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 »

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 »

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 »

Palestinian poet and artist Ashraf Fayadh sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia (Updated)

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The Palestinian artist, curator, and poet Ashraf Fayadh, 35, has been sentenced to death by beheading.  Mondoweiss – Zeina Azzam * Saudi Arabian authorities have declared his crime as “apostasy,” or abandoning one’s religion—in this case, renouncing Islam. Several other charges were also leveled against Fayadh, including allegedly photographing women and storing their pictures on his phone, a violation of the country’s Anti-Cyber Crime Law. He pleaded his innocence to all the charges. Amnesty International UK states that, “Throughout this whole process, Ashraf was denied access ... Read More »

Top Turkish court issues stay of deportation for Iranian family in landmark ruling

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In a ruling likely to set a precedent for similar cases, Turkey’s top court has halted the deportation of an Iranian family, arguing their deportation could jeopardize the “material and moral integrity” of the family and they could face “ill-treatment.” Hurriyet – Fevzi Kızılkoyun – ANKARA “In case of the implementation of a deportation decision, the applicant may encounter the danger of losing his right to be settled in a safe third country, which he obtained before the United Nations High ... Read More »

Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang given suspended sentence for criticising government

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Rough tactics during trial of Pu Zhiqiang Beijing: One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers has been given a suspended prison sentence after being convicted of two charges in connection with his provocative online criticism of the government, state-run media reported. Jane Perlez The sentence – three years in prison, with a three-year reprieve – means that the lawyer, Pu Zhiqiang, 50, would not serve more time behind bars unless he committed another offence, said Liang Xiaojun, a criminal ... Read More »

Harry Gleeson granted pardon over 1941 murder

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Harry Gleeson granted pardon over 1941 murder The Irish Times – Tim O’Brien President Michael D Higgins has signed a posthumous pardon for a Co Tipperary man Harry Gleeson who was wrongly hanged in 1941 for the murder of New Inn woman Mary “Moll” McCarthy. Mr Gleeson’s family said they were thrilled with the pardon as it had been his last wish that his innocence would be recognised. Speaking following the signing of the pardon order by the President, the Minister ... Read More »

Donald Trump plans to challenge wind farm ruling in Europe

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Donald Trump plans to take his legal challenge to an offshore wind farm to the European courts. The Scotsman  By ANGUS HOWARTH It follows the UK Supreme Court rejecting the US presidential hopeful’s appeal against plans for 11 turbines off Aberdeen, close to his golfing development at Menie. The Trump Organisation said it was not planning to withdraw future investment in the North-east, despite the setback. Representative George Sorial predicted the wind farm would not happen. The US businessman was taking ... Read More »

Northern Land Council told to work faster on native title applications

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THE Northern Land Council has been told to get its act together regarding native title applications by Federal Court Judge Justice John Mansfield. JILL POULSEN – NT News Late last month the NLC appeared before the Federal Court regarding Native Title Callover matters when Judge Mansfield became exasperated with the lack of progress made. Referring to Native Title claims in Mary River, Middle Arm, Weddell and Larrimah, he described the NLC’s efforts as a “disgrace”. “We’re now looking at claims, one ... Read More »

Muslim scholar calls for death penalty for convicted murderers and terrorists

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An Islamic scholar has called for the reintroduction of the death penalty in Australia for anyone who is convicted of committing an act of murder or terrorism that causes the loss of human life. The Canberra Times – Natalie O’Brien, Investigative Reporter Dr Hassan Majzoub, who has a PhD in Islamic studies, said murder in any form including terrorism is one of the most serious crimes in Islam and the penalty is death. The respected Imam, who studied in Syria and Saudi ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia’s Depraved Justice

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A Sri Lankan housemaid is soon to be stoned to death, as the world turns a blind eye. New Republic – By Jonah Cohen and Ramya Chamalie Jirasinghe In the coming days, a Sri Lankan woman is to be led to an outdoor pit in Saudi Arabia. Her arms and hands will be tightly bound, her body buried up to her breasts. Saudi men will then surround her and begin to hurl rocks at her head to kill her slowly. ... Read More »

Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for 1971 war crimes

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Bangladesh executed two opposition leaders on Nov. 22 for war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan, a senior police official said, in a move likely to draw an angry reaction from supporters. Hurriyet DHAKA  – ReutersIslamist opposition leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, a former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals late on Nov. 21 for clemency. “Both ... Read More »

Bobby Boye sentenced to six years in federal prison

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On 15 October, a U.S. Federal Court ordered former Timor-Leste legal adviser Bobby Boye to serve six years in prison and repay $3.51 million dollars to Timor-Leste. Although the plea deal effectively ends the criminal case against Boye, many questions remain unanswered regarding the full costs of his crimes to Timor-Leste, as well as who else may have been involved in his schemes. We hope that investigations proceed. In 2010, Norway hired the Nigerian-American “tax expert” to help Timor-Leste’s Ministry ... Read More »

Euro court rules in favor of Turkish politician in ‘Armenian genocide denial’ case

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg ruled on Oct. 15 that Switzerland violated Turkish politician Doğu Perinçek’s right to freedom of speech. Hurriyet – STRASBOURG The case concerned a fine imposed on Perinçek for a speech he gave in the country in which he denied that the mass deportation of Armenians in Anatolia in 1915 amounted to genocide. In its ruling, the 17-judge ECHR Grand Chamber “concluded that it had not been necessary, in a democratic society, ... Read More »

Australia approves controversial Carmichael coal mine

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Australia’s government has given its approval for one of the world’s biggest coal mines to be built by India’s Adani Mining in Queensland. BBC – In August, a court temporarily blocked the project because of environmental concerns. But the approval has now been granted subject to “36 of the strictest conditions in Australian history” environment minister Greg Hunt said. Critics say the decision was “grossly irresponsible”. The approval was signed on Wednesday by Mr Hunt and follows a long running ... Read More »

When punishment doesn’t fit the crime

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New research reveals traumatic brain injury patients struggle with discipline in social, family and work life Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago @EurekAlertAAAS New research finds people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) –such as those incurred from violent accidents or combat — are more prone to misjudge when faced with situations involving dispute or requiring discipline. The study, led in part by Dr. Jordan Grafman at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and published this month in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN), ... Read More »