled in almost every area and it also had a reputation as being very safe and secure. That is until today.  I am saddened by the loss of life, but thank God my two kids were not affected.”Shooter was an expelled studentAccording to reports, Cruz was expelled from the school, and while there he bragged about the use of guns. The reports stated that he came to the school on Wednesday wearing a back-pack, and somehow got pass the school security, proceeded to pull the fire alarm and as the unsuspecting students rushed out of class rooms he opened fire.Weapon was AR-15 rifleThe Broward Sheriff’s Office said the shooter killed 17 teenagers and adults. with an assault rifle, an AR-15 equipped with multiple clips. Twelve victims were gunned-down inside buildings on the school’s campus, two on the school grounds, and another on nearby of Pine Island Road as he fled. Two victims later died in hospital.Unconfirmed reports said members of the school’s staff, including a teacher and a football coach were among those killed.An obviously saddened Robert Runcie, the Superintendent of the Broward School District appearing on TV on Wednesday afternoon, and addressing the shooting said, “This is a day that you pray every day when you get up that you will never have to see. It is in front of us. I ask the community for prayers and their support for the children and their families.” Runcie also announced that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High will be closed for the remainder of this week. Other county schools will, however, be opened for classes.As we rise this morning let us pray for the victims and families of this horrific tragedy that has fallen on our community. Let us find the courage to transcend fear, greed, hatred & divisions and collaborate to achieve a new level of consciousness to find real solutions …— Supt Runcie (@RobertwRuncie) February 15, 2018last_img read more

The National Weather Service Kicks off Windstorm Season – 52 Years…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Mason County PUD 3The 52nd anniversary of the 1962 Columbus Day storm is Sunday October 12. This historic windstorm, the strongest non-tropical windstorm to hit the lower 48 in American history, marks the start of western Washington State’s windstorm season.All of Mason County went dark for nearly two hours after the storm damaged high power transmission lines feeding Mason PUD 1 and PUD 3 substations. It took six days to restore electricity to all customers. The National Weather Service measured wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour at Sanderson Field near Shelton.The Columbus Day storm was born from the remnants of a former western pacific tropical storm named Freda. What was left of Freda off Japan rode a strong westerly jet stream across the northern Pacific and intensified dramatically off northern California as it turned north along the Pacific Northwest coast.Wind speeds exceeded 150 mph along the Oregon and Washington coasts and topped 100 mph in the western interior valleys from Eugene to Bellingham. Since the storm damaged many wind instruments, the actual highest wind speeds could have been higher.The storm killed 46 people from northern California to Washington State and injured hundreds of others. It blew down or destroyed thousands of buildings and knocked out power to millions of people from San Francisco to southern British Columbia. The windstorm also blew down 15 billion board feet of timber from the coast to as far east as western Montana, enough lumber to build a million homes.The 1962 Columbus Day storm is considered the granddaddy of all windstorms. All other Pacific Northwest windstorms are measured against it. Could another storm like this one occur again? Yes and it would be far more devastating than back then since three times more people live in the region along with all the infrastructure to support them.Windstorm season is here. Windstorms occur almost every year. Some of our regions stronger events occur about every ten years such as the Hanukkah eve windstorm of December 2006 that knocked out power to about 1.5 million people in western Washington.Even the first not so strong blow can produce significant impacts since it usually occurs when leaves are still on many trees and the event acts like a tree trimmer, resulting in some power outages.Are you ready for this season’s first wind event? Now is the time to get better prepared, before the wind blows. Here are a few key resources to help you get ready at home, work or school, or in your vehicle. When you are prepared, you are not scared.Learn more about how to report and last through storms and power outages from Mason PUD 3. Check out theWashington State Emergency Management Division for more disaster preparation information. read more

Stripped of Cherished Duties, Curley Blasts Freeholders

first_imgBy Jay Cook |FREEHOLD – Embattled Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley wasted no time as he laced up his gloves last week to publicly scold his county colleagues, declaring he has been “unceremoniously stripped” of a number of duties he’s supervised for several years.Before a tense crowd of about 200 county residents and politicians at Biotechnology High School on Jan. 5, Curley delivered a commanding 15-minute speech invoking thoughts from his family and a pair of American influencers to summarize the most tumultuous month of his political life.“As the late, great U.S. senator from Minnesota and vice president of the United States (Hubert H. Humphrey) said time and time again, ‘I’m pleased as punch to be here,’ ” stated Curley, a Republican, which drew a chuckle from the audience. “Because to quote Mark Twain, ‘the report of my death is greatly exaggerated.’ ”The second half of 2017 was not kind to Curley. A report to the Monmouth County Freeholders following a months-long investigation by a retired Superior Court judge found Curley had sexually harassed county employees by using “salacious and vulgar statements.”At a Dec. 8 special meeting in Freehold, which Curley did not attend, the freeholders’ legal counsel read aloud segments from the federally sealed document before Curley was formally censured by the freeholder board – a clear condemnation of his actions. Curley is currently involved in federal litigation with the freeholder board over a violation of his civil rights.While Curley did attend a mid-December freeholder meeting and had issued formal statements through his attorney, Angelo Genova, the reorganization meeting provided Curley the public venue to verbally jab at his fellow freeholders.Curley stood stoically while addressing the freeholder board behind him. On two occasions, he sarcastically thanked them for their “full attention” when he thought they were talking among themselves.“I have been dismayed and chagrined by my fellow freeholders, who have without my knowledge or consent, chosen to strip me of departmental assignments that I’ve proudly served over these last six years,” he said.Curley added, “As my father has said, and as my brother has said, ‘You want to pick a fight, don’t pick a fight with a Curley because you’re going to get one.’ ”The departments or assignments Curley referred to were oversight positions to Brookdale Community College, the Fire Marshal and Fire Academy, the Division of Aging, Disabilities and Veterans Services and the Board of Health. His total number of supervised divisions shrank from 10 to six.Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone defended the board’s actions, saying it was the “best avenue” for 2018. Deputy Director Lillian Burry and newly elected Freeholder Patrick Impreveduto each assumed two of Curley’s former positions.“We just think right now this is what’s best for the county, no reason in particular,” Arnone said after the ceremony.While Curley did touch on the four different areas he no longer supervises, two specifically stuck out in his speech. Curley, a graduate of Brookdale Community College, said he “exposed and vigorously fought” corruption at the college by its former president, Peter Burnham, who had used college-issued credit cards to pay for numerous expenses unrelated to his position and accepted reimbursed tuition payments from Monmouth University, where his son attended. Burnham pled guilty in 2012 and served nearly two years in state custody.Curley said Brookdale “is a place that I uncovered and exposed what was going on there – and unfortunately there are people that can’t handle that. There is no room for corruption in this county or any governmental agency or any private sector area. Brookdale Community College is the best community college in the state of New Jersey.”He also defended his rapport with the Monmouth County Fire Academy, which Curley said he supervised as enrollees had a 100 percent passing rate and a 97.5 percent graduation rate. Curley continued to say he helped catapult the Fire Marshal’s office into the 21st century.“My hands-on approach to that, where I met with our qualified professionals, I never dictated to them – I listened to them,” Curley said. “And then I brought forth and delivered on their needs.”In the first half of the reorganization meeting, Curley was a proverbial stick-in-the-mud, voting no on three specific items before the board – the approvals of Arnone as director, Burry as deputy director and the areas of responsibility – and abstaining from a vote to approve a list of 24 special counsel law firms for 2018. The firm O’Donnell McCord, P.C., listed in the resolution, is representing the county in the federal lawsuit against Curley.A palpable rift exists between Curley and his Republican colleagues. Shaun Golden, both the Monmouth County Sheriff and Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman have reportedly said the Republicans will not endorse Curley for a reelection bid this year.Shaking hands and taking pictures with residents and officials in attendance, along with attending other reorganization meetings after the New Year, Curley said he remains committed to the job and “will never waver.” And he had choice words for those who don’t believe him.“My mother always said, ‘each and every person must answer to their own God,’ ” Curley said. “And she was so right, because there are plenty of people who will answer in the end to their own God.”This article was first published in the Jan. 11-18, 2018 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgPromoted postBen Sweeney Electrical is putting the people of Donegal in the picture for the New Year – at the right price.Raymond Sweeney of Ben Sweeney Electrical with just some of the bargains in store today.The well-knwon electrical retailer with stores in Letterkenny and Dungloe, is slashing prices across the board. And top of their list is a huge sale on televisions.A 32″ Led TV is just €229 while a bigger 39″ Led TV is just €389.A 40″ Smart TV with wifi dongle can be yours for only €439.But it’s not just televisions that you will find real value on. Fujitsu Laptops start at €329 ,Go Clever 7″ Android Tablet with key board €89.95 , a 5kg 1000rpm washing machine has a cash & carry price €169.95.There is also a large range of vaccum cleaners from €49.95 and much much more.But why take out word for it? Get down to Ben Sweeney Electrical in Letterkenny or Dungloe to see for yourself today. GET YOUR NEW YEAR OFF TO A HIGH DEFINITION START WITH BEN SWEENEY ELECTRICAL was last modified: January 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ben Sweeney ElectricaldungloeletterkennySALElast_img read more

Cahill to be left out of World Cup squad – reports

first_imgGary Cahill has struggled for form this seasonChelsea captain Gary Cahill is set to miss out on a place in England’s World Cup squad, according to reports.Boss Gareth Southgate will on Wednesday name his 23-man squad for this summer’s tournament in Russia.And he is tipped to leave out Cahill, who has struggled for form for club and country this season.He was dropped from the side by Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who recently restored him partly to try to boost Cahill’s chances of regaining his England place.Conte said last month: “I think Gary is deserving to play – to play and then to have the chance to go and play in the World Cup.“We are talking about an important player for Chelsea. I think we are talking about an important player for the national team. He has great experience.”Meanwhile, Willian has been named in Brazil’s World Cup squad but his Chelsea team-mate David Luiz misses out, having struggled with a knee problem for much of the season.See also:Cahill hopeful of World Cup spot after winning Chelsea place backConte keen for Cahill to play ahead of World CupCahill: Chelsea players need to look at themselvesHazard wants new signings at ChelseaCahill admits CV might not be enough to secure World Cup place Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndolast_img read more

We, the People Walk 2017

first_imgOn Sunday 26 March Brand South Africa, Constitution Hill and other stakeholders including the Gauteng Legislature and the City of Joburg took part in We, the People Walk event. Its aim is to promote constitutional awareness and reinforce unity and ubuntu.While ‘We, The People Walk’ took place, children under the age of 12 had an opportunity to participate in their own walk, designed to inculcate the Bill of Rights and ResponsibilitiesThe Constitution Hill annual ‘We, the People Walk’ took place on 26 March 2017 under the theme ‘Affirming Constitutionalism’. Brand South Africa – in partnership with Constitution Hill, Gauteng Legislature and the City of Jo’burg – hosted this event.The foundation of the South African Nation Brand is the widely respected Constitution of South Africa, which guides, promotes and protects the values of the South African Nation Brand. The ‘We, The People Walk’ title was taken from the South African Constitution preamble. The walk commemorates the coming of age of the world’s most progressive Constitution through activities which nurture patriotism, constitutional awareness and active citizenship and celebrates the 21st anniversary of South Africa’s Constitution.While ‘We, The People Walk’ took place, children under the age of 12 had an opportunity to participate in their own walk, designed to inculcate the Bill of Rights and Responsibilities through activities such as interacting with mascots; musical activities; chalking the legacy and other child friendly activities.After the walk there were various activities for both young and old alike. On stage were performances by musicians, poets and dancers, and there were also be activities for children such as face-painting, a jumping castle, as well as educational programmes to teach them about their rights and responsibilities.last_img read more

Finance firm office sealed, depositors left in the lurch

first_imgA large number of persons who had deposited huge amounts with Salai Finance, a private undertaking based at Naoremthong in Imphal West district, have been left in the lurch after its premises were sealed by the police on Saturday. Salai Finance is one of the undertakings of Salai Holdings, whose chairman Narengbam Samarjit had recently announced in London that Manipur is now “independent”.The police said that the step was taken in the course of investigation. A notification issued by the company said that its office was sealed as required by the law.Salai Holdings vice-president N. Bishorjit said, “Samarjit was removed from the post on October 30 following his contentious announcement. It is also a rumour that he had taken a huge amount with him. Once the investigation is over, people who had deposited money will be able to withdraw it any time.” He added that the company is extending full cooperation to the investigation team. Police sources said that once the preliminary investigation is over, the findings will be handed over to the National Investigation Agency. A large number of people assembled at the Naoremthong office on Saturday and demanded that their deposits be made secure.last_img read more