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The death in detention of journalist Krishna Sen and a regime’s lies

first_img Maoist journalist Krishna Sen was arrested by the security forces on 20 Mayand died under torture a week later. However, his body disappeared and theauthorities deny that he died . Reporters Without Borders and DamoclesNetwork are releasing the findings of an investigation that obtained newinformation about his disappearance and exposed the successive lies of thesecurity forces. Receive email alerts NepalAsia – Pacific May 17, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 29, 2019 Find out more Contradictions in the official version Two weeks after news of Sen’s death came out, Kathmandu police chief Amar Singh Shah summoned Kishor Shrestha (photo), managing editor of the opposition weekly Jana Ashta, to discuss Sen’s disappearance. Shrestha told the Reporters Without Borders mission that the police chief said: “Sen died in detention. There are witnesses. I ask you to stop reporting on this business. It’s demoralising for my officers. (…) We didn’t know he was ill. He was in a weak state.”After this conversation, which was supposed to be secret, Shrestha published two more articles about Sen’s death. On 4 August, police forced their way into the offices of Jana Ashta and arrested Shrestha. He was taken a police station and interrogated about Sen for nearly two hours by eight officers, including a Supt. Khanal and an Inspector Mainali.He was then put in a cell, where he met a youth, suspected of being a Maoist sympathiser, who told him he had been arrested at the same time as Sen. “I was there when they killed Sen,” he said. “The police chief was there too. We were blindfolded but we heard what was happening in the room.” National and international protests at Sen’s reported death in detention forced the government to defend itself. On 10 July a commission of enquiry was set up, chaired by a top interior ministry official and including no independent figures. The Federation of Nepalese Journalists and leading human rights groups immediately challenged its credibility. Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story In early September, the commission handed to the King a report that only partly explained Sen’s “disappearance.” It said it had found no trace of his arrest and simply suggested that the unidentified body autopsied on 30 May and supposedly of someone killed in a shootout may have been his.However, several things point to Sen having been arrested by security forces.- The police announced his arrest and the Kathmandu Post, the Kantipur Daily and the website nepalnews.com reported this.- Army officers told Sen’s wife, Takama K.C., that her husband had been arrested and then handed over to police for interrogation. She herself was arrested on 27 June and freed the next day. The army also returned to her some land title deeds that had been seized when Sen had been arrested.- On 28 June, prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba told the press that “in time you will know the truth,” hinting that he knew what had really happened. News Follow the news on Nepal to go further Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Billcenter_img October 15, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The death in detention of journalist Krishna Sen and a regime’s lies June 8, 2020 Find out more RecommendationsTo clarify this case, Reporters Without Borders calls on primer minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand, to:- Send to the Federation of Nepalese Journalists and Reporters Without Borders the police photographs of the body autopsied on 30 May and details of the circumstances of this person’s death.- Disclose the names of those who were held between 20 and 30 May at the Mahendra Police Club.- Present in court the two other pro-Maoist journalists (Atindra Neupane and Sangita Khadka) arrested at the same time as Sen, so that they can testify publicly about the circumstances of their arrest and detention.- Give the independent commission set up with the Federation of Nepalese Journalists the personnel and material resources to renew the investigation into Sen’s disappearance. Reporters Without Borders and the Damocles Network are ready to help the commission by providing it with independent international expertsReporters Without Borders is sending this report to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, to the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as well as to the president of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the UN Commission on Human Rights. Organisation News Nepal’s security services were triumphant when they announced the arrest of pro-Maoist newspaper editor Krishna Sen and two other journalists on 20 May this year. They presented him as a top official of the rebel movement in the Kathmandu Valley.He was arrested at his home in the Battisputali neighbourhood of the capital after several months in hiding and was the editor of the pro-Maoist Janadisha (banned when a state of emergency was declared in November last year) and former managing editor of the weekly Janadesh. He had spent two years in prison when he was released by the Supreme Court in March last year.The authorities gave no news of Sen after his arrest. On 25 June, a Kathmandu journalist told Reporters Without Borders that Sen had died while being tortured. The news provoked a national and international outcry. But the government denied he had ever been arrested and tried to hide his death. On 4 July, the interior minister said police were searching diligently for the “Maoist leader” Sen and that there was a reward of more than US$ 30,000 for anyone who found him. A regime lie was born.A Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) fact-finding mission went to Nepal from 3 to 8 September and heard that Sen died on 28 May, eight days after his arrest, in the interrogation room at Kathmandu’s Mahendra Police Club. His body was reportedly sent to the Birendra police hospital in Maharajgunj (near the Royal Palace), where his death was confirmed. Versions of what happened next diverge. Some say his body was sent to the morgue at Kathmandu hospital, autopsied and then handed over to city officials for cremation on the banks of the Bagmati river. Others think the police did not ask for an autopsy and simply got rid of the body. Dr Harihar Wasti, who performed an autopsy on 30 May on an unidentified body that could have been Sen’s, told Reporters Without Borders that he could not say for sure that it was Sen. “I didn’t recognise him and there was no sign of any blows to the body. Just two bullets fired at point-blank range which seemed to be the only cause of death.” But the body did meet the description of Sen – 1 metre 70 tall, 70 kgs, Mongol features and a thin moustache.Police normally take bodies to the Kathmandu hospital morgue and are responsible for photographing and establishing a body’s identity, since the forensic department does not have enough money to take photos of all corpses. In this case, the police brought the body in, asked for an autopsy and then took it away for cremation without letting doctors know who it was. Police said he had been killed by a police patrol on the night on 29-30 May at Gokrana, northeast of Kathmandu.Nepalese human rights activists told us that the body was indeed Sen’s but that the autopsy was curtailed to conceal the fact that death was due to blows and to make it look like it was due to a “routine” clash between security forces and a Maoist suspect. The mission tried to verify if the body autopsied by Dr Wasti could have been Sen’s. The autopsy report (two pages filed as report no. 59/0150) mentions no sign of blows, simply the two bullet wounds. The shots, probably from a rifle, would therefore be understood as the cause of death, hiding the fact that they might have been fired after the person’s death to conceal that torture was the real cause.Mission member Dr Jean Rivolet says the autopsy included a number of gaps and errors. No blood sample was taken, so it could not be said for sure whether the person was killed by bullets or died before the shots were fired. The forensic expert also failed to make tests to detect any deep bruises.Reporters Without Borders does not doubt the good faith of the pathologist but, with the country under a state of emergency, he may have received strong pressure from the police. 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Four netizens get jail sentences on lèse-majesté charges

first_img Follow the news on Oman December 27, 2016 Find out more RSF_en Organisation Read in Arabic (بالعربية) News Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that a Muscat court passed jail sentences on four bloggers and online activists on 9 July on charges of insulting and defaming Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Three were given one-year sentences. The fourth was got six months.“On the pretext of punishing allegedly defamatory comments, the sultanate’s justice system is stifling dissent by urging its citizens to express their opinions in a ‘legal’ manner and in accordance with the ‘legal definition’ of free speech, which seems to leave little room for freedom of expression,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We call for this verdict to be overturned on appeal and we urge the authorities to end their abusive prosecutions of dissidents, who are just exercising their right to impart and receive news and information.”Hamoud Al-Rashdi, a writer, was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of 200 rials (425 euros) for publicly insulting the sultan. The other three – the poet Hamad Al-Kharousi, the poet and activist Mahmoud Al-Rawahi and the activist Ali Al-Mikbali– were sentenced to a year in prison and a fine of 200 rials for insulting and defaming the sultan online.According to Muscat Daily, Rashdi was convicted under article 126 of the Criminal Law, which punishes “defaming His Majesty the Sultan or his authority publicly,” while the others were convicted under this article and articles 16 and 19 of the Cybercrime Law. Article 16 punishes using the Internet or other technological methods to defame, insult or invade privacy. Article 19 punishes using the Internet to spread or promote attacks on religious values or threats to public order.All four were released on bail of 1,000 rials (2,130 euros) pending the outcome of their appeal, which is due to be heard in September.Their convictions follow a wave of arrests in June and are part of a government campaign against netizens who are demanding political reforms.Rashdi and Kharousi were arrested on 8 June, on the same day as several other bloggers and writers who are still being held without being officially charged. According to a source close to the case, not all of them have been able to see a lawyer.The Dublin-based Front Line Defenders said it was thought that Al-Rashdi was arrested for carrying a banner critical of the authorities and that Al-Kharousi was arrested for writing a poem critical of the sultan.Al-Mikbali was arrested on 9 June for comments he had posted online, while Al-Rawahi was arrested two days later during a sit-in. Al-Rawahy is also charged – along with around 20 other activists – with participating in an illegal demonstration. The verdict is due on 22 July.The public prosecutor’s office issued a statement on 13 June deploring an increase in insulting and defamatory comments and calls for demonstrations and strikes. They were incompatible with the values and ethics of Omani society and the principle of free speech, and could threaten public order and the national interest, it said.The statement went on to announce that the main instigators had been arrested. An investigation would be carried out in accordance with legal procedures and those responsible would be brought to trial. The attorney-general’s office would continue to ensure respect for the laws and the rules of good conduct, it added.——-12.06.12 – Wave of arrests aims to stifle political and social protests Reporters Without Borders condemns the wave of arrests aimed at Omani bloggers since the end of May.“We are concerned about the crackdown on Oman’s bloggers aimed at silencing the protest movement that has resurfaced in the sultanate, as well as its websites,” the press freedom organization said.“We deplore the illegal and random nature of these arrests. We ask the authorities to release the bloggers immediately and unconditionally and to call a halt to arbitrary arrests.”The blogger Esmaeel al-Meqbali, a member of the Oman Group for Human Rights, together with two other activists, Habiba al-Hinai and Yaqoub al-Kharusi, were arrested on 31 May on their way to the Fohoud oilfield in the Omani desert, to check on conditions of oilfield workers on strike since May 24. When they appeared in court on 4 June, the prosecutor accused them of “inciting the crowd” to demonstrate against the government. Al-Hinai and al-Kharusi were released the same day but al-Meqbali was ordered to be held for a further week. He is reported to have gone on hunger strike.The blogger and activist Eshaq Al-Aghbari was arrested on 4 June. He became famous during protests in Oman in February last year, when he was placed in detention for several days. Two days later, it was the turn of Khalfan Al-Badwawi, an engineer and blogger who was one of the organizers of protests in the Western Sahara in 2011. Like the three activists arrested on 31 May, neither al-Aghbari nor al-Badwawi has been allowed to see their lawyers.Another wave of arrests took place on 8 June. Several writers and bloggers were held by the Special Department of the Omani police, including bloggers Nabhan Al-Hinshi and Hassan Al-Raqishi, the writer Humood Al-Rashdi, the poet Hamad Al-Kharousi and two poets and activists, Ali Al-Saedi and Ali Al-Hajji. All these arrests took place after a statement on 4 June by the attorney-general who spoke of “the recent increase in defamatory statements and calls for sedition by some people under the guise of freedom of expression” and expressed his intention to “take all necessary legal action against those uttering, circulating, encouraging or contributing to them”.The threat comes at a time when demands for political reform are growing on social networks, in parallel with calls for the release of the first three activists detained. According to various Omani websites, the bloggers and writers were believed to have been arrested for views they had expressed online. However, as with the other detainees, the charges against them are not known. In the last post on his blog on 5 June, al-Hinshi deplored the first wave or arrests and criticized the attorney-general’s statement.Lawyer Bassma Mubarak al-Kayoumi was quoted in the newspaper Gulf News as saying she believed the arrests violated several articles of the law which, among other things, stipulate that no one can be arrested without being given a reason and an arrested person “has the right to call whomever needs to be alerted about the arrest to provide assistance within the confines of the law”.Following the protests and demonstrations that shook the country last year, Sultan Qaboos announced some reforms in an attempt to quell popular discontent. Omanis are still waiting for these reforms to be carried out, which partly explains the revival of the protests. October 18, 2016 Find out more Appeal court lifts ban on daily, but confirms jail for two journalists OmanMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img News November 25, 2016 Find out more Oman: Court postpones verdict of “Azamn” journalists, in a trial held below international standards, according to trial observation report to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders News OmanMiddle East – North Africa July 13, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four netizens get jail sentences on lèse-majesté chargeslast_img read more

Limerick worst affected for trolley numbers

first_img TAGSCllr Maurice Quinlivanhospitalovercrowdingtrollies WhatsApp Twitter Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Intermediate Care Facility patients benefiting from holistic healthcare model Advertisement Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleInformation evening for bereaved parents to take place in Castletroy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLimerick worst affected for trolley numbersBy Staff Reporter – February 4, 2018 871 center_img Virtual Visiting at UL Hospitals During COVID-19 Linkedin Families and workers must be supported through public health emergency UL Hospitals Group Reducing Elective Activity Until Further Notice Limerick Sinn Féin TD Maurice QuinlivanLimerick with 1,003 people on trollies is the worst affected hospital for trolley numbers in the history of counting trollies in the state. Limerick City TD Maurice Quinlivan has slammed the Government over the chronic overcrowding in University Hospital Limerick.Deputy Quinlivan said “UHL now has broken records nationally for having more than 1 thousand patients on trollies in a month. This is a record that the Government should be ashamed of. Limerick holds the shameful record as the location of the most overcrowded hospital in the state in 2017 and incredibly it looks like 2018 will be far worse.“University Hospital Limerick has been suffering from severe overcrowding for years now – it is not just the flu outbreak that is causing this situation – it has become permanent feature in Limerick. The people in Limerick deserve better.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This hospital is in a state of constant crisis – the full capacity protocol, a supposed emergency measure, is being used every single day, despite its function to be for emergencies only.“The core of these problems stem from the downgrading of Ennis, Nenagh and St. Johns’ A&Es in 2007. It has not worked. A crisis that exists for that long is clearly not a crisis but Government policy.“The former Health Minister Mary Harney called the situation a national emergency in 2006. 12 years later the situation now worse than ever.“I asked Minster Harris to intervene back in the summer. Instead he wrote an email to management of the hospital outlining his unhappiness. I’ve sought an urgent meeting with my colleague Senator Paul Gavan to discuss the situation in UHL but Minister Harris hasn’t responded.” He added.“UHL needs extra money and extra beds as a matter of urgency to accommodate the patients. It’s that simple.Minister Harris must act immediately and I’m urging him to come to UHL as a matter of urgency and see the situation for himself.” He concluded.More about health here. Email Children’s Hospital overspend impacting on most vulnerable Hospital trolley figures are on the rise again last_img read more

Section 313 CrPC Statement By Accused Is Not A Substantive Evidence To Rebut Presumption Under Section 139 NI Act: Supreme Court

first_imgTop StoriesSection 313 CrPC Statement By Accused Is Not A Substantive Evidence To Rebut Presumption Under Section 139 NI Act: Supreme Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 March 2021 5:10 AMShare This – xThe statement of the accused recorded under Section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure is not a substantive evidence of defence to rebut the presumption under Section 139 of the Negotiable Instruments Act that the cheques were issued for consideration.In this case, the bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi was considering an appeal against the judgment of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe statement of the accused recorded under Section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure is not a substantive evidence of defence to rebut the presumption under Section 139 of the Negotiable Instruments Act that the cheques were issued for consideration.In this case, the bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi was considering an appeal against the judgment of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh holding the accused guilty of offence under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act.The court noted that the accused has only recorded her statement under Section 313 of the Code, and has not adduced any evidence to rebut the presumption that the cheques were issued for consideration. On the other hand, the complaints were filed by placing all documentary evidence in support of the complaint duly exhibited, and three witnesses in support thereof were examined, and was able to establish and discharge the burden of proof.The court further observed that there is a mandate of presumption of consideration in terms of the provisions of the Act and the onus shifts to the accused on proof of issuance of cheque to rebut the presumption that the cheque was issued not for discharge of any debt or liability in terms of Section 138 of the Act.”It is well settled that the proceedings under Section 138 of the Act are quasi­criminal in nature, and the principles which apply to acquittal in other criminal cases are not applicable in the cases instituted under the Act.. Likewise, under Section 139 of the Act, a presumption is raised that the holder of a cheque received the cheque for the discharge, in whole or in part, of any debt or other liability. To rebut this presumption, facts must be adduced by the accused which on a preponderance of probability (not beyond reasonable doubt as in the case of criminal offences), must then be proved.”, the court said.When the complainant exhibited all these documents in support of his complaints and recorded the statement of three witnesses in support thereof, the accused has recorded her statement under Section 313 of the Code, but failed to record evidence to disprove or rebut the presumption in support of her defence available under Section 139 of the Act, the bench observed. “The statement of the accused recorded under Section 313 of the Code is not a substantive evidence of defence, but only an opportunity to the accused to explain the incriminating circumstances appearing in the prosecution case of the accused. Therefore, there is no evidence to rebut the presumption that the cheques were issued for consideration”, the court said while dismissing the appeal.Case: Sumeti Vij Vs. Paramount Tech Fab Industries [CrA 292 OF 2021]Coram: Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay RastogiCitaiton: LL 2021 SC 149Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

Army officials reveal new details in Vanessa Guillen case

first_imgJocelyn SierraBy ALLIE YANG and DENISE MARTINEZ-RAMUNDO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the U.S. Army, doesn’t know if there will ever be justice for Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen, but he says “it’s clear” that the Army let her family down.“We have to find answers and we will hold people accountable,” McCarthy told ABC News’ 20/20.Guillen was a 20-year-old Houston native who loved to run. She was a small arms repair soldier at Fort Hood, one of the largest military installations in the country, in Killeen, Texas. Her job was to ensure weapons were maintained, and she helped with inventory in the arms room.On April 22, she was allegedly killed in one such room by another soldier, Spc. Aaron Robinson, who was ranked above her at the time. That night, Robinson picked up his girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, and together, they allegedly dismembered and buried Guillen’s remains near the Leon River in Belton, Texas.An erroneous alibiArmy investigators first linked Guillen to Robinson because he was the last person known to have seen her alive. They spoke with Robinson multiple times about Guillen’s disappearance.On the night she vanished, three soldiers saw Guillen while they stood by a tree, smoking outside the arms room, Maj. Gen. Donna Martin, the Army’s provost marshal, who heads the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command, told 20/20.She said the soldiers told investigators that they saw Guillen at “a time that would’ve indicated she had left Spc. Robinson’s arms room.”“That led us to the parking lot, where they said they saw her walk,” she said. “We did a lot of investigation out into the parking lot to see, maybe, if she had been abducted [there]. We brought in search dogs to see if they could catch a scent… But we didn’t find anything.”Additionally, there were no cameras near the parking lot or near the arms room to capture Guillen’s movements, Martin said.McCarthy says testimony from those three soldiers threw off the investigation for an entire month.“They filled out affidavits that said they had seen Vanessa at a different time from when she had actually departed the other arms room. So that gave … essentially an instant alibi for Spc. Robinson, even though they had not really known the correct time of when she had actually departed and headed to the parking lot,” he explained. “The trail went cold for about a month.”While searching Robinson’s phone records, investigators found that Robinson had called Aguilar multiple times on the night Guillen vanished. The calls raised suspicion as Robinson initially told investigators he had been with Aguilar all night. Aguilar later changed her story, according to court documents, claiming that she and Robinson went on a drive to look at the stars that night.On June 30, when investigators found remains near the Leon River, they confronted Aguilar, after which they say she confessed.According to the criminal complaint against Aguilar, Robinson told her he had bludgeoned Guillen to death with a hammer in the arms room. The complaint details her alleged statements to law enforcement about how she helped him get rid of the body.Investigators say she told them that she and Robinson used what has been described as a hatchet or an ax to dismember the body and that they then tried to burn the body, but it didn’t work. They allegedly buried the remains and returned days later to bury the remains in concrete.Guillen’s suspected killer had an unarmed escortOn the same day that Guillen’s remains were found, Robinson was placed in a room under the watch of an unarmed escort.Robinson “was not detained,” Martin explained. “He was not in police custody because of [how] the legal process works.” Nevertheless, investigators were suspicious he was involved in Guillen’s disappearance.Investigators at the time already knew that Robinson’s phone had pinged late at night in that same area where Guillen’s remains were found. His alibi no longer checked out.Robinson fled from the base the same day Guillen’s remains were found. His escort gave chase.“He gets in a vehicle and he flees and he leaves Fort Hood,” Martin said. Army officials are not revealing at this point how Robinson was able to access a car.Local law enforcement immediately gave chase and stopped Robinson’s car. As police closed in, Robinson killed himself.Because the investigation is still ongoing, Army officials are not disclosing where or how he got the gun, but Martin said that the “firearm, I can tell you, was not a government weapon. So he did not get it from his arms room.”Martin blames news coverage that described investigators finding Guillen’s remains for “tipping” off Robinson to flee. He was able to access news coverage through his phone.“All of this is unfolding at the same exact time… What we didn’t maybe expect was the media broadcast,” she said. “The media broadcast was really kind of what we believe to be the tipping point for Spc. Robinson to flee.”Robinson and Guillen’s alleged harassmentThe public doesn’t know much about Aaron Robinson. He was a 20-year-old enlisted soldier from Calumet City, Illinois. Prior to joining the Army, he played football at Thornton Fractional North High School. In 2018, he was deployed to Iraq for about seven months.At the time of Guillen’s death, he was a specialist and Guillen was a private first class. She ranked one level below him but she was also about to become a specialist.In early June, Guillen’s mother, Gloria Guillen, revealed to the world that Guillen said she was being sexually harassed at the Army base.“My daughter didn’t give me a name,” she told 20/20. “But I begged Vanessa’s friend so much… And she said, ‘Yes, yes, there is a man: Robinson.’”“I was told that he followed her into a shower,” Natalie Khawam, the Guillens’ family attorney, told 20/20. “And there was another person that also harassed her, used vulgar words.”Martin said that she believes the allegation pertaining to the shower incident may have been a misunderstanding with a completely separate soldier rather than Robinson. Martin explained that during field exercises, soldiers would use baby wipes to clean themselves and referred to it as a “hygiene shower.”“She was actually behind a bush and she was conducting field sanitation,” Martin said. “Her platoon sergeant may have walked by and heard some noise… He called out and said, ‘Is there someone there?’ She identified herself. And he said, ‘What are you doing?’ And she says, ‘I’m conducting personal hygiene.’ And that was the encounter.”“In our criminal investigation, we found no evidence of sexual harassment between Vanessa and Spc. Robinson… That was ruled out very early,” Martin said.Who is Cecily Aguilar?On July 14, a federal judge in Texas denied bond for Aguilar, who had been charged with conspiracy to hide and destroy evidence for her role in allegedly helping to dispose of the body of soldier Vanessa Guillen. Aguilar pleaded not guilty and is scheduled to begin her trial Sept. 28.Aguilar’s close friend, Ayrren Clough, still can’t believe the horrific crimes Aguilar is being accused of.“I said, ‘There’s no way,’” Clough told 20/20. “I just can’t see my best friend doing that to another human. You know, she has a heart. She’s kind to people. And she has a very weak stomach, especially. And for them to say what she was doing and had done, I just couldn’t believe it. “Aguilar had been living with Robinson, Guillen’s suspected killer, for a short time, when Guillen died in April, Clough said.“And then a month later, my best friend is in prison,” said Clough.Aguilar, a civilian, is the estranged wife of another former Fort Hood soldier, Keon Aguilar. Robinson moved in with them in December 2019, according to Clough.“[It] was the first time I had heard [of] Aaron moving in with her and Keon,” Clough said. “[Cecily] was just, like, ‘This is Keon’s friend. They’re in the Army together.’”Aguilar was having a rough time in her marriage, according to Clough, who suggested that may have contributed to her decision to begin a relationship with Robinson.“She had told me that when she moved out of Keon’s house that Aaron had came with her…and they were dating,” Clough said.“I think what happened was that [Robinson] was [a] friend for Cecily,” she added. “He was someone she could lean on.”When asked why Aguilar might have helped Robinson dispose of Guillen’s body as alleged by authorities, Clough said, “I think she was scared. The only way I can see her doing something like this is for the fear of her life.”Clough said that when Aguilar was 12 years old, she entered the foster care system. Four years later, she was living on her own in a park in Jackson, Michigan.“Foster care for Cecily was rough. She hated it,” Clough said. “She just wanted to run away. She said that she always stuck to herself. She was quiet.”Nine days after Aguilar and Robinson allegedly disposed of Guillen’s body, Aguilar posted a photo on Instagram with the caption: “I will not have you without the darkness that hides within you. … I will not let you have me without the madness that makes me. If our demons cannot dance neither can we.”On June 26, four days before her arrest, Clough said Aguilar tried calling her. ​“She tried phone calling me. I missed it, and I told her I couldn’t talk to her right now,” Clough said.“I never ended up calling her. I don’t know what that phone call could’ve been, but I really wish I wouldn’t have missed it,” Clough said. “I wish I could just talk to her one-on-one with nobody else and ask her, ‘Cecily, what happened?’”Watch the full story on 20/20 Friday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

AML expert slams banks for betraying agents who ‘follow money laundering rules’

first_imgHome » News » AML expert slams banks for betraying agents who ‘follow money laundering rules’ previous nextRegulation & LawAML expert slams banks for betraying agents who ‘follow money laundering rules’John Dobson says he is appalled that banks such as HSBC and Barclays have been accused of ‘turning a blind eye’ to dirty money.Nigel Lewis22nd September 20200847 Views A leading industry AML expert has said the revelations contained within the ‘FinCEN files’ scandal highlighted by the BBC’s Panorama TV programme on Sunday are a ‘betrayal of all those working hard in the global fight against financial fraud’.John Dobson, who runs AML service firm SmartSearch, says he is appalled that while many agents have been doing their bit by sticking to the latest anti-money laundering regulations, the documents suggest that many of the world’s biggest banks have “effectively turned a blind eye and enabled criminal to take full advantage”.Dobson is referring to claims made within the BBC’s Panorama programme over the weekend that HSBC, Barclays and other banks allowed Ponzi scheme fraudsters and Russian oligarchs to transfer millions of dollars around the world despite the funds being ‘dirty money’.Reeling“These revelations couldn’t have come at a worse time of course, with so many businesses reeling from the ongoing affects of the Covid 19 pandemic, and the extra security threats that has created,” says Dobson.“Events like these are hugely damaging for the banks involved but also for all the other banks who are trying to stamp out money laundering, and it cannot go unpunished.”The FinCEN files are more than 2,500 leaked documents, most of which are files that banks sent to the US authorities between 2000 and 2017, raising concerns about what their clients might be doing.“Over the years SmartSearch has developed more and more enhanced levels of security for its customers in a bid to stay ahead of the criminals. Never for a moment did we consider we’d have to stay one step ahead of the institutions we thought we were trying to protect,” says Dobson.Read more about the FinCEN scandal.smartcredit FinCEN john dobson anti money laundering Smartsearch September 22, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

USA: Training’s Force Master Chief Visits TSC Great Lakes

first_img View post tag: Training’s View post tag: visits Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Training’s Force Master Chief Visits TSC Great Lakes View post tag: Master View post tag: chief View post tag: Force View post tag: Defense View post tag: TSC View post tag: Great View post tag: lakes July 31, 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic USA: Training’s Force Master Chief Visits TSC Great Lakes Force Master Chief Jon Port, Naval Education and Training Command, visited Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes to get a firsthand look at training commands, as well as their efforts to raise sexual assault awareness and prevention among the Sailors, July 24.Port met with members of the local chapter of the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) to praise them for their efforts in raising awareness of a variety of issues among the students including sexual assault and alcohol abuse.“Your positive message of a life of service as Sailors and the rewards that come with that is the key to successfully getting the message across,” said Port. “CSADD is always supported, but not driven. You’re not directed and CSADD is yours; your thoughts, your initiative, your program, and your videos that end up on YouTube. That’s all your creativity and we are extremely impressed with everything you’re doing.”Port visited with students and staff at the Surface Warfare Officer School Command Unit (SWOSU) Gas Turbine System Technician and Engineman schools. There, he focused on the Navy’s mission and the importance of personal and professional readiness to support and execute the Navy’s mission.At the Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit (CSCSU) Port was shown the blended learning used to train and prepare Sailors for their upcoming roles in the fleet. Chief Operations Specialist James Reilly, an instructor at the Operations Specialist (OS) “A” School at CSCSU, led Port through a variety of labs including the chart plotting and the Ship Self-Defense System (SSD) lab simulator.“We’ve tried to implement more standup, hands-on classroom so the students get an opportunity to really grasp concepts that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to understand,” said Reilly.Port was shown the seamanship trainer, or USS White Hat, where Chief Boatswain’s Mate (SW) Anthony Lopez, an instructor at the CSCSU Boatswain’s Mate (BM) “A” School covered the basics of the BM training and Surface Common Core training program.“I think his visits with the staff and students of TSC, SWOSU and CSCSU was important to his understanding of our mission and focus on training tomorrow’s Sailors,” said TSC Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Jeffrey A. Kirby.Additionally, Port experienced firsthand the by-stander intervention training and was impressed with the students’ willingness to express their experiences and situations with their Navy Military Training Instructors (NMTI).“As NETC’s Force Master Chief, he has heard about what Great Lakes is doing to train Sailors on sexual assault and prevention and how we indoctrinate new Sailors into follow-on military training and professional development,” said Kirby.Port shared his deepest respect with each staff member for what the staff does, the sacrifices they and their families make and the importance of their efforts.“I think it lifted the instructors’ spirits to know that the highest levels of NETC leadership understand the scope of their efforts and it’s not unrecognized or under appreciated,” said PortPort was grateful for the opportunity to speak with staff and students at Great Lakes and expressed his high regard for the instructors.“The attitude and professionalism of the instructors here is exactly what you hope it would be. Despite an increase in the number of Sailors coming through training, despite increase or decrease in money or equipment, it never changes the attitude of the instructors,” said Port. “The instructors stay focused, stay professional, and they provide the Sailors with exactly they need for the fleet. They are the reason fleet readiness starts with training.”[mappress]Press Release, July 31, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence Training & Educationlast_img read more

Holcomb Statement On The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

first_imgGovernor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding the second meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in Charlotte, North Carolina today:“Strengthening our workforce is going to take a long-term commitment and an all-in approach among many stakeholders in every community. We have the resources to find new solutions and strategies, and I’m honored to work with the President’s administration and leaders from around the United States to put those tools to use for every Hoosier student and worker who wants to get ahead.” While in Charlotte, the Governor will also participate in a tour of the Siemens Energy Hub with CEO Barbara Humpton and other members of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board  to see firsthand how workforce development programs are positively affecting employees and apprentices at the facility. Read about Gov. Holcomb’s workforce development initiative, Next Level Jobs, by clicking here.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Community Development Block Grants Now Open For Applications

first_imgThe Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs is announcing the first round of Community Development Block Grants for 2019 is open.The following programs are accepting applications this round:Main Street Revitalization;Public Facilities;Stormwater Improvements; andWastewater/Drinking Water.The complete application, which includes the instructions, proposals/application template and sample documents can be found at www.in.gov/ocra/cdbg. A video overview of the application can be accessed here.New guidelines from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on LMI census data and income surveys requires OCRA to make adjustments to the income survey policies and procedures.Effective April 1, applications must use the new census data and income survey process. Communities must use the HUD LMI Map tool to source the LMI data. An income survey would only be necessary if a community has an LMI percentage lower than 51 percent. In those cases, the community must seek permission from OCRA before moving forward with an income survey. Additionally, income survey certifiers will no longer be required to verify an income survey. A webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, April 2 to provide more detailed information on this change.Round one proposals are being accepted until Friday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m., ET. Final applications are due by Friday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m., ET with funding awards announced on Thursday, August 15.Funding for all of the CDBG programs comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and is administered by OCRA. The state of Indiana distributes CDBG funds to rural communities to assist units of local government with various community projects like: improving infrastructure, downtown revitalization, public facilities improvements and economic development.For further information on these programs, contact the assigned Community Liaison for your region.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

TAXPAYER ALERT: THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IS A MISGUIDED FEDERALLY SPONSORED AGENCY

first_img THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU IS A MISGUIDED FEDERALLY SPONSORED AGENCYIn 2011, Congress created an agency known as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, also known as the CFPB.The intentions of the CFPB were good. They were supposed to help citizens take more control of their personal finances through education.Their mission was to protect and help Americans that are at constant risk of being taken advantage of by unfair business practices.Protect America’s Consumers was formed to protect the hard-earned money of all Americans by educating and empowering them to work together against these practices.Congress needs to reform the Consumer Financial Protection Bureauso that it can go back to helping the American people.HOWEVER, THERE IS ONE PROBLEMWhen Congress formed the CFPB they didn’t make them accountable to anyone – not even the President.The CFPB can do whatever it wants, spend what it wants and taxpayers are left footing the bill. There is no one to stop them or tell them “No”.PADDING THEIR POCKETSThe CFPB set their own salaries making themselves the most lavishly paid in all of federal government. There are nearly 1,500 people who are employed by the CFPB and the average salary is $10,000 every MONTH. Hundreds of staffers are paid more than Supreme Court Justices, Members of Congress, and all 50 state Governors Over a dozen staffers that you have never heard of pay themselves more than Vice-President Biden.HOSITILE ENVIROMENT Dozens of official complaints have been filed against the CFPB for both gender and racial discrimination.There’s no sign of it stopping either as the number of complaints nearly tripled last year.Women only make up 36% of the “Executive Leadership” of the CFPB and they make up a small percentage of the roles deemed to be “Mission-Critical” to the agency.CFPB employees even nicknamed a division with many African-American employees as “the plantation”.A former employee even painted a picture where black employees were constantly belittled – even to the point where they were stereotypically offered fried chicken at company lunches.FOOTNOTE:  PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO VIEW THE VIDERO POSTED BELOW THAT RECAPS THE UN-ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR OF TOTALLY TAXPAYER FUNDED AGENCY CREATED TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN CONSUMERS.  WE URGE YOU CONTACT YOUR UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN AND SENATORS TO ASK THEM TO REPEAL THE APPROVAL OF THIS MISGUIDED FEDERALLY SPONSORED AGENCY. center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more