Sportpesa prepares legal action amid former chair’s fraud allegations

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The alleged transfers and other “suspicious transactions”, N’Dungu claimed, led to professional services giant PriceWaterHouseCoopers resigning as auditor of its Kenyan business. Sportpesa prepares legal action amid former chair’s fraud allegations The operator said the “gravity and defamatory nature of the serious and utterly false allegations” necessitated legal action. Ndung’u added that, despite his stake in Pevans East Africa, he first heard Sportpesa had allowed Milestone Games to use its brand through social media when the deal was announced by Sportpesa chief executive Ronald Karauri. “SportPesa has ongoing and regular working arrangements with large auditing and tax advisory companies and any changes in the past to these relationships have been driven purely by commercial reasons,” the spokesperson said. Ndung’u, who owns a 17% stake in Sportpesa’s former holding company Pevans East Africa, has alleged the business’ non-Kenyan shareholders transferred money to “various offshore funds” in a number of different countries.  While the Sportpesa spokesperson did not comment on the specifics of its relationships with auditors, it said Ndung’u’s description of this relationship was false. “We are not aware of any investigation by the United Kingdom Serious Fraud Office into Sportpesa,” the Sportpesa spokesperson said. Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Regulation Online sports betting Sports betting regulation “Pevans East Africa has not transferred any such funds to offshore accounts,” they said. Kenyan operator Sportpesa said it is considering legal action against its former chair Paul Ndung’u, following allegations about the conduct of the business’ foreign shareholders. The Serious Fraud Office does not comment on whether a business is under investigation and so could not confirm or deny this meeting. Tags: Sportpesa Betting Control and Licensing Board BCLB Email Address In the UK, meanwhile, Ndung’u alleged that banks requested Sportpesa Global Holdings close its accounts and KPMG resigned as auditors, as well as claiming that officials from the country’s Serious Fraud Office visited Sportpesa’s Nairobi office. He said the announcement of Sportpesa’s return revealed that ownership of the brand had been transferred from Pevans East Africa to Sportpesa Global Holdings, a business with the same ownership as Pevans East Africa and which owns many of Sportpesa’s international operations such as in Tanzania, Great Britain and Russia. However, the spokesperson said the company’s board has always been made fully aware of major decisions. “All Sportpesa brand actions have always been done with the knowledge and explicit approval of the board members of all companies involved and in compliance with company bylaws and local regulatory guidance,” they said. The brand returned to operation in its native Kenya last week under a license held by Milestone Games more than a year after it withdrew following a tax increase that followed months of disputes with authorities. However, this return was short lived as regulator the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) ruled that Milestone did not have permission to use the Sportpesa brand as Sportpesa owner Pevans East Africa was still engaged in an appeal over its own licence. Regions: Africa East Africa Kenya However, a Sportpesa spokesperson rejected this and all other allegations, stating that Sportpesa “is fully compliant with all legal and tax requirements in the jurisdictions in which we operate”. Ndung’u added that he did not know who owned Milestone, suggesting this was another area on which Kenyan shareholders had not been briefed. 3rd November 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliancelast_img read more

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C & I Leasing Plc (CILEAS.ng) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgC & I Leasing Plc (CILEAS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about C & I Leasing Plc (CILEAS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the C & I Leasing Plc (CILEAS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: C & I Leasing Plc (CILEAS.ng)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileC & I Leasing Plc is a fleet management, outsourcing and marine services company in Nigeria with two subsidiaries in Ghana (Leaseafric) and the United Arab Emirates (EPIC International FZE). The company primary activity is offering extensions of structured operating and finance leases.  Subsidiaries of C&I Leasing Plc include C&I Petrotech Marine Limited, a leading player in the offshore marine vessel sector with a fleet of over 20 vessels which includes terminal tugs, patrol vessels, fast support intervention vessels and a platform support vessel; C&I Outsourcing, offering Human Resource solutions for companies in Nigeria which includes human resource outsourcing, recruitment, HR consultancy and personnel evaluation; and SDS Training Services, offering custom-designed modules for training and education programmes, personnel training, driver recruitment and training and a consultancy service for strategic partners. C&I Leasing offers a fleet management service to improve fleet efficiency and productivity. C&I Leasing Plc has the sole franchisee for Hertz-Rent-A-Car in Nigeria and has run the Hertz operation for over 20 years. The Hertz subsidiary division manages over a 1 000 vehicles and a team of professional chauffeurs and offers an airport transfer service and daily rental service. C&I Leasing’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria and has offices in Ghana and the United Arab Emirates. C & I Leasing Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Forget a Cash ISA! Now is a great time to pick up bargain shares

first_img Andy Ross owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Andy Ross | Thursday, 9th April, 2020 | More on: OSB VTY WMH Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Andy Rosscenter_img Forget a Cash ISA! Now is a great time to pick up bargain shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address With the new ISA tax year having just started at the same time as share prices have fallen because of coronavirus, I think now’s a good time to pick up some bargain stocks.A great company in a battered industryVistry Group (LSE: VTY) represents a great opportunity for investors, in my opinion. The value of shares across housebuilders has been buffeted by the imposed lockdown. Undoubtedly it will hit sales for some time to come. For the bigger housebuilders though, balance sheets should survive once this is over. There’ll be opportunities to gain market share and new plots to build on.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The government will still be committed to levelling up the regions of the UK. There’s also a systemic imbalance between supply and demand in the UK housing market that favours the builders. This situation is unlikely to change even if the number of houses being built rises.Vistry Group is the combination of the former Bovis Homes and Linden Homes, which was acquired from Galliford Try. I think this increased scale will give it opportunities to grow in the future.A challenger in a traditional industryOneSavings Bank (LSE: OSB) is another company that’s scaled up, the bank completing its acquisition of Charter Court Financial Services in October 2019.Although coronavirus will have a massive impact on banks, looking longer term, there are reasons for optimism. OneSavings is likely to make it through this crisis as it’s well capitalised. The bank’s capital base has been designed to weather a significant deterioration in credit conditions and loan quality.The broker Numis forecasts 2020 pre-tax profit will still be £310m. Down slightly on 2019, this is still above where it was in 2018. The b0ttom line tells us this is a profitable business.I think the share price has fallen too far. The shares trade on a P/E of less than four, so there could be significant upside when markets recover. The net asset value of the shares is 332p versus a current share price around 220p. People will keep gamblingShares in William Hill (LSE: WMH) are at 10-year lows. With sporting events cancelled until who-knows-when, this is understandable. It makes the shares very cheap and, I think, good value.Management moved quickly to conserve cash by cutting the dividend. The impact of coronavirus will certainly be felt by the business, especially in the US, an area where it was looking to grow before the virus struck.Despite the challenges of £2 limits on fixed-odds betting terminals in UK shops, William Hill was trading ahead of expectations before the virus. In February, it announced full-year net revenues of £1.6bn, down just 2% year-on-year. That’s despite the regulatory challenges. Online is another area where it can grow and the lockdown might help it grow that part of the business. I believe with its valuation now so low, the shares offer long-term recovery potential. 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Crusaders vs Chiefs Highlights – Super Rugby Round 3

first_imgFriday Mar 16, 2012 Crusaders vs Chiefs Highlights – Super Rugby Round 3 Highlights of the Chiefs’ 24-19 win over the Crusaders in Round 3You can use the Super Rugby Extra category link for all Super Rugby highlights clips.Follow RD on Twitter and Facebook to get all the updatesADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Super Rugby 2012 Highlights Related Articles 465 WEEKS AGO Bulls vs Lions Highlights – Super Rugby Round… 465 WEEKS AGO Sharks vs Cheetahs – Super Rugby Round 18… 465 WEEKS AGO Stormers vs Rebels Highlights – Super Rugby… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Big Slimming World Clothes Throw raises £3.3m for Cancer Research UK

first_img Melanie May | 10 July 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Tagged with: Cancer Research UK Celebrity fundraising events Advertisement This year’s Big Slimming World Clothes Throw has collected 122,739 bags of clothes, raising more than £3million worth of stock for Cancer Research UK in a fortnight.The 2017 Big Slimming World Clothes Throw was the most successful bag collection to date, with £3,306,630.25 worth of stock collected by Slimming World groups: a 57% rise on 2016 and a 272% rise on the first year the campaign launched in 2013. With an average bag value of around £25, the Clothes Throw campaign has now raised more than £9m since it launched in 2013. This year the average bag value was £26.50.This year’s campaign ran over two weeks in June, and was backed by singer and presenter Peter Andre (pictured) who launched his own foundation with Cancer Research UK – the Peter Andre Fund – after losing his brother to cancer. Andre donated some of his own clothes to the Big Clothes Throw and met Slimming World members to thank them for their own donations.Slimming World Consultants from Bracknell, Wokingham, Crowthorne and Ascot, whose groups collectively raised more than £42,000  169 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img Johanna Mather, who coordinates the national campaign from Slimming World HQ in Derbyshire, said:“We’re absolutely over the moon to have broken the £3 million barrier this year. At Slimming World, we support our members to lose weight through long-term, healthy lifestyle changes and encourage them to become more active which helps reduce cancer risk. We know from our members that cancer is a cause that is close to their hearts and so we’re all hugely committed to supporting the work of Cancer Research UK.”  170 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Big Slimming World Clothes Throw raises £3.3m for Cancer Research UK About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Baltimore SCLC leader announces May 11 march on D.C.

first_imgC.D. WitherspoonWW photo: Brenda RyanExcerpts from a talk by the Rev. Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon, president of the Baltimore area Southern Christian Leadership Conference and co-founder of the local People’s Power Assembly, to the Black History Month meeting at the Solidarity Center in New York on Feb. 23.We are excited to be here because we believe that the relationship between the Black struggle, the struggle for socialism and the struggle to defeat capitalism does have an interconnectivity. It’s especially the ability to be able to stand up for the oppressed and to stand down the issue of oppression.We are from Baltimore, and we’ve gone around the country telling the people that Baltimore is increasingly becoming the police brutality capital of the country. Last year we had 15 police murders. We refer to the murders as police terrorism.We’re not concerned about terrorism across the seas. We’re concerned about those right here at home who are killing our children, our young men at taxpayers’ expense. And so we began to organize around this crisis of police brutality.We realize that police brutality is essentially a symptom of a much larger issue that all of us are familiar with. People of color experience this crisis, but it’s also poor people, the people in the low economic echelons. We are cognizant that the same people killed by the police are having recreation centers shut down in their neighborhoods, are having schools shut down in their neighborhoods, are having elected officials who are not responsive to their issues. Baltimore to Washington March on May 11We recognize that there are also people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities who are experiencing terrorism by the police. So what we’re going to do is we’re going to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, his struggle and the people who fought in that struggle, that international biracial movement. On May 11, we in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the People’s Power Assembly and others are going to march from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., and we’re going to have people from all over the country come out to participate in this march.We’re going to look at the workers’ rights issue. We’ll be working with our Walmart people, who have got a major crisis over there. We just had a meeting the other day with another labor group, UNITE HERE. So we’re exploring some other issues with relation to workers’ rights.We’re going to work with the family of Alan Blueford out in Oakland, Calif. We’re going to go out there next month. We’re also going to work with the families of other police brutality victims across the country. Because we recognize the connectivity of this type of brutality.As we look at the issue of police brutality, as we look at the issues of defeating capitalism and defeating poverty, we recognize the same communities are being disproportionately targeted by these types of crises.We’re cognizant of the fact that the same issues that are happening in D.C. are happening in Baltimore, and they are happening in Oakland, they’re happening in New York, they’re happening in Chicago. Wherever there is a concentration of African-American or marginal income people, Latino brothers and sisters, LGBT brothers and sisters, we see we are all in this struggle together. The system wants us to think that we are disconnected, but there is more that unites us than divides us.So we are going to come together on May 11, and we’re going to come together from around the country because we are cognizant that the only way we can win is if we stand together.We have to be cognizant of the beast we are fighting against, and the beast’s name is capitalism. We have to come together. We’ve got to slam capitalism, and the only way we can do that is to stand together.We look at 2013 — it is a very, very significant year in the history of the struggle.  We like to think that this is a year to renew, to re-inspire and to recommit to the struggle. Sister Monica Moorehead did an eloquent job in articulating the fact that this year is the 100th year of the birthday of sister Rosa Parks and 100 years since the death of Harriet Tubman.It is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. And not just the March on Washington, it was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. We have to be ready to articulate the ties between the Black struggle and the ties between socialism and fighting for these issues.We have a unique opportunity to rekindle the struggle that woke up this country, to revive the interest in the issue of race and the issue of class, and in this climate in which we see the relationship with issues of equality and the relationship to the issues of LGBT rights. This gives us the opportunity to fight on the issues that bring us together, to have a oneness and an open-mindedness that put us in the direction of progress.And so I’m excited to be here today at Workers World — whenever I have an opportunity to be here — because when I look out over this vast sea of diversity, I see that this is the vision that Dr. King had for the entire nation. We know that we need each other.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Civil rights protesters gather by the thousands despite an active pandemic

first_imgCristian is a senior Journalism major and Studio Art minor at TCU. He is a Managing Editor at TCU360. He enjoys landscape photography and learning new photo techniques. Cristian Arguetasotohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-arguetasoto/ Linkedin Facebook COVID-19 cases prompt TCU to postpone home opener against football rival SMU Cristian Arguetasotohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-arguetasoto/ TCU to research its history with racism, slavery and the Confederacy Website| + posts ReddIt Previous articleCourt won’t allow graduate students to join discrimination suitNext articleFood insecurity in Austin amid COVID-19 Cristian Arguetasoto RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Cristian Arguetasotohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-arguetasoto/ On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis resident George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers after they were called by a store clerk on a forgery call. Floyd’s death was recorded and uploaded to social media where it went viral and caused nationwide outrage. Protests in over 2,000 cities in all 50 states were held against police brutality. (Cristian ArguetaSoto/Staff Photographer) Cristian Arguetasoto World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Black, Latinx communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 printOn May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis resident was killed by police officers who were called on a suspected forgery case. The murder of George Floyd sparked protests against police brutality in over 2,000 cities in all 50 states of the United States. According to the New York Times, over 140 cities in the United States of America have deployed the National Guard to aid in containing protesters. Five days after the killing of Floyd, Dallas became one of the thousands of cities that held protests against police brutality and demanding justice for George Floyd and Fort Worth resident Atatiana Jefferson who was also killed by police in her home.On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis resident George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officers after they were called by a store clerk on a forgery call. Floyd’s death was recorded and uploaded to social media where it went viral and caused nationwide outrage. Protests in over 2,000 cities in all 50 states were held against police brutality. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Protesters in Dallas, TX, demand justice for Atatiana Jefferson, a Fort Worth resident who was shot through her home’s window by a Fort Worth police officer. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Hundreds of non-Black Dallas-Fort Worth residents show up to support their fellow Black Americans in the fight to gain civil rights. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.An on-duty security officer who was unable to attend the protest throws her fist up in solidarity with the protesters. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.During the march, individuals with megaphones helped lead and direct protesters on their protest route. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Protesters in Dallas, TX march for the rights of Black Americans in the United States of America. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Three individuals hold signs that echo George Floyd’s last words: “I can’t breathe.” Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Traffic near Dallas’ city hall halted for the protesters to pass through. Some vehicles displayed words in support of the protesters’ movement. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Protesters throw their fists in the air as a sign of solidarity with Black Americans victimized by police enforcement. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Dallas protester leads and riles the crowd up with a speech about the rights Black Americans are owed. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Despite the health risks during the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of protesters kneel in unison while demanding justice for the Black Americans killed by police enforcement. The majority of the protesters wore face masks and other protective equipment. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.A marching leader speaks to the crowd passionately about the reasons behind the protesting and uprising against racism. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Organizing leaders aid protesters with water bottles during the over-90-degree weather protest. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. Some protesters were picked up along the marching route. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Heavily armed officers arrive on the scene of a peaceful protest in Dallas, TX. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.A Dallas riot police officer tears up while being surrounded by protesters demanding justice for slain Minneapolis resident George Floyd. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.A protester stands off with riot police in Dallas, TX. Armed forces were called on the scene after roughly 4 hours of peaceful protests. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.A line of protesters raise their arms in front of a police line while chanting: “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.The line of protesters interlocks arms as a sign of strength against the Dallas police department’s riot line. The majority of the protesters wear masks to protect themselves from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Protesters began to destroy police department equipment and vehicles after being incited by police officers. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.A protester holds up a sign in support of the Black Lives Matter movement during a Dallas, TX protest. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.During an intense standoff with Dallas police officers, some protesters stood back and protested from a distance. One protester holds up a sign that says, “This is the revolution.” Others demand the prosecution of police officers who have murdered civilians during their encounters. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.One protester stands in the way of riot shield-toting police officers. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Another Dallas police patrol car becomes damaged by protesters while the officer sits in the vehicle. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Riot police in Dallas shoot tear-gas to disperse the protesters’ assembly. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Milk and a homemade tear-gas relieving fluid were used by protesters to help aid tear-gassed individuals in Dallas, TX. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Two protesters take a moment to gather themselves after being tear-gassed by Dallas riot officers. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.Dallas riot officers shot at least 10 tear gas canisters at protesters in an attempt to disperse the crowd of peaceful protesters despite the crowd’s right to peaceful assembly. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto.In the past three weeks, coronavirus cases have been rising by the thousands, but this may be due to the reopening of businesses rather than the congregations of thousands of protesters across more than 2,000 cities.“We (The National Bureau of Economic Research) find no evidence that urban protests reignited COVID-19 case growth during the more than three weeks following protest onset,” a study by researchers at the National Bureau of Economic Research said. The study was conducted to find whether Black Lives Matter protests across the nation had an effect on the pandemic cases. Protests across the nation continue as of June 30, 2020. Cristian Arguetasotohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-arguetasoto/ Facebook Twitter Twitter Community Commons gives students place to go to leave their rooms ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Reporters Without Borders demonstrates in Olympia at start of Olympic torch relay to Beijing

first_img Organisation March 26, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders demonstrates in Olympia at start of Olympic torch relay to Beijing ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China News News Three Reporters Without Borders representatives, including secretary-general Robert Ménard, on March 24th unfurled some banners showing the Olympic rings transformed into handcuffs at the official Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in Olympia, in Greece. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Three Reporters Without Borders representatives, including secretary-general Robert Ménard, on March 24th unfurled some banners showing the Olympic rings transformed into handcuffs at the official Olympic torch-lighting ceremony in Olympia, in Greece. They were immediately seized by the security forces before being taken to a police station in Pyrgos.”The Olympic flame may be sacred but human rights are even more so,” the press freedom organisation said. “We could not let the Chinese government take the Olympic flame, a symbol of peace, without denouncing the dramatic human rights situation in China with less than five months to go to the start of the Olympic Games.”Reporters Without Borders added : “The treatment reserved in China for those who express themselves freely, the censorship imposed on the press and the news blackout in Tibet demand this sort of protest. All possible means must now be used to condemn the serious violations of basic freedoms in China. We will protest whenever we can.””What we did was not intended to embarrass the Greek authorities,” the organisation said. “We just want to remind the Chinese government and the International Olympic Committee of the promises made on respecting human rights in China”.Chinese television interrupted its coverage of the ceremony during the intervention by Reporters Without Borders’ activists, replacing it with archive footage of the Olympic site. Greek television simply broke off its live broadcast for a few moments.Ten hours after their arrest, the three Reporters Without Borders representatives have been freed on bail pending trial on 29 May in Pyrgos. They are charged with “insulting national symbols” under article 361 of the Greek criminal code, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison or a fine.”This is an absurd and senseless charge,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By making this gesture, we were in no way attacking the Olympic spirit or Greece. We were simply protesting against the policy being carried out in China during this period of heightened repression.”Reporters Without Borders is also calling on heads of state, heads of government and members of royal families to boycott the 8 August opening ceremony of the Beijing games. Read the press release.Around 100 journalists, Internet users and cyber-dissidents are currently imprisoned in China just for expressing their views peacefully. Journalists have been banned from visiting Tibet since 12 March and have been expelled from neighbouring provinces. The crackdown on protests by Tibetans is taking place out of sight.A poll published sponsored by Reporters Without Borders found that 53 percent of respondents liked the idea of President Nicolas Sarkozy skipping the opening ceremony. Read the full poll. to go furtherlast_img read more

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Gauhati HC Stays Akhil Gogoi’s Default Bail In UAPA Case; Refers To Larger Bench Issues On Maintainability Of NIA’s Appeal [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesGauhati HC Stays Akhil Gogoi’s Default Bail In UAPA Case; Refers To Larger Bench Issues On Maintainability Of NIA’s Appeal [Read Order] Mehal Jain9 April 2020 5:19 AMShare This – x The Gauhati High Court has stayed the order of NIA Court, Assam, which refused to extend the period of investigation beyond 90 days for the National Investigation Agency in a case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against Akhil Gogoi, founder-secretary of the Assam-based peasant organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS).The UAPA case was based on the allegation…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?Login The Gauhati High Court has stayed the order of NIA Court, Assam, which refused to extend the period of investigation beyond 90 days for the National Investigation Agency in a case under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) against Akhil Gogoi, founder-secretary of the Assam-based peasant organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS).The UAPA case was based on the allegation that Gogoi and his gang incited violence across Assam under the pretext of protests against Citizenship Amendment Act as a part of Maoist conspiracyAs a result of NIA Court’s refusal to extend the time for probe to 180 days, Gogoi had become entitled to default bail or statutory bail – which is the accused person’s statutory right to be released from custody on bail upon failure of the investigation agency to submit final report within the prescribed time.On April 7, a division bench of the HC comprising Justices Ajai Lamba and Achintya Malla Bujor Barua stayed the operation of default bail and placed the matter before the Chief Justice to constitute a larger bench to “adjudicate the legal issues” regarding the maintainability of the appeal by NIA.Gogoi was arrested on December 15 by the NIA on the allegation that he has links with Maoist organizations. In the wake of anti-CAA protests which engulfed Assam during December 2019, an FIR was registered against Gogoi by local police. Later, the FIR was re-registered by the NIA under Sections 120B, 124A, 153A, 153B of Indian Penal Code and Sections 18 and 39 of the UAPA.  Since the investigation was not completed within 90 days, the NIA filed an application for extension under Section 43D(2)(b) of the UAPA.On March 16, the Special Court dismissed the application and refused to extend the remand of Gogoi.In the High Court, a preliminary issue regarding maintainability of NIA’s appeal arose as Section 21(1) of the NIA Act 2008 bars appeal against interlocutory orders.The counsel for the accused referred to the judgment of the Gauhati HC in Jai Kishan Sharma and Anr. V. Union of India, which held that an appeal by accused against the extension granted by NIA court for probe was not maintainable.The HC however distinguished that case by making a prima facie observation that refusal of extension has a substantial effect on the investigation.”Prima facie on going through order rendered by this Court in Jai Kishan Sharma’s case (supra), we find that the order in question before the Court for consideration was vide which the remand period had been extended from 90 days to 180 days on the application of the investigating agency. Therefore, the proceedings/investigation by the investigating agency was allowed to continue. In the case in hand, however, we find that the order under challenge is at the instance of the investigating agency by virtue of which the remand period has not been extended. Thus, investigation/proceedings have been put to an end by virtue of the order impugned in this appeal. Therefore, prima facie right of the investigating agency to investigate the conduct of the respondent appears to be substantially effected”, the bench observed.The HC then formulated the following questions of law for reference to a larger bench :Whether order refusing to extend the period of investigation upto 180 days in terms of Section 43-D (2)(b) of the UAPA can be construed as interlocutory order? Whether such an order would have any bearing on the proceedings of the trial itself ? Whether such an order decides the right of one of the party (investigating agency) ?Whether the order “refusing” to extend judicial remand form 90 days to 180 days in terms of Section 43-D (2)(b) under the UAPA, would have any effect on ultimate decision of the case/trial ?Consequently, whether appeal against such an order (impugned order) would be maintainable under Section 21 of the NIA Act?Coming to the issue of default bail, the Court observed that the allegation against Gogoi were serious, requiring “exhaustive investigation”.”Considering the serious nature of accusations and the alleged nature of evidences collected, the matter appears to be rather serious requiring exhaustive investigation. In such circumstances, in the considered opinion of this Court, the right of the investigating agency to investigate cannot be frustrated, in the interest of effective and fair investigation”, reflected the division bench of the High Court”, the bench observed.The bench took into consideration the submission of NIA that voice samples of Gogoi need to be taken.The bench also noted that he was in custody in another case.The High Court had on March 26 granted bail to Gogoi in another case with allegations of ‘waging war against India’, for his involvement in protests against Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.Click here to download OrderRead OrderSubscribe 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

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PSNI appeal for information following ‘armed’ robbery in Derry

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