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Chinese police have rescued 92 children and two women kidnapped by a gang for sale and arrested 301 suspects, state media said on Saturday.

Police simultaneously swooped on locations in 11 provinces on 11 September after a six-month investigation, China Central Television and state news agency Xinhua said, quoting the ministry of public security.

State media did not give a breakdown of how many boys and how many girls were kidnapped or give a reason for the delay in reporting the operation.

A traditional preference for boys, especially in rural areas, and a strict one-child policy have contributed to a rise in the trafficking of children and women in recent years.

Kidnapped women are sold to men in remote areas who are unable to find brides due to a sex imbalance resulting from the one-child policy, which has also encouraged sex-selective abortions.

The government would impose harsher punishment on people who buy kidnapped children, state television said.

Xinhua said the government would also punish parents who sell their children.

China has tried to stop the kidnapping and sale of children and women recently. In 2011, police said they had rescued more than 13,000 abducted children and 23,000 women over the past two years or so.




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They were the scammers so slick they ripped off a fraudster, if the allegations against them are correct. Stephen George Snowden is a convicted criminal who built part of his nursing home empire using $7 million he admits taking from Westpac by exploiting a flaw in the bank’s systems.

But he appears to have met his match when he ran up against an alleged fraud ring connected to Melbourne solicitor John Voitin.

It is alleged that a sham loan made in September last year by a company controlled by Clare Sowersby, Mr Voitin’s wife, was part of a scheme to wrest control of six nursing homes from Mr Snowden.

Solicitor John Voitin.Solicitor John Voitin.

The charge is one of many levelled against the Voitin network. Courts have heard that in order to protect the assets of financially troubled rich clients from creditors, the ring engineered millions of dollars worth of fraudulent lawsuits as well as hiding assets on behalf of troubled companies.

Three sets of investigators are combing through years of files, attempting to unravel a tangled web that stretches from the Voitin family’s suburban Melbourne home to tax havens in Hong Kong and Dubai.

Legal Services Commissioner Michael McGarvie, who regulates lawyers in Victoria, is believed to be investigating, although he would not confirm any probe; corporate regulator the Australian Securities and Investments Commission has paid to have Mr Voitin interrogated under oath; and the Australian Financial Security Authority, which regulates bankruptcies, has also mounted an inquiry.

From the outside, Mr Voitin and his wife look like any other well-to-do professional couple raising a family in one of Melbourne’s quietest suburbs, Balwyn.

While the post-war brick veneer homes that once dominated are fast disappearing, replaced by neo-Georgian McMansions, the neat streets are still home to accountants, lawyers and others who value a quiet life close to good schools.

John Voitin commutes to his city law firm Voitin Lawyers from the family home on a leafy street, around the corner from a small shopping strip on Whitehorse Road.

From the family home, Clare Voitin has registered Gulliver Jam, an accessories business that sells scarves, handbags and jewellery.

But it is this same suburban address that links Clare Voitin with her alter ego, Clare Sowersby, and the world of fraud. It is the address Ms Sowersby gave to Hong Kong authorities when registering her ownership of Athena Commodities & Trading, a company allegedly used to bring fictitious lawsuits in the Victorian Supreme Court.

The Voitins have lived in the same Balwyn home since 2006, when they returned from Dubai, where John Voitin and Allan Walker ran law firm Voitin Walker Davis.

While Mr Voitin and Mr Walker are no longer partners, Mr Walker is still on the scene, acting as a high-interest money lender and allegedly referring business Mr Voitin’s way.

Mr Walker and his wife, Joan, lent $600,000 to builder Paulding Constructions before it collapsed owing more than $6.4 million in late 2009.

”He [Mr Voitin] was an ex-partner of Allan Walker, with whom we’d been dealing,” the owner and chief executive of Paulding Constructions, John Paulding, told the Supreme Court in August.

Mr Walker allegedly told Mr Paulding that Mr Voitin was someone who ”does this stuff for companies which are in trouble”. However, Mr Walker told BusinessDay he made the introduction solely on the basis that Mr Voitin was a specialist in insolvency law. Mr Voitin is alleged to have been instrumental in the so-called phoenixing of Paulding Constructions, by hiding assets from creditors.

”Basically, Mr Voitin said, ‘Give me $30,000 and I’ll fix it’,” Paulding Constructions’ accountant, Leo Griffith, told the Supreme Court.

Liquidators Andrew Yeo and Gess Rambaldi, of Pitcher Partners, spent more than three years tracking down Paulding Constructions’ assets – a process that got off to a slow start because office computer hard drives had been wiped clean before the collapse. They found back-up tapes when, accompanied by police, they raided properties south-east of Melbourne in Seaford and Carrum Downs that also unearthed display home furniture, house plans and almost 50 archive boxes of company records. In court, Mr Voitin denied hiding assets.

The liquidators also pursued Mr Walker in the Federal Court over his purchase of a property in Cranbourne from one of Mr Paulding’s companies at a knock-down price. That case was settled for $150,000.

Mr Walker told BusinessDay he obtained a sworn valuation before the transaction. ”It was a difference in valuation of about 15 per cent.”

As for Mr Paulding, he was made bankrupt in 2010 owing $3 million, including $350,000 to Mr Walker.

Separate to the Paulding case, Mr Voitin is alleged to have been involved in half a dozen fraudulent lawsuits brought by companies registered offshore.

A court has heard that the purpose of the lawsuits was to generate big debts against clients of the fraud ring. The debts would then be used to dominate meetings of creditors and usher through personal insolvency agreements that kept clients in control of their assets.

Athena Commodities & Trading, a Hong Kong company controlled by Clare Sowersby, was the vehicle in Supreme Court lawsuits brought against orchard contractor Giuseppe Rullo and airconditioning businessman Anthony Aloe. The circumstances of the two cases are startlingly similar.

Before Athena came on the scene, both Mr Rullo and Mr Aloe had been hit by big legal judgments. Mr Rullo owed farmer David Cross $460,000 over the failure of a fruit crop, while Mr Aloe’s former employer hit him for $1.5 million for his use of company client lists to set up a new business. In each case Athena claimed large sums yet its solicitor, Simon Nixon, filed slim statements of claim.

In court papers filed in October 2012, Athena claimed Mr Rullo promised to raise $1.5 million ”to promote horticultural development in Victoria and New South Wales”.

Four months later, when it filed the Aloe case, Athena said it was a provider of ”machinery and office software”, worth $5.345 million.

Mr Rullo and Mr Aloe did not defend the lawsuits. Both then asked their creditors to agree to personal insolvency agreements. In Mr Rullo’s case, Athena then used the judgment debt to dominate a meeting of creditors, resulting in his genuine creditors, including Mr Cross, receiving just 3¢ in every dollar.

V-Flow, the air conditioning company Mr Aloe set up after leaving his former employer, collapsed in February this year. At a meeting of the company’s creditors on February 27, Athena, represented by Mr Nixon, claimed to be owed almost $5.4 million. Liquidator Leonard Milner said he would reject Athena’s claim and his lawyers have demanded Athena return $150,000 to a company in the V-Flow group.

”The reality is I had no knowledge that Voitin had been doing what he had apparently been doing, I had no knowledge of the company Athena,” Mr Milner told BusinessDay. Mr Aloe couldn’t be reached.

Mr Nixon also filed two Supreme Court cases on behalf of another Hong Kong company controlled by Ms Sowersby, Mandamus Commodities. In one, Mandamus sued technology entrepeneur Keith Ondarchie and former Elders group general manager Tony Dage, who it said had agreed to raise $5.2 million of investment capital.

In its 2011 statement of claim, Mandamus alleged the pair failed to raise the cash and therefore owed the company the money. The pair then cited the debt when they entered personal insolvency agreements that wiped the slate clean.

Elders chief executive Malcolm Jackman said Mr Dage’s previously undisclosed exit from his $1.2 million a year job in early August was part of a long-planned restructure of the business and nothing to do with the Mandamus proceedings or Mr Dage’s personal insolvency. Mr Dage didn’t return BusinessDay’s call.

In the largest allegedly fraudulent case seen by BusinessDay, Mr Nixon acted on behalf of Turks and Caicos-registered Capital Securities in a $35million claim against Melbourne property developer Stephen Donnelly, filed in October 2011.

Capital Securities, which is not associated with the Voitins, claimed Mr Donnelly owed the money in yet another alleged failed finance deal, this time a promise to raise up to $500 million from Hong Kong investors. Because Mr Donnelly didn’t file a defence to the claim, the Supreme Court awarded Capital Securities $35 million and possession of his mansion in Toorak. The property was sold for $5.6million last year but BusinessDay has been unable to determine what happened to the proceeds.

Mr Donnelly proposed a deal under which his creditors would have been paid $40,000, but it failed at a meeting of creditors on August 2. Capital Securities would have been able to dominate the meeting, but did not vote. BusinessDay was unable to locate Mr Donnelly.

Last month the Federal Court heard that the alleged frauds struck at the integrity of the personal insolvency system. Mr Cross’ counsel, Mark Lapirow, asked the court to set aside Mr Rullo’s personal insolvency agreement and instead make him bankrupt. ”These matters are of serious concern,” Mr Lapirow told the court. ”The court should also be aware that, if it was set aside on these grounds, serious criminal conduct would be suggested on the part of Mr Voitin, Ms Sowersby, Mr Nixon and Mr Rullo.”

Mr Rullo’s counsel said his client did not admit to any wrongdoing. Mr Voitin, Ms Sowersby and Mr Nixon did not attend court and did not respond to BusinessDay’s questions. As for Mr Snowden, in April he won a Supreme Court case against his former business partners, Ken Yen Cheng and Yiu Cheung Lui.

Mr Snowden alleged a $420,000 loan from Black Oak Capital, a company controlled by Ms Sowersby, was a sham. While not going that far, Justice Ross Robson found there was evidence to ”strongly suggest” the document had been created in September and then back-dated.

Justice Robson found Cheng and Lui had misappropriated his half of the nursing home group.





Graphic images warning: Dozens killed as al-Shabab gunmen attack the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.

A woman holds a baby surrounded by injured people who are crying for help


Civilians escape from the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi


Kenyan police scour the shopping mall for the al-Shabbab gunmen


A woman is in shock as she is carried from the shopping centre


A injured man receives assistance from a paramedic outside the Westgate mall in Nairobi


An injured woman is helped out of the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi


Shoppers take cover in a food court in the Westgate mall in Nairobi


Police hunt for the gunmen inside the Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi


The bodies of two victims inside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi





  • 13 killed including gunman
  • Shooter named as Aaron Alexis
  • Obama talks of unimaginable violence

At least 13 people including a gunman have been killed and a police officer wounded in a mass shooting at the US Navy Yard in Washington, DC, just three kilometres from the Capitol building.

He just came up and was like, ‘Hey I understand you have a shooter in your building’. And then I heard two more gunshots and it hit the guy next to me and not me.  

Police are hunting for one other possible suspect, although there is still confusion about reports of multiple shooters at the scene.

Died at the scene: the FBI released two photos of shooter Aaron Alexis. Photo: Supplied

Officials said at least three people were wounded in the rampage, including the officer, but all three were expected to recover.

US President Barack Obama said he was mourning “yet another mass shooting” and called it a “cowardly act.”

Authorities have not said if they believe the attack was an act of terrorism, but a massive police operation including “active shooter units” of the DC Metropolitan Police and the ATF as well as officers of the FBI, the US Park Police, the NCIS and Homeland Security is ongoing.

Evacuees raise their hands as they are escorted from the scene of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Photo: Reuters

The dead gunman has been identified as 34-year-old civilian contractor Aaron Alexis, originally from Fort Worth, Texas. His identity was confirmed by photographic ID found on his body.

He is believed to have a criminal record and to be a holder of a concealed carry weapon permit.

Alexis is believed to have accessed the Navy Yard by using someone else’s identification card. It is not yet clear if that individual was an accomplice or if that person’s ID card was stolen.

Police work the scene outside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington. Photo: AP

According to Navy officials, Alexis enlisted in the Navy in 2007 and left the service in 2011. He served in the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (46) at the Naval Air Station in Fort Worth.

“He didn’t seem aggressive to me”

A man who identified himself as Alexis’ ”best friend” said he was shocked to learn that Alexis was the suspect.

US President Barack Obama speaking about the attack from the White House said the United States is facing “yet another mass shooting” and vowed to hold accountable whoever was responsible. Photo: Reuters / Kevin Lamarque

“He lived with me three years,” Nutpisit Suthamtewakul told the Star-Telegram in Forth Worth. ”I don’t think he’d do this. He has a gun, but I don’t think he’s that stupid. He didn’t seem aggressive to me.”

His former landlord in Fort Worth, Somsak Srisan, said Alexis was always well-mannered.

“Oh boy, I can’t believe this,” Mr Srisan told the newspaper. “He was always very polite to me. When he lived at my house, I never see him get angry about anything. My feeling is if he was angry about anything, he didn’t show that to me.”

District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier briefs reporters on the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Photo: AP

Mr Srisan said had seen Alexis meditate and said he always remained calm around him.

“I can’t believe he would do anything like this,” Mr Srisan said. “He always behaved well around me.”

A US Park Police helicopter flies over a building at the Washington Navy Yard. Photo: AP

The first reports of an incident came through just after 8.15am (10.15pm AEST), when the DC Metropolitan Police received calls saying there was a gunman shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. The complex is home to both the Chief of Naval Operations and the Navy Systems Command, the administrative group in charge of designing and building US warships and their naval weapons systems.

As fire alarms sounded, the 3000 civilian and military employees were ordered to “shelter in place”. According the Metropolitan Police Chief, Cathy Lanier, the department’s first active shooter response team was on site within seven minutes.

One witness reported hearing three shots fired rapidly followed by another four shots, leading to speculation that a semi-automatic firearm was in use.

Commander Tim Jirus told reporters of how he was standing talking with a man when he was shot in the head and fell to the ground, apparently dead. Commander Jirus had just helped evacuate staff from his building and was waiting at a mustering point when the man came out of a nearby maintenance building to ask him what was going on when he was shot in the head.

“He just came up and was like, ‘Hey I understand you have a shooter in your building’,” Commander Jirus said.

“And then I heard two more gunshots and it hit the guy next to me and not me.”

As the man fell, Commander Jirus fled.

Rick Mason, a civilian program management analyst said a gunman was shooting from a fourth floor overlook in the hallway outside his office, reported America’s ABC. He said the gunman was aiming down at people in the building’s cafeteria on the first floor.

Mason said that after the shooting loudspeakers instructed people, who had already been told to find shelter, to find exits to the complex.

Terri Durham, an executive assistance with Navy Systems Command, told CNN about how she ran into a hallway with a small group only to see a man with a rifle at the far end. He then fired at them, hitting the wall above them as they fled.

“He aimed high and missed,” she said. “He said nothing. As soon as I realised he was shooting, we just said, ‘Get out of the building.’

“We’re lucky he was far enough away [and] he was a bad shot,” she said.

Dewey Carpenter, a Navy employee who worked in building 210, directly across from building 197 where the shooting broke out, told the Washington Post how he and fellow staff heard a garbled loudspeaker announcement instructing employees in numerous adjoining buildings to “take shelter”. A later email echoed those instructions to stay put in their offices and away from windows.

“The mood is solemn, concerned,” he said. “Some people are really scared…. Everyone in here knows somebody next door.”

Obama speaks out

At lunchtime at the White House, just over five kilometres for the scene of the attack, President Barack Obama prefaced a scheduled speech marking the fifth anniversary of the global economic crisis with comments about the shootings.


“I’ve been briefed by my team on the situation. We still don’t know all the facts, but we do know that several people have been shot and some have been killed. So we’re looking at yet another mass shooting,”  he said.

“And today it happened on a military installation in our nation’s capitol. It’s a shooting that targeted military and civilian personnel.

“These are men and women who were going to work, doing their jobs, protecting all of us. They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad, but today they face the unimaginable violence that they wouldn’t have expected here are home.”

Throughout the morning rumours circulated about the number of people injured and killed and there was confusion about the number of gunmen. At press conferences just after midday by Mayor Vincent Gray and Chief Lanier, it was confirmed that one gunman had been killed but that police were looking for two other men seen in the area wearing what appeared to be military-style uniforms.

Security was increased at many of DC’s other sensitive sites, including the Capitol building and the Pentagon.

Shooter arrested before

The Dallas Morning News reported that Alexis was arrested in Fort Worth in Texas on September 5, 2010, for discharging a gun in the Fort Worth city limits.

He is believed to have fired a gun through the ceiling of his apartment into his upstairs neighbour’s apartment, according to NBC5.

His neighbour called the police after the bullet came through her floor and hit the ceiling.

The neighbour told police at the time that she was “terrified” of Alexis, who had previously confronted her about making too much noise, according to The Smoking Gun.

The woman, who was “visibly shaken up”, told police that she believed the shooting was “intentional.”

Alexis claimed at the time that he was cleaning the weapon when it discharged, according to The Smoking Gun. He told police that his hands were slippery as he “began to take the gun apart when his hands slipped and pulled the trigger discharging a round into the ceiling’’.

But Melody McDonald, spokesperson for the Tarrant County District Attorney, told the Dallas Morning News that Alexis was never charged with a crime in Tarrant County and he was released from Fort Worth city jail the same day he was arrested.

“We have to find out what kind of case it was, who it went to. But he never had a pending case in this office,” she told the newspaper.

“He has never been charged with a crime in Tarrant County, at least not as an adult.”











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This is a video of the record cash seizure during March 2007 at a mansion in Mexico’s capital city and photos of subjects that were arrested as a result of the investigation.


In 2006 Mexican authorities seized 19.5 tons of the chemical pseudoephedrine at a port in the city of Lazaro Cardenas in the state of Michoacan. This is one of the most important ingredients to make methamphetamine. This shipment had arrived from China and the company that sent it is headed by Zhenli Ye Gon who was originally from Shanghai, China but became a Mexican citizen in 2002.

On March 25, 2007 Mexican police raided a mansion in the very wealthy neighborhood of Lomas de Chapultepec in Mexico City.

Approximately 205 Million in US Dollars, 18 million Mexican Pesos, 200 thousand Euros, 113 thousand Hong Kong Dollars, gold and jewels were seized in the raid. Numerous firearms were also seized. Several Asians and Mexicans were arrested at the mansion. The photos of some of them are in this video as well.

Zhenli Ye Gon was not at the mansion at the time of raid. He was later arrested in the state of Maryland in the USA. His photos are last two pictures in this video. He would later contend that the money in the mansion was money that he was forced to store for Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s political party.

The United States Government charged Zhenli Ye Gon with a meth drug conspiracy charge, but later dropped this charge for lack of evidence. The suspect was reported to have gambled away over 100 million US Dollars in Las Vegas.

The main suspect is awaiting deportation to Mexico where he face charges.







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