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El Chapo´s lawyers appeal against his US drug conspiracy conviction

El Chapo´s lawyers appeal against his US drug conspiracy conviction

INTERNATIONAL
Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman wants his US drug conspiracy conviction thrown out. An appeal filed on Friday argues that a judge made rulings allowing a jury to hear faulty evidence at Guzman’s trial.  It also cites reports that before reaching a guilty verdict, some jurors sought out news accounts about sex abuse allegations against him that were barred from the trial.  ‘Chapo Guzman’s prosecution was marred by rampant excess and overreach, both governmental and judicial – needless resorts if he was really the kingpin extraordinaire his adversaries insisted,’ Guzman’s lawyers said in the 245-page appeal, which was presented to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York.   The former leader of Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa drug ...
Police demote DPC for assaulting MPs

Police demote DPC for assaulting MPs

AFRICA
The Police Disciplinary Court has demoted Superintendent of Police (SP) Joel Tubanone to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), after pleading guilty to two counts of excessive use of force while stopping a 2017 gathering in Lira district. At the height of the enactment of the Constitution Amendment Act, 2017, which deleted lower and upper age limits for presidential candidates, Mr Tubanone dispersed a consultative meeting convened by the Lango Parliamentary Group over the then impending amendment. After the ensuing fracas that saw lobbying of tear gas canisters at the MPs, Mr Tubanone was accused by MP Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo Woman) and Charles Angiro Abacacon (FDC, Erute North) of assault and attempted murder. However, the Director of Public Prosecution found ...
Former Rwandan Minister Convicted of Genocide Crimes dies in Prison

Former Rwandan Minister Convicted of Genocide Crimes dies in Prison

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Former Rwandan Minister Edouard Karemera, who was convicted of Genocide and crimes against humanity has died in Sebikotane prison in Senegal where he was serving his sentence. According to the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Karemera died on Tuesday after several days battling illness. “I confirm the death of Edouard Karemera in Senegal. The cause is as yet unknown,” said Ousman Njikam, spokesman for the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) told the media, Former Rwandan Minister Edouard Karemera, who was convicted of Genocide and crimes against humanity has died in Sebikotane prison in Senegal where he was serving his sentence. Karemera, a former deputy chairman of Rwanda’s then ruling party during the 1994 genocide National...
Rusesabagina to be charged with terrorism charges

Rusesabagina to be charged with terrorism charges

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Paul Rusesabagina, an alleged denier of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and leader of a terrorist group responsible for civilian deaths in Rwanda, was on Monday, August 31, paraded before the media in the capital Kigali. According to the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Rusesabagina has been the subject of an International Arrest Warrant for multiple charges, including terrorism, arson, kidnap and murder. Thierry Murangira, acting RIB Spokesperson, told reporters that the crimes were allegedly perpetrated against unarmed, innocent Rwandan civilians on Rwandan territory, including in Nyabimata, Nyaruguru District in June 2018 and in Nyungwe, Nyamagabe District in December 2018. Rusesabagina has largely been living in western capitals, while his MRCD and PDR-Ihumure terror g...
Policeman arrested for armed robbery

Policeman arrested for armed robbery

AFRICA
Masaka, Uganda --- Police in Masaka has arrested a policeman and three people for alleged robbery. The suspects are Corporal Joel Ebeta, attached to Kitovu police post in Nyendo, Rajab Kyebambe and two unidentified men. The group was arrested on Friday morning after staging a fake roadblock along Kitovu road near Kitovu Cathedral in Nyendo, Masaka city. This follows numerous complaints by residents in the area about increasing cases of robberies. David Katunda Nyesigire, the Masaka District Police Commander says that the suspects have been mounting fake roadblocks in the region and terrorizing road users. He says that during the arrest, police recovered a gun with 28 rounds of ammunition, a police jacket, and a saloon car in which they were travelling, registration number UAG ...
U.S. : Police names an officer who shot Jacob Blake

U.S. : Police names an officer who shot Jacob Blake

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Wisconsin's attorney general has named the officer who shot a black man on Sunday, sparking days of demonstrations. Josh Kaul told reporters on Wednesday that Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back as he opened the door of his car. Officers found a knife in Mr Blake's car, he added, but no other weapons. The shooting has sparked a wave of protests in recent days, some of which have turned violent. A 17-year-old was arrested on Wednesday after two people were killed and another injured amid unrest on Tuesday night. Mr Blake is recovering in hospital and is conscious, but his lawyers fear it will take a "miracle" for him to walk again. US President Donald Trump has since sent federal law enforcement to Kenosha, tweeting they were to combat "looting, arson,...
Police finally hunt down an ATM fraudster

Police finally hunt down an ATM fraudster

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Police in Kampala have arrested a suspected Automated Teller Machine -ATM fraudster who has been on wanted list for close to a year. The fraudster who also calls himself Ssalongo alias Computer was nabbed last evening as he was planning to hoodwink unsuspecting customers at Equity Bank ATM along Kampala road. Ssalongo alias Computer being checked by police immediately after his arrest Ssalongo usually dresses smartly, stands near ATMs around Kampala waiting to confuse customers going to withdraw money or those that have just withdrawn cash. It is alleged that he has more than 10 ATM and bank related pending fraud cases. Ssalongo was arrested by covert and overt police personnel commanded by Kampala central police station operation commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police ...
UGANDA: Lad found with army uniform, arrested LDUs resume operations

UGANDA: Lad found with army uniform, arrested LDUs resume operations

AFRICA, UGANDA
According to the deputy UPDF spokesperson, Lt.Col.Deo Akiiki, the incident happened at Mayangayanga village, Kimenyedde sub county in Mukono district when Brian Kilinda,23 was found with several military gears. “He was found with one digital army peck, two army t-shirts, three head gears, one beret and an AMISOM badge. He claims that he got them from a family friend who is now on a peacekeeping mission in Somalia,” Akiiki said. The deputy army spokesperson noted that the suspect is currently detained at Naggalama police station as investigations into the case continue. Local Defence Unit personnel resumed operations after completing a two -week refresher course at the Kakiri military barracks. The move to have 10 LDU battalions in Kampala go for a refresher course stemmed from...
BURUNDI: 3 jailed for 30 years after attacking the president

BURUNDI: 3 jailed for 30 years after attacking the president

AFRICA
A Burundi court has jailed two men and a woman for 30 years over an "attack" in which stones were thrown at a convoy carrying President Evariste Ndayishimiye, a judicial source told AFP Monday. According to the prosecution, three stones were thrown from a petrol station at the convoy of about 50 vehicles as it drove through the northern town of Kayanza last Wednesday. One stone hit a member of the presidential guard, another hit a windshield of one of the cars, and another did not hit anything. Witnesses in Kayanza told AFP the convoy did not stop during the incident. The Kayanza court on Sunday "sentenced three young people including a woman to 30 years in prison (each) for an attack and plot against the head of state," a judicial source told AFP on condition of anonymity. ...
Crime: Man chops his wife to death

Crime: Man chops his wife to death

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- A nurse working with International Hospital Kampala (IHK) has died after her husband chopped her to pieces in the presence of their children. IHK management today, Tuesday, confirmed the death of Violet Kakai which occured on Saturday.Kakai had worked with the hospital for ten years. In a message shared, the hospital described Kakai’s death as untimely. Our sources tell us Kakai had a bitter row with her husband, who out of rage got cut her into tiny pieces using a sharp knife. All this time, their young children were looking on. It’s not clear what caused the fight between the couple.
UGANDA: Woman rescued  from armed thugs by Police

UGANDA: Woman rescued from armed thugs by Police

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – The territorial Police at Katwe Police Division and 999 patrollers intercepted a motor vehicle at Kitebi Star and rescued one Victoria Nakitende, who had been robbed and tied with a rope by armed thugs. Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said the officers recovered Exhibits a SAR rifle with five rounds of ammunition, ropes, suspected stolen phones, motorcycle keys and breaking implements. “The suspects were using motor vehicle registration number UAR 179L Toyota Celica,” he said in a statement. According to Police the suspects have been identified as Isaac Massa, Senate George William and Ashraf Mubiru. Owoyesigyire noted that they are currently detained at Katwe Police Station. “The police are investigating allegations of being in p...
UGANDA: policeman detained for shooting protestor dead.

UGANDA: policeman detained for shooting protestor dead.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Police in Sembabule District are holding one of their own for allegedly shooting a resident dead while dispersing a rowdy crowd.Yakubu Mwambala, the officer in charge of Ntuusi police post reportedly shot dead Ambrose Niwagaba while dispersing people who were protesting encroachment on a community road. Niwagaba was reportedly hit by a stray bullet and died on spot at Kitokolo Village in Ntuusi Sub County on Wednesday.Residents accuse Ms Gwajwa Nabaasa, a self-styled spiritual healer of encroaching on a community road and later fenced it off.When residents started protesting, Ms Nabaasa alerted police which responded by firing in air to contain the angry residents.According to the village chairperson, Mr Mesach Kyambadde, residents had created a road through Nasaaba’s farm and they hav...
UGANDA: State petitions court on witness protection in AIGP Kaweesi murder case

UGANDA: State petitions court on witness protection in AIGP Kaweesi murder case

AFRICA, UGANDA
The state has filed an application in which it asks court for protection measures for witnesses who are going to testify in the pretrial case of the Kaweesi murder suspects. “My Lord, we have filed an application for protective measures for witnesses during the pretrial,” Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Lino Anguzu who is leading the prosecution team told court. He however refused to divulge more information about the application arguing that it is ex-parte that it will be between them(prosecution) and the judge at the right time. “We are seeking for protective measures for witnesses but it will be heard between us and the judge and not even the defence will be allowed.” The state prosecutor also told court that they have disclosed 95% of the evidence they intend to...
UGANDA: 2 security guards rob shs100mUGX from their boss.

UGANDA: 2 security guards rob shs100mUGX from their boss.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The incident according to the deputy Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire happened 10 days ago when the two guards attached to Tight Security Company Limited robbed Kunal Sethi, 35 a gold dealer. “Alex Abok and Anthony Ayor, the suspects put Sethi, 35, a gold dealer, on gunpoint and robbed him of Shs100 million at his office in Kamwokya, on July 9, 2020. The two suspects later fled and have been in hiding,”Owoyesigyire said. The deputy Kampala police mouthpiece said that using their technical teams and intelligence units, they were able to locate the suspects in Kaabong district, Karamoja region where they were later arrested and transferred to Kampala. “They were arrested in a hotel in Kaabong District where they were hiding. Police recovered Shs...
UGANDA: Court of Appeal to handle 63 cases in two weeks

UGANDA: Court of Appeal to handle 63 cases in two weeks

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – The Court of Appeal/Constitutional Court is set to handle two sessions simultaneously where a total of 63 civil and constitutional matters will be concluded in a fortnight. The cases to be handled consist of 26 Civil Appeals, 20 Constitutional Petitions and 17 applications. According to the cause-lists issued by the Acting Assistant Registrar Court of Appeal, Mary Babirye, the Civil Appeals will begin on Monday July 20 while the Constitutional Petitions will be handled from July 23. Justices Kenneth Kakuru, Hellen Obura, Stephen Musota, Christopher Madrama and Remmy Kasule will handle the Constitutional Petitions while Justices Geofrey Kiryabwire, Elizabeth Musoke and Irene Mulyagonja will handle the Civil Appeals. “…There will be a few minutes oral presentations in the...
New Zealand mosque shooter dismisses lawyers to represent himself at sentencing

New Zealand mosque shooter dismisses lawyers to represent himself at sentencing

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The gunman behind New Zealand's Christchurch mosque shootings sacked his lawyers on Monday and opted to represent himself, raising fears he would use a sentencing hearing next month to promote his white-supremacist views. Australian national Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced on August 24 on 51 murder convictions, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism arising from last year's massacre, the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history. He has pleaded guilty to the charges. At a pre-sentencing hearing on Monday, High Court judge Cameron Mander allowed Tarrant's lawyers, Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, to withdraw from proceedings at the request of their client. However, the judge ordered "standby counsel" to be available next month in case Tarrant - who app...
Police officer points gun at handcuffed blackman for refusing to reveal his identity

Police officer points gun at handcuffed blackman for refusing to reveal his identity

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A sergeant in a Florida Sheriff’s office has been arrested and fired after he allegedly pointed a gun at an African American man’s head because he would not identify himself. Janak Amin, of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was fired on Friday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after he threatened the life of a man who was already in police custody, according to the Daily Mail. Last Thursday, the man, who has not been named, was accidentally transferred from Hillsborough County Jail to the DACCO Behavioural Health Centre, and left the facility once he was alone. After the authorities realised the mistake, they went looking for the inmate and managed to detain him after they found him hiding behind a trailer, according to the ...
UGANDA: Court has remanded Eight for attempted Minister Assasination

UGANDA: Court has remanded Eight for attempted Minister Assasination

AFRICA, UGANDA
Court has remanded eight people accused of attempting to murder Energy minister Mary Goretti Kitutu and her family members.The suspects are Nathan Wanda, John Mugoya, Emmanuel Wanzira, Samuel Muhulo, Manuel Kimenya, Rose Muzaki, Irene Neumbe, and Emmanuel Kitono.They are charged with threatening violence, conspiracy to commit a crime, cyber harassment and cyber stalking.This group appeared before Buganda Road Court Magistrate Marion Mangeni and denied the charges. Court remanded them after the State Prosecutor, Mr Ivan Kyazze, submitted that inquiries into their case were still ongoing.The magistrate adjourned the case to July 21 for bail application.Prosecution contends that the accused persons between May 22 and June 11 in Mbale and Kampala with intent to intimidate and annoy Ms Kitu...
UGANDA: 3 have been put in Police custody after an attack on American family.

UGANDA: 3 have been put in Police custody after an attack on American family.

AFRICA, UGANDA
BUIKWE- Police in Njeru Municipality, Buikwe District are investigating circumstances under which an American family was attacked and injured by a group of machete-wielding   thugs. Police  identified the victims who are hospitalised at Nile International Hospital in Jinja as Mr Mathew Palm, his wife Ms Lovely Palm; their children Nicole Palm and Cloe  Palm as well as the home’s security guard Mr Hope Wafula. They were attacked on Wednesday in Kiira Zone, Njeru Municipality. Mr Palm operates an orphanage in the area. Reports say the attackers used hammers to break into the premises. According to Ms Hellen Butoto, the Ssezibwa Regional Police Spokesperson,  some  neighbours who heard the victims crying for help, alerted police officers who rushe...
AFRICA: Egyptian man locks up sister in a room for 22 years

AFRICA: Egyptian man locks up sister in a room for 22 years

AFRICA
An Egyptian man who locked his sister in a house for 22 years in Upper Egypt was detained pending investigation following the discovery, reports Egypt Independent. Fadia Ismail’s imprisonment was discovered after neighbours reported her brother to the public prosecution. After she was rescued, 56-year-old Fadia was examined by a doctor who reported she was suffering serious health issues due to her confinement. Fadia suffered psychological and physical damage as a result of the ordeal. A photo of Fadia published on Egypt Independent shows that she is severely malnourished. For the final 11 months of her confinement her family completely neglected her, giving her little food. Egypt Independent reported the man’s wife saying that Fadia had ...