Law & Order

  • Court Rules to Summon PM Hailemariam Desalegn and other Officials

    Mahlet Fasil

    Addis Abeba, August 19/2017 –A panel of judges at the Federal high court 4th criminal bench have today ruled to subpoena Prime Minister Hailemeriam Desalegn and other senior government officials to appear in court in November 2017 as defense witnesses for the case involving prominent opposition leaders Bekele Gerba and Dejene Fita Geleta, first secretary general and secretary general of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress (OFC), and others.

    After presiding over the hearings of defense witnesses for the last four days, the judges have today ruled in favor of the defense team’s request to summon, among others, Prime Minister Hailemeriam Desalegn, Abadula Gemeda, speaker of the House of peoples representatives, and Lemma Megerssa, president of the Oromia regional state, to appear in court as part of defense witnesses between November 06 and 08 2017.

    Dejene Fita, Bekele Gerba and fifteen others are defending themselves from terrorism and criminal charges brought against them by the federal prosecutors.

    After a year and three months of trial, on July 13, the federal court acquitted five of the 22 defendants in the original file under the name Gurmesa Ayano, ruled to reduce the terrorism charges against Bekele Gerba to criminal charges, and ordered the remaining 16 to defend the terrorism charges brought by the federal prosecutors. On August 10, the judges have denied Bekele Gerba’s request for bail and ordered him to defend his case along with the 16 others.

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  • Spain Attacks: Terrorists Planned to Use Explosives


    The perpetrators of the terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils originally planned to use explosive devices to wreak greater devastation but were apparently thwarted because their materials detonated prematurely, police said Friday.

    A house in Alcanar, south of Barcelona, was destroyed in a blast Wednesday night -- hours before one attacker mowed down dozens of people in the heart of Barcelona, killing 13. A group of five attackers then drove into pedestrians in the town of Cambrils, killing one, in the early hours of Friday.

    Catalan police chief Jose Lluis Trapero told reporters that explosives were found in the Alcanar property and that police "are working on the hypothesis that these attacks were being prepared in that house."

    The explosion meant the attackers were unable to use material they were planning to deploy in attacks in Barcelona, Cambrils and perhaps elsewhere, he said. The attack in Barcelona was therefore "more rudimentary than they originally planned," Trapero said.

    The revelations pointed to an alarming conclusion: that a highly organized terror cell had gone undetected until their explosives accidentally blew up the house where they were based -- and despite the setback they still managed to carry out two further improvised attacks without impediment.

    Key developments

    -- Four people have been arrested: one of them in Alcanar and three in Ripoll. Three were Moroccan citizens and another was Spanish and ranged in age from 21 to 34. None was on the radar for terrorism.

    -- People from at least 34 countries are among the injured in the attacks, Catalan authorities said. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said an American citizen was among the dead. The first to be identified was an Italian.

    -- Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy labeled the Barcelona attack "jihadi terrorism." Rajoy's government has declared three days of mourning across Spain.

    -- Rajoy, the Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont and other officials held a crisis cabinet meeting in Barcelona.

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  • Ethiopia PM attends graduation of Sudanese military personnel

    Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn who is on an official visit in neighbouring Sudan attended the graduation of Sudanese military personnel who completed military science training on Wednesday.

    The premier accompanied by his Sudanese counterpart, President Omer al-Bashir on Wednesday witnessed the inaugural ceremony of military and air force.

    On the occasion, Sudanese Defense Minister, General Mohammed Ahmed affirmed the army’s commitment to guarding regional and international peace.

    Here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia communication minister, Negeri Lencho told the state-run Ethiopia News Agency that the invitation for the delegation to attend the graduation ceremony shows the height of friendship that exists between the two countries.

    He said that it also displays the level of commitment among the two countries to cooperate in every aspect.

    Meanwhile, the Ethiopian premier said his country is keen to learn from the best practices of Sudan in the development and effective use of livestock resource.

    He made the remarks the high-level delegation the premier leads paid a visit a veterinary medicine manufacturing company and a dairy farm.

    Sudanese Health Minister Bahar Iddriss Abu-Garda said visit will be a major starting point for the export of Sudanese veterinary and human medicines to African countries and would enable the Sudan to support African countries in the field of medicines and other health fields.

    The visit will have a positive impact on the efforts of Ethiopia to benefit from its livestock resource.

    Despite having the largest livestock resource in Africa, Ethiopia has not properly utilized its resources.

    As one of its economic objectives, the government of Ethiopia is pursuing a policy of maximizing revenues through meat and live animal exports.

    In addition to learning from best practices, Ethiopia is interested to attract Sudanese companies to invest in the sector.

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  • Ex-Convict 'Stabbed to Death His Girlfriend in front of Their Two Children


    A California man has been arrested and charged with murder after police say he stabbed his girlfriend to death in front of the woman’s two young children, then tossed her body in the trash.

    Officers with the Stockton Police Department responded to the 9000 block of Don Borgia Way shortly before 10am on Sunday after getting a report of a possible dead body inside a garbage can.

    Police located the trash receptacle in question and found inside the lifeless body of a woman, later identified by family members on social media as 37-year-old Angenai Terlouw.

    In the course of the investigation, detectives identified a person of interest, Terlouw’s 36-year-old boyfriend, Daniel Winkler, and took him into custody Sunday evening.

    Police said Terlouw had been stabbed to death in front of the couple's two children, ages three and five, at a home on Erma Avenue, about a half-mile away from where he body was dumped.

    The case has been described by the authorities as ‘domestic violence related.

    The San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office has uncovered evidence of previous instances of domestic violence between Winkler and Terlouw, and more charges could be pending against the suspect, reported the station KTLA.

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  • A man who killed a 4 years old daughter executes, kills by AK 47


    The mother of a four-year-old girl who was raped and murdered today told of their joy at the execution by machine gun of their daughter's killer.

    Safaa al-Matari's parents said justice had been done as the little girl's father spoke of his 'happiness' that the murderer had been punished in 'spectacular way'.

    Hussein al-Saket, 25, was shot five times before his body was strung up from a crane in front of a large crowd in the Yemeni capital Sanaa's Tahrir Square for Saffa's abduction, rape and murder.

    Speaking exclusively to MailOnline the girl's mother Amal al-Matari said: 'I am very happy that the killer has been executed.

    'I felt so relieved even after it had taken all this time – one year and eight months ago.

    'I am more than happy and content now that justice has been done.

    'I know my innocent daughter Safaa will now rest in peace and in heaven.'

    Her father Muhamad Taher al-Matari said: 'I am so happy the killer of my daughter has finally been punished in such a spectacular and deterrent way so that he would set an example for all to see.

    He added: 'My tribe, family and I tahnk all those have have sympathized with us in Yemen whether they are Muslims, Christians or any other religion because attacking innocent children is forbidden by God and all religions.'

    Safaa's mother revealed how heartless al-Saket snatched her 'beautiful' daughter while she was giving birth to her youngest brother in November 2015.

    Amal al-Matari told MailOnline: 'I was giving birth to my youngest son, Saleh, who is now 20 months old when Safaa who was playing outside our house disappeared.

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  • Unskilled Nigerian Behind Phishing Offensive Targeting World's Biggest Companies

    A relatively unskilled man in his mid-20s, operating from a location near the capital of Nigeria, is the kingpin behind a four-month cyber-offensive that has affected 4,000 organizations globally.

    According to an investigation by Check Point, a range of companies have been targeted by cyberattacks which aim to infect their networks, steal data and commit fraud. The victims include a marine and energy solutions company in Croatia, a transportation company in Abu Dhabi, a mining company in Egypt, a construction organization in Germany, and so on—leading international names in industries such as oil & gas, manufacturing, banking and construction.

    “Successful attacks on this scale are usually attributed to expert gangs of cybercriminals—often backed by a nation-state, with the aim of destabilizing economies,” Check Point researchers said. “[Instead], he is a Nigerian national, working on his own. On his social media accounts, he uses the motto ‘get rich or die trying’.”

    His attack campaign uses fraudulent emails which appear to originate from oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco, the world’s second largest daily oil producer, targeting financial staff within companies to trick them into revealing company bank details, or open the email’s malware-infected attachment.

    “It’s particularly striking that his techniques display a low level of cyber-skills,” the researchers said. “His fraudulent emails are crude and unsophisticated; there is almost no research or social engineering involved in creating them. The titles of the emails are generic, and phrased as “Dear Sir/Ms.” The same mail is sent to numerous targets, all in blind carbon copy, urging victims to send back banking details, perhaps for future scams.”

    The malware used is NetWire, a remote access Trojan which allows full control over infected machines, and Hawkeye, a keylogging program. These are old, generic and readily available online; and, he uses freeware to ‘scrape’ email addresses from corporate websites which he then uses as targets for his campaigns, Check Point said.

    The ramifications are myriad: Both financial losses and the ability for follow-on attacks should both be concerns, the firm cautioned.

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