RSF relieved by German journalist’s release in Syria

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the release of a German freelance journalist who had been held hostage in Syria since October 2015 and who gave birth while in captivity. She and her baby arrived in Turkey yesterday. September 29, 2016 RSF relieved by German journalist’s release in Syria Receive email alerts SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses July 10, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information “We are delighted to learn that this German journalist has been finally been freed almost a year after being abducted by an armed group in Syria,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.“Although we do not yet know the identity of her kidnappers or the exact circumstances of her release, we remind all parties to the conflict in Syria of their duty to protect civilians, including journalists. Syria continues to be the world’s deadliest countries for media personnel.”The German foreign ministry issued a statement yesterday evening announcing that the journalist and her baby had been freed and had arrived safe and sound in Turkey. She was already pregnant when captured by unidentified individuals in Syria in October 2015. The foreign ministry thanked the Turkish government for its cooperation. It also thanked its international partners for their efforts.Jabhat Fatah Al-Sham, the armed group formerly known as Al-Nusra Front, issued a statement claiming that it helped to free the journalist from captivity by a small armed group, which it did not name. RSF is not in a position to confirm the accuracy of Jabhat Fatah Al-Sham’s claim.The head of RSF’s German section, Christian Mihr, said: “We owe thanks and appreciation to the German authorities who have managed to avert an end like James Foley’s for this abduction.”Mihr added: “We hope that those responsible for crimes like these will be held accountable sooner rather than later. This will be the only way to break the cycle of impunity encouraging others to commit ever new crimes against journalists.”Last year, RSF asked the United Nations Security Council to refer the situation in Syria and Iraq, where war crimes are being committed against journalists, to the International Criminal Court.According to RSF’s tally, around 200 journalists and citizen journalists have been killed since the start of the conflict in Syria in March 2011, 14 of them in 2016. American journalist Austin Tice is still missing in Syria since he disappeared in 2012. Syria is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses to go further Follow the news on Syria RSF_en RSF supports lawsuit accusing Assad regime of murdering US journalist Marie Colvin News Organisation Al-Jazeera reporter killed by Russian air strike News News Constant threats against journalists in Syria News July 12, 2016 Find out more June 29, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

Prison warning for sulky racers and drivers

first_imgNewsLocal NewsPrison warning for sulky racers and driversBy admin – December 21, 2012 923 Email Twitter Previous articleTurkey for ChristmasNext articleHow Nanny Twinkerbell broke the mould admin Advertisement WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin A CLEAR message has been sent out to people who engage in or facilitate sulky racing on public roads – you can expect imprisonment if prosecuted. Judge Eugene O’Kelly was the man with the message at Limerick District Court last week when he heard evidence in a case where “support cars” were blocking a public road and “engaging in an extremely dangerous activity”. His comments came when 26-year-old Ian Butler of Downey Street, Garryowen narrowly escaped a prison sentence on a charge of dangerous driving as a result of representations by his defence solicitor.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court was told that his car was one of 30 vehicles bound for Limerick in support of a sulky race that had “commandeered the public road for a private race”on the main road to Boher at 8.30am last New Year’s Eve.Inspector Paul Reidy said that Mr Butler was “engaged in an extremely dangerous activity while he had no insurance”.When defending solicitor John Devane, said his insurance was “just shortly out of date”, Judge O’Kelly replied that “it was not going to be any good to an injured person in the event of an accident”.“It’s extremely arrogant of people to think they can commandeer a public road for a private race. Your client and his colleagues, were putting unsuspecting drivers in extreme danger. Someone could have been hospitalised”, he told Mr Devane.Mr Devane said that sulky racing was part of his client’s background adding that it was “genetically inbred into a horsey background” to which Judge O’Kelly replied that it was “no problem if they wanted to race around the fields, but not on the roadways”.Imposing a four month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, Judge O’Kelly said he wanted to send out “a very clear message that if you do this, you can expect imprisonment from now on.”The defendant was also disqualified for eight years for dangerous driving and for two years  for driving without insurance. Print Facebooklast_img read more

[Delhi Riot] Delhi Court Directs Jail Superintendent To Allow Umar Khalid To Move Freely Out Of His Cell And Provide Him Books, Warm Clothes As Required

first_imgNews Updates[Delhi Riot] Delhi Court Directs Jail Superintendent To Allow Umar Khalid To Move Freely Out Of His Cell And Provide Him Books, Warm Clothes As Required Radhika Roy23 Oct 2020 4:17 AMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Friday directed the Jail Superintendent to ensure that JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid, who was arrested on the intervening night of 13/14 September in connection with alleged conspiracy pertaining to Delhi Riots, was allowed to move out of his cell and treated like other prisoners. Khalid’s request seeking for books and warm clothes in wake of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Delhi Court on Friday directed the Jail Superintendent to ensure that JNU Student Leader Umar Khalid, who was arrested on the intervening night of 13/14 September in connection with alleged conspiracy pertaining to Delhi Riots, was allowed to move out of his cell and treated like other prisoners. Khalid’s request seeking for books and warm clothes in wake of the impending winter season was also allowed by the Court. The directions were given in the course of a hearing of an Application by Delhi Police which sought for extension of remand of Khalid by a period of 30 days. The same was allowed by the Court and the judicial remand has been extended till 20th November, 2020. In the previous hearing, Khalid had been produced virtually before the Court and had informed the learned Judge Randhir Jaswal that the jail authorities were not allowing him to step out of his jail and it was akin to solitary confinement. Accordingly, the Judge had sought for the appearance of the Jail Superintendent. In today’s hearing, the Superintendent informed the Court that rules and regulations were being followed and that Khalid was not being confined to his cell in the garb of security being provided to him. Advocate Trideep Pais, appearing on behalf of Khalid, submitted to the Court that Khalid was being treated as a zoo animal on display where others could see him and he could see others, but not be allowed to venture out of his cell. “COVID-19 is for everybody. Umar Khalid is not to be treated with any discrimination and that is what is happening here. Is he a zoo animal on display that others can see him and he can see them? Why can’t he be treated as a normal person?”, stated Pais. The Judge then enquired from the Superintendent the timings pertaining to cells being open, to which he was informed that from sunrise to 12 and then from 3 to sunset, the cells were kept open. Khalid was then asked whether he was allowed out of his cell to which he submitted, “After I brought the grievance before the Court, I was allowed outside. The Superintendent came to meet me and himself brought me out. But, before that, there were long periods when I was not allowed out. There was in fact an order which stated that I would not be allowed at all. But after yesterday, things have gotten better”. He also informed the Court that the Superintendent had insured that he would be allowed out for some time as the reaction of other prisoners need to be gauged. The Judge, after noting this, asked the Superintendent to personally take a stock of the situation and to ensure that the same was not repeated. He stated that the would pass an Order binding the Superintendent to his submissions of today. Khalid also made a request for books and for warm clothes, and the same was allowed by the Court. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more