(NETHERLANDS) Court Report: #MH17 Case: The trial in the case of the downed flight has been resumed – the floor will be given to the relatives and friends of the victims, who intend to tell the court about their grief and the consequences of the disaster #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.07: In the Netherlands, the trial in the case of the downed flight MH17 has been resumed – the floor will be given to the relatives and friends of the victims, who intend to tell the court about their grief and the consequences of the disaster.

#AceDailyNews says that the Dutch court resumes hearings in case of downed #MH17: Victims relatives to appeal to court: In the Netherlands, this process has already been called historical and unprecedented – for the first time in the history of the country’s legal proceedings, more than 90 relatives of the victims will go to court. This will be the most emotional moment in the hearings.

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They will speak in court for three weeks with short breaks. It is expected that not only representatives of the Netherlands, but also Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Great Britain and Indonesia will go to court. For those who intend to physically be present in the court complex, a special room has been equipped in Schiphol, those who cannot, for various reasons, attend the hearings, will speak via video link, or provide a video recording. Given that most speakers will speak Dutch, the court will provide translation from German and English.

Earlier, lawyer of the relatives of the victims Peter Langstraat suggested that if each of the relatives, wishing to speak, speaks for 15-20 minutes, plus it will take time to take a seat in the hall and additional time for possible emotional moments, then 25-30 minutes should be reserved for each. “This [speech by relatives] will be difficult not only for the speakers, but also for those present. Taking everything into account, it looks like ten people can speak per day,” he said.

As reported, on March 9, at the Schiphol court complex near Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a trial began over four accused of the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. There were to be three Russian citizens and one Ukrainian on the dock: Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Sergei Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko. Only one of them, Pulatov, is represented by lawyers from a Dutch firm, assisted by Russian lawyer Kutina. The trial took place in the absence of the accused.

As reported, on July 17, 2014, the MH17 flight was shot down over Donbas, killing all 298 people on board. Two-thirds of passengers are citizens of the Netherlands. Citizens of Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, the UK, Belgium, the United States, Germany, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand were also onboard. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which includes law enforcement from Ukraine, the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia, and Malaysia, is probing the incident.

In September 2016, the Joint Investigation Group released its findings, according to which the airliner was shot down by a missile launched from a Buk air defense system, and a year ago it announced that the Buk belonged to the Russian 53rd anti-aircraft missile brigade stationed in Kursk.

The JIT named Igor Girkin (Strelkov), Sergey Dubinsky, Oleg Pulatov and Leonid Kharchenko as suspects in the MH17 crash on May 19, 2019. All of them were put on the international wanted list. They are charged with the murder of 298 passengers onboard and its crash.

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(NEWCASTLE, U.K.) Crown Court Report: A man has been found guilty of attempting to smuggle cocaine with an estimated street value of £160k into the U.K after a “Christmas shopping” trip with his wife in the Netherlands #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.30: On 19 December, Hart had travelled to Eersel in the Netherlands, later telling officers the trip had been to buy Christmas presents, as well as to collect a motorcycle and parts for his family’s hobby of international motocross racing……..

#AceDailyNews reports that a man tried to smuggle drugs into the U.K. after Netherlands Christmas shopping trip with his wife and ‘The National Crime Agency’ investigated after a van hired by Sean Hart, 40, from Newcastle, was stopped at the Eurotunnel controls in Coquelles, France in December 2016 he was arrested and later charged.

2 x Packages removed from concealment

After stopping the van on its return journey to the UK, Border Force officers discovered two packages of cocaine weighing a total of 2kg concealed in the dashboard. The cocaine would be worth an estimated £60k at wholesale and £160k at street level.

Today [27 July], Sean Hart was convicted of importing a class A drug after a seven day trial at Newcastle Crown Court: He is due to be sentenced on 15 September at the same location.

NCA Operations Manager Julie Booker said: “This was a blatant attempt to smuggle illegal drugs into the UK under the guise of travelling to do his Christmas shopping. Not only was Sean Hart prevented from making money from importing class A drugs, he now faces the prospect of prison time: “Illegal drugs are at the root of considerable violence and exploitation. We will continue to work with partners like Border Force to keep our communities safe by preventing class A drugs from entering the country.”

A second defendant was found not guilty after the same trial.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.30: 2021:

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(AMSTERDAM) JUST IN: The Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander on Wednesday condemned the attack on crime reporter Peter R. de Vries as an attack on democracy that had shocked him deeply #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.07: This is an attack on journalism, a cornerstone of our rule of law”, King Willem-Alexander told reporters during a state visit to Berlin: And as such it is an attack on our constitutional order.”

PRESS FREEDOM: Shooting of Dutch crime reporter attack on democracy, king says: De Vries, the best-known crime reporter in the Netherlands and winner of an international Emmy award for his work investigating the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, was shot on an Amsterdam street on Tuesday evening. read more

: July.07, 20219:23 AM BSTLast Updated 33 minutes ago

He was taken to a hospital, where he was fighting for his life, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said.

The Dutch royal house does not generally comment on individual incidents, so the king’s remarks were a sign of how de Vries is a hugely popular figure and a household name who has featured on television for decades.

Natalee Holloway’s mother Beth, who worked closely with De Vries on the investigation of her daughter’s disappearance, told Dutch broadcaster SBS she was “devastated” by the news of the attack.

“I am trying desperately to get through to his family”, she said. “I am shocked.”

The attack on De Vries also drew outrage throughout Europe.

“This is a crime against journalism and an attack on our values of democracy and rule of law,” European Council President Charles Michel said in a tweet.

“We will relentlessly continue to defend the freedom of the press.”

The president of the European Parliament David Sassoli said that the media was the backbone of democracy.

“Attacks against journalists are attacks against all of us,” he said.

Police said three suspects had been detained in the hours following the attack, including the possible shooter, but gave no further details.

Reporting by Bart Meijer, Toby Sterling and Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Angus MacSwan:

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.07: 2021:

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(NETHERLANDS) ICIJ REPORT: Dutch court sides with report calling dos Santos-linked energy deal an ‘act of corruption’ #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.30: A deal that gave one of the wealthiest families in Africa a lucrative stake in a large Portuguese energy company could be a step closer to dissolution, following a new ruling from a Dutch court.

Dos Santos partnership with Angolan state oil company ‘null and void,’ court-appointed director says, following an inquiry prompted by ICIJ’s Luanda Leaks.

ICIJ REPORT:

June 28, 2021Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos and her husband, Congolese art collector and businessman Sindika Dokolo in 2018.

The ruling validates a damning report from a court-appointed director of Esperaza Holding BV, a vehicle used by Angola’s state oil company, Sonangol, to buy shares in Galp, the Portugese energy firm. That report concluded that the 2006 sale of 40% of Esperaza to Exem Energy BV, a company owned by Congolese businessman Sindika Dokolo, was “an act of corruption” and should be voided.

At the time of the acquisition Dokolo was married to Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former autocratic president. He died in 2020.

The details of the acquisition were first reported by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists as part of Luanda Leaks, a global investigation into a decade of inside deals made by the dos Santos family at the expense of Angola, one of the poorest countries in the world.

Last year, following the ICIJ investigation, a special division of Amsterdam’s Appeal Court ordered an inquiry into the Exem deal with Sonangol. The court also froze Exem’s assets and removed Mario Silva, a key dos Santos business associate, from Esperaza’s board, appointing Camilo Schutte, a lawyer, as director. The inquiry is ongoing.Dutch court documents included this diagram on the relationship between the entities involved in a controversial shareholding deal now being investigated. 

In his report, Schutte concluded that Dokolo’s company had obtained its stake in Galp at a steep discount, ultimately paying less than 10% of the share’s value.

Lawyers representing Exem challenged the report and claimed that Schutte was not sufficiently independent and should be replaced, according to Dutch court records first obtained by Het Financieele Dagblad, an ICIJ partner. The Dutch court rejected that argument.

Schutte’s assessment shows that the purpose of the transaction was to give Dokolo and dos Santos “a very sizeable and unjustified advantage to the detriment of the Angolan State,” a five-judge panel said.

After being appointed Esperaza director, Schutte examined company records and court filings to make sure they were in compliance with the law, he told ICIJ. He determined the acquisition was clearly designed to favor the dos Santos family. “It’s a travesty of a real business transaction.”

“Exem has been revealed to be a front company with the sole goal to be part of a money laundering scheme to embezzle funds” ultimately belonging to the Angolan people, he said.

The unlawful nature of the transaction makes Exem’s shareholding in his company “null and void,” he said.

An Exem lawyer told ICIJ that Schutte’s findings were incorrect and that the company continues to pursue legal actions regarding his conduct.

Exem’s acquisition “was carried out in a transparent manner” and “the transaction has been hugely beneficial to Sonangol and – thus – the Angolan taxpayers,” Dan Morrison wrote in an emailed response.

Representatives for dos Santos didn’t immediately respond to ICIJ request for comment.

Schutte said he plans to notify the Dutch commercial register that Exem is no longer a shareholder of Esperaza, a move that could further imperil the dos Santos family’s stake in Galp.

In the meantime, Sonangol and Exem are embroiled in separate arbitration proceedings on the lawfulness of Exem shareholding. Sonangol lawyers expect a decision by September, they told ICIJ.

“There’s a difference between the old Sonangol and the new Sonangol,” said Maarten Drop, one of the legal counsels representing the company in the Dutch action. “The new Sonangol is trying to clean up the past and there’s a lot to be cleaned up.”

Criminal investigations into dos Santos and her companies are ongoing in a number of countries, including Angola where the government alleges she embezzled more than $1 billion in public funds.

Dos Santos has maintained her innocence and denied any wrongdoing.

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(BIRMINGHAM, U.K) NCA REPORT: Alleged member of ‘chicken run’ drug gang extradited to UK to face justice Friday 10 June: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.13: The last man arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the alleged importation of cocaine and heroin has been extradited from the Netherlands to face the UK courts.

NCA Report: ‘The Dutch national was brought to the UK officers following the conclusion of his extradition hearings in the Netherlands’

Image showing arrested individual alongside NCA officers.

Dominique Anthony Ventura Da Costa, 36, was detained by Dutch police on a European Arrest Warrant in August 2018.

The gang he is alleged to have been part of was responsible for importing millions of pounds worth of class A drugs into the UK from the Netherlands hidden in loads of chicken in 2016 and 2017. 

On three occasions, heroin and cocaine worth around £5 million was seized hidden in chicken shipments. However NCA investigators, working in partnership with the Dutch police, subsequently identified another 16 importations which they suspect contained drugs, which would have brought the overall street value to around £12 million.

Da Costa is alleged to have been part of the Dutch arm of the operation, where drugs were placed within consignments for shipment to the UK.

He is due to appear before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today (11 June).



NCA Senior Investigating Officer Gary Winch said: “This case shows that there is no hiding place for those attempting to evade UK law enforcement.

“We are determined to track down fugitives, and neither the passage of time or international borders are a barrier to us doing so.

“We are grateful for the assistance of our Dutch partners in this operation, and Da Costa will now go before UK courts.”

Eleven people have previously been convicted in connection with the NCA investigation, with prison sentences totalling around 100 years handed out.

A further individual, Dutch national Shahzad Butt, 33, was extradited to the UK from the Netherlands in December 2020 as part of the same investigation. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import controlled drugs into the UK at Birmingham Crown Court on 16 April 2021 and will be sentenced following the conclusion of Da Costa’s court proceedings.

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(NETHERLANDS) JUST IN: Dutch salvage workers have found some bone fragments and scraps of airmen’s clothing in the debris of an RAF Wellington bomber shot down over the Netherlands in June 1941 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.13: The Wellington had a six-man Czech crew, five of whom died. It was downed by a German night fighter, crashing at Nieuwe Niedorp, a village about 60km (37 miles) north of Amsterdam.

Dutch find Czech crew remains at WW2 RAF bomber crash site: A week ago the Czech Ambassador to the Netherlands, Katerina Sequensova, visited the site, where recovery work began on 25 May. Civil engineers and the Dutch defence ministry are involved, including military forensic identification specialists.

Getty Images: Two of the Czechoslovak crew shown here – Karel Valach (1st left) and Vilem Konstacky (4th from left) – died in the June raid

It had been bombing the port of Bremen.

The dig is part of a wider Dutch project to find wartime crews’ remains.

Czech Embassy/HagueThe Czech ambassador (L) met the salvage team at the crash site

In World War Two the RAF’s 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron had airmen who had fled Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and had then had combat experience in Poland or France. It was based at RAF East Wretham, near Thetford in Norfolk.

The squadron flew Vickers Wellington and Liberator bombers.

More than 5,500 aircraft crashed during the air war over the Netherlands in 1940-1945, and as many as 50 are believed to have crews’ remains.

Geert Jonker, a member of the identification team at Nieuwe Niedorp, told Czech TV: “They never returned home to Czechoslovakia, so the least we can do is go out and search for them and give them a proper burial.”

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The Wellington’s pilot, Flight Sgt Vilem Bufka, parachuted out of the burning plane, broke a leg on landing and was captured by the Germans. He was imprisoned in Colditz Castle, with many other Royal Air Force POWs, and returned to Czechoslovakia in August 1945. He wrote a memoir – Bomber T2990 Gone Silent – and died in 1967.

Czech Embassy/HagueDebris from the Bristol Pegasus engines was found

The five crew who died were: co-pilot Alois Rozum, radio operator Leonhard Smrcek, navigator Vilem Konstacky, front gunner Jan Hejna and rear gunner Karel Valach. 

In its tribute to the crew, the Czech Foreign Ministry says Valach had “met an English girl Doreen Francis Todd and they were married on 10 December 1940”. It adds: “Their son was born in 1941.”

Czech Embassy/HagueThe bomber sank into mud when it crashed near the Dutch coast

The RAF Museum says 311 Squadron focused mainly on bombing the cities of Bremen and Cologne.

“The squadron’s greatest success was the sinking of the blockade runner Alsterufer, which transported over 300 tons of rare tungsten from Japan to Germany,” it says. The operation took place off the French Atlantic coast in 1943. During the war the Allies imposed a naval blockade to stop cargo ships bringing essential supplies to Nazi Germany.Stevie Stevens flew 29 missions during World War Two

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(LONDON) Court Report: A Dutchman who admitted swallowing 50 packets of cocaine in an attempt to smuggle them into the UK has been jailed for 32 months on Thursday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11: NCA investigators found that prior to getting the flight, he had attempted to take a Eurostar train from Amsterdam but
walked out of the station before being questioned by UK officers at the immigration control:

NCA Investgation uncovers a drug smuggler who swallowed dozens of lethal cocaine pellets: Martinus Gunning, 42, was investigated after arriving at London Gatwick Airport from the Netherlands on 10 January 2021: When stopped by Border Force, he initially claimed he was in the UK to visit a girlfriend but shortly afterwards said he had swallowed 50 packages and a total of 463g of the class A drug was ultimately recovered.

Gunning Custody Image

Later that day, he took a flight to Gatwick instead.

The purity of the cocaine in the packages was between 76% and 78%, which NCA forensic experts estimated would be worth £37,040 once cut to street level purity.

Yesterday [7 April] at Lewes Crown Court, Gunning was sentenced to 32 months in prison after pleading guilty to the importation of Class A drugs.

NCA Branch Commander Mark McCormack said: “This method of smuggling is dangerous. The rupture of a single one of the 50 pellets in the body could have been fatal: Organised crime groups use individuals like Martinus Gunning to transport drugs across borders for profit, with no thought for
the safety of either the smuggler nor users of the drug, who should understand the unpleasant reality of how what they consume can be transported: “Working with Border Force, we have ensured that these drugs did not reach the UK market. The NCA continues to work with partners to tackle the class A drugs trade, which fuels violence and exploitation in the UK and around the world.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.11: 2021:

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(NETHERLANDS) Utrecht Court Report: A criminal group who masterminded a plot that brought millions of pounds worth of heroin and cocaine into the UK over five years have been jailed in The Netherlands #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.08: The drugs, which totalled 55 kilos of heroin and 60 kilos of cocaine, were found hidden in jump starters and followed a pattern seen in other drug seizures that had come into the UK from The Netherlands:

NCA Report: 57 years for Dutch drug traffickers who smuggled Class A drugs into UK officers launched an investigation in 2016 when drugs valued at over £12.5 million were found at Purfleet Docks, in a delivery of car batteries that were heading to an industrial site in Essex’

Yesterday [29 March] in Utrecht, five of the men were found guilty and sentenced to a total of 57 years in prison.

NCA officers obtained evidence which led to the arrest of seven men in The Netherlands, and the seizure of firearms, grenades and cash.

The ringleader of the group, Marcel Doest, a 38 year-old from Nieuwegein, was sentenced to sixteen years in prison.  

His second in command, a 33 year-old, also from Nieuwegein, was sentenced to fourteen years.

Three other men who were involved in the conspiracy were also convicted and received sentences of seven and eight years.

The leaders of the group were found guilty not only of organising large drug transports from The Netherlands to the UK between 2013 and 2018, but also money laundering and dealing in stolen cars.

Regional Head of Investigations at the National Crime Agency, Jacque Beer, said: “This outcome concludes an investigation that began in the UK and through close collaboration with our partners across Europe, ends in The Netherlands: “ Following a huge drugs seizure in the UK in 2016 and further analysis by NCA officers, information that was crucial to the arrest of the main subject and the apprehension of the others was uncovered: “ These men were clearly serious and organised criminals, who sought to profit from trafficking drugs and other criminality: “ Through joint working with our colleagues both in the UK and abroad, we’ve stopped a huge amount of Class A drugs from reaching the streets and yesterday’s result will have fractured a key source of drugs from entering the market.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.08: 2021:

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(PARIS, France.) #YellowVest First Peaceful Protestors, then Activists NOW Violent Rioters torched motorbikes and set barricades ablaze on the upmarket Boulevard Saint Germain on Saturday, as protests against high living costs and the perceived indifference of Macron turned violent on the fringes……. What’s next someone killed even by accident ? #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Jan.06: The latest “yellow vest” marches began peacefully but degenerated in the afternoon as protesters threw missiles at riot police blocking bridges over the Seine: Officers fired tear gas to prevent protesters crossing the river and reaching the National Assembly. One riverboat restaurant was set ablaze and a policeman was wounded when he was hit by a bicycle hurled from a street above the river bank………………Two months after they started blocking roads, occupying highway tollbooths and staging sometimes-violent street protests in Paris, the yellow vests wanted to inject new momentum into a movement that weakened over the holidays…………….Macron’s government, shaken by the unrest, had this week hardened its stance, branding the protesters agitators seeking to overthrow the government…………….Driving the unrest is anger, particularly among low-paid workers, over a squeeze on household incomes, and a belief that Macron is deaf to citizens’ needs as he enacts reforms seen as favouring the wealthy………………“They have no right to leave us in the shit like this,” said protester Francois Cordier. “We’re fed up with having to pay out the whole time, we’ve had enough of this slavery, we should be able to live on our salaries.” #AceNewsDesk reports

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With no police in sight, Sweden’s ambassador to France called on neighbors to help put out a small fire lit outside her Embassy during “yellow vest” protests against high living costs and the policies of President Emmanuel Macron………….“And where are the police??? Thanks to friendly neighbors we were able to put out the fires,” ambassador Veronika Wand-Danielsson tweeted on Saturday, attaching photographs to her post………..While some social media users apologized for the protesters’ behavior, others were more tongue-in-cheek. One responded to her tweet: “Thank you Madame Ambassador for coming out with a bucket of water to douse the burning box. A true Viking!” Reporting by Michel Rose; Editing by Richard Lough and David Holmes

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux escaped from his office through a back door after a small number of protesters broke into the compound and smashed up vehicles: Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said about 50,000 people had protested in cities nationwide, including Bordeaux, Toulouse, Rouen and Marseille……………….The turnout was higher than last week but a small fraction of the numbers seen in the first weeks of the protests.

As darkness fell, officers dispersed scores of yellow vests gathered on Paris’s Avenue des Champs-Elysees: Television images showed hooded youths setting a car alight on a side street, but there was no repeat of the scenes in November when shops were looted, banks vandalised and the Arc de Triomphe was defaced……………….Authorities have blamed the worst of the violence in recent weeks on anarchists, anti-capitalists and extreme groups on the fringes of the yellow vest movement………..The protests come 18 months into Macron’s tenure and his drive to reshape the economy, and have already forced him into concessions.

Last month, Macron promised tax cuts for pensioners, wage rises for the poorest workers and the scrapping of planned fuel tax increases, at a cost to the Treasury of 10 billion euros ($11 billion): It was the first big U-turn for a president elected 18 months earlier on a platform to break with traditional French politics and liberalize the heavily regulated economy.

In a New Year’s Eve address, Macron vowed to press on with his reform agenda, saying: “We can’t work less, earn more, cut taxes and increase spending.” Faced with record low popularity ratings, Macron is expected soon to set out his plans for the coming months. These include a nationwide debate on ecological, fiscal and institutional questions, the results of which he says will feed into policy.

Elsewhere …… #Netherlands Demonstration Alert: Demonstrations expected from the “Yellow Vests” group on Saturday, January 5, from approximately 10 am to 7 pm. The group will assemble in The Hague inner city near government buildings. Avoid areas of demonstrations. http://ow.ly/HUpG30nbSh2 pic.twitter.com/17sQ5DMRfe Published: January.05: 2018: Reporting by Richard Lough, Elizabeth Pineau and Johnny Cotton; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by David Evans and David Holmes

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UKRAINE: ‘ On anniversary of Airliner #MH17 Crash 260 Airlines call for Global Convention on Anti-Aircraft Weapons ‘

#AceNewsReport – UKRAINE: #MH17 July.17: On the first anniversary of downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO, a UN agency) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a trade association uniting more than 260 airlines, have joined forces in seeking a global convention on anti-aircraft weapons, RIA reports.

“We are working with ICAO to achieve a global convention controlling the design, manufacture, sale, and deployment of weapons with anti-aircraft capability,” IATA head Tony Tyler said Friday.

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Malaysian Aircraft MH17:’ Dutch Air Force Plane Takes Off Carrying First 16 Coffins ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – Wednesday – July 23 – Bloody Conflict Continues and many more Die ! As first 16 bodies of victims of crash are transported from crash site.

09:33 GMT:

A Dutch air force transport plane carrying the first 16 coffins with the remains of victims of the downed Malaysian airliner took off on Wednesday from an airport in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv for the Netherlands.

Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine for loading on to a transport plane heading to the Netherlands at Kharkiv airport July 23, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17 downed over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine for loading on to a transport plane heading to the Netherlands at Kharkiv airport July 23, 2014. (Reuters/Gleb Garanich)

Honorary guards placed wooden coffins on the plane after a short and sombre ceremony held on the tarmac before it took off.

All 298 people on board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 perished when it was brought down last Thursday over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev is struggling anti-government forces.

Many of the victims were Dutch and the Netherlands will carry out their identification.

At the ceremony, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said the downing of the plane was an “inhumane terrorist act” carried out with help from Russia.

Kiev will do everything in its power to bring those guilty to justice, he added. Russia denies its involvement.

On Monday the Russian military presented information that a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter had been gaining altitude in the direction of the Malaysian Boeing prior to the catastrophe.

A Canadian military transport plane is due to leave Kharkiv with 24 more coffins later on Wednesday.

09:21 GMT:

The black boxes from Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 have been handed over to British experts, UK investigators have told press.

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The inflight recorders recovered from the wreckage of the downed Malaysian plane have arrived in Britain to be analyzed, the Ukrainian government’s investigation committee told press. The Ukrainian investigators confirmed they had seen the recorders, but not handled them as per an agreement reached with the Malaysian and Dutch inspectors.

“Today … the black boxes from the airliner Boeing 777 arrived in Britain under the supervision of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization),” the commission said on its Facebook page.

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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday that it was still unclear how many bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 had arrived in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv and how many may have been left behind at the crash site. (Reuters)

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Dutch experts have said they were given 80 fewer corpses than indicated by the eastern Ukrainian militia.

“There were human remains that had not been picked up,” said Michael Bociurkiw, a spokesman for the OSCE after visiting the crash site.

“What struck us is that we did not monitor any recovery activity in place,” he added, indicating at least two areas where there still were human remains.

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Moscow has handed over to the European Union the Ministry of Defense’s monitoring data on the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in eastern Ukraine, Russian envoy to the EU Vladimir Chizhov said.

The documents, which are in both Russian and English, were sent “to all the interested parties,” he told journalists in Brussels, as quoted by RIA Novosti. Russia hopes the investigation of the tragedy will be “truly unbiased, independent and international,” as called for by the UN Security Councilresolution unanimously adopted Monday, Chizhov said.

I’m surprised by statements made by certain European representatives,” he said. Even European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso – who is on a visit in Brazil – “voiced certainty that the plane, as he said, was shot down by ‘separatists.’”According to the Russian diplomat, attempts to foresee the results of an investigation “can only be considered as an attempt to put pressure on the probe.”

I hope that will not happen,” Chizhov said.

Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 20, 2014.(AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic )

Ukrainian State Emergency Service employees collect bodies of victims at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Grabove, in rebel-held east Ukraine on July 20, 2014.(AFP Photo / Bulent Kilic )

Tuesday, July 22

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The Dutch government has declared Wednesday a day of national mourning as the country prepares for the arrival of the first bodies of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

The country’s king and queen will be at an air base in Eindhoven to greet two military planes that are scheduled to arrive around 4 p.m. (1400 GMT) Wednesday carrying the first victims’ remains.

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‘ Hague Rules Netherlands Accountable for Deaths of 300 Victims at Srebrenica Massacre in 1995 ‘

#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE – July 16 – The Hague has ruled that the Netherlands was accountable for the deaths of over 300 victims of the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 reported RT.

Bosnian woman at Srebrenica

The hearing came as families of the victims accuse the Dutch government accusing its UN peacekeepers of failing to protect their relatives.

The UN protected the Muslim enclave until July 11, 1995 when it was overrun by ethnic Serb forces.

English: Women at the monument for victims of ...

English: Women at the monument for victims of the July 1995 Srebrenica Massacre. At the annual memorial ceremony in Potocari, Bosnia and Herzegovina. July 11, 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some 8,000 Muslim men and boys were slaughtered by ethnic Serb troops in 1995.

The UN’s highest International Court of Justice earlier ruled that the Srebrenica slaughter was genocide.

Serb forces commander Ratko Mladic is currently on trial on genocide and war crimes.

(Guardian) Reported that the Netherlands has been ordered to pay compensation for the deaths of Bosnian Muslims in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in a ruling that opens up the Dutch state to compensation claims from relatives of the rest of the 8,000 men and youths who died.

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The judgement by the Dutch supreme court is the final decision in a protracted claim brought by relatives of three Muslim men who were expelled by Dutch soldiers from a United Nations compound during the Balkans conflict, then killed by Bosnian Serb forces.

Although the case related only to the murder of three victims, it sets the precedent that countries that provide troops for UN missions can be held responsible for their conduct.

The case was brought by Hasan Nuhanovic, an interpreter who lost his brother and father, and relatives of Rizo Mustafic, an electrician who was killed. They argued that all three men should have been protected by Dutch peacekeepers. Mustafic and Nuhanovic were employed by the Dutch, but Nuhanovic’s father and brother were not.

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` Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives on visit to ` Netherlands ‘ and a Global Nuclear Summit ‘

#AceWorldNews – AMSTERDAM – March 22 — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived here Saturday for a state visit to the Netherlands and a global nuclear summit.

The Netherlands is the first leg of Xi’s European tour, which will also take him to France, Germany and Belgium.

He will attend the third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague on March 24-25.

Xi is the first Chinese president to visit the Netherlands since the two states established diplomatic relations in 1972.

He will meet King Willem-Alexander and parliamentary leaders, and hold talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

The two sides will sign cooperation agreements on agriculture, energy, finance and culture.

Chinese News and Media Sources.

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` German Police have arrested a former `Nazi Medic ‘ serving in `Auschwitz ‘ on suspicion of ` aiding and abetting Murder ‘

#AceWorldNews – German police have arrested a former Nazi medic on suspicion of “multiple counts” of aiding and abetting murder when he was serving as a medic in the Auschwitz death camp, according to the local prosecutors’ office.

A 93-year-old suspect was arrested on Monday at his home near the town of Neubrandenburg, in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in northern Germany.

A doctor examined the man after his arrest and determined that the suspect “was in good enough health to be held in custody while authorities investigate further,” according to Stefan Urbanek, spokesman from the prosecutors’ office in Schwerin, the state capital.

The prosecutor refused to reveal the pensioner’s identity due to German privacy rules.

The man is now being held in pre-trial detention.

A former member of the SS (Schutzstaffel), a major paramilitary organization under the Nazis from 1925 to 1945, the accused allegedly assisted in massacres of prisoners transported from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovenia to the Auschwitz -Birkenau camp in September 1944.

RT

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` Sea of Okhotsk in the `Far East ‘ now `Russian Continental Shelf ‘ open for Oil and Gas Exploration ‘

#AceWorldNews A UN maritime commission has confirmed that 52,000 square kilometres in the middle of the Sea of Okhotsk in the Far East is now Russian continental shelf, opening the way for massive oil and gas exploration.

The enclave in the middle of the Okhotsk Sea has been recognized as part of Russia’s continental shelf in accordance with the UN Maritime Convention of 1982. So far the zone lay outside Russian jurisdiction because a part of the sea was not covered by the 200 nautical mile zone internationally recognized as area of exclusive economic interest.

“This event has effectively taken place,” Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy told journalists, stressing that the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf had made a “unanimous decision” which is “unconditional and has no retroactive effect.”

The minister said that from now on Russian laws are applied to all natural resources under the Okhotsk seabed. The new enclave that has been integrated into Russia is comparable to a territory of a European state like Switzerland, Netherlands or Slovakia.

The original application for the Okhotsk shelf was filed to the UN in 2001.

RIA Novosti – RT News – News Sources

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#AceGuestNews and Views Brendan Cole VOR Two centuries…

#AceGuestNews and Views – Brendan Cole – VOR

Two centuries on from the abolition of slavery, the slave trade continues to make headlines. A coalition of 14 Caribbean heads of state is considering endorsing a proposal to seek financial reparation for 400 years of slavery. Martyn Day is a senior UK lawyer, who is one of those who have drawn up an action plan to try and bring a claim to the International Criminal Court next year.

The nations involved argue that a legacy of illiteracy, poor health and limited social opportunities in the region is a direct consequence of the centuries of Human trafficking.

Day explained that they were approached by the prime minister of St Vincent about helping them with the issue after they achieved compensation for the Mau Mau tortured by the British in Kenya in the 1950’s.

They agreed there was no prospect of a case for injuries suffered in the same way as with the Mau Mau, so the case is about the damage being suffered today.

“Even now in 2014, the Caribbean suffers a lot from what happened during the slave era,” he says. “Issues such as health, education, social welfare. The Caribbean nations have been hamstrung by their past. We would be saying to countries like Britain, France, Netherlands and other countries that they should play a role in trying to recompense and assist the Caribbean nations in trying to come into the 21st century.”
We pointed out that some of them may not agree.

“Of course, but we benefited massively from the money that was being made out of slaves back in the 16th, 17th, 18th century and at the same time we were handicapping both the African and Caribbean states.

#AceGuestViews of Brendan Cole

Audio SLAVE_TRADE_TWO_WAY.mp3

Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2014_03_10/Slavery-UK-lawyers-assist-14-Caribbean-nations-in-push-for-ICC-claim-5832/

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#CopehagenZoo : `Young Giraffe called Marius Destroyed for not Being Perfect’ – Disgraceful!!!

#AceNewsServices says “Surplus’ giraffe put down at Copenhagen Zoo all in the name of being the `Perfect Genetic Specimen according to `Bengt Holst’- Scientific Director” `

A bid to save a young giraffe from destruction at Copenhagen Zoo has failed, and the giraffe was put down on Sunday morning.

Thousands of people had signed an on-line petitions appealing for a change of heart over the two-year-old called Marius.

The zoo said it had no choice because of its duty to avoid in-breeding.

Marius was due to be killed by a bolt gun, not a lethal injection, which would contaminate the meat.

The carcass will partly be used for research and partly to feed carnivores at the zoo.

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Several institutions had offered to house Marius before the giraffe was destroyed

The UK’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park – which has a state-of-the-art giraffe house and the capacity for an extra male – was among several zoos which put in a last-ditch offers to take Marius.

It said it was “saddened” by the killing of the animal.

‘Good practice’Stine Jensen, from Denmark’s Organisation Against the Suffering of Animals, said the situation “should not have occurred”.


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“It just shows that the zoo is in fact not the ethical institution that it wants to portray itself as being, because here you have a waste product – that being Marius.

“Here we have a zoo which thinks that putting this giraffe down instead of thinking of alternatives is the best option,” she said.

But Bengt Holst, scientific director at the Danish zoo, defended Marius’s destruction, saying that giraffes had to be selected to ensure the best genes were passed down to ensure the animal’s long-term survival.

He told the BBC it was a responsible practice on the part of zoos to manage their animal populations to ensure they remained healthy, with some 20-30 animals put down at Copenhagen Zoo in a typical year.

“Giraffes today breed very well, and when they do you have to choose and make sure the ones you keep are the ones with the best genes,” Mr Holst told the BBC.

He said all zoos had been considered and there was no place for Marius – including at Yorkshire where, he said, any space should be reserved for a genetically more important giraffe.

The campaign to save him, he said, had gone “much too far”.

Animal rights campaigners have described the move as barbaric and have accused the zoo of being unethical.

The director of a wildlife park in the Netherlands, Robert Krijuff, whose last-minute offer of a place was also rejected, said: “I can’t believe it.

We offered to save his life. Zoos need to change the way they do business.”

Visitors, including children, were invited to watch while the giraffe was then skinned and fed to the lionsVisitors, including children, were invited to watch while the giraffe was dissected and fed to the lions

 

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“No Extra Hearing’s as Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Bill Sent to Vote”

#AceNewsServices says you may or may not agree with this bill ,but one thing l have learned in all my years, is if we allow a bill through where any parliamentary changes are required, it does not matter about the fact it contains certain limitations, as in 2002 in this case. Whereby it cover only adults, someone somewhere will want to play God, and find a reason through their own pain or suffering to add even more changes, such as this one where by it allows “Lawful Killing of Children” – God Helps Us All – in the future, with people like this!

English: Skull and crossbones

English: Skull and crossbones (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recent Changes in Euthanasia 2014 

The past few days there has been calls for extra hearings before sending Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Bill for a final parliamentary vote have been rejected by a Judiciary Committee, Euronews reported. The way is now clear for the legislation to be passed to the lower house for consideration and a vote before May. The Senate last week voted 50-17 that euthanasia should be legal for children suffering from a terminal illness that is causing severe physical pain. Belgium could become the first nation in the world to lift all age restrictions for euthanasia. Euthanasia for adults was legalized in the country in 2002.

Belgium Euthanasia Law in Effect

 September 2002

Here is how it came into being starting on Monday, Belgian law allows doctors to help kill patients who, during a terminal illness, express a wish to hasten their own death. Having passed the law in May, Belgium is now the third jurisdiction after the Netherlands (April 1, 2002) and the state of Oregon (1997) to legalize euthanasia.

Senator Philippe Mahoux, a Socialist, helped draft the law, which he views as “recognition” that a dying patient in “constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain” should be “the only judge of their quality of life and the dignity of their last moments,” ignoring the fact that palliative care has advanced to the point where such illness need no longer be accompanied by physical suffering.

Belgium’s bishops tried to explain why the Catholic Church opposes the law, saying: “It is based on the idea that the value and dignity of a human being is no longer linked to the fact of his existence, but rather to his so-called ‘quality of life’.” In the future, patients who are very ill are certain to face pressure (from relatives and hospital staff) to view themselves as a burden that should be eliminated. Conservative opposition parties voted against the bill last May, with the Flemish Christian Democrats vowing to challenge the law in the European Court of Human Rights.

 

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Nearly 3.5 Million Garment Workers in Bangladesh, Beset by Industrial Accidents and a Staggering Loss of Life, will get Essential Support to Improve Working Conditions

Flag of the International Labour Organization....

Flag of the International Labour Organization. Based on an image at Flags of the World. Français : Drapeau du Organisation internationale du travail Italiano: Bandiera dell’Organizzazione Internazionale del Lavoro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWorldNews says nearly 3.5 million garment workers in Bangladesh, recently beset by industrial accidents and a staggering loss of life, will get essential support to improve working conditions, strengthen labour inspection and upgrade building and fire safety at their workplaces, thanks to a new programme in partnership with the United Nations.

“The rapid growth in Bangladesh’s garment industry has provided vital jobs to women and men and is helping to pull them and their families out of poverty. However, there is an urgent need for decisive and collaborative action to make decent work a reality,” stated Guy Ryder, the Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO).

“This programme will improve conditions of work, especially safety, and help generate sustainable economic growth and investment,” he added in a news release.

The new multi-year programme, carried out in partnership with the Governments of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Canada, will boost the efforts already underway by Bangladesh and its partners in the ready-made garment (RMG) sector.

The RMG sector is vital to the economy of Bangladesh, which exported goods worth $19.3 billion for the 11 months that ended in May 2013 – nearly 12 per cent more than a year earlier.

Among other things, the programme will focus on supporting the Bangladeshi National Action Plan for Fire and Building Safety, developed in the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse this April. The Plan calls for an assessment of all active export-oriented, RMG factories in Bangladesh to be completed by 31 December 2013.

Graduates at TVET Reform Project RMG Course Gr...

Graduates at TVET Reform Project RMG Course Graduation (Photo credit: ILO in Asia and the Pacific)

The Plan is supported by other parallel initiatives focused on the RMG sector in Bangladesh, namely the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh – signed by over 80 leading clothing brands and retailers – and the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a binding five-year initiative undertaken by North American apparel companies and retailers to improve safety in more than 500 factories.

The Netherlands, as the current co-chair of the donor coordination group in Bangladesh, strongly supports the adherence to international labour standards on workplace safety and protection of worker’s rights.

“Never in the history of the garment sector have we seen such an opportunity for improvement of labour conditions. With the signing of this agreement, the Netherlands with the ILO and our fellow donors will allow millions of workers in Bangladesh to live healthy and decent lives,” said the country’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Lilianne Ploumen.

ILO noted that during the past year, the RMG industry in Bangladesh has been rocked by several major industrial accidents leading to large-scale worker protests calling for improved building and fire safety, better working conditions and higher minimum wages. These actions have resulted in work disruptions in hundreds of factories.

ILO members

ILO members (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Bangladeshi authorities are responding to these concerns and supporting the programme, which will start with a complete fire safety and structural assessment of all active RMG factories and, where necessary, initiate remedial action,” said the agency.

The programme also has the support of Bangladeshi employers’ organizations and unions. The Government for its part is moving to significantly improve the capacity of its inspection system by equipping and training current and new factory inspectors and introducing oversight to address integrity and increase transparency.

Additionally, the programme will train workers, supervisors and managers in the RMG sector to improve their capacity to ensure workplace safety including the prevention of violence.

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