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A splinter group of American soldiers structured an anarchist militia and spent $US87,000 ($83,922) on weapons in an elaborate plot to overthrow the government and ultimately assassinate the president, a court heard.

The soldiers allegedly made themselves into a group called FEAR, standing for Forever Enduring Always Ready, and purchased property in Washington state from which to launch their attacks.
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The court had heard that they were to have planned to blow up a dam and poison apple crops in Washington state, bomb a park in Savannah, Georgia, attack vehicles belonging to Department of Homeland Security employees, and take over an ammunition control point at the sprawling Fort Stewart army base in the state of Georgia.

Prosecutors said its long-term goal was revolution; bringing down the US government and killing President Barack Obama. It is unclear as to what period of time this alleged plot would have taken place.

Details of the militia emerged during civilian court proceedings in Georgia in which three soldiers have been charged with murder.
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Pte Isaac Aguigui, who was identified as the founder and leader of FEAR, Sgt Anthony Peden, and Pte Christopher Salmon, are charged over the deaths of a former soldier, Michael Roark, 19, and his girlfriend Tiffany York, 17.

The victims were allegedly killed in woodland in Georgia last December, to keep the militia’s existence secret.

A fourth defendant in the case, Pte Michael Burnett, 26, admitted two counts of manslaughter on Monday. He is co-operating with prosecutors in a deal which will see him avoid a possible death sentence.

Burnett told the court Pte Aguigui introduced him to “the manuscript”, which was “a book about true patriots”, and that the militia aimed “to give the government back to the people”.

Prosecutors said militia members wore anarchist tattoos and it was unknown how many members there were. The court heard that Pte Aguigui funded the group using $US500,000 in insurance money and benefit payments he received after the death of his pregnant wife a year ago. He was said to have recruited members through the US army.

Prosecutor Isabel Pauley said the militia “possessed the knowledge, means and motive to carry out their plans”.
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A BLOOD spot found in Robert Xie’s garage is a one in 40,000 match to the brother-in-law he is accused of bashing to death – but a bloody palm print taken from the crime scene doesn’t match the accused Lin family murderer, a court was told.

More than three years after five members of the Lin family were killed as they slept in their North Epping home, Xie – the 48-year-old brother-in-law of newsagent Min Lin – yesterday faced a committal hearing that will determine if there is enough evidence for the case to proceed to trial.

Min’s wife Lillie, her sister Irene and two young boys who cannot be named were bashed to death “with a hammer type weapon” that had a gauze attached to it to “deaden” any noise made during the attack on July 18, 2009, the court heard.

Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC told Central Local Court the family slaying had been done by someone with “access” to the home, who also knew the layout of the bedrooms which had been plunged into darkness by a killer who shut off the power.

He said a police search of Xie’s house, 250m from the Lin home, uncovered a bloodspot which contained a mixture of four people’s DNA. The court heard Min Lin, who provided blood to police when he witnessed a robbery near his newsagency, is a one in 40,000 match to part of that profile. “There is only one way that a mix of blood so similar could have got into his garage (and) that is because (Xie) is responsible for the murder of the five people in his brother-in-law’s house,” Mr Tedeschi said.

But Xie’s barrister Graham Turnbull SC slammed the prosecution case as having “no motive” and suggested two unknown people using up to three weapons were the killers.

He said the bloodspot evidence was unreliable as it was “ingrained in concrete” and “not accepted . . . (as) blood at all”.

Mr Turnbull said a palm print in blood found on the power box remained unidentified.

Mr Tedeschi said Xie and his wife Kathy Lin could be heard arguing in Cantonese during the triple-zero call as she “screamed” and “pleaded” with him not to leave her at her brother’s house alone. “For all (she) knew, the killer may still be lurking around.

“The defendant was quite prepared to leave her on her own . . . he knew she wasn’t at any risk because he was the person who had murdered the five victims.”

Kathy Lin will give evidence before Magistrate John Andrews at the hearing today.

The wife of the man accused of killing five members of the Lin family told her husband ‘I’m more scared than you’ after discovering their bodies in a Sydney home.
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Kathy Lin broke down in Central Local Court on Tuesday as she was repeatedly played the triple zero call she made after finding the bodies of her brother and four of his family members in their North Epping home in 2009.

The court heard the emergency operator ask a hysterical Ms Lin ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ and ‘Why do you need an ambulance?’ before telling her to ‘Stop screaming’.

Ms Lin cried in the witness stand as she heard herself say, ‘I’m not sure, someone’s killed my brother’s family.’

The court heard that Ms Lin found the bodies of her brother Min ‘Norman’ Lin, 45, Mr Lin’s wife, Yun Li ‘Lily’ Lin, 43, her sister, Yun Bin ‘Irene’ Yin, 39, and two boys who cannot be named for legal reasons, at the family’s home on the morning of July 18, 2009.

They had been beaten and the causes of death for four of the victims included asphyxia.

Ms Lin’s husband, Lian Bin ‘Robert’ Xie, 48, has been charged with their murders.

During Xie’s committal hearing, crown prosecutor Mark Tedeschi asked Ms Lin what she was saying to her husband in Cantonese during the emergency call.
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‘I don’t remember,’ she said.

‘I suggest that you said to him, I’m more scared than you are’,’ Mr Tedeschi said.

‘Yes, I said that,’ Ms Lin replied.

When asked why she was scared, Ms Lin said: ‘Because I didn’t know how to talk to police, I don’t know how to talk to the triple zero operator.’

Ms Lin rejected Mr Tedeschi’s assertion that she had a ‘heated argument’ with her husband after he refused to stay and talk to police, electing to drive away.

Instead, Ms Lin said she had asked him to go and pick up her parents.

When asked about the accuracy of one of the three transcripts of the emergency call, Ms Lin said most of it was incorrect.

The court was also shown black-and-white footage secretly filmed by police of Xie and Ms Lin’s kitchen and study in May 2010.

Mr Tedeschi alleged that Xie could be seen grabbing a shoe box, which he then unfolded and cut up, before disappearing from view flushing it down the toilet.

This happened just a matter of only hours after Ms Lin was questioned by the NSW Crime Commission about her husband’s sports shoes, the crown prosecutor said.

Last month Magistrate John Andrews ordered Ms Lin to give oral evidence at Xie’s hearing, which will decide whether he should stand trial for the five murders.

The prosecution argued that Ms Lin should be called to give evidence at the committal hearing because there were inconsistencies in her interviews with police and the NSW Crime Commission.

The hearing continues.


Gu Kailai, the wife of the detained politician Bo Xilai, may spend as little as nine years in jail after being convicted this morning of murdering the English businessman Neil Heywood.
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Gu, 53, admitted luring Mr Heywood from Beijing to Chongqing, where she got him drunk on whisky and poured a cocktail of vermin poison down his throat.

A court spokesman said she had been given a suspended death sentence, which is considered lenient in a country that probably executes more prisoners than the rest of the world put together.

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Suspended death sentence … Gu Kailai. Photo: AP

The spokesman, Tang Yigan, said her actions reflected a ‘‘psychological impairment’’, which experts say could pave the path for an early medical parole.

‘‘Her imprisonment could be as little as nine years,’’ said the rights group Dui Hua. ‘‘The vast majority of sentences of death with two-year reprieve – an estimated 99.9 percent in 1995 – are commuted to life imprisonment after two years, and people serving life sentences are eligible for medical parole after as little as seven years.’’

Gu’s accessory and family retainer Zhang Xiaojun, was given nine years’ jail.

Four police officers were sentenced to between five and 11 years in jail for covering up the killing. All four were senior officers in Chongqing, the southwestern Chinese megacity Mr Bo ran until he was sacked earlier this year, and where Mr Heywood’s lifeless body was discovered in a hotel room last November.

The four, identified as Guo Weiguo, Li Yang, Wang Pengfei and Wang Zhi, had been charged with atempting to conceal Gu Kailai’s involvement in Mr Heywood’s death by ‘‘forging interview scripts and concealing evidence’’.

Gu’s murder trial is one of the most politically important since Chairman Mao’s widow, Jiang Qing, was on trial in a great court case saga in December 1980.

The verdict has implications for Mr Bo, who is being detained by the Party’s discipline apparatus on unspecified but “serious” violations.

As well as being the husband of Mr Bo, the fallen princeling leader, Gu is the daughter of a powerful general in the People’s Liberation Army. Her 90 year-old aging mother is a feisty revolutionary veteran.

“The fact that her sentence has been suspended will imply to many that she’s been given a break given her powerful background,” said Joshua Rosenzweig, a Hong Kong-based expert on the Chinese criminal justice system.

“But being legally trained, Gu knows how the criminal justice system works in China.”

At her seven-hour trial on August 9 she was allowed to wear casual clothes and be unfettered by wrist shackles, in contrast to most who are brought before the courts for far lesser crimes.

The court went out of its way to publicise Gu’s co-operation, including admitting every aspect of the prosecution case and informing on the “serious crimes of others”, despite her lawyer raising serious questions about the logic and integrity of the prosecutions case.

Many close political observers and lawyers in Beijing believe Gu’s murder conviction was the result of a complex deal, at the top level of the Party, which paves the way for her husband to be possibly charged with covering up the murder – while insulating others from the fall-out.

The court heard that Gu informed Mr Bo’s police chief, Wang Lijun, of her murder plans hours before she did it, on November 13 last year, and that he helped cover up the crime, according to unofficial accounts of proceedings.

She debriefed him after the event, on November 14, not knowing that he was secretly recording the conversation of her complicity, according to unofficial accounts of the murder trial proceedings.

The case came to light only after  Mr Bo and  Mr Wang fell out and Mr Wang fled to the US Consulate in Chengdu on February 6, holding evidence of the crime and revealing sordid details. Mr Wang is expected to be tried within a matter of weeks.

Gu’s accessory in murder, 33 year-old Zhang Xiaojun, also was employed at the Chongqing Communist Party’s General Office.

Zhang expressed to the court that he wanted to say “sorry” to the relatives of the victim. “I really know that I did wrong.”

Gu acknowledged causing a “tragedy” for a number of families, including Heywood’s. In contrast with Zhang, who focused on the damage she had caused to the Party’s reputation rather than the morality & morbidity of her action.

“The case has produced great losses to the Party and the country, for which I should shoulder the responsibility, and I will never feel at ease,” she told the court, in a closing statement.

“I solemnly herein advise the court that in order to maintain the dignity of the law, I will dutifully accept and calmly face any sentence handed down and I also expect a fair and just court decision,” she said.

The British Embassy issued a cautiously-worded announcement after this morning’s verdict.

“We welcome the fact that the Chinese authorities have investigated the death of Neil Heywood, and tried those they identified as being responsible,” said the embassy statement.

“We time and time again made clear to the Chinese authorities that we wanted to see the trials in this court case conform to international human rights standards and for the death penalty not to be applied.”

The embassy statement fell far short of Foreign Secretary Willian Hague’s April 17 insistance that “full investigation that observes due process, is free from political interference, exposes the truth behind this tragic case, and ensures that justice is done & is seen to be done.”

A number of observers, on the left and right of Chinese politics, have ridiculed evidentiary, processory and logical gaps in the prosecution’s case.

Debate continues to rage via the internet about whether the defendant shown on television was in fact Gu or a body double.

Ridicule of the justice process & self serving statements”Lies have to be used to cover up lies, leading to an impossible situation where the story doesn’t hold together and it becomes a satire of justice,” wrote He Weifang, professor of law at Peking University.
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Three people have been killed and several others injured in a shooting close to the Texas A&M University campus in the US city of College Station.

Police shot the male gunman before taking him into custody, Assistant Chief Scott McCollum said. Reports have since emerged that the suspect, who was identified as Thomas Caffall, 35, has died.

A police officer, Constable Brian Bachmann, from Brazos County, was shot and killed while trying to serve an eviction notice at a home in College Station, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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Police at the scene of the shooting near the university campus. Photo: AP

The gunman also opened fire on other police officers and at passers-by, killing a civilian, Chris Northcliff, 43, before SWAT officers shot the gunman.
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The shooting occurred just after midday on Monday (local time) in the historic district of the city close to George Bush Drive, the College Station news website reported.

The gunman is believed to have led police on a brief chase before he was shot and taken into custody.

Sergeant Jason James, spokesman for the Bryan Police Department, confirmed to the Dallas Morning News that three people had been killed.

He said a female bystander had been taken to the College Station Medical Centre in an unstable condition, while another police officer, injured during the gunfight, had been admitted to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

He said two more officers were injured “but not through the initial contact” with the gunman.

Officers have established a perimeter around the area just east of campus, but they do not believe it was a lone gunman incident

Texas A&M released a Code Maroon warning at 12.29pm advising all students, staff and members of the public to avoid the area south-east of Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive, and to stay inside if they lived on Fidelity Street.

A second warning was issued at 12.44pm stating the gunman was in custody, but people have been advised to continue to avoid the area.
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A GEMSTONE and jewellery hobbyist had 384 precious rings stolen after three men broke into his Townsville home in broad daylight and randomly stumbled across the jackpot – which he believed was worth around half a million dollars.

Two of the three accused, Joshua Kelly Aaron Mareko, 20, and Brooks Angus McCallum, 21, pleaded guilty yesterday in the Townsville District Court to “burglary by break in company” and “stealing in excess $5000”.

Victim Phillip Lynch-Harlow, a former Ayr State High School teacher, lost the huge haul of valuables on October 5, 2009, from his 15-year hobby in gem cutting, gold and silver smithing, The Townsville Bulletin said.

The rings were nine to 18-carat gold, set with diamonds, sapphires, garnets, rubies and other treasures – including rare colour-change stones and precious gems from across the world.

Mr Lynch-Harlow had relocated his precious cargo from Ingham to Ayr.

He had taken four custom-made boxes, each containing 96 rings, out of a safe and stored them in a bedroom cupboard. None of the rings were insured “due to the sheer cost”.

Also missing, claimed Mr Lynch-Harlow, was 24 plain gold rings, 24 rare stone rings, 3kg of silver charms, 800g of nine-carat gold chain, 400g of 18-carat gold chain and his wife’s irreplaceable jewellery collection.

Crown prosecutor Belinda Bray said Mareko, McCallum and another male had not planned to target Mr Lynch-Harlow but had decided to break into a house that happened to be the complainant’s after going for a walk.

The men’s pot luck was valued by the Crown as being worth around $453,120 – based on six of 96 recovered rings returned to the victim.

However that initial claim was reduced by half, to $250,000, after Mr Lynch-Harlow was unable to provide receipts or records of the stolen goods and it was contested by the defence.

There’s a difficulty in putting an exact figure on the items taken, with no records of purchasing because Mr Lynch-Harlow is simply just a hobbyist,” Ms Bray said.

The average price calculations were objected to by Mareko and McCallum’s defence barristers, Claire McKinnon and Ted Bassett, as being fundamentally flawed, relying on too small a sample and valued at commercial prices.

Judge John Baulch SC is expected to sentence the pair today. The third accused is yet to face court.



An Aladdin’s cave-style den of allegedly stolen goods has been uncovered by police investigating a series of burglaries in Sydney and Melbourne.[Australia]

The $6.5 million haul – including 120 kilograms of silver bullion, thousands of pieces of jewellery, family heirlooms, precious gems and $4 million in cash – was found at a storage unit in Crystal Street, Waterloo yesterday.

Police allege the items were stolen during a string of home burglaries on Sydney’s north shore and a break-in at a storage unit in Ivanhoe, northeast Melbourne, earlier this year.

Detectives set up a strike force to investigate the alleged burglaries in September and arrested two men, aged 33 and 56, at a boarding house in Randwick, in Sydney’s east, on December 19.
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The men were extradited to Victoria and remanded in custody.

Inquiries regarding the Sydney burglaries are ongoing, NSW police said.


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The Indonesian government faces a new political crisis as the corruption trial of Muhammad Nazaruddin, the former treasurer of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democrat Party (PD), continues.

The anti-corruption court has heard evidence that senior party officials and the party as a whole are immersed in the endemic corruption of parliament and government that both Yudhoyono and the PD have built a reputation on fighting.

Nazaruddin first implicated senior PD officials after he fled the country last May while under investigation by Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over construction contracts for the athletes’ village for the 2011 South East Asian Games. Nazaruddin was suspected of slicing $US3 million off the contracts, as well as receiving funds from other infrastructure projects and channelling some into party coffers.
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Before he was arrested in August in Colombia and returned to Indonesia, Nazaruddin implicated PD chairman Anas Urbaningrum and Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng in bribe taking. During his trial last month, he also named PD parliamentarian and deputy secretary-general Angelina Sondakh.

All three are now under KPK investigation. On February 6, KPK chief Abraham Samad named Sondakh as an official suspect, making her the subject of a specific criminal investigation. It is only a matter of time before the list of official suspects grows.

The Nazaruddin trial has been so politically damaging that the PD advisory committee was forced to meet twice within one week late last month to find ways to halt the slide in the party’s reputation and political standing. All the country’s parties are now positioning themselves for presidential and parliamentary elections in 2014.

On January 25, matters only worsened for PD. Yulianis, a senior employee of Nazaruddin’s Permai Group, gave extensive evidence of bribes paid on Nazaruddin’s behalf to parliamentarians and PD leaders to ensure the company received government contracts. She detailed how some 30 billion rupiah and $US5 million in cash was shifted to fund the 2010 PD party congress. Among a long list of names, she directly implicated Sondakh.
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On February 5, President Yudhoyono gave a press conference in which he effectively disowned Sondakh but continued to defend party chairman Anas. Yudhoyono said Anas had not been named as a suspect by the KPK and that until the KPK declared otherwise he believed Anas’s denial of bribery charges.

Yudhoyono called on the KPK to quickly resolve the bribery charges “so the Democrat Party does not become a target of attacks like it has in the past eight months.” He added, somewhat pointedly, that he did not believe that the KPK was deliberately prolonging investigations to damage the party for the 2014 elections. Obviously, this was not a view held by some PD members.

Support for PD is slipping. On February 5 an Indonesia Survey Circle poll put the party in third place behind Golkar, the party of the former Suharto dictatorship, and the Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) of former President Megawati Sukarnoputri.
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Yudhoyono, a former Suharto-era general, won the 2004 and 2009 presidential elections by posturing as a fighter against corruption. PD became the largest party in the parliamentary lower house on the same basis—Yudhoyono appealed to the popular anger over the corruption of the Suharto years.

Prior to the dictatorship’s overthrow in 1998, the Suharto family looted an estimated $45 billion, while the majority of the population lived on less than $2 a day. Yudhoyono helped to establish the KPK, but public scepticism has only grown as its investigations have targeted only middle-level officials and businessmen.

The main purpose of Yudhoyono’s anti-corruption drive was to demonstrate to international investors that the government was putting an end to the cronyism of the Suharto era. Investment was needed to build the infrastructure to transform the country into a more efficient cheap labour platform.

The corruption scandals embroiling PD have had a major impact on the party’s prospects. Moreover, having served two terms, Yudhoyono is ineligible to stand for the presidency in 2014. Anas and Sports Minister Mallarangeng were both considered possible presidential candidates.

On February 8, a comment in the Jakarta Post lamented the fact that “those graft suspects represent young politicians in whom the people have placed their trust for a better Indonesia.” It went on to suggest that people would no longer see any difference between the parties and might switch their votes to the old established parties, including Golkar.
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The corruption allegations reflect sharp tensions within Indonesian ruling circles. While the economy grew by around 6 percent in 2011, the business elite is confronting great uncertainties produced by the euro zone crisis and US stagnation. Yudhoyono is seeking to boost foreign investment, including for infrastructure, but compared to Singapore and South Korea, the country remains less open to foreign investors. 

The prospect of an economic slowing is further complicated by Indonesia’s economic dependence on China. Two-way trade has grown, as has Chinese investment in infrastructure and industrial projects. At the same time, Yudhoyono has been under pressure from the Obama administration to line up militarily with the US as Washington presses Beijing diplomatically, economically and strategically throughout Asia.

The main political beneficiary of the corruption scandals involving PD appears to be Golkar, despite its history of corruption and police-state methods of rule. Golkar retains close links to the US, especially the American military, as a result of Washington’s support for the Suharto dictatorship for more than three decades.
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