Law & Order

  • Saudi princes' five star prison Picture Leaked!

    Asleep on the floor of their 'luxury' five star prison 11 Saudi princes, government ministers and businessmen await their fate following their arrest in the biggest anti-corruption purge of the kingdom's modern history.

    In a photo obtained exclusively by the men are seen gathered together at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, inside one of its glittering function rooms - wrapped in blankets and sleeping on thin mattresses.

    Saudi sources say that among those photographed in the room are billionaire investor Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who is a nephew of the king, worth an estimated $18 billion and owns stakes in Twitter, Lyft and Citigroup.

    The photograph was revealed as President Trump went all-in supporting the man who ordered the mass arrests, Crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, the ferociously ambitious 32-year-old heir to the throne.

    In two tweets sent as he prepared to leave Japan for South Korea on a lengthy Asian tour, he said: 'I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing....

    '....Some of those they are harshly treating have been "milking" their country for years!'

    The intervention places the U.S. squarely behind the crown prince and may be partly personally motivated: Prince Al-Waleed was a vocal personal critic of Trump in the run-up to his election.

    The photograph of princes on bare mattresses show the depth of their fall. Although has no way of verifying the claims from inside the closed kingdom, claims that the arrested men were being held at the Ritz Carlton have circulated widely.
    Those arrested have been locked in the five star hotel as the sweeping anti-corruption probe ordered by Saudi King Salman's son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, continues.

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  • Utah robbery suspect evades police, then asks them for help after getting stuck inside church

    A Utah robbery suspect evaded authorities after a police chase that ended when his tires blew and he got away.

    But a day later, he ended up calling police for help after he somehow got stuck in an abandoned church.

    Police had been searching for Shane Paul Owen, 46, a robbery suspect with multiple warrants out for his arrest, and received a tip about his whereabouts, FOX 13 reported.

    When authorities in Woods Cross tried to pull Owen over, the 46-year-old sped off and headed south toward Salt Lake City.

    The chase continued until officers spiked Owen's tires and he ditched the vehicle.

    After hiding in a church overnight in a standoff with cops, Owen ended up calling police for help after he got stuck inside the building's boiler room.

    Officials went into the church after making sure he was not armed, and took him into custody. He faces a slew of charges.

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  • 10 Killed when Security Force Fired Live Shots on Protesters in Ambo

    Addis Abeba, Oct. 26/2017 – At least ten people were killed today and 20 more wounded in a fresh round of protest that started on Tuesday October 24 in Ambo city, 125 km west of Addis Abeba and one of the epicenters of the 2014-2016 Oromo protests.

    Earlier in the morning a student at Ambo University told Addis Standard that at least five people were killed by “security forces in the middle of a swelling protest fathering.” However, according to the latest information from Gadisa Desalegn, Ambo city communication head, who spoke to the DW Amharic news, the ten people were shot dead by “members of ‘Agazi’ forces”.

    The controversial Agazi forces are anti-insurgency military forces who are sent out in protesting areas in the country, a practice that became common after the 2005 deadly post general elections. However, Addis Standard’s sources from the city say a large contingent of the regular federal army is also deployed in the city. “We never saw the level of military forces deployed in the city even during the peak times of last year’s protest,” Alemu Dechasa, a shop owner told Addis Standard by phone.

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  • Ethiopia PM says Al-Shabaab behind Mogadishu blast, vows renewed combat

    Ethiopian Prime Minsiter, Hailemariam Desalegn, says al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabaab were behind the Mogadishu bombing of October 14, 2017.

    Desalegn was speaking when Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo paid an official visit to Addis Ababa seeking support to fight Al-Shabaab.

    “We believe that al-Shabaab did this inhuman act of terror on innocent civilians of Somalia thinking that it will conceal the problems that are from within itself and we are set to act upon it,” Hailemariam stressed.

    “Setting a strategy to urgently and solidly response to this act in a more strategic way and never letting it happen again was the issue of our focus”.

    Farmajo on his part also said Somalia believed Al-Shabaab were behind the attacks even though the group has not commented on the attack which has killed over 300 people whiles over 400 others are injured.

    The attack has drawn global condemnation and has upped the tempo on the need to defeat terrorism in the Horn of Africa region. Farmajo also disclosed that he will be visiting Djibouti to solicit support in the fight against terrorism.

    The Horn of Africa region is generally considered a volatile region. The armed conflict in South Sudan, Al-Shabaab’s attacks of Somalia and Kenya, Ethiopia’s internal security concerns and border issues with Eritrea are among some of the security headaches in the region.

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  • Statement by the U.S. Embassy

    Addis Ababa, October 18, 2017:- The United States sees peaceful demonstrations as a legitimate means of expression and political participation.

    We note with appreciation a number of recent events during which demonstrators expressed themselves peacefully, and during which security forces exercised restraint in allowing them to do so.

    We are saddened by reports that several recent protests ended in violence and deaths. All such reports merit transparent investigation that allows those responsible for violence to be held accountable.

    We encourage all Ethiopians to continue to express their views peacefully, and encourage Ethiopian authorities to permit peaceful expression of views. More generally, we encourage constructive, peaceful, and inclusive national discourse on matters of importance to Ethiopian citizens.

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  • U.S. Congress Should Call Ethiopia’s Bluff

    Dr. Rajiv Shah, left, USAID administrator speaks with Ethiopian Prime Minister H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn in 2014. (© Flickr USAID)

    by Yoseph Badwaza, Senior Program Officer, Africa

    Addis Ababa has halted a human rights resolution in the House by threatening to break off security cooperation with the United States.

    When Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) addressed a gathering of mostly Ethiopian-origin constituents in late September, he told them that according to the Ethiopian ambassador in Washington, Ethiopia would stop counterterrorism cooperation with the United States if Congress went ahead with a planned vote on a resolution calling for human rights protections and inclusive governance in the country (H. Res. 128).

    The threat appears to have worked: The floor vote on the resolution has been indefinitely postponed.

    This may be viewed as just another instance of an authoritarian government playing the counterterrorism card to avoid international criticism for a bad human rights record. But in the case of Ethiopia, it is more than that.

    H. Res. 128 has strong bipartisan support, with 71 cosponsors. The resolution passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously on July 27 and was scheduled for a vote by the full House on October 2. As the author of the measure, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), said during the committee mark-up, the resolution is like a mirror held up to the government of Ethiopia, and it is intended to encourage them to recognize how others see them and move forward with reforms.

    While the resolution contains provisions that call for sanctions—under the Global Magnitsky Act—against Ethiopian officials responsible for committing gross human rights violations, the more important reason why the government took the severe step of threatening the U.S. Congress is the damage that this resolution could do to the country’s image.

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