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South Africa:  Court rules that it's unconstitutional to criminalize cannabis use by children

South Africa: Court rules that it’s unconstitutional to criminalize cannabis use by children

Court hears children are languishing for months in detention for trivial offences Children found guilty of trivial offences, including the possession or use of cannabis, may not be incarcerated, the Johannesburg High Court has ruled. The question before Judges Ingrid ...
USA: Ghislaine Maxwell-Jeffrey Epstein emails revealed in new court papers

USA: Ghislaine Maxwell-Jeffrey Epstein emails revealed in new court papers

Emails between UK socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and the late US sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have been revealed in a trove of unsealed court documents. Epstein tells Ms Maxwell she has done "nothing wrong" in the 2015 exchange, which appears to ...
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Balkan Gangs Are Now Leading Global Smugglers, Report

Organised crime groups from the Western Balkans have become key players in various areas of smuggling in Western Europe, Latin America and South Africa, shows a new report by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, a non-profit Swiss-based network ...
USA: New Jeffrey Epstein accuser warns there’s ‘wave’ of younger victims yet to speak out

USA: New Jeffrey Epstein accuser warns there’s ‘wave’ of younger victims yet to speak out

USA. A 22-year-old woman has reportedly said she was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein in 2015 — years after he was first arrested for sex trafficking — and warned there may be a “wave” of younger victims who have yet ...
Update: USA: Judge unseals documents about Ghislaine Maxwell, but delays release

Update: USA: Judge unseals documents about Ghislaine Maxwell, but delays release

USA. A federal judge on Thursday unsealed civil court documents related to Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite arrested earlier this month on charges of aiding the sexual abuse of minor girls by the now-dead investor Jeffrey Epstein. But Judge Loretta ...
Italy: Entire police station shut in northern Italy amid 'drug-dealing', 'torture' and 'extortion' charges

Italy: Entire police station shut in northern Italy amid ‘drug-dealing’, ‘torture’ and ‘extortion’ charges

Seven Carabinieri police officers have been arrested in Italy on Wednesday over charges including but not limited to drug-dealing, extortion, torture and abuse of power. The officers were all operating at the Levante police station in the northern town of ...
‘Anti-feminist’ lawyer identified as suspect in deadly shooting at federal judge’s home

‘Anti-feminist’ lawyer identified as suspect in deadly shooting at federal judge’s home

Federal authorities identified a self-described “anti-feminist” lawyer found dead Monday as the “primary subject” in a shooting at a federal judge’s New Jersey home that killed the jurist’s son and left her husband badly injured. U.S. District Judge Esther Salas ...
Son Of Federal Judge Assigned Case Linked To Jeffrey Epstein Slain, Husband Critical In Attack

Son Of Federal Judge Assigned Case Linked To Jeffrey Epstein Slain, Husband Critical In Attack

The son of a federal judge just assigned to a financial fraud case tied to the late convicted sex offender billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was killed and her husband critically injured after both were shot by a gunman dressed as a ...
Bangladesh: Transnational Human Trafficking (To Dubai) Gang Busted

Bangladesh: Transnational Human Trafficking (To Dubai) Gang Busted

BANGLADESH. Police have reportedly arrested three men in connection with the trafficking of young women to Dubai and forcing them into prostitution. The news was disclosed by the Criminal Investigation Department of police on Monday, when it released details of ...
A policeman searches the boot of a car. Crime has increased significantly since the easing of the lockdown.

South Africa: A night out with the Johannesburg cops

Photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed spent a night with members of the Brixton SAPS and private security companies as they went on patrol as the sun set on Saturday 18 July. This is his account of the evening. I have covered the ...
Romania: International drug trafficking network dismantled

Romania: International drug trafficking network dismantled

ROMANIA. Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Romania, with Eurojust support and the cooperation and assistance of national authorities from several countries, have dismantled an organised criminal network responsible for drug trafficking. 15 people were indicted and almost 2 tons ...
Paraguay: Indigenous girl's murder fires public outrage at child sexual abuse

Paraguay: Indigenous girl’s murder fires public outrage at child sexual abuse

Human rights activists in Paraguay have led a wave of fierce public indignation after a series of alarming cases in which sexual violence towards young girls has culminated in murder and child pregnancy. The highly conservative South American country has ...
Update: German police capture 'Black Forest Rambo' after six-day manhunt

Update: German police capture ‘Black Forest Rambo’ after six-day manhunt

OPPENAU, Germany. German police have captured a heavily armed suspect accused of stealing officers’ weapons, after a six-day manhunt for the “Black Forest Rambo”. The man, named by police as Yves Rausch, had been on the run since last Sunday morning after ...
USA: South Africa Shows What The Absence Of The Police Means

USA: South Africa Shows What The Absence Of The Police Means

USA. Defund the police. It’s the slogan on everyone’s lips these days, begging the question, “what will replace them?” Despite the enthusiasm for defunding, the answer remains vague. The city of Minneapolis, for instance, has voted to disband its police ...
SCOTLAND: ‘Paedophile hunters’ do not violate right to privacy, Supreme Court dismiss convict's appeal

SCOTLAND: ‘Paedophile hunters’ do not violate right to privacy, Supreme Court dismiss convict’s appeal

GLASGOW, Scotland. “Paedophile hunters” do not violate the right to privacy, the Supreme Court has ruled while dismissing a convict’s appeal. Mark Sutherland was convicted after communicating with a member of an activist group, who he believed to be a ...
GERMANY: Police probe 30,000 people over child abuse network

GERMANY: Police probe 30,000 people over child abuse network

Authorities in western Germany are investigating 30,000 people suspected of taking part in a child abuse network. Peter Biesenbach, Justice Minister for the North Rhine-Westphalia state, told reporters on Monday that the investigation's findings so far were "extremely disturbing". "We need ...
MEXICO: 24 shot to death in attack on drug rehab center

MEXICO: 24 shot to death in attack on drug rehab center

Gunmen burst into an unregistered drug rehabilitation centre in central Mexico and opened fire Wednesday, killing 24 people and wounding seven, authorities said. Police in the north-central state of Guanajuato said the attack occurred in the city of Irapuato. Three ...
EL SALVADOR imposes maximum security prison lockdowns after homicide spree organized from behind bars

EL SALVADOR imposes maximum security prison lockdowns after homicide spree organized from behind bars

El Salvador president Nayib Bukele ordered a 24-hour lockdown of prisons containing gang members, and said their leaders would be sent into solitary confinement after a sudden spike in homicides. The remarkable announcement was made last Friday, after a series ...
Update: USA: Judge denies bail for Ghislaine Maxwell after she pleads not guilty

Update: USA: Judge denies bail for Ghislaine Maxwell after she pleads not guilty

Prosecutors have accused Maxwell, 58, of helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse girls as young as 14 from 1994 to 1997 and lying about her role in depositions in 2016. Nathan set a trial date for July 12, 2021. A federal ...
Update: USA: Ghislaine Maxwell to appear in court via video feed for arraignment

Update: USA: Ghislaine Maxwell to appear in court via video feed for arraignment

MANHATTAN, USA. Ghislaine Maxwell is due to appear on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court via video feed for arraignment and bail arguments involving her alleged participation in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of minor girls. The British friend of Epstein is ...
GERMANY: Manhunt in Germany for suspect who disarmed four police officers

GERMANY: Manhunt in Germany for suspect who disarmed four police officers

OFFENBURG, Germany. German authorities are performing a large-scale manhunt for a suspect who disarmed four police officers and made off with their weapons. Hundreds are officers are involved in the search for a 31-year-old man in the Black Forest region near ...
PHILLIPINES: Drug suspects murdered in Filipino President Duterte's war on crime

PHILLIPINES: Drug suspects murdered in Filipino President Duterte’s war on crime

PHILLIPINES. Civil rights campaigners including two legislators called for an inquiry into police operations amid concerns some of the dead suspects could have been summarily executed by lawmen Filipino authorities say nine people have been killed in “anti-drug” attacks following ...
EUROPE: Hundreds of people from some of Europe's biggest crime groups arrested

EUROPE: Hundreds of people from some of Europe’s biggest crime groups arrested

EUROPE. Hundreds of people from some of Europe's biggest crime groups have been arrested after a huge sting operation stemming from the infiltration of an encrypted phone network. French police cracked into the secure communication tool by EncroChat after opening ...
USA: Ghislaine Maxwell, accused in Jeffrey Epstein case, was arrested by the FBI

USA: Ghislaine Maxwell, accused in Jeffrey Epstein case, was arrested by the FBI

NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA. Ghislaine Maxwell, the infamous socialite linked to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has been detained by the FBI. She was arrested in New Hampshire, in the US, according to law enforcement sources that spoke with the media. She is ...
BRITAIN: The ‘hippy crack’ laughing gas epidemic with deadly potential that’s gripping the UK

BRITAIN: The ‘hippy crack’ laughing gas epidemic with deadly potential that’s gripping the UK

BRITAIN. As lockdown eases, it’s become clear that nitrous oxide is the new recreational drug of choice for many young people in Britain. But what does it do to users – and why is it legal to buy? An epidemic ...
Netherlands: Amsterdam Red District workers struggle to survive under lockdown

Netherlands: Amsterdam Red District workers struggle to survive under lockdown

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands. Life is slowly returning to the streets of Amsterdam. Well almost! The city’s famous Red Light District, is deserted. On a Saturday night, only a few neon signs still shine in the empty narrow streets, usually crowded with ...
Britain: Life in prison for man who threw six-year-old French boy from museum balcony

Britain: Life in prison for man who threw six-year-old French boy from museum balcony

LONDON, Britain. An 18-year-old who threw a six-year-old French boy from the balcony of London's Tate Modern was jailed on Friday to serve a life sentence. John Bravery, who was 17 when the crime was committed, claimed that voices in ...
South Africa: High Court takes five days to issue a protection order against domestic violence

South Africa: High Court takes five days to issue a protection order against domestic violence

CAPE TOWN. The courts took five days to issue a protection order for a woman who had already been the victim of two domestic violence incidents, according to a Cape Town attorney. Attorney Michael Dixon said that his counsel, advocate ...
South Africa: Ramaphosa Slams ‘War On Women’ In South Africa

South Africa: Ramaphosa Slams ‘War On Women’ In South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday evening strongly condemned the recent spate of gender-based violence (GBV) cases in South Africa. In a televised address from Pretoria, the president said the country was in the midst of two devastating epidemics, the coronavirus and what ...
South Africa: Police confiscate R10 million worth of drugs in Limpopo lab

South Africa: Police confiscate R10 million worth of drugs in Limpopo lab

LIMPOPO, South Africa. Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS), in an effort to rid Limpopo of drugs, busted two suspects with illegal firearms, ammunition and drugs worth R10 million in a lab outside Marblehall on Tuesday 16 June ...
Saudi Arabia: The kingdom launches mechanism to fight human trafficking

Saudi Arabia: The kingdom launches mechanism to fight human trafficking

SAUDI ARABIA. The kingdom has launched its first mechanism to deal with human trafficking, providing government departments, law enforcement and civil society advice on how to deal with the issue. The National Trafficking in Persons Referral Mechanism (NRM) was created ...
Kuwait: Bangladesh MP arrested on charges of human trafficking and money laundering

Kuwait: Bangladesh MP arrested on charges of human trafficking and money laundering

KUWAIT. Due to an alleged involvement in human trafficking and money laundering, Kuwait officials have confirmed that a Bangladeshi lawmaker has been arrested. Kuwaiti Public Prosecution ordered remanding MP, Mohammad Shahid Islam, pending investigation, after being referred by the residence ...
Update: Collins Khosa Murder – Report Clearing Soldiers Sparks Anger

Update: Collins Khosa Murder – Report Clearing Soldiers Sparks Anger

JOHANNESBURG - The legal team representing the family of a South African man allegedly beaten to death by soldiers enforcing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions reacted with outrage to a leaked army report that said they are not liable for his death ...
Venezuela: Human trafficking victims destined for Trinidad and Tobago rescued

Venezuela: Human trafficking victims destined for Trinidad and Tobago rescued

ORINOCO RIVER DELTA, Venezuela. Venezuela’s Navy yesterday broke up three human trafficking camps on the country’s Orinoco Delta and rescued 79 people, including 25 minors, whom they said were being trafficked to criminal gangs in T&T. Through its Twitter account, ...
Update: Collins Khosa Murder – SANDF inquiry clears soldiers of the death of Collins Khosa

Update: Collins Khosa Murder – SANDF inquiry clears soldiers of the death of Collins Khosa

JOHANNESBURG. Soldiers implicated in the death of Collins Khosa have been exonerated by an internal South African National Defence Force investigation, which found that the altercation was not what caused his death “when taking into account the post mortem report” ...
Update: Collins Khosa Murder - SANDF updates rules for soldiers enforcing lockdown

Update: Collins Khosa Murder – SANDF updates rules for soldiers enforcing lockdown

JOHANNESBURG. There will be no carrying of groceries bags, taking photos or reacting to insults from the public for soldiers deployed to enforce national lockdown regulations, based on a new code of conduct issued by the South African National Defence ...
Success: Patriating a boy to his mother in Switzerland

Success: Patriating a boy to his mother in Switzerland

We have successfully solved the problem of getting the paperwork done to patriate a boy to his mother in Switzerland. His grandmother, and guardian, contacted us through an email requesting our help. In her words: "We have our grandson, 11 ...
Update: Collins Khosa Murder - Judgment imminent as family rejects police minister’s deal

Update: Collins Khosa Murder – Judgment imminent as family rejects police minister’s deal

JOHANNESBURG. An appeal against the Khosa judgment on police brutality seems imminent after Police Minister Bheki Cele tried to do a deal with the Khosa family through their lawyers — asking them to abandon a crucial part of the court ...
Singapore: Supreme Court handed out a death sentence via video-conferencing platform Zoom

Singapore: Supreme Court handed out a death sentence via video-conferencing platform Zoom

SINGAPORE is facing criticism from Human Rights Watch after the country's Supreme Court handed out a death sentence via video-conferencing platform Zoom. According to reports, a Malaysian drug trafficker named Punithan Genasan was sentenced to death on May 15 after ...
South Africa: Arrested Manenberg officers allegedly extorted Bangladeshi businessman

South Africa: Arrested Manenberg officers allegedly extorted Bangladeshi businessman

MANENBERG, Cape Town. Two Manenberg police officers appeared in the dock at Athlone Magistrates’ Court on Monday for allegedly kidnapping and extorting R5 000 from a Bangladeshi businessman. The two sergeants were arrested at Manenberg Police Station on Sunday afternoon ...
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