Archive for: April 2014

Russian Forces Begin Military Drills Near Ukrainian Border

The Russia-Ukraine crisis continues to escalate as Russia begins embarking on new military drills near the border after the Ukrainian Interior Ministry declared pro-Russia militants who died at the checkpoint in Slaviansk as “terrorists.” It added that Ukrainian forces killed the militants during operations to take down pro-Russian activist roadblocks.

According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, if Kiev is beginning to use its military against its own people, then it is no doubt a very serious crime. There would be consequences for the Ukraine government leaders making the decisions.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu had ordered the military drills of Russian forces near the border to begin.

Ukraine responded with a 48-hour deadline to allow Russia to explain its military drills near the Ukrainian border. However, it issued no consequence once the deadline has ended. According to NATO satellite photos, 40,000 Russian troops are stationed near the border of  Ukraine and could launch an invasion upon the order of the Kremlin.

US Secretary of State John Kerry considers Russia’s actions a “full-throated effort to actively sabotage the democratic process through gross external intimidation.” He pointed out that Russia’s actions could mean a “very expensive mistake.”

US President Barack Obama, currently in Tokyo, told reporters that sanctions that have been “teed” against Russia they would implement if it continues to invoke “provocative actions” despite the peace accord the two countries signed in Geneva.


Illegal for Police to Delete Photos of Abuse Victim From Paedophile’s Computer?

Dorset Police are refusing to delete photos from the computer of a paedophile that show the girl he abused in swimwear and leotards. The police claim that, as the photos are neither prohibited nor classed as indecent under UK law, it would be unlawful for them to be deleted.

The offender in question, a man in his 50s, was jailed last year following his admission to a number of offenses. These included sexual assault of a child aged under 13. He was sentenced to a prison sentence of nine years. The man cannot be named for the same of his victim’s privacy.

He has now made a formal request that his mobile and laptop are returned to him. Officers are indeed required to return this property according to the legislation under which it was seized. However, the PC still contains photographs of the girl he abused, many of which show her in swimwear or in leotards, which the  police claim they have no power to delete.

The mother of the victim said that she was “appalled that the man who abused my child can ask the police to hand over our family photos for him to keep for the rest of his life.”

She went on to say: “My daughters struggle every day with the devastating consequences of his abuse and this will only make them feel more humiliated and degraded. Why should we continue to be traumatised further?”

As the photos are not illegal or technically indecent, the police claim they have no legal power to delete them from the offender’s personal computer. However, human rights organisation Liberty disagrees with this view of the law. They claim that returning the devices with the photographs left in place would  breach two separate articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Articles three of the Convention affords protection against inhumane treatment, while article eight deals with the issue of invasion of privacy. According to Liberty, in a letter written to Dorset Police, returning such intimate photos of the girls to the man who abused them for him to keep indefinitely would violate the Convention on both counts. Not only would it “[cause] the girls a significant amount of distress,” but would also represent “an enormous violation of their dignity and personal integrity.”

However, Dorset Police maintain that their options are limited. Martin Underhill, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, has insisted that the police are not to blame for the fact and that he will lobby for a reform to the relevant legislation.

“Think of the trauma this causes to the victims,” Underhill said. “And think of the control and power this gives the abuser.”

Cairo University Blast Kills Brigadier General, Wounds Five

Recent Egyptian bombings have focused on security forces, including the police force. A blast in Cairo University had injured five people and killed an Egyptian Police Brigadier General on Wednesday. According to the Interior Ministry, three bomb blasts rocked the area outside the university campus. Hundreds of police and security personnel cordoned the area while sniffer dogs were brought to investigate.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that Brigadier General Tariq al-Mirgawi, a Police Chief of the Criminal Unit in West Giza, they had confirmed killed in the blasts.

Three of the five wounded were police officers.

Forensic experts investigating on-scene discovered two of the explosives planted on trees. According to CNN’s anonymous source, the bombs were “homemade.”

There had been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. However, Islamist militants have often claimed responsibility for bombing several structures and killing police officers as part of their growing insurgency.

Despite the violence stirred by insurgents, Egyptian citizens are still split with regards to the new interim government and its imprisonment of Muslim Brotherhood members. The Egyptian military government said that the Muslim Brotherhood had been fuelling the attacks against policemen and the army, which the brotherhood denies.