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In Secret Chats, Brazil’s Chief Corruption Prosecutor Worried That Bolsonaro’s Justice Minister Would Protect Bolsonaro’s Senator-Son Flávio From Scandals

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Federal prosecutors privately agreed there is “no doubt” that President Bolsonaro‘s son engaged in corruption while he was a state representative, but thus far, little has been done.
'Grave concerns that a major corruption scandal involving Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s son, federal Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, might be shielded from serious investigative scrutiny by Bolsonaro’s powerful Justice Minister Sergio Moro were expressed in secret chats involving Moro’s long-time ally, Deltan Dallagnol, the chief prosecutor of the anti-corruption Car Wash investigation.Moro himself is currently battling his own corruption scandal as a result of the Intercept’s series of ongoing exposés beginning on June 9 , based on a massive archive of secret chats, documents and other materials involving the then-judge and the Car Wash prosecutors.The specific scandal involving Bolsonaro’s son erupted almost as soon as his father was elected President, a victory driven in large part by an anti-corruption platform.As the Intercept  has  extensively reported , a government agency responsible for detecting unusual movements of money on the part of politicians found more than R $1.5 million in transfers and deposits by Flávio Bolsonaro’s long-time driver, Fabricio Queiroz, most of which ended up in Flávio’s account and at least one of which ended up in the account of President Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle.The scandal became even more serious when Queiroz’s substantial connections to the country’s most violent and dangerous para-military gangs were revealed, and even worse, when it was revealed that Flávio himself employed in his cabinet while he was a state representative both the mother and wife of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most wanted para-military leaders.That meant that the cloud of scandal around Jair Bolsonaro’s son, a newly elected Senator, was not just about allegations of “mere” stealing of public funds.Instead, it suggested something much darker: deep links between the Bolsonaro family and the organized crime rings that rule and terrorize much of Brazil (and which Sergio Moro was purportedly appointed to combat). In today’s new secret chats reported by the Intercept, federal prosecutors, while talking in secret to one another after Bolsonaro’s victory, are emphatic that these unexplained deposits by Flávio’s driver perfectly match other corruption schemes they prosecuted in which political officials hire “phantom employees” who do no work, but collect their salary and then pay back the vast bulk of that money to the political official for his own personal enrichment.Despite how clear-cut these prosecutors believe Flávio’s corruption to be, they expressed in these newly published chats deep worry that, while the investigation of the money movements is in the hands of local investigators, the broader and more serious allegations against Flávio might not be investigated because Justice Minister Moro is concerned about angering President Bolsonaro.This is considered likely not only because the corruption case has the President’s son as its prime target but also because it already involves his own wife and could — given his long-time close friendship with Queiroz — end up implicating the President himself.Even more stunning in these chats is that Moro’s most loyal defender and ally over the last five years, the chief Car Wash prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol, himself expressed concerns that Moro would refuse to pursue an investigation of Flávio out of fear that it would jeopardize Moro’s own chance to be named to the Supreme Court.In May, Bolsonaro surprised the nation when he admitted that  he had promised Moro — who, as a judge, was responsible for removing Bolsonaro’s primary adversary (Lula) by finding him guilty on corruption charges — not only his current position as the nation’s Justice Minister but also the next vacancy on the Supreme Court, a life-time appointment.To this day, consistent with Dallagnol’s predictions, there is no evidence that Moro — who at the time of these private chats had already left his position as judge and accepted Bolsonaro’s offer to take over the Ministry of Justice — has taken any measures to investigate the scheme of “phantom employees” that Flávio is accused of maintaining, nor, more importantly, Flávio’s connections with powerful militias in Rio de Janeiro.The corruption scandal involving Flávio, which had been dominating the headlines, had virtually disappeared from media coverage in recent months due to apparent inaction.The investigation regarding the “unusual movement” of funds is now in the hands of the local Rio de Janeiro prosecutor, and appears to have entered a much slower-than-expected pace for a case of this seriousness.Moro, meanwhile, has given no indication of investigating the federal ramifications of the case, such as Queiroz’s alleged loan to First Lady Michelle Bolsonaro or his ties to militias.On the few occasions Moro answered questions from the media about the Senator-son of the president, he has repeated that “there is nothing conclusive about the Queiroz case” and that the government does not intend to interfere with the work of the prosecutors.The case returned to the news only this week when, on Monday, July 15, Supreme Court President Dias Toffoli responded to Flávio Bolsonaro’s request to  suspend investigations  into his personal finances and those of his associates; the judge accepted the request by ruling as improper investigations initiated without judicial approval involving the use of financial information from the the agency that monitors politicians’ financial transactions: the agency whose reporting of suspicious deposits from Queiroz triggered the Flávio scandal in the first place.On December 8, 2018 — just five weeks after Bolsonaro’s victory but three weeks before he was inaugurated — Dallagnol initiated the discussion of these concerns regarding Moro with a message posted in a Telegram chat group composed of other Car Wash prosecutors.Dallagnol noted an article from the news outlet UOL that described an unexplained deposit by Flávio’s driver, Queiroz, of R$ 24,000 (US$ 6,500) into an account in the name of President Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle.Prosecutor Deltan Dallagnol, coordinator of the Lava-Jato task force, participates in a debate held at the headquarters of the newspaper O Estado de Sao Paulo, on Oct. 24, 2017.Photo: Felipe Rau/Agencia Estado via AP As the article described, the “transaction was identified as ‘atypical’ by” the agency charged with monitoring money movements.Queiroz, Flávio’s long-time driver and a close Bolsonaro family friend, “moved R $1.2 million (US $380,000) between January, 2016 and January, 2017.” The UOL article posted by Dallagnol noted that “the agency’s report does not itself prove improprieties but indicates amounts of money being moved that are incompatible with the income and economic activities of the ex-aide.” This news caused Dallagnol to ask what his colleagues on the Car Wash anti-corruption task force thought about the case and about Moro’s reaction to it as Bolsonaro’s new Justice Minster.One prosecutor, Jerusa Viecilli, already a critic in prior chat groups of Moro’s closeness with the Bolsonaro government, responded: “I’m saying nothing . . . just watching ”. Intercept reporting revealed  in June that many Car Wash prosecutors, in their secret chats, were indignant that Moro, after insisting for five years to critics that the Car Wash investigations and convictions were completely apolitical and free of ideology, had joined Bolsonaro’s far-right government as a political official, with many complaining that his doing so would forever put into doubt the legitimacy, credibility, and apolitical legacy of their anti-corruption work.For years, critics of the Car Wash investigation accused prosecutors and Judge Moro of being right-wing operatives abusing the power of law and the cover of an anti-corruption crusade to advance a nakedly political agenda, one designed to overwhelmingly target the left, especially the Workers Party that had dominated Brazilian politics for two decades, while neglecting or even ignoring serious corruption by the right.The investigators’ insistence that they were devoid of political motives was seriously undermined, argued the prosecutors, by the appearance of Moro joining a right-wing government that was elected only once the Car Wash prosecutors and Moro rendered Bolsonaro’s primary center-left adversary ineligible to run.Their credibility has been damaged further by the Intercept’s exposés showing that prosecutors explicitly discussed having as one of their motives preventing a return of the Workers Party to power: exactly that which they and Moro spent years denying.Dallagnol expressed serious concerns about how the Justice Minister was conducting the investigation into Flávio’s corruption allegations, suggesting that the ex-judge could end up being lenient with Flávio due to limits imposed on him by President Bolsonaro or by the self-interested desire of Moro to avoid putting at risk his nomination to the Supreme Court by angering Bolsonaro with a robust investigation into his son.Invoking a Brazilian poem used to expressed uncertainty about whether any consequences would follow from certain actions, Dallagnol wrote about Flávio’s actions: “It’s obvious what happened…. And now what, Jose?” In the December 8 chat, Dallagnol continued: “In any case, the president will not split from his son.And what if all this happens before the vacancy on the Supreme Court appears?” About President Bolsonaro’s possible retaliation against Moro’s crown jewel — his anti-corruption bill — Dallagnol concluded: “Now, how much will he support the Moro Anti-Corruption agenda if his son ends up feeling Moro’s investigation on his skin?” Requests for comment from the Car Wash prosecutorial task force and the prosecutors cited in this article were not answered as of the time of publication.The article will be updated to include any responses.Moro’s predicament — how to investigate a corruption case involving the son of the President who named him to his position or, even more delicate, how to investigate corruption that could involve the President himself and his wife — caused Dallagnol himself to consider avoiding all interviews about corruption debates.On the same day that his group discussed Moro’s posture in the Queiroz and Flávio case, Dallagnol used a private chat to discuss the same topic with another Car Wash prosecutor, Roberson Pozzobon.In that conversation, Dallagnol expressed deep concerns about granting media interviews about corruption issues given the possibility that questions about Flávio Bolsonaro might be raised.In stark contrast to his usual eagerness to speak publicly about other cases of corruption — Dellagnol had famously used the media far more aggressively than is typical for prosecutors — he suggested that he was now reluctant to issue a more severe condemnation of Flávio for fear of the political consequences of displeasing the new President, motives similar to the ones he had, just hours earlier on that day, accusatorily suggested could cause Moro not to investigate Flávio.After considering various options for how to talk about the Flávio case if he were asked in interviews, Dallagnol concluded: “this can only be read as wishy-washy and protective of the government.” Pozzobon agreed that Dallagnol should try to avoid speaking about the Flávio scandal, ending the discussion with this proclamation: “I believe silence in this case is more eloquent.” One and a half months later, on January 21, 2019, in the same chat group of prosecutors, Dallagnol announced that he had been invited to be interviewed on Brazil’s 60-Minutes-like, highly-watched Sunday night news program on Globo, “Fantastico,” to speak about ongoing corruption debates.The prosecutor was excited to be interviewed to the extent the questions focused on the case the program’s produces had specified: namely, corruption allegations against federal Congressman Paulo Pimenta, a member of the center-left Workers Party, the same party as Lula’s.Dallagnol was particularly happy to speak critically about the Workers Party Congressman’s invocation of a special legal “privilege” that has effectively shielded many lawmakers from investigation because it stipulates that federal lawmakers can be tried on criminal charges only by the Supreme Court.The law in question was enacted upon Brazil’s re-democratization as a protection against dictatorship-era abuses in which military regime leaders would simply concoct corruption charges against dissident Congress members and remove them from office; however, the sheer number of corruption cases pending against Congress members has produced a huge backlog in the Supreme Court, thus meaning that lawmakers who invoke this right have a high likelihood that their cases will never be brought to justice, or at least not for many years.In the past, Car Wash prosecutors were never shy about forcefully denouncing the invocation of this Congressional privilege when it came to other politicians charged with corruption.But in the case of this Fantastico interview, Dallagnol, who has been severely critical of lawmakers who invoke this right, was suddenly reluctant to accept the invitation to speak on such an important national media stage due to his fear that he would have to talk not only about the Workers Party but also about Bolsonaro’s son, Flávio, who had invoked the same privilege in an attempt — ultimately unsuccessful — to shield himself from investigation.Indeed, Flávio’s invocation of this privilege — preserved for federal lawmakers — was far more dubious than the Congress members whom the Car Wash prosecutors had previously criticized, because the corrupt acts of which Flávio is accused occurred prior to his being elected a federal Senator.If any case of a politician abusing this privilege merited condemnation by the anti-corruption crusaders, it would be Flávio’s.But in this private chat about the TV offer, Dallagnol expressed his reluctance to speak about the case involving Flávio, calculating that the risks of having to discuss the case were greater than the eventual benefits of the investigation: “I don’t see that we have anything to gain because this question [of the privilege] is already settled.” His Car Wash colleagues agreed that while an interview about the Workers Party case would present no problem, the best option was to reject Fantastico’s invitation in order to avoid what they described, invoking soccer imagery, as a “divided ball”   around Flávio Bolsonaro (the Globo news program declined to comment on this story). ‘Xiiiiiiiii’ All of these chats are drawn from the archive of messages that the Intercept began to reveal on June 9 , in a series titled the Secret Brazil Archive (in Brazil, the scandal has become widely known by the Twitter hashtag the Intercept Brasil coined on the day of the first series of articles: #VazaJato: a play on the word “leak” in Portuguese (“vazamento”) and the name of the Car Wash investigation, Lava Jato). The statement from the editors of The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil published with the first series of reports explains the criteria used to report on this vast trove of materials; the ongoing reporting now includes partnerships with some of Brazil’s largest media outlets, including its largest center-right weekly magazine Veja (which has supported Minister Moro and the Car Wash probe in the past), to ensure that the archive materials in the public interest are reported as quickly and responsibly as possible.The idea that Moro was eager to protect Jair Bolsonaro’s son, or at least eager to avoid his investigation, was expressed again in the prosecutors’ chat groups in mid-January.This chat was prompted by Dallagnol’s finally making a public statement about the corruption allegations against Flávio Bolsonaro.He did so in response to pressure and questions from Intercept reporter (now Intercept editor) Rafael Moro Martins, who pressed the task force on why they had said nothing about Flávio’s case even though they had often publicly expressed views on similar corruption cases by other politicians.After Dallagnol posted a public statement about the Flávio case in response to the Intercept’s pressure, his press aide, in a private chat, praised him for doing so, writing to him: “this reinforces our non-partisanship.” After praising Dallagnol’s denunciation of Flávio, the press advisor then criticized Moro’s far less assertive statements whenever the Justice Minister was asked about Flávio’s scandal involving Queiroz: “they say his comments on Queiroz were very ‘neutral,’ that they had no firmness, you know?To many people, it seems Moro wanted to escape to the margins.” Moro, said Dallagnol’s press aide said in their private chat, “stayed on top of the wall”— a common phrase in Portuguese for those who refuse to take a position or get involved in a dispute.Those comments from Dallagnol’s aide were posted in mid-January, just a little more than a month after Dallagnol himself, in December, debated the case with his colleagues and expressed a similar concern that Moro would not pursue the allegations against Flávio with the investigative rigor they merit.This conversation with Dallagnol’s aide occurred two months after several federal prosecutors had privately complained, as the Intercept previously reported , about the ethical conduct of Moro during the years he was a judge overseeing the Car Wash investigation.What emerges from an examination of these chats is a clear pattern of Moro’s closest allies on the Car Wash prosecutors’ task force — who praised and defended him in public — privately voicing many of the same critiques and concerns about his methods and motives as many of his harshest critics.Sergio Moro faces the Committee on Constitution and Justice and Citizenship in Brazil on July 2, 2019, to explain published messages attributed to Moro, Attorney General Deltan Dallagnol, and prosecutors for the task force of Operation Lava Jato.Photo: Mateus Bonomi/AGIF via AP In the Brazilian press, Justice Minister Moro has now been questioned several times about his apparent apathy about the investigation into corruption allegations against Bolsonaro’s son as well as about a major scandal involving Bolsonaro’s political party during the 2018 election.In response, Moro generally claims that he has no control over the Federal Police, even though it reports to him, because, he says, they maintain investigative autonomy.Thus, he implies, any failure on the part of the Federal Police to adequately investigate the Bolsonaros’ corruption scandals has nothing to do with him.But Moro’s claim that he does not control the Federal Police — a claim made in response to criticisms that as Justice Minister he has sought to protect President Bolsonaro, his family and his party — should be viewed with substantial skepticism.After all, Moro, for years, also publicly insisted that he had no role in the management and direction of the Car Wash prosecutions that he was required to judge as a neutral arbiter: a claim that the Intercept’s reporting, with the aid of this archive, has proven to be false . . The post In Secret Chats, Brazil’s Chief Corruption Prosecutor Worried That Bolsonaro’s Justice Minister Would Protect Bolsonaro’s Senator-Son Flávio From Scandals appeared first on The Intercept .'

New Netflix True Crime Drama Is ‘Next 13 Reasons Why’

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A new Netflix true crime drama is being hailed as the next 13 Reasons Why after the trailer was released this week. Unbelievable tells a story of ‘unspeakable trauma,’ inspired by the real events which were highlighted in The Marshall Project and
'Netflix A new Netflix true crime drama is being hailed as the next 13 Reasons Why after the trailer was released this week. Unbelievable tells a story of ‘unspeakable trauma,’ inspired by the real events which were highlighted in The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning article, An Unbelievable Story of Rape . After a teenager reports being raped by a man who had bound and gagged her, but then recants it after police confronted her with inconsistencies in her story, women start coming forward in different cities with similar stories. You can watch the trailer for the upcoming drama below: Kaitlyn Dever ( Booksmart ) stars as a teenager, Marie, whose story of sexual assault is initially dismissed by investigators. The series explores the trauma she experiences following the rape and the alienation she faces as a result of it. Toni Collette and Merritt Wever play two detectives, Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall, who meet while investigating similar cases of intruder rapes hundreds of miles away, and begin piecing evidence together which could eventually uncover the truth. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear there has been a systemic failure on the part of law enforcement to properly investigate rape claims, while Rasmussen and Duvall work against the clock to prevent such incidents happening again. Netflix Upon the release of the film’s trailer, one person wondered whether Unbelievable could be the next 13 Reasons Why because of the ‘disturbing content’ it explores, asking underneath the trailer: ‘Is this gonna be the next ’13 reasons why’?’ The issues tackled by the upcoming drama are strikingly similar to the television series in which a teenage girl commits suicide and leaves tapes behind explaining to her classmates why they played a role in her death. Tackling issues such as bullying, rape, and suicide, 13 Reasons Why divided viewers over how these issues should be relayed to its (often young) audience. Unbelievable looks set to continue this important discussion, with the trailer hinting at serious repercussions for the teenager’s mental health and wellbeing. However, there is one main difference: while 13 Reasons Why is based on the 2007 best-selling fiction novel by Jay Asher, Unbelievable is based on the true events depicted in T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong’s award winning article . The series will also star Vanessa Bell Calloway ( What’s Love Got to Do with It ), Dale Dickey ( Iron Man 3 ), and John Hartmann ( The Good Place ). Unbelievable will debut on Netflix in September. If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). Alternatively you can contact Victim Support on 08 08 16 89 111. Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on its website or on its helpline – 0808 800 5005.'

Britain Drafts Plans to Sanction Iran in Tanker-Quarrel

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Britain is drawing up plans to target Iran with sanctions for its seizing of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait off Hormuz, and it may urge European Union to reimpose sanctions lifted in 2016 as part of Tehran’s agreement to curb its nuclear
'British officials are drawing up plans to target Iran with sanctions for its seizing of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait off Hormuz, and it may urge European Union countries to reimpose sanctions that were lifted in 2016 as part of Tehran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program. The British government is under strong pressure from lawmakers to act decisively in the sharply escalating diplomatic quarrel between the two countries, but there’s growing domestic criticism in the House of Commons about the lack of naval protection for British tankers in the Strait. The outgoing British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is being blamed by some parliamentarians and military officials for failing to agree to a system of joint naval patrols the U.S. was urging Britain and other European navies to establish with American forces. Downing Street took the view that if Britain joined an American-proposed “coalition off navies” it would be seen as endorsing President Donald Trump’s hard-line, sanctions-led approach to Iran, say British and U.S. officials. British defense minister Tobias Ellwood told British broadcasters Sunday that Downing Street is is looking at imposing sanctions against Iran over the seizing of the British-flagged and Swedish-owned Stena Impero and its 23-strong crew. Sanctions could include the freezing of Iranian asset. Asked about sanctions, Ellwood said: “We are going to be looking at a series of options.” On Sunday, too, new audio recordings were released of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the Royal Navy both giving instructions to to the Britain-flagged tanker, with the Iranians ordering the vessel’s captain to change course. One Iranian officer can be heard saying, “If you obey, you will be safe.” A British officer from the frigate HMS Montrose can be heard saying, “This is British warship F236. I reiterate, that as you are conducting transit passage in a recognized international strait, under international law your passage must not be impaired, impeded, obstructed or hampered.” FILE - In this image from file video provided by UK Ministry of Defence, British navy vessel HMS Montrose escorts another ship during a mission to remove chemical weapons from Syria at sea off coast of Cyprus in February 2014. HMS Montrose was an hour away from the tanker as it was being swarmed by agile, high-speed Iranian small boats and a helicopter. Later the British officer can be heard demanding from the Iranians in a dueling conversation to “please confirm that you are not intending to violate international law by unlawfully attempting to board the MV Stena .” The British-registered ship's crew is made up of Indian, Latvian, Filipino and Russian members. As reports emerged in London of likely British retaliation, the Iranian ambassador to Britain, Hamid Baeidinejad, took to Twitter to warn the British not to escalate the quarrel.  UK government should contain those domestic political forces who want to escalate existing tension between Iran and the UK well beyond the issue of ships. This is quite dangerous and unwise at a sensitive time in the region. Iran however is firm and ready for different scenarios. — Hamid Baeidinejad (@baeidinejad) July 21, 2019 The European Union has warned the seizing of the British-flagged tanker “brings risks of further escalation.” But some European officials are critical of the British for the impounding of an Iranian tanker loaded with oil destined for Syria in the waters off Gibraltar earlier this month, saying while it was a legal seizure, it wasn’t “politically smart.” Iran suggested the seizing of the Stena Impero was in retaliation for Britain’s detaining of the Iranian-owned Grace 1 tanker — despite initially claiming the British-flagged vessel was diverted and seized because it collided with an Iranian fishing boat. A spokesperson for Iran's Guardian Council said “the rule of reciprocal action is well-known in international law.” FILE - A Royal Marine patrol vessel is seen beside the intercepted Grace 1 super tanker in the British territory of Gibraltar, July 4, 2019. Iranian officials appeared to be trying Sunday to exploit divisions between the EU and Britain over the Gibraltar incident. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, again reiterated Tehran’s contention that the U.S. had pushed Britain into a confrontation with Iran, blaming mainly U.S. national security adviser John Bolton.  Make no mistake: Having failed to lure @realDonaldTrump into War of the Century, and fearing collapse of his #B_Team , @AmbJohnBolton is turning his venom against the UK in hopes of dragging it into a quagmire. Only prudence and foresight can thwart such ploys. — Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 21, 2019 As British officials consider their next moves, a former head of the Royal Navy, Lord West, blasted Theresa May’s government, for failing to protect British tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. Writing in Britain’s Observer newspaper , he said the government should have done much more to protect British ships, arguing that those responsible were distracted by the race between Boris Johnson and the current British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to succeed May as prime minister. That race concludes Tuesday, with Johnson seen as the probable victor. Lord West urged the new prime minister to ignore Brexit and focus fully on the crisis or risk a descent into war. On Saturday, Hunt, the foreign secretary, said he’d spoken to his Iranian counterpart, to express “extreme disappointment” over Iran’s actions. Hunt said the tanker had been seized in Omani waters in “clear contravention of international law”, and denounced the tanker’s detention as “totally and utterly unacceptable.” There is growing concern in London, too, about whether Johnson is up to the task of handling the rapidly escalating crisis. A former British foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, said it was a dangerous moment: “This is a critical test for the new prime minister which will put him and his team on their mettle.” Alistair Burt, another former foreign office minister, says Johnson would already have had enough major problems to contend with, including Brexit, without the confrontation in the Strait of Hormuz. But now he will have “a fully formed international crisis sitting in the in-tray marked Iran.” FILE - Campaigners hold posters of jailed British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe at the Iranian Embassy in London on February 21, 2018. Johnson was strongly criticized for his handling when foreign secretary of the Iranian imprisonment of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman and media worker for Reuters, who Iran detained, accusing her of spying. Her family say Johnson worsened her plight by misspeaking by saying she was in Iran working as a journalist, when in fact she was in the country to visit family.'

Doctors: Detainee Allegedly Tortured in Sudan Dies

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The man diedy in the town of Dilling in the state of South Kordofan after he was detained by agents of the feared National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), the doctors committee said in a statement
'A Sudanese civilian detained and allegedly tortured by security agents in a central town has died in custody, a doctors committee linked to the country's protest movement said Sunday. The man died on Saturday in the town of Dilling in the state of South Kordofan after he was detained by agents of the feared National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), the doctors committee said in a statement. The detainee \'passed away on July 20, 2019 from torture while in detention at the NISS office in Dilling,\' the statement said without elaborating on the circumstances of his arrest. \'NISS continues to torture and claim innocent civilian lives illegally without facing any consequences.\' Officers of NISS were not immediately available for comment. Rights groups and activists had regularly accused NISS agents of cracking down on dissidents and restricting freedoms during the regime of veteran leader Omar al-Bashir who was ousted in April. It was NISS that led a sweeping crackdown on protests against Bashir's rule that first erupted in December. Dozens were killed and hundreds of protesters, activists and opposition leaders were arrested during the months-long campaign that led to Bashir's overthrow and subsequent demonstrations calling for civilian rule. Last week a power-sharing deal was inked between the protest leaders and the ruling generals who seized power after ousting Bashir. More talks between the two sides to thrash out some pending issues have been suspended following differences within the protest movement itself over the power-sharing deal.'

Ipswich stranger rape: All we know as police revisit scene

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Video PUBLISHED: 11:55 21 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:08 21 July 2019 Police at the scene of a rape in Silent Street, Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT Archant Detectives investigating a rape in Ipswich have spoken to more than 200 people as part of checks
'Video \t\t\t\t PUBLISHED: 11:55 21 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:08 21 July 2019 Police at the scene of a rape in Silent Street, Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT Archant Detectives investigating a rape in Ipswich have spoken to more than 200 people as part of checks carried out 24 hours after the attack. Police tape remains in place at the scene in Silent Street, Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT The victim, an 18-year-old woman, was walking along Silent Street when she was grabbed from behind and dragged into a car park, where she was raped by an unknown man. The attack, which police have described as “horrendous” and “terrifying”, happened at around 3am on Saturday and was reported to police shortly before 4.30am. – Read more about the incident here. Why have police returned to the scene? This morning, between 2am and 4am, officers were in Silent Street where they spoke to 238 people and distributed leaflets with information about the attack. A forensic van is parked up in Silent Street, Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT Specialist trained officers are continuing to support the victim, as work to identify the suspect continues. No further descriptions of the suspect have been released yet, other than him being described as black, with curly hair. What have detectives working on the case said? Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar, of Suffolk police’s major investigation team, said: “We continue to pursue a number of lines of enquiry as part of this investigation and I am grateful to those people who spoke to officers in the early hours of this morning for their assistance. Police officers are parked up in Silent Street, Ipswich Picture: ARCHANT “I would again appeal for anyone with information about this horrendous attack to contact us immediately, especially anyone who believes they saw a male matching the description we have given, in the vicinity of Silent Street between 2am and 4am yesterday morning. “Attacks of this nature are rare, but despite this I would like to reiterate the message to people to avoid walking alone in the early hours of the morning. Always plan your journey home by walking in groups, making arrangements to get a lift with friends, or calling a taxi.” MORE: Police up patrols after ‘terrifying’ rape How can I help with the investigation? Detectives want to hear from anyone who can help police with the investigation. This includes anyone who thinks they may have seen a man matching the description above, or saw a woman walking alone from the direction of the Old Cattle Market towards Silent Street. Police also want to hear from anyone in the area between 2am and 4am on Saturday. Those who drove along nearby roads during that time who might have dash cam footage, or anyone living nearby with private CCTV, should also get in contact. How do I get in touch? Call the major investigation team on 101 quoting crime reference 42560/19 with information. Alternatively, report information via the Suffolk police website , contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their online form.'