(NEW YORK) Justice Dept Court Report: Belarusian Government Officials Charged with Aircraft Piracy for Diverting Ryanair Flight 4978 to Arrest Dissident Journalist in May 2021 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.22: A federal grand jury in New York returned an indictment today charging four Belarusian state officials with conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy.

#AceDailyNews DOJ Court Report: Senior Belarusian Officials Conspired to Use False Bomb Threat to Unlawfully Divert Passenger Flight Carrying American Citizens in Order to Arrest Belarusian Dissident

According to court documents, Leonid Mikalaevich Churo, Oleg Kazyuchits, Andrey Anatolievich Lnu and Fnu Lnu, all of Belarus, allegedly engineered the diversion of Ryanair Flight 4978 (the Flight) – which was carrying four U.S. nationals and more than 100 other passengers on board – while it was in flight on May 23, 2021, to arrest a dissident Belarusian journalist who was on board.

“Since the dawn of powered flight, countries around the world have cooperated to keep passenger airplanes safe,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams for the Southern District of New York. “The defendants shattered those standards by diverting an airplane to further the improper purpose of repressing dissent and free speech. Thanks to the extraordinary investigative work of a joint team of FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigators, today’s indictment provides a prompt and public explanation of what actually happened to the Flight. We are committed to holding accountable these central participants in a shocking conspiracy to commit aircraft piracy that not only violated international norms and U.S. criminal law, but also potentially endangered the lives of four U.S. citizens and scores of other innocent passengers on board.”         

“We allege the defendants carried out an elaborate scheme to fake a bomb scare which forced an airplane to make an emergency landing in their country so they could arrest a dissident journalist,” said Assistant Director Michael J. Driscoll of the FBI’s New York Field Office. “During the course of our investigation, the FBI identified a detailed operation that subjected passengers from many countries, including the U.S., to the realities of terroristic threats. Not only is what took place a reckless violation of U.S. law, it’s extremely dangerous to the safety of everyone who flies in an airplane. The next pilot who gets a distress call from a tower may doubt the authenticity of the emergency – which puts lives at risk. The FBI and our foreign partners will continue to hold perpetrators responsible for actions which directly threaten the lives of our US citizens and jeopardize the stability of our national security.”

Overview of the Plot

While on its regularly scheduled passenger route between Athens, Greece, and Vilnius, Lithuania, on May 23, 2021, the Flight was diverted to Minsk, Belarus, by air traffic control authorities in response to a purported threat of a bomb on board the aircraft. There was, in fact, no bomb on board the aircraft. Belarusian government authorities fabricated the threat as a means to exercise control over the Flight and force it to divert from its course toward the original destination of Vilnius, and instead land in Minsk.

The purpose of the Belarusian government’s plot diverting the Flight to Minsk was so that Belarusian security services could arrest a Belarusian journalist and political activist (Individual-1) – who was critical of the Belarusian government, living in exile in Lithuania, and wanted by the Belarusian government on allegations of fomenting “mass unrest” – as well as Individual-1’s girlfriend (Individual-2). The Belarusian government conspiracy to divert the Flight was executed by, among others, officers of the Belarusian state security services working in coordination with senior officials of the Belarusian state air navigation authority.

The Defendants

The defendants, all Belarusian government officials and critical participants in this conspiracy, are identified as: Leonid Mikalaevich Churo, Oleg Kazyuchits, Andrey Anatolievich Lnu and Fnu Lnu. At all times relevant to the indictment, Churo was the Director General of Belaeronavigatsia, the Belarusian state air navigation authority. As alleged, Churo personally communicated the false bomb threat to staff at the Minsk air traffic control center before the Flight even took off from Athens, and directed the control center to instruct the Flight divert to Minsk in response to the purported threat.

Kazyuchits was the Deputy Director General of Belaeronavigatsia, and his role in the conspiracy included directing Belarusian air traffic authorities to falsify incident reports regarding the diversion of the Flight in order to conceal the fabrication of the bomb threat and to omit the role of Belarusian security services in directing the diversion.

Andrey Anatolievich Lnu and Fnu Lnu were officers of the Belarusian state security services. Fnu Lnu participated with Churo in conveying the false bomb threat to the Minsk air traffic control tower, personally directed the specific radio communications from the Minsk tower to coerce the Flight to divert to Minsk, and relayed contemporaneous updates on the diversion of the Flight and the progress of the plot to Andrey Anatolievich Lnu, who was Fnu Lnu’s superior in the Belarusian state security services.  

The Diversion of the Flight

On May 23, 2021, at approximately 6:45 UTC, Churo and Fnu Lnu arrived at the operations room of the Minsk area air traffic control center with responsibility for Belarusian airspace. Churo and Fnu Lnu conveyed the purported bomb threat to the controllers on duty, even though the Flight had not yet departed Athens. Churo and Fnu Lnu specifically crafted the threat to coerce the pilots of the Flight to avoid continuing to their final destination of Vilnius, by claiming that the purported bomb would explode if the Flight landed there.

In addition, Churo and Fnu Lnu took the telling steps of directing that the Flight be diverted specifically to Minsk, and even though the Flight was still in the adjacent airspace of Ukraine, prohibiting the Minsk air traffic control center from making any notification to Ukrainian authorities of the purported bomb threat. This helped to ensure that the Flight would enter Belarusian airspace, and the plot to obtain and exercise control over the Flight could be executed. Fnu Lnu remained in the operations room at the Minsk air traffic control center from the time that he and Churo conveyed the purported bomb threat and directed that the Flight divert to Minsk, until shortly before the Flight landed in Minsk after being diverted, in order to ensure that the diversion plot was successfully executed.

Once the Flight reached Belarusian airspace, Fnu Lnu instructed the senior air traffic controller who was responsible for communicating with the Flight to inform the pilots of the purported bomb threat, describe that the threat had been sent by email, and make specific statements to ensure the threat seemed credible and to coerce the Flight to divert to Minsk. For example, Fnu Lnu directed that the air traffic controller should falsely inform the pilots that the threat to the aircraft was a level “red” – the most specific and credible category of threat. Fnu Lnu provided updates on the execution of the plot in real time to his superior in the Belarusian security services, Andry Antolievich Lnu, at one point expressing concern that the pilots might be stalling for time and the Flight might soon leave Belarusian airspace, which would jeopardize the success of their diversion scheme. In response to the false information conveyed as part of the defendants’ plot, the pilots of the Flight ultimately declared an emergency and diverted to Minsk National Airport, in accordance with the directives from Churo and Fnu Lnu.

Once the Flight landed in Minsk, Fnu Lnu left the air traffic control operations room and went to the airport tarmac. The Flight was met by Belarusian security services personnel, including individuals dressed in camouflage military-style uniforms, some of whom were wearing ski masks and carrying visible firearms. Fnu Lnu remained on the tarmac supervising the security forces and monitoring the screening of the passengers as they disembarked. Belarusian security services personnel then instructed the passengers to board one of several airport passenger buses.

Belarusian authorities boarded one of the buses and asked Individual-1 to come forward and identify himself, demonstrating that Belarusian authorities were aware that Individual-1 was on board the Flight. Individual-1 was escorted off the bus, where uniformed Belarusian officers separately searched him again on the airport tarmac. Belarusian officers then escorted Individual-1 back onto the bus and traveled with Individual-1 and the rest of the passengers to the airport terminal. Once the bus arrived at the terminal, the Flight’s passengers were detained in an area of the terminal secured by Belarusian security services. Additional Belarusian security officers met Individual-1 and the officers accompanying him, escorted Individual-1 away from the remaining passengers and detained Individual-1. One group of passengers from the Flight, including multiple U.S. nationals and Individual-2, was detained in a narrow hallway for approximately three hours at the airport. During that time, Belarusian authorities also escorted Individual-2 away from the other passengers and detained Individual-2. The Flight was ultimately allowed to depart from Minsk and continue to its original destination of Vilnius later that evening. No bomb was ever on the Flight.

The Cover-Up

Soon after the diversion of the Flight, Belarusian government officials began to cover up what had happened. On or about May 24, 2021, the day after the Flight was diverted, Churo appeared at a press conference in Belarus with other Belarusian officials to address the Flight’s diversion. During the press conference, Churo stated falsely the Belarusian authorities had “done everything according to their technology and their job responsibilities” in handling the Flight. In reality, Churo knew that he and his co-conspirators had contrived the false bomb threat and had directed the Flight to divert to Minsk so that Belarusian security services could arrest Individual-1 and Individual-2. To further conceal the defendants’ plot, Kazyuchits directed Belarusian air traffic authorities to create false incident reports, including by doctoring the reports to misrepresent that the bomb threat was received at approximately the same time that the Flight entered Belarusian airspace and omit the fact that Fnu Lnu of the Belarusian security services was present in the operations room and directed activity during the Flight’s diversion.

Churo, Kazyuchits, Andrey Anatolievich Lnu and Fnu Lnu, all of Belarus, are charged with conspiring to commit aircraft piracy, which carries a minimum sentence of 20 years and maximum statutory penalty of life. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The defendants remain at large. The United States looks forward to working with our foreign partners to bring them to justice.

This case was jointly investigated by the FBI’s New York Field Office, Counterintelligence Division Foreign Influence Task Force and the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which principally consists of special agents from the FBI and detectives from the NYPD; as well as the FBI Legal Attaché Offices in Riga, Latvia; Warsaw, Poland; Athens, Greece; Kiev, Ukraine; and London; the National Transportation Safety Board; the Justice Department’s National Security Division Counterterrorism Section and Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, and the Office of International Affairs. Poland’s Internal Security Agency and the Mazowieckie Regional Prosecutor’s Office; and Lithuanian authorities provided valuable assistance with this investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys David W. Denton Jr. and Elinor L. Tarlow for the Southern District of New York are prosecuting the case, with assistance from Trial Attorneys Jennifer Burke of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section, and Jamie Perry and Christian Levesque of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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(PYONGYANG) LATEST: North Korea has fired a suspected ballistic missile, less than a week after it launched what it claimed was a hypersonic missile according to KCNA #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.12: Japan’s coast guard also reported the launch, saying North Korea had fired a “ballistic missile-like object”.

#AceDailyNews says local media reports that North Korea fires second suspected missile in six days: South Korea said it detected the launch at 07:27 local time on Tuesday (22:27 GMT on Monday).

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Eighth Conference of Military Educationists of the Korean People"s Army at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang, North Korea in this undated photo released on December 7, 2021.
Kim Jong-un vowed to bolster the North’s defences during a key meeting of the ruling party in December last year

BBC World News: It comes shortly after six countries issued a statement urging the North to cease its “destabilising actions”.

“Our military detected a suspected ballistic missile fired by North Korea from land towards the East Sea,” South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) said, adding that intelligence authorities from South Korea and the US were in the process of conducting a detailed analysis. 

The latest launch underscores North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s pledge to bolster the country’s defences as part of its policy priorities for 2022, which were outlined during a key meeting in December.

On Monday, the US mission to the United Nations, joined by France, the Irish Republic, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Albania, issued a joint statement condemning last week’s apparent test.

“These actions increase the risk of miscalculation and escalation and pose a significant threat to regional stability,” said US ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

The group called for North Korea “to refrain from further destabilising actions… and engage in meaningful dialogue towards our shared goal of complete denuclearisation.”

Another test – but why now?

North Korea has welcomed in the new year with two missile tests in quick succession. 

Today’s test could be timed to coincide with a UN Security Council meeting in New York – where the US and its allies condemned last week’s launch. 

But it could also serve several other functions. 

One could be to divert public attention from an increasingly severe economic situation in the country, which has been worsened by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Another could be to get the attention of Washington, which has shown little interest in resuming negotiations with Pyongyang after the failed summit between former President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in 2019. 

There a third reason, which is less often reported. North and South Korea are engaged in what observers say is an increasingly intense arms race, with both sides working to perfect smaller, more accurate and more deadly missile systems with which they can threaten each other’s leaderships. 

The latest tests come as Pyongyang struggles with food shortages due to a coronavirus blockade that has severely affected its economy.

At the end-of-year meeting of the ruling party, Mr Kim said the country was facing a “great life-and-death struggle”, adding that increasing development and improving people’s living standards were among this year’s goals.

UN officials had earlier warned that vulnerable children and elderly people in North Korea were at risk of starvation.

The US has been calling for North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, and Pyongyang’s relationship with President Joe Biden’s administration has so far been fraught with tension.

North Korea has also repeatedly accused South Korea of double standards over its military activities.

South Korea recently tested its first submarine-launched ballistic missile, which it said was needed as deterrence against North Korea’s “provocations”.

Why does North Korea keep launching missiles?

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(NEW YORK) LATEST: NYPD REPORT: Clarence Little, 45, an armed robbery suspect who was shot by police in Brooklyn after he allegedly opened fire on officers, has been arrested #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.07: Little remained hospitalized in stable condition Thursday, police said. The two officers went to the hospital for evaluation, but did not appear to be injured

#AceDailyNews says according to CBSLocal News Report: Clarence Little, 45, Arrested After Attempted Robbery, Police-Involved Shooting In Brooklyn January 6, 2022 at 7:40 am:

According to police, Little was shot in the neck Tuesday after struggling with two officers and opening fire following a robbery at a Dollar Tree on Rockaway Parkway near Schenck Street in Canarsie over the weekend.

Investigators recovered a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol from the scene. A photo of the gun showed a shell casing lodged in it.

Sources told CBS2 that investigators believe the gun got stuck, which likely prevented Little from firing more than two shots.

Little faces attempted murder, assault, robbery and weapons charges.

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(NEW YORK) Wall Street Report: US technology giant Apple has become the first company to hit a stock market valuation of $3tn (£2.2tn) during tech buying #Pandemic #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.05: However, its value slipped a little from that milestone, to end Monday’s trading session in New York at $2.99tn.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC Business News Report: Apple becomes first firm to hit $3-trillion market value as the firm’s share price has risen by around 5,800% since co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in 2007: The company became the first company to hit a stock market valuation of $1tn in August 2018.

Apple flagship store against the city skyline at Marina Bay Sands waterfront.

Apple has been one of the big winners of the pandemic, as coronavirus lockdowns saw spending on gadgets jump.

“Hitting $3 trillion is another historical moment for Apple as the company continues to prove the doubters wrong,” Dan Ives, an analyst from Wedbush said.

It took just over 16 months for Apple’s stock market valuation to rise from $2tn to $3tn, as the world’s biggest technology companies saw demand soar as people became more reliant on smartphones, tablets and laptops during lockdowns.

The iPhone typically accounts for around half of the company’s sales, while it is also well-known for its iPad tablets and Mac computers.

Increasingly important parts of the business are software, sold through the Apple store, storage space via the iCloud and services such as its music, television and fitness subscription platforms.

“The linchpin to Apple’s valuation re-rating remains its Services business which we believe is worth $1.5 trillion,” Mr Ives said.

In August, Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook received more than five million shares in the firm, as he marked ten years in the job.

A company filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission showed that he sold most of the shares for more than $750m.

It was part of a deal he struck when he took over from co-founder Steve Jobs.

The award was dependent upon on how well Apple’s shares had performed compared to other firms on the S&P 500 stock index.

Cupertino, California-based Apple was founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs and his business partners Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne.

The company made its stock market debut in 1980 with a market valuation of $1.8bn.

In November, the original Apple computer built by Mr Wozniak and Mr Jobs fetched $400,000 at auction in the US.

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(NEW YORK) LATEST: Virginia Giuffre agreed not to sue anyone connected to Jeffrey Epstein who could be described as a “potential defendant”, a 2009 damages settlement against the sex offender shows below: PDF: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Jan.04: The document, disclosed by a New York court, reveals the financier paid her $500,000 (£371,000) to end her claim.

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC News Report: Prince Andrew accuser’s 2009 deal with Jeffrey Epstein made public with release of PDF of deal below:

Document #32, Attachment #1

District Court, S.D. New York

Docket Number: 1:21-cv-06702

Date Filed: October 29th, 2021

Uploaded: January 3rd, 2022Download PDF  Search this PDF

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***SELECTED PARTIES*** MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Support re: 30 MOTION to Dismiss or in the Alternative for a More Definitive Statement. Request for Judicial Notice. Document filed by Prince Andrew, Virginia L. Giuffre. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A (Release Agreement), # 2 Exhibit B (Epstein Complaint), # 3 Exhibit C (Stipulation of Dismissal), # 4 Exhibit D (Order of Dismissal), # 5 Exhibit E (Order Denying Joinder), # 6 Exhibit F (Maxwell Complaint), # 7 Exhibit G (Dershowitz Amended Complaint), # 8 Exhibit H (Stipulation of Dismissal), # 9 Exhibit I (Motion for Joinder), # 10 Exhibit J (Daily Mail Article 3/2/2011), # 11 Exhibit K (Daily Mail Article 3/5/2011), # 12 Exhibit L (Manuscript), # 13 Exhibit M (Daily Mail Article 1/3/2015), # 14 Exhibit N (NY Daily News Article))Motion or Order to File Under Seal: 29 .(Brettler, Andrew) (Entered: 10/29/2021)

By Dominic Casciani
Home and legal correspondent

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001
Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001

Ms Giuffre is suing the Duke of York in a civil case for allegedly sexually assaulting her 20 years ago, when she was a teenager.

He has consistently denied the claims.

The document was released ahead of a critical hearing on Tuesday in the civil case involving Prince Andrew – and the interpretation of the settlement will form a central plank of the argument between the two sides.

Ms Giuffre alleges she was trafficked to the prince by Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. 

Although the settlement does not mention the prince by name, his lawyers say this 2009 deal means she cannot sue him – because she agreed to end all legal action against anyone connected to the offender who could be described as a “potential defendant”. 

Epstein died in prison in 2019, while Maxwell was last week convicted of recruiting and trafficking young girls to be abused by the late financier.

Ms Giuffre’s legal team say the terms of the Florida settlement are irrelevant to her case against the prince – which alleges sexual abuse by the royal in New York, London and the US Virgin Islands. 

In her 2009 claim against Epstein, lawyers for Ms Giuffre said she was lured into a world of sexual abuse at his Florida home when she was a teenager. 

They added: “In addition to being continually exploited to satisfy defendant’s [Epstein] every sexual whim, [Ms Giuffre] was also required to be sexually exploited by defendant’s adult male peers, including royalty, politicians, academicians, businessmen and or other professional and personal acquaintances.” 

That case never went to trial because on 17 November 2009 Jeffrey Epstein agreed to pay her $500,000 to stop it in its tracks. That deal was confidential until now – but has been made public because of its potential importance to the Prince Andrew case. 

In the document, Ms Giuffre, also referred to by her unmarried name Roberts, agreed to “release, acquit, satisfy, and forever discharge” Epstein and “any other person or entity who could have been included as a potential defendant”.

The settlement’s wording says she discharges “potential defendants” from any US legal action, including damages claims dating “from the beginning of the world”.

The precise meaning of that wording is expected to be the subject of intense legal arguments in New York on Tuesday.

US Attorney’s Office SDNY

Epstein and Maxwell have been pictured at the Queen’s private Scottish estate, Balmoral

In filings to the New York court last month, Andrew B. Brettler, the duke’s lead lawyer, said the Epstein settlement’s plain language would be clear once it was released to the public. 

“Epstein negotiated for this broad release, insisting that it cover any and all persons who Giuffre identified as potential targets of future lawsuits, regardless of the merit— or lack thereof —to any such claims,” he said. 

“Giuffre’s baseless claims against Prince Andrew… must be dismissed at this stage.”

In a statement, one of Ms Giuffre’s lawyers, David Boies, said the settlement was not relevant to her claim and “does not mention Prince Andrew”. 

“He did not even know about it,” he said.

In a previous court filing her lawyers said that the Epstein deal was “outside the four corners” of her action against Prince Andrew because it does not cover her claims against him. 

Lisa Bloom, a lawyer for alleged victims of Jeffrey Epstein, described the settlement as “one of the most bizarre” she had ever seen, telling BBC News she thought it was “incomprehensibly vague”.

“We want contracts to clearly specify who is released from a lawsuit and who is not,” she said, adding that she could not see a judge releasing Prince Andrew from a lawsuit because he was not named specifically.

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(SOUTH AFRICA) JUST IN: New-York based Guernsey’s auction house earlier announced that on January 28, it will conduct an “unprecedented auction” of objects relating to first black president, with few items able to rival the importance of Mandela’s Robben Island cell key #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.26: It was this Key that unjustly held Mr. Mandela captive, and it was this Key that ultimately led to his freedom and ascendancy to the office of President. And with Mandela’s rise, so rose the hopes and dreams of countless millions around the world,” Guernsey’s said.

#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: South Africa wants to stop upcoming sale of Mandela’s cell key the South African minister of sports, arts and culture has called on Guernsey’s Auction to not go ahead with the sale of the key to Nelson Mandela’s prison cell, saying that it “belongs to the people of South Africa.”

In response to the auction house’s announcement, South African Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa issued a statement on Friday, saying it is “unfathomable” for Guernsey’s, considering the country’s “painful history,” to put it up for sale without consulting with the South African authorities or Robben Island Museum.

Former Trump ‘fixer’ to auction prison badge as NFT

This key belongs to the people of South Africa under the care of Robben Island Museum and the South African State. It is not anyone’s personal belonging,” Mthethwa said, as quoted by the media.

The minister added that the government was considering writing to the auction house to ask it to cancel the sale.

Arlan Ettinger, the president of Guernsey’s, responded, telling AP that the proceeds of the sale will go towards building a memorial garden and museum near Mandela’s burial site in the village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape province. It was the former president’s oldest daughter, Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah, who approached Guernsey’s to conduct the sale of her father’s memorabilia. The key is one of three items offered by Christo Brand, Mandela’s jailer, who eventually became his close friend.

In total, Mandela spent 27 years in prison, including 18 years on Robben Island, prior to the fall of the apartheid regime, which Mandela fought against throughout his life. Besides the key, Guernsey’s is offering Mandela’s iconic Madiba shirt and his eyeglasses, along with gifts from US Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.You can share this story on social media:

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(NEW YORK) JUST IN: NYPD Police Report: Police are searching for a man pretending to be a UPS worker and his accomplice who broke into an apartment and robbed a family inside #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.22: CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to the grandfather, who says his family is terrified. His grandchildren were visiting when they got a knock on the door. It turned out to be burglars who robbed them at gunpoint.

#AceDailyNews says according to CBSlocal News Report: Six children along with two tied up during a Bronx home invasion gunpoint robbery by CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge

Published: 21, 2021 at 11:31 am

Surveillance video shows a man with the letters “UPS” on his hat carrying a box. Police say he pretended to be a delivery person, but instead was a thief. He opened the box to reveal a silver revolver and then pushed his way into the apartment.

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“They came in here, rushed on my parents acting like UPS workers. Tied them up, took a couple stuff from here,” the victim’s son told Duddridge.

The son wasn’t at home at the time and didn’t want to appear on camera, but said the robbery happened Sunday around 5 p.m. at a building on Billingsley Terrace in Morris Heights.

Police say the two suspects used twist ties to restrain a 60-year-old grandmother, 63-year-old grandfather and their two grandkids, a 6-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy.

“They’re scared. They’re still scared,” the son told Duddridge. “They took the kids’ phones and tablets… took cash they found around the house.”

Police say the suspects got into a safe and the children’s piggy bank, stealing $7,500 in cash they family told Duddridge they were saving to move.

Duddridge met the grandfather outside, who doesn’t speak English. The building’s superintendent translated for him.

“They took everything. They took everything for Christmas,” the grandfather said, as translated by superintendent Raul Ortiz.

Surveillance video shows the two suspects carrying suitcases filled with stuff down the stairs.

“I hope they catch him,” Ortiz said. “These people, they’re nice people. They don’t bother nobody.”

Police are asking for the public’s help identifying the suspects. The fake delivery man was wearing a brown hat, mask and jacket. His accomplice was wearing a black face mask and black sweatshirt.

Anyone with information about them is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Dec.22: 2021:

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(NEW YORK CITY) JUST IN: NYPD REPORT: A mother of two from Queens, was shot to death on Friday evening outside her home #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.18 : Police are investigating whether Peterson knew her attacker, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported.

#AceDailyNews says according to CBSlocal News Report: Dawn Peterson, Mother Of 2, Shot To Death Outside Jamaica, Queens Home: A preliminary investigation found Peterson, 39, was approached by a man in front of her home before she was shot multiple times: The shooting happened near Foch Boulevard and 155th Street in Jamaica just before 6:30 a.m: CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon contributed to this report.

December: 17, 2021 at 5:51 pm

A 39 y/o woman, identified as Dawn Peterson, has died after being shot multiple times outside of her house in Jamaica, Queens. Police are investigating whether the woman and her attacker knew each other @CBSNewYork #nyc #gunviolence #jamaica #queenspic.twitter.com/P0B3qZlui0

— Kiran Dhillon (@KiranDhillonTV) December 17, 2021

Peterson’s family and friends gathered outside her home and were unable to contain their grief.

“She was a great girl, wonderful woman,” said JaNean Mercer, a family friend. “She has two children, a son, 18, who is very distraught right now and the little girl, 3 years old, a preschooler.”

Hours earlier, Peterson was found lying in the street with multiple gunshot wounds to her chest and back. She was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center and later pronounced dead.

It’s believed Peterson was ambushed when she went outside to start her car before going to work.

“I think it’s disgusting. I think it’s sad, and it’s most of all scary,” said Trisha Dupree, a neighbor.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz went to the scene and described the situation as tragic and horrific.

Peterson’s family, friends and neighbors were left desperately searching for answers.

“We’re just praying. We want to know who did it most of all. You don’t expect to wake up in the morning to go to work and not make it,” said Dupree.

“A week before Christmas. I can’t imagine what they’re going through and definitely my thoughts and prayers are with them,” said another person.

So far, no arrests have been made. Police have yet to release more information on a possible suspect or motive.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Dec.18: 2021:

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(NEW YORK CITY) JUST IN: NYPD REPORT: A 33-year-old man is dead after police say he was shot and slashed in the Bronx #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.18: Investigators say Laser had been shot multiple times and had cuts on his back and head.

#AceDailyNews says according to CBSlocal News Report: Officers found Anthony Laser face down in the first floor hallway of a building on Sheridan Avenue in the Concourse Village section.

December: 17, 2021 at 7:35 am

He was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

So far, there’s no word on a suspect.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or via DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Dec.18: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) Cryptocurrency Report Dogecoin surges after Elon Musk makes surprise Tesla claim that he will accept payment for merchandise #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.17: The Time person of the year said Tesla would start taking Doge payments to ‘see how it goes’.

#AceDailyNews MetroUK News Report: Elon Musk has said that his electric car company will start accepting payment for merchandise in Dogecoin as the value of Dogecoin (a joke cryptocurrency set up to rival Bitcoin) jumped as much as 25 per cent in value as a result.

Published: Wed.15 Dec 2021 10:29 am

FILE PHOTO: A representation of cryptocurrency Dogecoin is seen in this illustration taken August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
Dogecoin jumped after Elon Musk said Tesla will start accepting it (Reuters)

It’s not the first time Tesla has experimented with crypto. It earlier claimed it would accept Bitcoin before reversing the decision and citing the environmental costs of mining.

‘Fundamentally, Bitcoin is not a good substitute for transactional currency,’ Musk told Time.

Elon Musk has been named Time's person of the year (Reuters)
Elon Musk has been named Time’s person of the year (Reuters)

‘Even though it was created as a silly joke, Dogecoin is better suited for transactions.’ 

Musk confirmed the idea in a tweet that sent Dogecoin soaring. It dropped down a bit afterwards before settling at around a 15 per cent increase.

Tesla will make some merch buyable with Doge & see how it goes— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 14, 2021

Despite the bump from Musk’s revelation, Dogecoin has actually been trading down over the last couple of months.

Doge jumped following Elon’s tweet. Again.

The coin has failed to reach its record high set in May when it was trading at $0.722320.

What is Dogecoin?

As cryptocurrencies started to gain momentum, due to the availability of the underlying technology – blockchain – ‘dogecoin’ was created as a joke back in 2013.

Dogecoin is the joke that Elon Musk loves to support (Getty)
Dogecoin is the joke that Elon Musk loves to support (Getty)

Everything about the cryptocurrency is designed to appeal to internet culture. The Shiba inu dog that is the face of dogecoin rose to fame after a meme of the breed went viral. 

Meanwhile, the crypto lists its creators as Mr Palmer and Shibetoshi Nakamoto – a play on the mysterious creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto.

On its website, Dogecoin states: ‘Dogecoin is an open source peer-to-peer digital currency, favoured by Shiba Inus worldwide.’

Musk has been championing Dogecoin for some time now, referring to it as the ‘people’s crypto’.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Dec.17: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) Justice Court Report: Project Safe Childhood Investigation: Man Pleads Guilty Sexual Assault of Child in Grenada #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.15: New York man pleaded guilty today in the Eastern District of New York to sexually assaulting a five-year-old child abroad.

#AceDailyNews DOJ Court Report: According to documents, during a trip to Grenada in October 2019, Treverson Roberts, 27, of Brooklyn, a dual United States and Grenadian citizen, forced a five-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him while the boy was temporarily left in Roberts’ care.

Roberts previously pleaded guilty to Grenadian charges related to the abuse but did not receive a sentence of imprisonment. Rather, the Grenadian court fined him $1,500 and required him to pay $600 compensation to the victim.

Roberts pleaded guilty to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign place and faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York, and Acting Special Agent in Charge Rick J. Patel for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New York made the announcement.

HSI New York’s Child Exploitation Investigations Unit investigated the case with valuable assistance provided by the HSI Caribbean Attaché Office and the Royal Grenada Police Force.

Trial Attorney Charles Schmitz of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Zuckerwise for Eastern District of New York are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Dec.15: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) JUST IN: A CNN producer who worked alongside former host Chris Cuomo has been arrested and charged with luring minors to his home for sexual activity. The accused pedophile wanted to “train” his victims to be “sexually submissive.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.11: According to a statement from the Justice Department, Griffin used instant messaging apps last year to contact the parents of minor daughters, persuading them “to allow him to train their daughters to be sexually submissive.”

#AceDailyNews says according to RT News Report: CNN producer charged with shocking underage sex crimes: John Griffin, 44, worked alongside disgraced CNN host Chris Cuomo on ‘New Day’, and most recently served as producer for John Avlon, the liberal network’s senior political analyst.

CNN producer charged with shocking underage sex crimes

11 Dec, 2021 13:32

Outside of work, however, the Connecticut man’s interests were dark and disturbing, and Griffin was arrested on Friday and charged with three counts of attempting to entice minors to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

Chris Cuomo hit with sexual misconduct accusations after CNN ouster

READ MORE: Chris Cuomo hit with sexual misconduct accusations after CNN ouster

“woman is a woman regardless of her age,” he allegedly said.

In June he allegedly told one mother that her nine- and 13-year-old daughters should be “trained properly,” and paid $3,000 for the woman and the nine-year-old to fly from Nevada to Boston. From there he is accused of driving them to his house in Ludlow, Vermont, where “the daughter was directed to engage in, and did engage in, unlawful sexual activity.”  

The accused pedophile also targeted two other minors. In one instance last April, he is accused of holding a “virtual training session” where he instructed a mother to undress and molest her 14-year-old daughter. In June he allegedly proposed that another mother bring her 16-year-old daughter to his house for a “little mother-daughter trip,” where the daughter would be abused.

If convicted, Griffin faces between 10 years and life in prison for each count. 

CNN has washed its hands of Griffin. In a statement to the Daily Mail on Friday, the network said that it takes “the charges against Mr. Griffin incredibly seriously.”

“We only learned of his arrest this afternoon and have suspended him pending investigation,” a CNN spokesperson added.

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

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(NEW YORK) Justice Dept Court Report: Panamanian Intermediary Pleads Guilty in Connection with International Bribery and Money Laundering Scheme #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.04: The FBI’s International Corruption Unit in New York is investigating this case. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance in securing the arrest and extradition of Luis Martinelli Linares.

#AceDailyNews DOJ Court Report: Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares (Luis Martinelli Linares), 39, a citizen of Panama and Italy, pleaded guilty today in the Eastern District of New York before U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie for laundering $28 million in connection with a massive bribery and money laundering scheme involving Odebrecht S.A. (Odebrecht), a Brazil-based global construction conglomerate.

According to court documents, the scheme involved the payment of more than $700 million in bribes to government officials, public servants, political parties, and others in Panama and other countries around the world to obtain and retain business for the company. On Dec. 21, 2016, Odebrecht pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of New York to a criminal information charging it with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for its involvement in the bribery and money laundering scheme.

Luis Martinelli Linares admitted that he agreed with his brother, Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares, and others to establish offshore bank accounts in the names of shell companies to receive and disguise over $28 million in bribe proceeds from Odebrecht for the benefit of his close relative, a high-ranking public official in Panama. To advance the scheme, Luis Martinelli Linares agreed with others to cause the wiring of the Odebrecht bribe funds into and out of the United States, and used some of the proceeds of the scheme to purchase a yacht and a condominium in the United States.

Luis Martinelli Linares pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. He also agreed to a forfeiture amount of approximately $18.9 million. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 20, 2022, and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Judge Dearie will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares was arrested, along with his brother Luis Martinelli Linares, at el Aeropuerto Internacional la Aurora in Guatemala on July 6, 2020, pursuant to a provisional arrest request from the United States as they were attempting to depart Guatemala on a private plane. The defendants were charged on Feb. 4, 2021, in a five-count indictment in connection with this bribery and money laundering scheme. The United States continues its efforts to have Ricardo Martinelli Linares returned to the United States to face justice.

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York, and Acting Assistant Director Jay Greenberg of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division made the announcement.

Trial Attorney Michael Culhane Harper of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, Trial Attorneys Barbara Levy and Michael Redmann of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alixandra E. Smith of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York are prosecuting the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Mantell of U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York’s Civil Division is handling forfeiture matters. 

The Fraud Section is responsible for investigating and prosecuting all FCPA matters. Additional information about the Justice Department’s FCPA enforcement efforts can be found at www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa.

The Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative in MLARS was formed to prosecute money launderers and forfeit the proceeds of foreign official corruption and, where appropriate, to use those recovered asset to benefit the people harmed by the corruption and abuse of office. Individuals with information about possible proceeds of foreign corruption located in or laundered through the United States should contact federal law enforcement or send an email to kleptocracy@usdoj.gov.   

An indictment is merely an allegation, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Dec.04: 2021:

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(NEW YORK CITY) NYPD REPORT: An officer opened fire during a confrontation with a suspect early Wednesday morning in Brooklyn #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.01: Police said the driver took off, running over an officer’s foot. The officer’s partner then fired a shot, but no one was hit.

#AceDailyNews says according to CBS New York reports it happened around 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning when two officers stopped a suspected stolen car in East New York…

The car was found a short time later in Ozone Park, Queens. A 30-year-old man was taken into custody nearby.

The injured officer was treated at the hospital.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Dec.01: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) Federal Reserve Statement Report: Details of enforcement action against Chinese Banks & Former Bank Employee of BankCorp #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.19: The Federal Reserve Board on Tuesday announced the execution of the enforcement actions listed below:

#AceDailyNews News Report: Federal Reserve Board issues enforcement actions with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd., New York Branch, and a former employee of Eagle Bancorp, Inc. and EagleBank

November 16, 2021: For release at 11:00 a.m. EST

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd., Beijing, People’s Republic of China; Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd., New York Branch, New York, New York
Written Agreement dated November 4, 2021

Consent prohibition order against Laurence E. Bensignor, dated November 8, 2021
Former employee of Eagle Bancorp, Inc., and EagleBank, Bethesda, Maryland
Unsafe and unsound banking practices

Additional enforcement actions can be searched for here.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Nov.19: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) Justice Dept Court Report: Panamanian Intermediary in Alleged Bribery Scheme Charged with Money Laundering Extradited to the United States from Guatemala #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.16: According to court filings, the scheme involved the payment of more than $700 million in bribes to government officials, public servants, political parties, and others in Panama and other countries around the world to obtain and retain business for the company.

#AceDailyNews DOJ Court Report: Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares (Luis Martinelli Linares), 39, a citizen of Panama and Italy, was extradited from Guatemala to the United States today to face an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn charging him and his brother, Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Linares (Ricardo Martinelli Linares), 42, a citizen of Panama and Italy, with money laundering offenses in connection with a massive bribery and money laundering scheme involving Odebrecht S.A. (Odebrecht), a Brazil-based global construction conglomerate:

He is scheduled to make his initial appearance tomorrow before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marcia M. Henry of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

“The successful extradition of Luis Martinelli Linares demonstrates the department’s commitment to work with our international partners to pursue, capture and extradite those who use the U.S. financial system to further their corrupt schemes and launder illicit funds,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “Thanks to the efforts of our law enforcement partners in Guatemala, Luis Martinelli Linares will be held accountable in the United States for his alleged crimes.”

“The extradition of Luis Martinelli Linares to the Eastern District of New York is a significant first step in holding him accountable for allegedly laundering millions of dollars in bribe payments through bank accounts in New York and elsewhere,” stated U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York. “Combatting bribery and money laundering by extraditing and prosecuting corrupt foreign actors like Martinelli is a priority of the Department of Justice.”

“Anyone who facilitates bribe payments to government officials contributes to national security risks, whether overtly or inadvertently, and interrupts the free market system of international trade,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll. “The FBI will use all available resources to put an end to this type of corrupt behavior.”

Luis Martinelli Linares and Ricardo Martinelli Linares are alleged in the indictment and other court filings to have conspired with others to launder approximately $28 million in bribe payments made by and at the direction of Odebrecht to a then high-ranking government official in Panama (Panama Government Official), who was a close relative of the defendants. The defendants were initially charged by criminal complaint on June 27, 2020. The defendants were arrested at el Aeropuerto Internacional la Aurora in Guatemala on July 6, 2020, pursuant to a provisional arrest request from the United States as they were attempting to depart Guatemala on a private plane. On Feb. 4, 2021, Luis Martinelli Linares and Ricardo Martinelli Linares were charged in a five-count indictment. The indictment charged both defendants with one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering and two counts of concealment money laundering; Luis Martinelli Linares was also charged with two counts of engaging in transactions in criminally derived property.

On May 17, 2021, after several preliminary appeals were dismissed, the Guatemalan Fifth Criminal Sentencing Court granted the request by the United States to extradite Luis Martinelli Linares. On June 21, the Guatemalan Court of Appeals, Criminal Branch affirmed the ruling of the Guatemalan criminal court granting extradition. On Oct. 15, the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs notified the United States, via diplomatic note, that the extradition was final and Luis Martinelli Linares was ready for surrender to the United States, resulting in his arrival in the United States on Nov. 15. The United States continues its efforts to have Ricardo Martinelli Linares returned to the United States to face justice.

On Dec. 21, 2016, Odebrecht pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of New York to a criminal information charging it with conspiracy to violate the anti-bribery provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for its involvement in the bribery and money laundering scheme.

The Department of Justice commended and thanked the Government of Guatemala for its assistance in the extradition of Luis Martinelli Linares to the United States. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance in securing the arrest and extradition of Luis Martinelli Linares. The Brazilian Ministerio Publico Federal, Departamento de Polícia Federal, law enforcement authorities in Guatemala including the Public Ministry of Guatemala and Specialized Unit for International Affairs, and law enforcement authorities in El Salvador also provided significant cooperation.

The FBI’s International Corruption Unit in New York is investigating this case, and the NY-ICS, New York SWAT and FBI’s International Operations Division conducted the transport of Luis Martinelli Linares from Guatemala to the United States.

Trial Attorney Michael Culhane Harper of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, Trial Attorneys Barbara Levy and Michael Redmann of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section (MLARS), and Assistant U.S. Attorney Alixandra E. Smith of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York are prosecuting the case.

The Fraud Section is responsible for investigating and prosecuting all FCPA matters. Additional information about the Justice Department’s FCPA enforcement efforts can be found at www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa.

The Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative in MLARS was formed to prosecute money launderers and forfeit the proceeds of foreign official corruption and, where appropriate, to use those recovered asset to benefit the people harmed by the corruption and abuse of office. Individuals with information about possible proceeds of foreign corruption located in or laundered through the United States should contact federal law enforcement or send an email to kleptocracy@usdoj.gov.   

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.16: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) JUST IN: The Trump Organisation has reportedly reached a deal to sell its prized Washington hotel for $375m (£279m) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.16: Last month, a US congressional probe found the hotel lost more than $70m during Donald Trump’s presidency: The former US president’s company opened the hotel to the public in September 2016….

#AceDailyNews says according to BBC America News Report: Trump Organization selling Washington hotel for $375-million: Under the planned sale, the Trump International will be renamed the Waldorf Astoria and managed by the Hilton group, according to reports:

Exterior of Trump International Hotel
The Trump Organization bought a 60-year lease on the building in 2012

The Trump Organization, which bought a 60-year lease on the building, had been looking for buyers for the 263-room hotel since 2019.

The deal with Miami-based investment firm CGI Merchant Group is expected to be finalised in the first quarter of next year, sources told The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

The 120-year-old building stands less than a mile away from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Trump Organization won approval to redevelop the historic Old Post Office building in 2012.

It opened as a hotel four years later, just weeks after Mr Trump accepted the Republican Party’s nomination to run for president.

The hotel is on Pennsylvania Avenue and less than a mile from the White House

During Mr Trump’s term as president, the hotel became popular amongst Republicans visiting the city. 

But it also attracted controversy. In 2018, religious leaders called for its liquor licence to be revoked, claiming its owner was “not a person of good character”. 

More recently, a congressional investigation found that Mr Trump had “grossly exaggerated” the hotel’s profits when he claimed it made $150m during his term.

The congressional committee said the hotel had instead lost more than $70m while he was in office.

The report also found Mr Trump seemed to have “concealed potential conflicts of interest” related to his ownership of the hotel and his roles as its lender and the guarantor of third-party loans.

Documents showed that the hotel received $3.7m in payments from foreign governments – enough to cover 7,400 nights at the hotel on an average daily rate, according to the committee.

The Trump Organization denied wrongdoing and called the report “misleading”.

The Trump Organization and CGI Merchant Group did not immediately respond to the BBC’s requests for comment on the sale of the Trump International Hotel.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Nov.16: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) Tax Report: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sold more than $5 billion worth of stock in the electric car maker after his much-publicized Twitter poll criticising President Joe Biden’s proposed ‘billionaire’s tax’ on capital gains #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.12: In his first share sale since 2016, Musk’s trust sold nearly 3.6 million shares in Tesla, worth around $4 billion, while he also sold another 934,000 shares for $1.1 billion to cover tax withholding obligations after exercising options to acquire nearly 2.2 million shares.

#AceDailyNews says according to MailOnline Report: Elon Musk sells $5 BILLION worth of Tesla shares to cover tax obligations

The $1.1 billion block of shares, sold on Monday, was part of a pre-arranged trading plan that was put in place on September 14, well before he posted the Twitter poll on Saturday, SEC disclosures show.

But the subsequent $4 billion sell-off on Tuesday and Wednesday does not reference the pre-arranged plan and appears to be in response to the Twitter poll, in which his followers voted in favor of him reducing his stake in the company.

The 4.5 million shares sold equate to about 3 percent of his total holdings in the electric vehicle manufacturer, which makes up the vast majority of his estimated $281.6 billion fortune, according to Forbes. 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has sold some of his stake in the electric car maker to satisfy tax obligations related to exercising stock options
The electric car maker's stock rose 2 percent after the bell on the news

Musk posted the poll in protest of Biden’s proposed tax on unrealized stock gains, saying that he had no cash to pay taxes on the rising value of his assets if such a levy were put in place.

Now, Musk will pay massive capital gains taxes on the proceeds from the sale of stock, which is currently how investments are taxed.  

Tesla’s stock rose 2 percent after the bell on the news of Musk’s trades, helping to offset a multiday sell-off that had endangered the company’s position in the $1 trillion club.

It comes after Musk on Saturday polled Twitter users about selling 10 percent of his stake to cover President Joe Biden’s proposed tax on unrealized gains, setting off worries that such a sale could hurt Tesla’s share price. 

Unrealized gains refer to the rising value of stocks before they are sold. Current law allows for profits to be taxed only when they are realized upon the sale of stock or similar assets. 

Musk vowed to abide by the result of the Twitter poll, in which 58 percent voted in favor of him selling the shares. 

In Wednesday’s trading session Tesla recovered 4.3 percent to $1,067.95 after shares dropped sharply over the Twitter poll.

‘Following the bizarre Twitter poll Musk put out over the weekend on his 10 percent ownership stake to be sold, it appears Musk walked the walk and thus has started selling Tesla shares into year-end,’ said Wedbush analyst Dan Ives in a research note obtained by DailyMail.com.

‘The question will be for investors if he sells his full 10 percent ownership stake over the coming months or is it done piece by piece heading during 2022,’ he added. 

Ives remains bullish on Tesla with an outperform rating, saying it would be better for Musk to ‘rip the band-aid off now and sell this portion of stock rather than it lingering over the next year.’ 

In its filing, Tesla said Musk sold shares on Monday to satisfy tax withholding obligations related to exercising stock options to purchase 2,154,572 shares.

Musk, 50, poised a question to his horde of 63.1 million Twitter followers on Saturday asking if he should sell 10 percent of his $250 billion stake in the company
After the results indicated users were in favor of the billionaire selling off some of his Tesla shares, Musk since said he was 'prepared to accept either outcome'

The sell-off does not represent a full 10 percent liquidation of Musk stake in the company, which would be worth about $20 billion.  

While Tesla has lost close to $150 billion in market value this week, retail investors have been net buyers of the stock. 

Some 58 percent of Tesla trade orders on Fidelity’s brokerage website on Wednesday have been for purchases, rather than sales.

Retail investors made net purchases of $157 million on Monday and Tuesday, according to Vanda Research.

Tesla is now up more than 51 percent in 2021, thanks largely to an October rally that was fueled by an agreement to sell 100,000 vehicles to rental car company Hertz.

‘The company itself is on fire, with strong results,’ said Tim Ghriskey, a senior portfolio strategist at New York-based investment management firm Ingalls and Snyder. ‘That is not going to fade quickly.’

Bullish sentiment returned to Tesla’s options on Wednesday, with about 1.1 calls traded for every put. Calls are typically used for bullish trades, while buying puts shows a bearish bias.

The company’s options accounted for about $109 billion in premium changing hands over the last two weeks, or about one in every three dollars traded in the U.S.-listed options market, according to a Reuters analysis of Trade Alert data.

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Nov.12: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) FBI TEN MOST WANTED REPORT: The alleged leader of the violent MS-13 transnational criminal organization for all of Honduras has been added to the fugitives list #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.05: The alleged leader of the violent MS-13 transnational criminal organization for all of Honduras has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to his arrest.

#AceDailyNews FBI Most WANTED added to the fugitives list: Yulan Adonay Archaga Carias, also known as Alexander Mendoza and “Porky,” has been charged in the Southern District of New York with racketeering conspiracy, possession of machine guns, and cocaine importation conspiracy. “

“He’s wanted for, among other crimes, facilitating the transportation of multi-ton loads of cocaine through Honduras into the United States, as well as possession and conspiracy to possess machine guns that were used by gang members to support international drug trafficking,” said Supervisory Special Agent Nick Durgin.

Archaga Carias is also allegedly responsible for ordering and participating in the murder of several rival gang members and others associated with MS-13. In August 2018, a Honduran tribunal convicted Archaga Carias of conspiracy and other charges and sentenced him to a lengthy prison sentence. He violently escaped from Honduran custody in February 2020 when approximately 20 armed gunmen in police and military uniforms stormed a courthouse where Archaga Carias was scheduled for a hearing. Multiple Honduran police officers were killed during the escape. Archaga Carias is believed to still be in Honduras.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Nov.05: 2021:

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(NEW YORK) Amnesty International Report: Will close its two offices in Hong Kong by the end of the year, the organisation announced on Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Oct.26: This decision, made with a heavy heart, has been driven by Hong Kong’s national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organizations in Hong Kong to work freely and without fear of serious reprisals from the government,” said Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, chair of Amnesty’s International Board.

#AceDailyNews says according to Amnesty International Report: On closure Hong Kong offices: The local ‘section’ office will cease operations on 31 October while the regional office – which is part of Amnesty’s global International Secretariat – is due to close by the end of 2021. Regional operations will be moved to the organization’s other offices in the Asia-Pacific.

© Amnesty International
© Amnesty International

“Hong Kong has long been an ideal regional base for international civil society organizations, but the recent targeting of local human rights and trade union groups signals an intensification of the authorities’ campaign to rid the city of all dissenting voices. It is increasingly difficult for us to keep operating in such an unstable environment.”

There are two Amnesty International offices based in Hong Kong: a local membership section focused on human rights education in the city; and a regional office which carries out research, advocacy and campaigning work on East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific. All of the regional office’s work will continue from new locations.

“We are deeply indebted to Amnesty members and staff who over the last 40 years have worked tirelessly to protect human rights in and from Hong Kong. From successfully pushing for the full abolition of the death penalty in Hong Kong in 1993, to exposing evidence of excessive use of force by police during the 2019 mass protests, Amnesty in Hong Kong has shone a light on human rights violations in the darkest of days,” said Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

“In the wider region, our research and campaigning has tackled subjects including freedom of expression in North Korea, conscientious objection to military service in South Korea, the right to housing in Mongolia, Japan’s wartime atrocities against “comfort women”, and the crackdown on human rights lawyers in China.

“Moreover, Amnesty International Hong Kong’s education programmes – from classroom talks to a documentary film festival – have enhanced awareness of human rights not only in the city’s schools but among the general public as well. No one and no power can demolish that legacy.”

The national security law, imposed by the Chinese central government, was enacted on 30 June 2020. It targets alleged acts of “secession”, “subversion of state power”, “terrorist activities” and “collusion with foreign or external forces to endanger national security”. 

Its sweeping and vaguely worded definition of “national security”, which follows that of the Beijing authorities, has been used arbitrarily as a pretext to restrict the human rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, as well as to repress dissent and political opposition.

Amnesty documented the rapid deterioration of human rights in Hong Kong one year after the enactment of the national security law in a June 2021 briefing.

“The environment of repression and perpetual uncertainty created by the national security law makes it impossible to know what activities might lead to criminal sanctions. The law has repeatedly been used to target people who have upset the authorities for any number of reasons – from singing political songs to discussing human rights issues in the classroom,” said Anjhula Mya Singh Bais.

“The pattern of raids, arrests and prosecutions against perceived opponents has highlighted how the vagueness of the law can be manipulated to build a case against whomsoever the authorities choose.”

A government crackdown targeting activists, opposition politicians and independent media has recently expanded to include civil society organizations. At least 35 groups have disbanded since the law was enacted, including some of the city’s largest unions and activist groups.

“There are difficult days ahead for human rights in Hong Kong, but Amnesty International will continue to stand with the people of Hong Kong.  We will fight for their rights to be respected and we will be vigilant in our scrutiny of those who abuse them,” said Agnes Callamard.

“While leaving the city that we have called home for decades is devastating, we do so proud of our achievements over that time, and confident that the strength of Amnesty’s 10 million-plus supporters worldwide will enable us to continue our work together to end human rights abuses everywhere.”

Background

Amnesty International is a global human rights movement of 10 million people, with operations in more than 70 countries. The organization holds governments around the world accountable to equal standards under international law.

Amnesty’s local Hong Kong section works principally on building awareness of human rights issues in the city and is funded primarily by individual donations from the Hong Kong public.

The Hong Kong regional office – which has a sister location in Bangkok – conducts research, campaigning and advocacy work across the region including on mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Singapore, Timor-Leste, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific islands.

The overwhelming majority of Amnesty’s income comes from individuals the world over. These personal and unaffiliated donations allow the organization to maintain full independence from any and all governments, political ideologies, economic interests or religions. Amnesty neither seeks nor accepts any funds for human rights research from governments or political parties.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Oct.26: 2021:

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