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Authorities urged to investigate possibility that Vassili Grodnikov was murdered

first_img Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News RSF_en Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Help by sharing this information News November 22, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to investigate possibility that Vassili Grodnikov was murdered to go further The findings of the initial enquiry into the death of Vassili Grodnikov of the independent daily NarodnayaVolya support the theory that he was murdered. “Grodnikov was working on a sensitive subject at the time ofhis death and it is not uncommon in Belarus that journalists are the targets of intimidation or physicalattacks when they investigate matters that some people would like to cover up,” Reporters Without Borderssaid. News Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today urged the Belarusian authorities to seriously investigate the possibility that journalist Vassili Grodnikov of the opposition daily Narodnaya Volya, whose body was found on 18 October, was murdered, pointing out that new evidence has emerged since the police conducted their initial enquiries.“Grodnikov was working on a sensitive subject at the time of his death and it is not uncommon in Belarus that journalists are the targets of intimidation or physical attacks when they investigate matters that some people would like to cover up,” the press freedom organisation said.Dmitri Kirilchik, the investigator in charge of the case, said today that the preliminary enquiry would be concluded on 18 December, once the final conclusions were in from the forensic investigations. But the decision whether or not to open a murder investigation could be taken before that date.Grodnikov was found dead in his apartment in a Minsk suburb, where investigators discovered blood stains on the wallpaper, a broken table and coagulated blood on the victim’s head. The autopsy revealed that his death was the result of head injuries caused by a blunt object.Shortly before he died, he had been working on the third of a series or articles about criminal rings that specialise in swindling old people who live alone.The independent weekly Zhoda also reported that, on the first page of a notepad found on his table, Grodnikov had begun the draft of an article which he had provisionally entitled: “Several intransigent questions for the president and the agencies under his control.”Meanwhile, the investigations into the October 2004 murder of reporter Veronika Cherkasova and the July 2000 disappearance of cameraman Dmitri Zavadski are at a complete standstill. May 28, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Honduras Toughens Penalties for Extortion

first_imgBy Kay Valle/ Diálogo April 20, 2017 Extortion is a crime that the National Anti-Extortion Force (FNA, per its Spanish acronym) fights daily. However, the Honduran Criminal Code did not classify extortion accordingly. This legal vacuum impeded the fight against it. That is why judicial officials solicited a revision of the law. On February 27, 2017, the National Congress approved reforms to Articles 222 and 335, and Articles 335A and 335B were added to the law. “We felt that there were gaps in the legal tool regulating the fight against this crime. When extortionists developed the planning and intimidation phase against their victims, in other words, when they called people on the phone with death threats or threatened to burn down their businesses, we weren’t able to act,” Lieutenant Colonel Amílcar Hernández told Diálogo. He is the director of the FNA, an entity composed of the Public Ministry, the National Police, the Honduran Armed Forces, and the National Directorate of Investigation and Intelligence. “They were [only] able to arrest the person and prosecute them when money was exchanged with the victim, and if this transaction did not occur, the criminals could not be charged or arrested, despite the fact that they had been identified,” he added. This has changed. The reform specifies that it will be considered “consummated extortion” when threats are made, and the perpetrators will be charged whether or not they have achieved their goal of violence or intimidation. According to security analyst Allan Fajardo, a sociology professor at the National Autonomous University of Honduras, the change will facilitate prosecution of extortionists. “This reform ensures the inclusion of levels of the crime that were not specified before in the Criminal Code,” he said. It “facilitates the reporting of the crime and guarantees confidentiality, empowers justice officials to negotiate with those who commit the crime or with their accomplices, everything to get information that could lead to the prosecution or conviction of the perpetrators.” Other actions against extortion The legal amendments show that movement in the right direction is a reality. That is why a benefit for the victims was approved during the testimonial stage. Before the reform, victims had to testify during every stage of the judicial proceedings. Now they are only required to participate by submitting evidence prior to the trial, that is, the extorted party will make one single declaration before a judge, and that will be enough for a conviction. According to Lt. Col. Hernández, the requirement for the victim to appear in court was reformed because more than 80 percent of those crimes are committed by maras and gangs, and although judges did not allow confrontations between victims and their extortionists, they testified before the defense attorney. “Once they had the case file, the defense attorneys would often unintentionally pass that information to the criminals, who would again threaten the victims, forcing them to drop the complaint or not follow up in the case, and they were set free,” he reported. Penalties were also included for extortionists’ actions against individuals and property, and for forcing people to close their businesses or leave their homes or the country. “When someone sets a shipping or transport unit on fire, causes a person to die or be seriously injured, damages property, or forces them to leave a place, it is now classified as terrorism,” Lt. Col. Hernández said. Fajardo considers the inclusion of the term positive since “common or organized-crime activity creates terror among the citizenry, the direct victims of extortion, or among judicial officials so they can avoid prosecution.” Strategies to eradicate extortion Among the things that will help eradicate extortion are the use of technologies, changes in the habits of users, and measures that should be taken by business owners and state institutions, Lt. Col. Hernández told Diálogo. “The transportation sector has been infiltrated by maras and gangs, and letting go of personnel (drivers, assistants or route controllers) in order to clean up the companies cannot be done because the owners are under threat,” he added. He emphasized that this is why a high-level certification for all employees will be carried out by the National Transportation Institute. Panic buttons will also be installed, along with camera systems in the terminals and on buses and prepaid cards will be used to avoid the use of cash. Lt. Col. Hernández explained that members of criminal structures will receive different sentences. The prison term for the illicit association is 20 years, and if the detainees are carrying arms when they are apprehended, there will be an added term of no less than five years. If the crime is deemed to be terrorism, the minimum sentence is 40 years. Other aggravating circumstances, such as inducing a minor to extort, could add to more than 60 years in prison, and when a murder is involved, such as of a judicial official, the penalty is increased by a third. Since March 2013, when the force was created, four officers have been killed in the line of duty. “We are aware that it is a risk that goes with the territory in this fight, and we are not scared. Actually, it motivates us to continue honoring the memory of our partners who gave their life to defend people. There is a big responsibility in the fight against extortion, and we will continue growing and working to protect the lives of citizens and their property,” Lt. Col. Hernández concluded.last_img read more

Juventus Star Lemina Set For Southampton Medical

first_imgRelatedSouthampton Sign Guido Carrillo In Club Record DealJanuary 25, 2018In “England”Kenyan Midfielder Named Premier League Goal Award RecipientMarch 9, 2018In “England”Five Players To Historically Play For Bayern Munich And JuventusJuly 31, 2017In “Europe” Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina is reportedly set for a medical with Southampton on Sunday after they agreed a £13.5m with the Italian champions.According to popular media outlet ESPN, sources close to the 23-year old revealed that Southampton have won the race for him ahead of league rivals Stoke City.The Potters were favourites for his signature before Southampton usurped them in the battle for the Gabonese international.Lemina is now expected to be Southampton’s second major signing of the summer after defender Jan Bedranek, who joined from Polish side Lech Poznan on a five-year deal.The midfielder signed for Juventus in 2015 and endured lack of playing time under manager Maximiliano Allegri prompting his desire to secure a transfer from the club.In two seasons with Juventus, he has won two Serie A titles as well as two Coppa Italia crowns and has scored 3 goals in 42 appearances in all competitions.last_img read more

White Sox slugger Eloy Jimenez demolishes first two career home runs vs. Yankees

first_imgAcquired from the Cubs for left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana in 2017, Jimenez was not expected to start this season with the White Sox. Many believed he would be held in Triple-A for part of April so Chicago could preserve another year of team control. Just before the campaign, however, Jimenez signed a contract extension that bought out his arbitration years, meaning he could start the year with the big-league club.Eloy Jimenez has been waiting for this moment.We caught up with the potential star at the end of last season: https://t.co/5Y22NernRQ pic.twitter.com/u9N2rjGpjY— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 13, 2019Considering his .337/.384/.577 slash line in the minors last year, the majors are where he belonged. And while the White Sox are not expected to be competitive for some time after missing out on free agent Manny Machado, Jimenez’s presence alongside fellow graduated top prospect Yoan Moncada makes the team more watchable than it was a couple of years ago.Two moonshots at Yankee Stadium certainly aren’t a bad way to start his MLB home run tally and signal what might be in store. White Sox rookie Eloy Jimenez was known throughout his time in the minor leagues for his prodigious power even as he was carving out a spot high on prospect leaderboards with his all-around batting production.Since starting the season with Chicago, however, that long-ball potential hadn’t translated to MLB success. In his first 46 plate appearances, he notched just one extra-base hit. On Friday, Jimenez broke through with a 425-foot home run to center field against Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder, the first long ball of his career. He went deep again later in the game, also to center, against Chad Green. He became the first visiting player to hit his first career MLB home runs in the same game at Yankee Stadium  since Manny Ramírez in 1993.ELOY JIMENEZ.First career home run comes at Yankee Stadium.pic.twitter.com/VcRNzAoDyA— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 13, 2019Eloy x 2.pic.twitter.com/n1OdQcKLhA— Sporting News MLB (@SN Studio_mlb) April 13, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNlast_img read more