Law & Order

UN panel urges UK and Sweden to end Julian Assange’s ‘deprivation of liberty’

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UN working group on arbitrary detention says WikiLeaks founder should be offered compensation for being confined to Ecuadorian embassy The Guardian – Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent @owenbowcott The WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by the UK and Sweden since he was arrested in London in December 2010, according to aUnited Nations report. As anticipated, the finding by the Geneva-based UN working group on arbitrary detention criticises legal action against Assange by both European governments and blames them for ... Read More »

Queensland youth justice reforms don’t go far enough: legal and family groups

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The Palaszczuk government’s plan to overhaul youth justice laws, including removing the Newman government boot camp orders, has been met with approval from the legal and community sectors – but the government has still drawn fire for not addressing Queensland’s policy of sending children to adult prisons. Brisbane Times – Amy Remeikis, Queensland political editor Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath promised a review of youth justice in Queensland during the election, following the former LNP’s changes to the act, which included boot camps, naming and ... Read More »

Dangerous sex offender Warren Ugle bailed despite twice breaching conditions

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Corrective Services minister Joe Francis has warned “tinkering” with dangerous sex offender legislation in order to keep offenders behind bars for longer could have the opposite effect. WAtoday * Mr Francis addressed the issue after serial rapist Warren John Ugle was granted bail in the Supreme Court on Thursday. The dangerous sex offender committed a series of attacks between 1992 and 2007, including upon one victim who was 11 years old. Ugle was freed in November under a number of conditions that included having his every ... Read More »

Assange says he will accept arrest if UN panel rules against him

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he took refuge in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, and accept arrest on Feb. 5 if a UN panel investigating his case rules against him, he said in a statement. Hurriyet – SYDNEY – Reuters Assange, 44, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape in 2010 which the Australian denies. “Should the U.N. announce tomorrow that I have lost my case against the United ... Read More »

United Nations panel could rule in favour of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

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London ends 24-hour guards at Ecuador embassy Assange could soon be questioned after Ecuador-Sweden deal London: The outcome of a United Nations investigation into the case of Julian Assange is set to be revealed and could rule that the WikiLeaks founder is being detained illegally. The Sydney Morning Herald Assange has been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for more than three years and has been granted political asylum by the Ecuador government. The Australian is wanted for questioning in ... Read More »

Synthetic drugs are killing our kids, so let’s take control

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Prohibiting recreational drugs hasn’t worked, so it’s time to try regulating them. The Canberra Times – Matt Noffs * We lost another young Australian to drugs this week. Dean Shield, 17, was found dead, allegedly after consuming a synthetic drug. What are synthetic drugs? In many respects they are akin to many illicit substances – they are, more often than not, manufactured and sold in shoddy conditions and without any control. But synthetic drugs are different in that they are ... Read More »

Thai seafood industry crackdown sparks arrests

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More than 100 people have been arrested in a crackdown on abuses in Thailand’s multi-billion dollar seafood industry, officials say. BBC  Last April the European Union threatened to boycott the industry unless it tackled illegal fishing and allegations of human trafficking. On Monday, police said a taskforce set up since had investigated 36 cases and also rescued 130 trafficking victims. Thailand is the world’s third largest exporter of seafood. Human rights groups have long highlighted abuses in the Thai industry, ... Read More »

Turkish academic faces jail for ‘terror propaganda’ over exam question on PKK leader

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An academic at Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Science faces seven years in jail for “terror propaganda” over an exam question asking students to compare two writings by Abdullah Öcalan the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Hurriyet – Mesut Hasan Benli – ANKARA In the final exam of his course titled “Political life and institutions in Turkey,” Assistant Professor Doctor Reşat Barış Ünlü asked students to compare a 1978 leaflet by Öcalan with a more recent piece ... Read More »

Turkey Has Begun Arresting Academics For Speaking Out Against State Violence

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19 academics have been detained so far. You can join a global petition demanding an end to Turkey’s actions, explain Shannon Brincat and Federica Caso. New Matilda – Shannon Brincat and Federica Caso The increasingly authoritarian actions of the Turkish government against its own people in the south-east, and the arrest of academics who have spoken out for peace, have been met with condemnation by the international academic community. In fact, it has led to what is perhaps the largest ... Read More »

Pro-rape ‘pick-up artist’ organises two Scottish events

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‘LEGAL rape’ group Return of the Kings will be holding meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow this weekend. The Scotsman The meetings were organised by controversial American pick-up artist and rape advocate Roosh V, who is the leader of a “neomasculinist” group. Supporters of the group will meet at Glasgow’s George Square and Edinburgh’s Grassmarket to join other members before heading to a secret location. Roosh states that meetings are restricted to only hetrosexual men and any women attempting to attend ... Read More »

UK mother gets six years for joining ISIL group in Syria

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A mother who took her toddler to Syria and joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group was sentenced to six years in prison on Feb. 1 after becoming the first British woman to be convicted after returning home. Hurriyet – London, Agence France-Presse Tareena Shakil, 26, was found guilty by a court in Birmingham, central England of ISIL membership and encouraging terrorism in posts on Twitter before leaving Britain. “You were well aware that the future which ... Read More »

Australia: less corrupt than most but slipping in the rankings

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Our traditions and ethical culture hold us in good stead but we can’t afford to become complacent. The Age – Adam Graycar * The women of Sub-Saharan Africa spend about 40 billion hours a year collecting water. The total number of hours worked annually by Australia’s entire labour force is about 20 billion hours. Despite the skill of engineers to process clean water and move it to where it is needed, and despite billions of dollars in development aid, clean water ... Read More »

Texas executes James Freeman who fatally shot game warden in gunfight

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Austin, Texas: Texas on Wednesday executed a man who led game wardens on a high-speed chase in 2007 before getting into a gun battle and fatally shooting one of them. Brisbane Times – Jon Herskovitz * James Freeman, 35, was pronounced dead at 6.30pm after receiving a lethal injection at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville, a prisons official said. The execution was the second in Texas this year and the 533rd in the state since the US Supreme Court reinstated the death ... Read More »

We Lost Trust in the Government of Israel, Claims Israel’s Gas Monopoly Leader

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Noble Energy, the operator of major resources offshore Israel, told the country’s high court of justice that it had lost trust in the government of Israel. Natural Gas Europe “We arrived at this situation because the Israeli regulatory system is broken, and this situation causes Noble Energy’s owners, shareholders and managers to lose trust in the government of Israel and its declarations,” Noble said. The declaration was made despite the fact that Noble and the Israeli government are both respondents, ... Read More »

Islamic State supporters in Malaysia pledge revenge for arrests

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Bangkok: The south-east Asian wing of Islamic State has threatened revenge for the arrests of a growing number of its militants in Malaysia, prompting a further tightening of security in the Muslim-majority nation. Brisbane Times – Lindsay Murdoch, South-East Asia correspondent for Fairfax Media “If you catch us we will only increase in number but if you let us be, we will be closer to our goal of bringing back the rule of khalifah [caliph],” Malay-speaking militants warned in a video posted on an IS-sanctioned ... Read More »

Whistleblower judge: austerity policies have made courts dangerous

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Claire Gilham is suing Ministry of Justice, saying budget cuts and slashed legal aid put pressure on legal system and even expose judiciary to violence The Guardian – Owen Bowcott Legal affairs correspondent @owenbowcott A district judge who is suing the Ministry of Justice after whistleblowing her complaints about courtroom dangers – death threats, violent claimants and hostage-taking – has spoken out for the first time about her experience of an under-resourced justice system. The challenge mounted by Claire Gilham, formerly deputy ... Read More »