Growing impunity for alleged instigators of radio journalist’s murder

first_img February 10, 2017 Find out more to go further ParaguayAmericas RSF_en News January 10, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Growing impunity for alleged instigators of radio journalist’s murder Organisation Help by sharing this information ParaguayAmericas News Reporter killed in ambush after police protection withdrawncenter_img The probability of radio journalist Merardo Romero’s murder going unpunished increased on 31 December, when one of the suspected instigators, local official Fidel Duarte (photo), was released on bail on the eve of the January judicial holiday, during which there is a greater danger of pressure being put on witnesses.His release was all the more unjustified as Paraguay’s legislation does not allow anyone accused of a serious crime to be freed on bail, and even more so for a crime of violence. Romero was gunned down last March in Itakyry (in the eastern department of Alto Paraná), where he was community radio La Voz de Itakyry’s programme director.“This is the last straw,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Several regional politicians suspected of ordering Romero’s execution have from the outset been treated with curious laxity by the police and judicial authorities. The local police have yet to arrest José Valenzuela, a senior member of the Itakyry municipal administration although the prosecutor’s office issued a warrant for his arrest on a charge of premeditated homicide. “Nonetheless, although officially a fugitive from justice, Valenzuela’s continuing presence in Itakyry has been confirmed. Former mayor Miguel Angel Soria, for whom Duarte served as a bodyguard, has also never been questioned. How do the judicial authorities explain their deliberate violation of the law they are supposed to implement? Who ordered Duarte’s release on bail? Under whose pressure? “Romero’s family has a right to know the truth. It cannot be sacrificed for the sake of political interests. We demand an explanation from Judge Alba de García de Zúñiga and prosecutor Graciela Ortiz, who are supposed to be in charge of the case. Given everything that has happened so far in this case, all the members of the Itakyry administration should be questioned.”Arrested on 10 December by police officers from Asunción, Duarte allegedly acted as an intermediary between the murder’s masterminds and the three alleged perpetrators, who were arrested in March. According to phone record, several calls took place on the day of the murder, 3 March, between Duarte and Arnildo Enciso Borja, one of the three detained suspects.Arcenio López, another alleged instigator, has been a fugitive from justice since 10 December. Prosecutor Ortiz suspects that, with Valenzuela’s direct approval, López paid the hit-men 8 million guarani (2,000 dollars) to murder Romero.A former supporter of the suspected instigators, Romero criticised the municipal government on the air, accusing it of corruption and charging for non-existent employees. News February 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts October 20, 2014 Find out more News Brazilian journalist murdered at home in Paraguay Follow the news on Paraguay Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerablelast_img read more

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Rauf Arifoglu sentenced to five years in prison

first_img Follow the news on Azerbaijan Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders said it was “staggered by the extraordinary harshness” of a five-year prison sentence handed down by a court in Baku against Rauf Arifoglu, editor of the country’s leading opposition daily Yeni Musavat.Arifoglu, who is also vice president of the opposition party Musavat, was sentenced for “disturbing public order” and “refusal to comply”. He had been held in custody since 27 October 2003.”The government of Ilham Aliev promised a fair and open trial, and that has not been the case,” the worldwide press freedom organisation added.A number of human rights organisations, as well as the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have called for the release of Arifoglu who has spent almost a year in custody.”It is now evident that the Azerbaijan authorities are not respecting their international commitments. Unless this sentence is overturned on appeal the country’s image will be seriously damaged,” said Reporters Without Borders.The trial of Arifoglu, along with that of six other opposition leaders opened on 7 May 2004. He was accused of organising rioting that shook the country after contested presidential elections on 15 October 2003. He was accused of “disturbing public order” and “refusal to comply”. He risked a jail sentence of up to seven years.His lawyer, Samed Panahov, had spoken out against irregularities in the trial and lack of evidence against his client. He said that the journalist’s state of health had deteriorated in prison – he was suffering from a stomach ulcer – after being on hunger strike for ten days.Reporters Without Borders had been calling since October 2003 for Arifoglu to be bailed while awaiting the outcome of his trial. The OSCE did the same but also in vain. On the contrary, the prosecutor-general’s office several times extended Arifoglu’s period in custody. News Organisation RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev pardoned 160 prisoners on 29 December, of whom one third were political detainees. The European Union presidency hailed this gesture but nevertheless expressed concern for those arrested following the 15-16 October disturbances. It called for them to be quickly and fairly tried or released.At its autumn 2004 session, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe passed a resolution calling for the release or amnesty of the seven opposition leaders and of 33 other people charged in connection with the events of October 2003. to go further News June 8, 2021 Find out more Rauf Arifoglu, editor of the country’s leading opposition daily, Yeni Musavat, and vice president of opposition party Musavat, was sentenced on 20 October, to five years in prison for “disturbing public order and “refusal to comply”. Reporters Without Borders condemned the sentence as “extraordinarily harsh”.center_img News November 22, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rauf Arifoglu sentenced to five years in prison “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Help by sharing this information AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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‘Gradual Increase’ in Coronavirus Transmission Continues Countywide

first_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Health officials documented six new COVID-19 infections in Pasadena on Wednesday, as the city marked its 20th straight day without a fatality.The new cases bring Pasadena’s total infections to 2,801, according to city data. The death toll remained at 129, with the last COVID-19-related death reported on Oct. 8.Huntington Hospital reported treating 23 COVID-19 patients on Wednesday.Los Angeles County public health officials announced 1,351 new infections and 20 additional deaths on Wednesday.Since March, L.A. County has seen 303,369 cases of COVID-19, as well as 7,040 deaths, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health.“Public Health is seeing a gradual increase in new daily cases,” the agency said in a written statement. “Cases have increased from an average of about 940 new cases per day at the beginning of the month to, as of last week, an average of almost 1,200 new cases per day.”Officials noted the increase coincided with the reopening of several sectors of businesses, as well as gatherings linked to the recent Lakers and Dodgers championship victories.“At many of these gatherings, people were together without distancing or wearing face coverings, often inside, and unfortunately, at times they were transmitting COVID-19 to other people,” according to the county statement.Those who attended such gatherings were urged to get tested for the virus.The average daily positivity rate in L.A. County had crept up to 3.4 percent, up from 3.1 percent a month ago, officials said.At the peak of the pandemic in July, the county saw an average of 44 deaths per day, according to county public health officials. As of last week, the average had dropped to 13.“This continued decrease in deaths is promising. At the same time, we know that an increase in cases can result in increased hospitalizations and deaths several weeks later,” according to the L.A. County Department of Public Health statement.Officials reported 755 patients hospitalized in L.A. County with the novel coronavirus on Thursday, with 28 percent of them in intensive care units. Hospitalization rates have remained “fairly stable” through much of September and October, the statement said.The California Department of Public Health reported 4,515 new infections and 75 additional fatalities on Wednesday.The state had documented a total of 908,713 cases of the virus and 17,475 total deaths, the CDHP said in a written statement.The average statewide positivity rate over the prior seven days was 3.3 percent, compared with a 3 percent average over the prior two weeks, officials said.As of Wednesday, Los Angeles County represented 33 percent of California’s total COVID-19 infections and 40 percent of the state’s deaths. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About RihannaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News ‘Gradual Increase’ in Coronavirus Transmission Continues Countywide By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 5:10 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Community News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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DUP councillor believes attacks are linked to 1981 shooting

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ A Ballygawley based councillor who came under attack for the 40th time in 16 years at the weekend says he believes the incidentd are linked to an incident in 1981 in which he was shot near Aughnacloy while delivering post.He was serving as a part time member of the UDR at the time, and was wearing a bulletproof vest. He returned fire, and hit one of his attackers.Cllr Brush told Highland Radio News that Sinn Fein and the SDLP are not doing enough to end these incidents, the latest of which involved his parked car being shunted down the street and crashed into another vehicle, possibly by a minibus.He’s in no doubt as to what is behind the attacks……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/brushmonday.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DUP councillor believes attacks are linked to 1981 shooting Pinterest Google+ Facebook Pinterest Twitter Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img News WhatsApp By admin – August 25, 2014 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleSemi Final to go ahead in LimerickNext articleTyldesley pregnant with first child admin Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Older Donegal women ‘leaving it too late’ to get cancer treatment

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleJNLR figures show Highland Radio going from strength to strengthNext articleDonegal women effected by incorrect smear test results News Highland Google+ By News Highland – April 26, 2018 Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img A leading breast surgeon at Letterkenny University Hospital says a lot of women in Donegal are delaying in presenting themselves to the hospital with breast care issues.The issue said to be prevalent, particularity with women in their 70s and 80s.In many cases, by the time they seek treatment, the only option available to them is palliative care.Breast Surgeon Mr Manvydas Varzgalis was speaking on today’s Nine Til Noon Show:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/doctfghgfhfor1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Older Donegal women ‘leaving it too late’ to get cancer treatment Twitter Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+last_img read more

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Auditions open for spring folklife play

first_img Sponsored Content Skip Published 11:29 am Friday, February 21, 2014 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Brundidge Historical Society will hold auditions for the spring performance of “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” from 3 until 5 p.m. Sunday at the We Piddle Around Theater in downtown Brundidge.Les Jackson, chairman of the play committee, said most cast members will be returning but there are several opportunities for those who would like to be a part of Alabama’s Official Folklife Play.“Wayne Duckworth, the choral director at Pike County High School, will direct the play this season,” Jackson said. “We are excited to have someone with Wayne’s experience and talent. We are looking forward to a great season under his leadership.”Jackson said no previous stage experience is necessary to audition.“We don’t consider ourselves actors, just storytellers,” he said. “We have a lot of fun and it’s rewarding to be a part of the on-going efforts to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of our community and something so many people enjoy.”Jackson said play roles are available for boys and girls, ages 8 to 12 and for teenagers through age 16.“We have openings in our choirs and especially need adult male and female singers,” he said. “We also need lead singers, male and female.”Musicians who play the harmonica, banjo, mandolin and dulcimer are encouraged to attend the audition on Sunday.Tickets for the spring production of “Come Home, It’s Suppertime” will go sale Wednesday at studio 116 in downtown Brundidge or by calling 334-735-3125 or 334-685-5524.Play dates are April 3, 4 and 5 and 10, 11 and 12. Tickets are $25 and include the pre-show, a full, country-style supper and the award-winning, two-act play. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Auditions open for spring folklife play Book Nook to reopencenter_img Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Commissioners propose countywide draft beer service The City of Troy has gained countywide support in efforts to bring draft beer service to the area. In a… read more By The Penny Hoarder Print Article Email the authorlast_img read more

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Dixie State Baseball Hosts Azusa Pacific Thursday-Saturday

first_img Tags: Dixie State Baseball February 12, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Baseball Hosts Azusa Pacific Thursday-Saturday Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Thursday-Saturday, Dixie State baseball (7-0) hosts Azusa Pacific, their former Pacific West Conference rival for the season-opening series at Bruce Hurst Field.Dixie State is coached by Chris Pfatenhauer (246-125-1, .662; 298-184-1, .615 as a collegiate head coach) who is in his eighth season at the helm of the Trailblazers’ program.The Trailblazers will go with right-handed pitcher Justin Dunham (1-0; 1.12 ERA) in the series opener.For Friday’s games, left-handed pitcher Jack Gonzales (1-0; 2.00 ERA) gets the nod in the first game, followed by right-handed pitcher Haiden Hendricks (1-0; 2.57 ERA) and Saturday, the Trailblazers go with left-hander Tevita Gerber (2-0; 0.82 ERA).Presently, Dixie State is led by sophomore third baseman Tyson Fisher in batting average (.519) and hits (14).Senior catcher Cade Spurlin leads the Trailblazers in home runs (3) and RBI (9).The 3-5 Cougars are coached by Paul Svagdis who is 564-336 (.627) as the Azusa Pacific head coach having taken over the helm in 2003.Senior right-handed pitcher/infielder Nick Estrella is tied for the team lead in hits (8) with junior infielder Osvaldo Tovalin and sophomore infielder Tido Robles.Estrella also has a team-best 2 home runs and is tied for the team-lead in RBI (5) with senior outfielder Griffen Herrera.The Cougars lead the Trailblazers 19-15 all-time but Dixie State has won 12 of the last 22 overall in the series.last_img read more

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Gazprom begins drilling first producing well at Kharasaveyskoye field

first_img Kara Sea coastline near Kharasaveyskoye field in Russia. (Credit: Gazprom) Gazprom has commenced drilling of first producing well at the Kharasaveyskoye field located in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of northwest Siberia in Russia.The Kharasaveyskoye field is located to the north of the company’s producing Bovanenkovskoye field, which is considered to be the largest field in the Yamal Peninsula on the basis of explored gas reserves.Kharasaveyskoye field to commence production from 2023According to estimates, the field has gas reserves of about two trillion cubic meters. The Kharasaveyskoye field is planned to commence production from 2023 and is expected to produce until 2131.The firm is planning to produce 32 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the field’s Cenomanian-Aptian deposits.In a press statement, Gazprom said: “Well No. 4051 with a projected depth of 2,540 meters is the first one in gas well cluster No. 5; the cluster will have 11 wells in total. This year, 16 wells are expected to be completely drilled.“It is particularly fitting that this important step in the development of the Kharasaveyskoye field was made on Russia Day.”The gas produced from the Kharasaveyskoye field will be fed into Russia’s Unified Gas Supply System.In March 2010, Gazprom said it has officially launched the full-scale development of the Kharasaveyskoye field.The Kharasaveyskoye field is considered to be the second most important field for Gazprom after the Bovanenkovskoye field in its Yamal gas production centre, which is expected to produce up to 360 billion cubic meters of gas per year. Gazprom is planning to produce 32 billion cubic meters of gas per year from the field’s Cenomanian-Aptian depositslast_img read more

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Criminal sub-letter linked to cannabis farms jailed for seven years

first_imgA man behind one of the UK’s most prolific and illegal property sub-letting operations has been sentenced to seven years and four months in jail following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).43-year-old Feng Xu was arrested in May after police discovered he was operating a network of 446 properties across the UK which were leased from landlords and then sublet to criminal gangs to house cannabis farms, brothels and accommodation for illegal immigrants.In October Xu pleaded guilty to 22 different offences including fraud and money laundering, but was sentenced on Friday.The court heard how Xu operated a criminal sub-letting property empire on an industrial scale from his flat in central Birmingham.The Chinese national, who arrived in the UK in 1996 as a student and had been living as an illegal immigrant since 2000, was found to have a stash of 31 false passports, numerous other fake ID documents and £94,000 in cash.Fake documentsInvestigators found that Xu had built up his empire by making many of the fake documents himself including payslips, utility bills and bank statements to persuade landlords that he was renting their property as a bonafide tenants with the ‘right to rent’.During the three-and-a-half years his illegal business operated some £4 million as paid in rent to unsuspecting landlords.The operation was uncovered after separate police forces raided cannabis farms and brothels and the same picture of Xu kept cropping up during investigations.“In taking Xu out we will have caused significant disruption to a number of different organised crime groups involved in prostitution, people smuggling and drug production,” says Martin Grace, a branch commander at the NCA.Feng xu sub-letter National Crime Agency properties December 23, 2019Nigel 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 2021 Home » Crime » Criminal sub-letter linked to cannabis farms jailed for seven years previous nextCriminal sub-letter linked to cannabis farms jailed for seven yearsChinese national and illegal immigrant Feng Xu ran an empire of 446 properties that he sub-let to criminal gangs running brothels and cannabis farms.Nigel Lewis23rd December 201901,743 Viewslast_img read more

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