Truth blocked again in Gongadze murder investigation

first_img Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority News RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders takes this opportunity to ask those responsible for investigating journalist Vasyl Klymentyev’s disappearance in August about the latest evidence gathered in the case.In September, Reporters Without Borders voiced concern about the disappearance of a potential witness, the harassment of Klymentyev’s wife and a search of their lawyer’s home without a warrant. At the start of this month, the deputy interior minister acknowledged that one of the leading hypotheses was that Klymentyev’s disappearance was connected with his work.Reporters Without Borders fears that impunity will prevail in the Klymentyev case as it has in the Gongadze murder. The situation for the media and journalists in Ukraine is now very worrying.In the Gongadze case, Gen. Pukach, who headed the interior ministry’s intelligence service, is charged with deliberate homicide with aggravating circumstances (under article 93-C and F of the criminal code) and abuse of authority in the course of performing official duties (under articles 365, 364 and 166). After his arrest in July 2009, Pukach reportedly admitted to strangling and beheading Gongadze on 16 September 2000. The attorney general’s office has said he will be tried next month. In March 2008, three former police officers – Mykola Protasov, Oleksandr Popovich and Valeri Kostenko – were given sentences ranging from 12 to 13 years in prison for their role in Gongadze’s murderAged 31 at the time of his death, Gongadze edited the online newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda, in which he wrote extensively about corruption cases implicating senior members in the government of Leonid Kuchma, who was president from 1994 to 2005. The Ukrainian attorney-general’s office announced yesterday, in a statement issued by its press service, that the investigation into the role that Gen. Oleksiy Pukach, a former intelligence officer, played in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze in September 2000 in Kiev has been completed and that the case is being set to trial. Significantly, the statement added that investigators had not succeeded in building a case against any other person in connection with Gongadze’s murder by Pukach on the orders of then interior minister Yuri Kravchenko, who took his own life in unclear circumstances in 2005.“We are utterly perplexed by the attorney general’s statements,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Sending the case against Pukach to trial can be justified on the grounds that the deadline for holding him in pre-trial detention is expiring,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But at the same time, efforts to shed light on all aspects of this murder – in which senior political figures were implicated, as the attorney general’s has itself recognised – have again been obstructed and suppressed.”Like the investigation into journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s 2006 murder in Moscow, the Gongadze murder investigation has been broken up into several components and in both cases this has hindered solving the murder. It is yet one more indication of a lack of will to bring the instigators of these murders to justice. Impunity is like gangrene. As long as it goes unpunished, Gongadze’s murder will continue to fuel the fears of journalists in Ukraine and sustain their feeling that they are not safe. Help by sharing this information UkraineEurope – Central Asia UkraineEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Ukraine Organisation February 26, 2021 Find out more News Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV to go further News Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Receive email alerts December 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Truth blocked again in Gongadze murder investigation March 26, 2021 Find out more September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Geochronology, structural geology and petrology of the northwestern Lagrange Nunataks, Shackleton Range, Antarctica

first_imgThe metamorphic rocks of the La Grange Nunataks, northwestern Shackleton Range, have a complex structural and metamorphic history, involving Mid-Proterozoic and Ross- (Cambro-Ordovician) aged events. The protolith of the Stratton Group Mathys Gneiss was emplaced at 2328 ± 47 Ma (U-Pb zircon), and underwent migmatization at 1715 ± 6 Ma. Migmatization took place at P-T conditions of > 640 ºC / > 4-6 kbar and was accompanied by the formation of multiple generations of ductile structures (D1) and the development of local shear zones (D2). Three distinct deformation events (D3 – D5) took place during the Ross Orogeny, affecting the supracrustal Schimper Group, and to a lesser extent, the Mathys Gneiss. The Ross events, which disturbed the U-Pb systems of zircons in the Proterozoic gneisses, are dated by an Sm-Nd garnet age of 535 ± 22 Ma for Schimper Group kyanite-staurolite-garnet-gneiss. The penetrative event D3, which is characterized by west-directed shearing, took place under Barrovian-type peak P-T conditions of 645 ºC / 7.05 kbar, reflecting crustal thickening during the Ross Orogeny. Subsequent polyphase folding (D4) formed the dominant E-W trending fold axes, and can be correlated with a NW-SE to N-S crustal shortening during initial exhumation. The final deformation episode (D5) is characterized by sinistral strike-slip displacement related to a final transpressional overprint. The D5 event took place under low grade metamorphic conditions, in the stability field of chlorite.last_img read more

ID Riva Tours brought the first group of Germans to Slavonia and Baranja

first_imgOn Sunday, the first large group of Germans arrived in Slavonia and Baranja, organized by the German tour operator ID RIVA from Munich. This fulfilled the promise of the owner of ID RIVA Tours, long-time Croatian tourist expert Selimir Ognjenović, that he would help make the northeastern part of our homeland a tourist mecca, writes Tourism library.This promise was made by Ognjenović at last year’s Days of Tourism in Bol on Brač, when he received a lifetime achievement award for 40 years of work and development of Croatian tourism, and called on Croatian tourism workers to help open and make Slavonia and Baranja interesting for tourists. so we help the emigration of the population there.A group of Germans is located in the Hotel Osijek, from where they tour the region and the diverse offer of that part of Croatia. So yesterday they visited Baranja, Kopački rit, Zmajevac, and enjoyed the beautiful landscapes, especially the vineyards and the richness of Barnja cuisine and Baranja wines, of course all with the inevitable tamburitza. On Tuesday, German tourists will visit Vukovar and Ilok, then Vinkovci and its surroundings… then head to Požega, Kutjevo cellars…Photo: Turizmoteka”When we told our friends that we were going to Slavonia, they corrected us, you mean Slovenia, they told us. We are now delighted, with the beautiful nature that reminds us of the landscapes of our grandmothers, while industrialization has not taken off. We are surprised by the warm hospitality we came across, but also by large portions of new dishes and flavors for us., “Said, among other things, satisfied tourists from Germany.Promised, held! Hat to the floor to our ambassador of Croatian tourism, Mr. Selimir Ognjenović. But this is not the end, but only the beginning, because as Ognjenović announced, he plans to bring about a thousand guests to Slavonia and Baranja this year and next.Slavonia certainly has something to show, in fact, it has a premium motive for coming to Europe through the Vučedol culture, and it is certainly the best secret, as Ognjenović points out. It is easy to develop tourism on the sea where every year you have a safe base of tourists, while on the continent you have to come targeted and develop step by step destination.It is possible, in fact, all the way to the people.The initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in 2018 in Slavonia A big positive “dust” was set in motion initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in 2018 in Slavonia. Day after day, support is coming from all over Croatia from the entire tourism sector from Istria to Dubrovnik, as well as from Zagreb to Slavonia.The owner of the German tour operator ID Riva tours, Mr. Selimir Ognjenović is convinced that the time has come to significantly promote continental tourism in Slavonia and Baranja, and therefore initiated the visit of forty tourist workers from the interior of Istria who were in Slavonia and Baranja, and now the first group of Germans to visit Slavonia and Baranja. According to him, the east of Croatia, ie Slavonia and Baranja have all the predispositions to become a strong receptive tourist region, and I fully convey my support to you. ”Our goal is to invite Croatian tourism managers to the consciousness of “Croatia’s most beautiful tourist secret”, and that means to take them or pull them to fly through Slavonia. Believe me, I see a “movie” of how it works: tamburitza restaurants. ” Ognjenović points out and adds that it is terribly important to move away from the model of the coast and dogma: one place – one hotel.Related news: SELIMIR OGNJENOVIĆ: “I WANT TO EXPRESS SUPPORT WITH THE FULL HEART OF“ THE CROATIAN MOST BEAUTIFUL SECRET ”TO BE THE HOST OF THE CROATIAN TOURISM DAYS 2018.# DHTSlavonija2018last_img read more

Jakarta’s COVID-19 rapid tests show positive results for 282 people

first_imgAs many as 282 people in Jakarta have tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus after thousands of rapid tests were carried out in the province, a city administration official says.The positive cases were found among a total of 17,534 people whose blood samples were taken for the rapid tests as of Tuesday, said Jakarta’s COVID-19 Task Force’s deputy head, Catur Laswanto.“The Jakarta administration has performed the rapid test across all five cities and the Thousand Islands regency,” Catur told reporters during a press briefing at the City Hall on Tuesday.  He said said the 282 people are to undergo further screening by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests using swabs to confirm the initial results.As of Tuesday, Jakarta — the country’s epicenter for the COVID-19 outbreak — has reported 741 confirmed cases, nearly half of the national tally of 1,528. Of the confirmed cases in Jakarta, 84 patients had died of the contagious disease while only 49 had recovered.The Jakarta administration has declared and extended a state of emergency over COVID-19 — which first emerged in Wuhan city of China in December last year —  until April 19.It closed offices and other business and suspended school, religious and public activities, forcing residents to stay at home. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

Sanchez: Arsenal had an okay season

first_img The 23-year-old has until 6pm on Wednesday to formally respond to the FA, but Press Association Sport understands the player and club are ready to face the sanctions from the governing body’s independent disciplinary commission. Wilshere, who came through the Gunners’ youth ranks, took to the microphone to mock the club’s fierce rivals as the players celebrated on a stage outside the Emirates Stadium on May 31. In similar scenes to 12 months ago, Wilshere then proceeded to lead the massed ranks of Arsenal supporters in a chant which included expletives against Spurs, who again finished below their north London neighbours in the Barclays Premier League table. Wilshere was subsequently reminded about his responsibilities by the club, and also then issued an apology via Twitter for any offence caused. The FA, though, had issued a written warning to the player for past behaviour and so moved to open a formal disciplinary case. Following England’s goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, Wilshere had looked to put the incident behind him. “I was a little (disappointed with the charge), but you know that is something the FA are dealing with and my club are dealing with so what will be, will be,” he said. “I have always had that bond with the Arsenal fans since I was young because I came through the club. I grew up at Arsenal and I love the fans, but believe it or not, I have actually got family who are Tottenham fans so it’s nothing personal against them, it was just a bit of fun.” Alexis Sanchez believes he evolved as a player at Arsenal last season, but felt the team could have achieved more. However Sanchez feels, with the talent of Arsene Wenger’s squad, there remains a sense of what might have been after seeing their title challenge fade despite a strong second half of the campaign, and disappointment in exit from the Champions League to unfancied Monaco. “It was an okay season, but it was bittersweet. I would have liked to have been in the Champions League final, to have won the Premier League title,” Sanchez told a press conference ahead of Chile’s first Copa America match with against Ecuador on Friday. “I would have liked to be in the Champions League final or to have won the Premier League title. I believe we have a bunch of skilful players so to not achieve more is disappointing.” Sanchez scored 25 goals for the Gunners, and set up many more. He added: “I had a breakthrough in my football life. Now I switch to the left, I make goals, I pass, I am evolving. “And if I am put in at centre forward, I will do it in the best way possible and I am fit to play.” Arsenal are expected to strengthen the squad again in the summer, and continue to be linked with a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, is expected to accept a misconduct charge from the Football Association following his anti-Tottenham chants during the FA Cup victory parade, which could carry a heavy fine or possibly even a suspension. The Chile forward is away on international duty with Chile as they host the Copa America. The 26-year-old, signed in a £30million deal from Barcelona last summer, was the stand-out player for the Gunners, capping a memorable campaign with a superb goal in the 4-0 FA Cup final win over Aston Villa at Wembley. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dominican PM files lawsuit against Florida blogger and local journalist

first_imgDominican Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit Lawyers for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica and two senior government ministers as well as a senior police officer have filed a lawsuit against disbarred US attorney Kenneth Rijock, local journalist Matthais Peltier and Q95fm Radio.The lawsuit was filed in the High Court on Monday after Rijock refused to retract, apologize and pay compensation for alleging that 2,000 blank Dominica passports were issued to Moroccan Ambassador to all of the East Caribbean States in 2016.On April 24,  a demand letter issued to Rijock by Attorney Lennox Lawrence on behalf of Prime Minister  Skerrit; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Francine Baron; Minister responsible for National Security and Immigration, Rayburn Blackmoore, and Senior Police Officer in direct charge of Immigration and Passports, Inspector Pellam Jno. Baptiste stated that legal action could be taken if the demand was not met.In his emailed response to the demand letter, Rijock wrote: “Please be advised that I will neither retract my articles, nor any of my recorded statements. Florida law recognizes my [sic] as a journalist, and any suit you choose to file on behalf of your clients will be turned over the Reporters without Borders, and to the United Nations, and Organization of American States”.Accordingly, the lawsuit was filed with Rijock named as the first defendant while Matthias Peltier and West Indies Communications Enterprises Limited (Q95) named the second and third defendants respectively.The four claimants are seeking damages including aggravated damages, for slander for the words spoken, uttered, published and or caused to be published and broadcast or disseminated by the first and or second defendant and by the third defendant.They are also seeking an injunction restraining Rijock, Peltier and Q95 whether by themselves or through their agents, servants, directors from further publishing or causing to be published the said or similar defamatory words about the claimant; costs on the indemnity basis and or wasted costs against the defendants or each of them and further or other relief.The lawsuit will be served on Rijock, who is based in the United States, via email and an order will be sought from the court to serve him in person.Dominica welcomes CCJ ruling on case involving Jamaican entertainer Tommy Leelast_img read more