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TEENAGER 14YEARS IN INDIA GETS HER THROAT CUT BY PARENTS FOR HONOUR

Dentists Rajesh Talwar (front centre) and wife Nupur (back centre, in shawl) are taken to a court in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi

Dentists Rajesh Talwar (front centre) and wife Nupur (back centre, in shawl) are taken to a court in Ghaziabad on the outskirts of New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

An Indian dentist couple were sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for slitting the throats of their teenage daughter and servant in a case that transfixed the nation, a lawyer said.

Guilty- Rajesh Talwar and his wife Nupur

A judge handed the sentence to Rajesh and Nupur Talwar who were earlier convicted of murdering Aarushi, 14, and Nepalese servant Hemraj Banjade at their home in an affluent New Delhi suburb in 2008.

“It’s life,” independent lawyer Naresh Yadav told a scrum of reporters outside the court in Ghaziabad, a satellite city just outside the capital.

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THE SHAME OF HUMANITY THAT IS THE NORTH KOREAN LEADERSHIP

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KOREAN KILLER KIM SLAUGHTERS THE INNOCENTS WITH NO REMORSE

Eighty people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, according to a newspaper report.

South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported that the co-ordinated public executions took place in seven separate cities earlier this month. In one case, the local authorities rounded up 10,000 people, including children, and forced them to watch, it reported.

Those put to death were found guilty by the state of minor misdemeanours, including watching videos of South Korean television programs or possessing a Bible.

Sources told the paper that witnesses saw eight people tied to stakes in the Shinpoong Stadium, in Kangwon Province, before having sacks placed over their heads and being executed by soldiers firing machine guns. ”I heard from the residents that they watched in terror as the corpses were so riddled by machine-gun fire that they were hard to identify afterwards,” a source said.

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Relatives and friends of the victims were reportedly sent to prison camps, a tactic that North Korea frequently uses to dissuade anyone from breaking the law.

”Reports on public executions across the country would be certain to have a chilling effect on the rest of the people,” Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea analyst with the International Crisis Group in Seoul, said.

”All these people want to do is to survive and for their families to survive. The incentives for not breaking the law are very clear now.”

The mass executions could signal a broader crackdown on any hints of discontent among the population – and even rival groups in Pyongyang – against the rule of Kim Jong-un, who came to power after the death of his father in December 2011.

In a new report, the Rand Corporation think-tank claims that Mr Kim survived an assassination attempt and that his personal security has since been stepped up dramatically. The report concurs with South Korean intelligence sources that stated in March that a faction within the North Korean army had been involved in an attempt on Mr Kim’s life in November last year.

Telegraph, London

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LYNTON MOORE LED AWAY FROM COURT BY A MAN WITH A ROPE…!!!!

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Lynton Moore has been jailed for two-and-a-half years. Photo: Ten Eyewitness News Perth

A police detective caught up in a worldwide operation combating child pornography has been jailed for more than two years by a judge in Perth.

Lynton John Moore, 30, was one of hundreds of men arrested after a global operation to track down the client list of a Canadian-hosted website which allowed customers to trade and purchase child sex images and videos.

In June, Moore was raided by his WA police colleagues who found more than 20,000 images and videos featuring boys as young as seven being exploited.

He also refused to hand over the password to the hard disks containing the images – which Judge Ronald Birmingham said were “vile and degrading”.

“To say these images were disturbing is an understatement,” Judge Birmingham said.

Moore, who briefly worked as a teacher before joining the police, was a decorated detective when he was arrested, having received a commendation for attempting to revive a murder victim, and being involved in church activities.

But lawyer Mark Andrews said his client also had deep underlying emotional and psychological issues including a lack of strategies to cope with job stresses.

He had lost his job as a result of the charges, Perth District Court was told, and as a former detective he will have to serve his sentence in a segregated special handling unit.

Moore pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing the material found in his home, and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison. He will be eligible for parole.

In all, more than 60 men and over 400 charges have been laid as part of Operation Thunderer, the Australian arm of the global operation emanating out of Canada.

That operation, codenamed Project Spade, was launched three years ago by Toronto police and is believed to has disbanded a global child abuse ring, and led to the arrest of almost 350 suspects worldwide.

Seven men from WA – including priests and teachers – were last week charged with various offences related to their alleged involvement.

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Accused Fraudster Pleads Not Guilty in U.S.

 

 

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A Russian national accused of setting up an online fraud ring that used stolen credit card details to defraud U.S. retailers of millions of dollars has pleaded not guilty in a Pittsburgh court, according to U.S. media reports.

Michigan-based Artur Gorlov, 28, who allegedly used the online pseudonym “Evilvodka,” was indicted on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud in 2011, but he remained at large until arrested by U.S. authorities as he disembarked from a plane at New York’s JFK airport last month, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Prosecutors have accused Gorlov of helping establish a group called “Atlanta Alliance,” which between 2005 and 2010 is believed to have run a network that used stolen credit card data to buy goods inside the U.S.

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Name: Brandon Campbell

Crime: Burglary

Fatal mistake: Unwisely placing himself at the scene of several crimes.

THIS IS A PHOTO OF THE IDIOT CRIMINAL CALLED BRANDON CAMPBELL

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The circumstances: Court-mandated ankle monitors can really cramp a criminal’s style. They’re bulky and uncomfortable, they stretch out your socks, and they allow the courts to keep track of your location 24 hours a day. You’d have to be pretty dumb, desperate or disoriented to break the law while wearing a GPS monitoring device that lets police place you at the scene of every crime you commit.

Meet Brandon Campbell. After being convicted on theft charges – for stealing a GPS device, hilariously – the 27-year-old Campbell was fitted with an ankle monitor that let the court track his whereabouts. But according to CBS 4 Denver in the US, Campbell didn’t let the tracking bracelet stop him from burglarizing 15 houses in and around Arapahoe County, Colorado, in the spring of 2012.

While he allegedly made off with some nice hauls – one victim reported that $US90,000 worth of goods had been stolen – his glory was short-lived. When he was arrested after one burglary, cops were able to use the GPS data from his ankle bracelet to tie him to the others. He was convicted of the crimes last week, and will soon be sentenced to prison, where the authorities will, again, know exactly where he is at all times.

How he could have been a lot smarter: Refrained from committing crimes while wearing an ankle monitor. Have some patience, dude! Wait until the bracelet comes off before you strike. Learning how to bide your time will help keep you out of jail, and will also serve you well in your future, non-geolocated criminal activities.

How he could have been a little smarter: If you have to do something illegal while wearing a GPS bracelet, stick to crimes that can be committed from the safety of your own home, like identify theft, or mail fraud.

How he could have been a little dumber: Blamed the whole thing on “restless leg syndrome”.

How he could have been a lot dumber: “It wasn’t me – it was my ankle.”

Ultimate Dumbness Ranking (UDR): “I don’t think that there’s any doubt at all that this guy is the last guy picked on the prison Brain Bowl team,” district attorney George Brauchler said of Campbell. Who would disagree? I’m awarding the highest possible UDR score. 10 out of 10 for Brandon Campbell.

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It was, in the words of one charity boss, “just an ordinary house in an ordinary street”.

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland

Yet behind its doors, unbeknown to neighbours going about their daily lives, the elderly home owners were keeping three women as slaves in conditions that belonged to the pre-Victorian age.

For no fewer than 30 years the women had lived in such terror of the 67-year-old couple arrested on Thursday that they did not dare run away, call the police or confide in another living soul.

Physically and mentally abused, they had come to believe that they had no choice but to remain under the control of their captors.

“It was a life of domestic servitude,” explained Aneeta Prem, founder of the Freedom charity, which eventually secured the women’s release from the house in Lambeth, south London.

“They were there and they weren’t able to leave. They felt they were in massive danger. They were restricted in everything they could do.”

Helped to rescue three women: Aneeta Prem, founder of Freedom Charity.
Helped to rescue three women: Aneeta Prem, founder of Freedom Charity. Photo: AP

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, of the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit, said: “Their lives were greatly controlled. For much of it, they would have been kept on the premises.”

The oldest of the women was a 69-year-old Malaysian national; her fellow slaves were a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old Briton, thought to have been born in the house and kept in servitude for her entire life.

When they first fell under the control of their captors, who are described as “non-British”, Margaret Thatcher was beginning her second term as UK prime minister, Sally Ride was making history as the first woman in space and Return of the Jedi was filling cinemas.

Almost as shocking as what was to happen to the women over the next three decades was the fact that they felt unable, in 20th and 21st-century Britain, to cry out for help.

Mr Hyland said that they were allowed “some controlled freedom” but the mechanics of how they went outside and how far they were allowed to go remained unclear.

The youngest victim is thought to have been denied the opportunity of going to school. Whether neighbours even knew she existed is another as yet unanswered question.

“I don’t believe the neighbours knew anything about it at all,” said Ms Prem. “It was just an ordinary house in an ordinary street.”

The turning point for the women came on October 4, when they watched a BBC news report featuring Ms Prem calling on Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, to track children who did not return to school following the summer holidays.

Although the report was about child kidnappings, it featured the work of the Freedom Charity, and the women decided that they had at last found an organisation that they could trust.

On October 18, taking what they no doubt believed to be a huge risk, the 57-year-old Irish captive managed to evade the attention of her masters long enough to telephone the charity.

“The professionals shone through and made sure that call was taken seriously,” said Ms Prem. It was the first of a series of phone calls over the following week in which she talked to Vineeta Thornhill, the charity’s chief executive.

“We started in-depth talks to them when they could, it had to be pre-arranged. They gave us set times when they were able to speak to us.”

At first, the women were so frightened that they could not bring themselves to tell the charity the address of the house where they were being kept.

But over the course of several calls, the charity’s staff were able to build up a bond of trust with the women, until a clear picture of their terrible circumstances emerged along with the location where they were being held.

As a result, on October 25, the women were able to pluck up the courage to do something they had been unable to do in their 30 years of captivity: walk out of the door of their prison against their masters’ wishes.

The two younger women met charity workers and the police at a pre-arranged location and officers went to the address and rescued the 69-year-old.

“It was planned that they would be able to walk out of the property,” said Ms Prem. “The police were on standby. They were able to leave the property, but it was done in such a way … it was a very, very excellent way it happened.”

She said that the women had been held in a “controlled freedom”.

“I think basically that a controlled freedom would mean that there are part freedoms, but a lot of it can be psychological and a lot of it can be physical as well,” Ms Prem said. The women would previously have been allowed out of the house occasionally, but always escorted by their captors, she added.

It would take another four weeks before police could move in and arrest the alleged captors, such was the difficulty in coaxing hard facts out of the women that could be used as evidence.

“They were deeply traumatised, so information coming out from them was coming out slowly, that is one of the reasons for the gap before the arrests,” said a police source.

Mr Hyland said: “We had to work very carefully with these people who were highly traumatised and it was very difficult to establish the facts.

“We needed professional assistance from outside agencies. The last thing we wanted to do was increase that trauma.

“Until we had facts to justify where we are now, we delayed that arrest.”

He added: “Our unit deals with many cases every year but has never unearthed such a staggering example of people held against their will for their whole lifetime.”

The women – who police say were not sexually abused – are now in the care of a charity, which is helping them to adjust to freedom, a process which is likely to take months.

Ms Prem said: “They are going to be afforded all the help and support that can be given. I’m so grateful they saw the news. Now they will try to rebuild their lives. It was a very, very difficult life they led and all we can hope now is that they can move forward from this.”

The Telegraph, London

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ONE of Britain’s most prestigious companies and banking groups is in crisis after police raided the home of one of its former executives secretly filmed buying crystal meth, crack cocaine and hiring rent boys on company funds.

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Rev Flowers was allegedly caught on camera buying drugs

And the scandal now threatens to engulf the Labour Opposition with questions over how much the party knew about the man they appointed to their finance and industry board.

The Co-operative Group, founded in 1844, runs sprawling interests in the UK from supermarkets and pharmacies to funeral homes, car dealerships and financial services and has more than 100,000 employees.

But it’s the Co-op’s banking arm that has thrown its operations into crisis with accusations levelled at its former chairman Reverend Paul Flowers.

The Methodist Minister was secretly filmed allegedly buying crack cocaine, crystal meth and ketamine from a trafficker before texting “turning into a two-day, drug fueled gay orgy” and “have 2 bags of Charlie here and have ordered another 5….enough? Px.”

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The buying and texting was about the time the 63-year-old was giving evidence to Parliament’s Treasury Select Committee about the Co-op Bank’s finances after the Bank of England identified a AUD$2.6 billion black hole in its accounts.

The Bank – described as one of the most ethical in Britain – lost $1.2 billion in the first six months and Rev Flowers struggled to answer why.

Indeed he struggled to get much right before the committee and said he thought the bank’s assets totalled $4.8 billion when in fact they were closer to $76 billion.

On Wednesday, the home of Rev Flowers, who is believed to have left for Europe to avoid the controversy was being searched by police.

 

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A spokesman for the West Yorkshire Police confirmed the home was being searched following the drug buying revelations first made by a Sunday newspaper last weekend. At the time he was forced to quit the bank this week, Rev Flowers was on $230,000 a year salary.

Shortly after revelations of a police inquiry Prime Minister David Cameron said Treasurer George Osborne was in discussion with financial regulators as to the form of a formal inquiry into the scandal.

At Question Time in Parliament, Mr Cameron said there were clearly questions that needed to be asked.

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“Why was Rev Flowers judged suitable to be chairman of a bank, why weren’t alarm bells ringing earlier, particularly by those who knew him?” he said.

The news was also bad for Britain’s Labour Party with leader Ed Miliband facing growing questions to discuss the former bank boss’s links to the party.

Tory Chairman Grant Shapps has demanded to know if the Labour leader and Shadow Treasurer Ed Balls knew of past scandals involving the “Meth Minister”, explain why he employed him onto the party’s business advisory group and admit how many donations were made and private informal dinner parties the pair had.

“What we can now see is that this bank, driven into the wall by this chairman, has been giving soft loans to the Labour Party, facilities to the Labour Party, donations to the Labour Party, trooped in and out of Downing Street under Labour, still advising the leader of the Labour Party,” Mr Cameron told Parliament.

Branches Of Co-operative Bank To Be Cut By 15 Percent

“And yet, now we know, all along they knew about his past. Why did they do nothing to bring to the attention of the authorities this man who has broken a bank?”

The Co-operative Group chairman Len Wardle was yesterday forced to quit amid the deepening scandal, acknowledging that he led the board that appointed Rev Flowers three years ago.

It is known Mr Balls received a $75,000 donation from the Bank in 2011/12. It was also revealed on Wednesday that Rev Flowers was forced to resign as a town councillor two years ago after being caught using a work computer to watch gay porn. He also allegedly stayed in top hotels to have sex with rent boys, with one now 21-year-old male prostitute confirming he was paid more than $1000 a night for drug fuelled “debauchery”. At the time he resigned from the council, he cited workload at the Co-op Bank.

Rev Flowers was also convicted for gross indecency with a trucker in a public toilet in the 1980s. The church forgave him and he continued preaching.

The reverend has this week been suspended by his church.

The Co-op Bank markets itself as an ethical bank, avoiding investing in any company that has been shown to use sweat shops, fossil fuel extraction, genetic engineering and animal testing and its customers choose to become Co-op members thereby indirectly having some ownership of the bank and earning a dividend. It has 4.6 million customers.

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Joanna Dennehy admitted she killed three men

Joanna Dennehy admitted she killed three men

London: An alleged female British serial killer has admitted murdering three men and dumping their bodies in ditches.

To the shock of her lawyer, 30-year-old Joanna Dennehy admitted on Monday she killed the men, whose bodies were found in March and April riddled with stab wounds.

Her barrister Nigel Lickley told London’s Old Bailey court: “The course of the arraignment is not one we had anticipated.”

Ms Dennehy, who has a star tattooed under her eye, told the judge: “I’ve pleaded guilty, and that’s that.”

The killer also admitted attempting to murder another two men.

Her shock guilty pleas stunned the courtroom.

She appeared alongside her boyfriend Gary Richards, who denied the two attempted murders and three charges of preventing burial.

Mr Richards, who is 2.21 metres tall, also goes by the name of Gary Stretch.

Ms Dennehy further admitted preventing the lawful and decent burial of the three murder victims.

The bodies of Kevin Lee, 48, Lukasz Slaboszewski, 31, and John Chapman, 56, were found in ditches on the outskirts of Peterborough.

Police had launched a nationwide manhunt for Ms Dennehy, warning the public not to approach her and describing her as having “a very distinctive green tattoo on her right cheek, beneath her eye”.

Two other defendants, Leslie Layton and Robert Moore, appeared at the hearing by videolink.

Mr Layton, 36, pleaded not guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing, while Mr Moore, 55, denied assisting an offender.

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A 14-year-old black boy who was executed for the murder of two white girls in America’s Deep South could be retried posthumously nearly 70 years after his death.

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George Stinney was strapped to an electric chair in South Carolina in 1944 and was the youngest person to be put to death in the US over the past century.

He was accused of killing two girls, aged seven and 11, who were looking for wildflowers in the segregated town of Alcolu. The teenager reportedly confessed and was convicted by an all-white jury in a trial lasting less than a day.

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There were no lengthy appeals and he was electrocuted 84 days after the crime took place. According to reports from execution witnesses the straps used to bind him to the electric chair were too big to fit around his frame. He weighed less than 45kg.

The request for a new trial includes sworn statements from two of Stinney’s siblings who say he was with them on the day the girls were killed. Stinney’s now elderly sister, Annie Ruffner, who was seven at the time of the murders, said she and her brother were grazing their cow when the girls appeared and asked them where they could find maypop flowers.

According to Mrs Ruffner, her brother told them he did not know and the girls left. She added: “It was strange to see them in our area, because white people stayed on their side of Alcolu and we knew our place.”

The girls’ bodies were found the next morning in a water-filled ditch. They had both been beaten around the head with what was believed to be a railroad spike.

Stinney’s confession and the transcript from the trial have since disappeared.

The Telegraph, London

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