(WASHINGTON) Justice Dept Court Report: Iranian National sentenced to over 5yrs-in-prison for illegally exporting military sensitive items thus violating the Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.16: In coordination with his co-conspirators, Ansari obtained and attempted to obtain parts that had dual-use military and civilian capability and could be used in such systems as nuclear weapons, missile guidance and development, secure tactical radio communications, offensive electronic warfare, military electronic countermeasures (radio jamming) and radar warning and surveillance systems. The equipment Ansari helped try to obtain could be used to test these other weapon systems.

#AceDailyNews reports that Iranian national was sentenced today to 63 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) ……..Mehrdad Ansari, 40, a resident of the United Arab Emirates and Germany, was convicted by a federal jury in May 2021 for his role in a scheme to obtain military sensitive parts for Iran in violation of the Iranian Trade Embargo.

“Ansari and his co-conspirators attempted to profit from a far-reaching, extensive scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. They repeatedly lied to numerous U.S. suppliers and illegally obtained very sensitive dual-use items,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “As demonstrated by this prosecution, DOJ pursues those who threaten U.S. national security, even years after their original crimes.”

“The Iranian Trade Embargo serves an important purpose in the protection of the United States and our allies,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff for the Western District of Texas. “As prosecutors tasked with enforcing federal law, we will continue to identify, investigate and pursue violations of the IEEPA.”

“Those who are contemplating violating U.S. laws designed to keep sensitive technology out of the hands of our adversaries should take note; the FBI has a long memory and will engage with all its partners, including those overseas, to bring subjects to justice,” said Assistant Director Alan E. Kohler Jr. of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division. “We urge anyone with information about violations of sanctions on Iran to contact the FBI.”

“This case is an example of the hard work and diligence over the course of many years on behalf of the FBI and our federal partners to ensure those who would threaten our national security will be brought to justice,” said Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Field Office. “Without the support and actions of the Republic of Georgia, it is possible Mr. Ansari would not have had to face the consequences of his actions, so we are grateful and thankful for their help.”

“This case reaffirms Homeland Security Investigations’ (HSI) resolve and commitment in securing the homeland by targeting foreign actors attempting to procure sensitive technology by exploiting the U.S. export laws,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee for the HSI San Antonio Field Office. “This effort reflects the commitment of U.S. law enforcement to identify, investigate, and apprehend criminals regardless of where they are in the world and bring these individuals to justice. HSI will continue to work with its law enforcement and government partners to address critical vulnerabilities which threaten the country’s national security.”

“This sentencing is the result of a highly successful joint investigative effort with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas,” said Special Agent in Charge Trey McClish of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement (OEE) Houston Office. “OEE is fully committed to protecting national security by disrupting efforts by our adversaries to violate U.S. export controls and procure sensitive military technology.”

On May 7, a San Antonio federal jury convicted Ansari of one count of conspiracy to violate the Iranian Transaction Regulations (ITR), one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Department of the Treasury and two counts of aiding and abetting the making of false statements. Evidence presented during trial revealed that Ansari attempted to transship testing equipment obtained from the U.S. by co-defendants Taiwanese citizen Susan Yip, aka Susan Yeh, and Iranian citizen Mehrdad Foomanie, aka Frank Foomanie, using Ansari’s companies, Gulf Gate Sea Cargo LLC and Global Merchant LLC, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

From Oct. 9, 2007 to June 15, 2011, Yip and Foomanie obtained or attempted to obtain from companies worldwide over 105,000 parts valued at approximately $2,630,800 involving more than 1,250 transactions. The defendants conducted 599 transactions with 63 different U.S. companies in which they obtained or attempted to obtain parts from U.S. companies without notifying the U.S. companies these parts were being shipped to Iran or getting the required U.S. government license to ship these parts to Iran. The defendant’s main role was to get one particular set of parts from a Central Texas company that was key for the Iranian government’s testing of all other parts.

At no time did Yip, Foomanie or Ansari, individually or through any of their companies, ever apply for or receive either a required U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) license or Department of Commerce export license to ship any item listed in this indictment to the Republic of Iran.

Iranian Transaction Regulations prohibit, among other things, the exportation, re-exportation, sale or supply, directly or indirectly, to Iran or the Government of Iran, of any goods, technology or services from the U.S. or by a U.S. person. The embargo also prohibits any transaction by any U.S. person or within the U.S. that evades or avoids, or has the purpose of evading or avoiding, any prohibition set forth in the Executive Orders.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko for the Justice Department’s National Security Division; U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff for the Western District of Texas; Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Field Office; Acting Special Agent in Charge Craig Larrabee of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); Special Agent in Charge Michael Mentalvos of Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Southwest Field Office; and Acting Special Agent in Charge Trey McClish of the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s Office of Export Enforcement, Dallas Field Office made today’s announcement.

In October 2012, Yip was sentenced to two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to violate the ITR by acting as a broker and conduit for Foomanie to buy items in the U.S. and have them unlawfully shipped to Iran. Mehrdad Foomanie remains a fugitive.

FBI, HSI, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service investigated this case. 

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Roomberg, William R. Harris and Kelly Stevenson prosecuted this case.

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

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(SPARTA, Ill.) Justice Dept Court A Randolph County man is heading to federal prison today after years of downloading & sharing child pornography on the dark web #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.09: According to court documents, Schulein first came to the attention to law enforcement in 2018 during an FBI investigation of child pornography on the dark web. Agents were able to track his internet protocol address and executed a federal search warrant at his home. Schulein served as a moderator of a dark web site dedicated to child exploitation and had been an active participant on
other sites.

#AceDailyNews reports Dark Web Child Porn Leads to 12 Year Sentence for Randolph County Man:

Kory R. Schulein, 37, of Sparta,
Illinois, was sentenced this afternoon to 151 months in prison for knowingly receiving child
sexual abuse material over the internet. Schulein pled guilty to the charge in April.

Southern District of Illinois

Prosecutors told the court that on one of the sites, Schulein had posted 13,733
messages, many of which included links to child exploitation images and videos. Schulein also
collected and stored over 9,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse material on an encrypted
hard drive.

In handing down the sentence, which fell at the low end of the advisory sentencing guidelines, 
United States District Judge Stephen P. McGlynn observed that the guidelines called for a lengthy 
sentence “because of the colossal and immensely harmful impact” child pornography has on children. 
Schulein was unemployed and had for years actively participated in online forums where he 
interacted with people who were producing child pornography. Judge McGlynn noted that some of the 
images and videos collected by Schulein depicted children in bondage and adults raping children, 
including 5- year-old girls and toddlers. “You must have felt no mercy or empathy for these 
children you were watching being humiliated and tortured,” McGlynn told the defendant.

During the sentencing hearing, prosecutors also submitted evidence that Schulein had engaged in an 
online “romantic relationship” with an 11-year-old girl in the United Kingdom. Judge McGlynn called 
Schulein’s involvement with the girl “classic grooming behavior.”

Some  victims  of  the  child  pornography  that  Schulein  received  and  shared  with  others  
submitted statements to the court. In their statements, they describe how impossible it is for them 
to live any semblance of a normal life while images of their sexual abuse are traded online. “Every 
time someone views this trash,” one survivor wrote, “he is once again making me re-live the most 
horrific part of my  childhood.  I  can  never  truly  heal….”  The  mother  of  another  victim  
wrote:  “Thousands  upon thousands of people, all over the world have access to images of our 
little girl during her darkest days…. A person can download her image, create their own child 
pornography movie, share it with
other monsters, or keep it for themselves to continually exploit our daughter in their own private 
bedroom.” Knowing that her abuse is memorialized on the internet for people like the defendant to
view and share forever “will shatter her soul,” the victim’s mother wrote.

As part of his sentence, Schulein was ordered to serve 10 years on supervised release and pay a 
$5,000 special assessment. He previously paid $12,000 in restitution to several of the victims.

The case was investigated by FBI-Springfield, with valuable assistance provided by the U.S. 
Marshals Service.

Trial Attorneys Jessica Urban and Alicia A. Bove of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and 
Obscenity  Section  (CEOS)  and  Assistant  U.S.  Attorney  Nathan  D.  Stump  of  the  U.S.  
Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Illinois prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the 
growing 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: Sept.09: 2021:

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(INDONESIA) JUST IN: A fire at a jail in Banten province has killed at least 41 people and injured 80 others #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.09: Law and human rights minister Yasonna Laoly said two foreigners from South Africa and Portgual, respectively, were among those killed…..

#AceDailyNews says that a fire breaks out at Indonesian prison as inmates sleep, killing 41 including two foreigners Government spokeswoman Rika Aprianti said the fire at Tangerang prison broke out just after 1:00am on Wednesday (local time)…………..The other inmates, most of whom were sleeping, were evacuated from the facility………..The situation is now under control,” Jakarta Police Chief Fadil Imran said.

A member of a police forensic team stands near body bags
Most of those held in the prison are drug convicts.(AP: Dita Alangkara)

At least 41 inmates were killed and 80 hospitalised, eight of them with severe burns, he said.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation,” Ms Aprianti said.

The blaze started at Block C of Tangerang prison, which is located on the outskirts of Jakarta and used for drug offenders.

Hundreds of police and soldiers were deployed to take control at prison, which was designed to house 1,225 inmates but has more than 2,000, Ms Aprianti said.

Block C was crammed full with 122 convicts when the fire occurred.

She said the fire was extinguished after a few hours and all the victims were moved to a local hospital.

There were indications an electrical fault may have caused the fire, Mr Imran said.

“Our initial assumption is that the fire was caused by an electrical short circuit,” he said.

Four uniformed security guards in face masks stand guard in front of grey modern building
Police officers and guards helped evacuate inmates from Tangerang prison when the fire broke out.(Reuters: Ajeng Dinar Ulfiana)

“It lasted for approximately two hours and has now been handled by firefighters, prison officers and the police.”

Jailbreaks and riots that lead to prisoner injuries are common in Indonesia, where overcrowding has become a problem.

As of March 2020, the country had almost 270,000 inmates, more than double its total capacity of 133,000, according to Human Rights Watch.

Large numbers of people have been arrested in the nation’s war on illegal drugs but most of Indonesia’s prisons struggle with poor funding.

ABC/wires

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Sept.09: 2021:

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(LONDON) NCA Investigation Report: A Cambridge academic who fraudulently claimed almost £2.8 million in government grants has been ordered to pay £1.3 million back from his crimes or face another eight-and-a-half years in prison #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.23: The National Crime Agency started an investigation into Abdi-Jalebi after he was stopped three times attempting to leave the country carrying a large amount of cash. In one case he tried to conceal the cash in a chocolate box to avoid detection….

#AceDailyNews reports that a Cambridge academic ordered to pay £1.3 million or face another 8.5 years in prison: Dr Ehsan Abdi-Jalebi (40) claimed government funds allocated to develop renewable energy projects and siphoned the money into his own accounts using fake documents.

Abdi Jalebi Ehsan custody image

NCA officers discovered Abdi-Jalebi’s companies had made a series of grant applications to fund research, but on a number of occasions Abdi-Jalebi had falsified documents, including invoices, accounts and bank statements, to show what was happening to the money.

He sent his accountants forged invoices to show payments which were actually non-existent or where the amount had been altered.

Abdi-Jalebi had fraudulently claimed £2.8m in grants and had withdrawn more than £820,000 in cash over a period of just under four years. He was jailed in December 2018 for four years after he admitted 13 counts of forgery.

NCA investigators then began an investigation into Abdi-Jalebi’s accounts and showed more than £1.5m of the funds had been transferred to Dubai for his personal use or removed to Iran in cash.

Abdi-Jalebi appeared at a confiscation hearing on 19 August where it was determined the benefit from his crimes was £2.1 million.

He claimed the money had been used to conduct research and development work, but this was rejected by the judge, who agreed with NCA investigators much of the funds spent on Abdi-Jalebi’s lifestyle. This included payments towards the purchase of a property near Cambridge and the lease of a Maserati sports car.

Abdi-Jalebi was ordered to pay £1.3 million, the amount the judge found was still available from his crimes . He will face a further eight-and-a-half years in prison if the funds are not paid within three months, and will still owe the money.

NCA senior investigating officer Ian Truby said: Ehsan Abdi-Jalebi fraudulently claimed these grants and took millions from the taxpayer, immediately removing the money to Dubai and Iran and lived a lavish lifestyle: NCA investigators worked hard to establish where the money had been sent so that as much of these taxpayer funds could be recovered as possible: This result shows that a prison sentence is not the only consequence for fraud and the NCA will work to deny you from the proceeds of your crimes.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Aug.23: 2021:

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(LONDON) Westminster Court Report: A former Oxbridge student has had 10 years added onto the 11-year prison sentence he is still serving, after failing to pay back £11 million of his ill-gotten gains from a fake ‘green’ investment scheme #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.20: Michael Richards, 59, was originally convicted and sentenced in 2017 with four others – all of whom went to Oxbridge – of cheating the public revenue. Two years later, the CPS Proceeds of Crime Division successfully applied to the court for Richards to pay back £9,999,999 of his ill-gotten gains. This has risen to £11.1 million with interest.

#AceDailyNews reports that an Oxbridge graduate fraudster gets another 10 years in prison for not paying back £11m stolen funds after paying back just over £30,000, the CPS took him to Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 17 August for non-payment of the full amount and requested an additional prison sentence be activated instead….

18 August 2021

The fraudsters told investors their money would be spent on research and development into carbon credits, attracting more than £65 million in investment in the ‘green’ scheme. However, only £16 million of this was spent on planting trees.

Instead the group stole £20 million of the investors’ money and laundered it via bank accounts and secret trusts, spending it on luxury properties in London, Australia, and Dubai as well as hidden offshore investments. They also failed to pay around £6.5million in tax. Richards spent his share on a £2.7m house and £32,000 on jewellery from Boodles.

Adrian Foster, Head of the CPS Proceeds of Crime Division, said: Michael Richards failed to pay back the £11 million he owed the public so the CPS had to take him back to court and now he’s had 10 years added onto his current sentence: We worked with HMRC to make sure he did not benefit from the proceeds of his crime, but he has only paid back a paltry amount: Even when fraudsters are convicted and sentenced the CPS will continue to pursue them for the money they owe, or they risk remaining in prison for many more years.”……..Richards’ fellow fraudster Evdoros Demetriou, 82, had nine years added onto his six-year prison sentence in July, after failing to pay back £4.6 million. In total, all five offenders were told to repay £20.6 million…………Robert Gold was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment and disqualified from being a company director………..Rodney Whiston-Dew was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and disqualified from being a company director.
Jonathan Anwyl was sentenced to five-and-a-half years’ imprisonment………….In 2019-20 the CPS recovered over £100 million, stopping hundreds of criminals benefitting from their ill-gotten gains.

Additional Notes

  • Michael Richards (04/01/1962) was convicted in November 2017 of a conspiracy to cheat the public revenue, and also cheating the revenue in relation to his personal tax liability. He was sentenced to a total of 11 years’ imprisonment and disqualified from being a company director.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.20: 2021:

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(NEWCASTLE, U.K.) Court Report: A Northumberland man has been jailed for dumping and burning waste illegally on rural land following an investigation by the Environment Agency #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.10: Dominic Allen, 25, of Old Swarland, Northumberland appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday 2 August for sentencing after previously pleading guilty to 2 offences of operating a waste site without an environmental permit, and 3 offences of burning waste….

#AceDailyNews reports that a Northumberland man has been jailed for dumping and burning waste illegally and he was sentenced to 12 months in prison, ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and has 18 months to clear the site.

Prosecuting for the Environment Agency, Andrea Parnham told the court that an investigation into illegal activity on the land next to Allen’s property at Old Swarland began in February 2020 after Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service attended a fire at the site. The investigation revealed that Allen had been operating without any authorisations to transport, deposit or sort waste.

On 16 March 2020 Environment Agency officers visited the site and saw several piles of waste including household goods and construction waste and evidence of burning. Letters requiring the site to stop taking in waste and for it to be cleared were sent but the fires continued, including a significant fire on 31 May 2020 which the fire service extinguished.

Following a number of visits to the site and more waste dumped including garden waste, electricals and vehicle tyres, a statutory clearance notice requiring the site to be cleared was issued in July 2020.

Images shows waste dumped on the land at Old Swarland
Waste dumped on the site at Old Swarland

Restriction Order granted

When the deadline for that passed, the waste had not been removed so the Environment Agency blocked access to the land through a court order to prevent further offences from taking place.

In October 2020 a Restriction Order was granted – the first time the powers have been used in the North East – which prohibited anyone from entering or depositing waste on the site to reduce the impact on the local community while the criminal investigation into activity at the site was ongoing.

Environment Agency officers locked the site’s access gate and placed a warning notice at the entrance.

In defence, the court was urged not to impose a custodial sentence, stating that this would impede efforts to clear the site and also mean the defendant would lose his job.

But in passing sentence Recorder Mullarkey said that he could have no confidence in Allen complying with any suspended sentence requirements. He ruled that the offending had been deliberate, persistent and financially motivated, with all offences committed while Allen was on bail for other matters.

Images shows waste dumped on the land at Old Swarland
Waste dumped on the site at Old Swarland

Allen showed ‘ blatant disregard’ for the law

John Crowl, Environment Agency Enforcement Team Leader in the North East, said:

This result should serve as a warning for others that we take illegal waste activity extremely seriously and we won’t hesitate to take enforcement action against those who flout the law.

After working closely with our partners at Northumbria Police and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, we used the powers at our disposal to block access to the site to protect the community while the criminal investigation was ongoing and this proved successful.

Allen showed a blatant disregard for the law and we are determined to make like tough for those who damage the environment and blight local communities.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson added:

This sentence was only made possible thanks to the diligence of our colleagues at the Environment Agency and Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. We have proven we are stronger by working together, and that a joint approach to tackling this type of blatant offending has seen a man jailed.

We welcome this sentence and hope it sends a clear message to others who think they are above the law – we will not tolerate this type of criminality. You will be pursued and you will be brought to justice.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.10: 2021:

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(LONDON) Southwark Crown Court Report: A woman whose sleight of hand played an integral role in a £4.2million diamond heist has been found guilty #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.30: Lakatos was part of international organised gang who targeted the Boodles store in New Bond Street, central London, and stole seven gems, replacing them with pebbles, during the theft on 10 March 2016…….

#AceDailyNews reports that a woman has been found guilty of role in £4.2million diamond heist Lulu Lakatos – 60 (26.06.61) from the Saint Brieuc region of France, was found guilty of conspiracy to steal on Wednesday, 28 July following the conclusion of her trial: She was sentenced on the same day to five years and six months’ imprisonment.

[GUILTY: Lulu Lakatos]

Lakatos was part of a gang who had been intrinsically planning the raid for some time, engaging with Boodles and posing as a wealthy Russian investor who was looking to purchase gems. In the weeks leading up to the raid, meetings had been held with Boodles and people purporting to work for the ‘investor’, culminating in an arrangement where a gemmologist named ‘Anna’ working on behalf of the investor would travel to London to inspect the gems – this role was to be played by Lakatos:

The court were told how Lakatos entered the country on the day before the raid and checked into a hotel in Cricklewood in the company of another woman: At around 20:15hrs on 9 March 2016, Lakatos met with two men at a café near to her hotel. All three drove into central London where they scoped out the Boodles store from the street, before Lakatos was dropped back in Cricklewood: The following day Lakatos, now dressed to impersonate the gemmologist ‘Anna’, arrived for the pre-arranged meeting at Boodles. Outside the Boodles store, four other members of the gang were present, observing events. These were the two men Lakatos had met the previous evening, and two women who have yet to be identified: Using the guise that she did not speak English very well, Lakatos and staff at Boodles communicated in French – Lakatos would subsequently use this language barrier as part of the execution of the theft: After being shown into a secure area in the presence of Boodles own gemmologist, the seven diamonds were produced for Lakatos to examine; each were then individually placed in a locked bag and were to be stored with Boodles until confirmation of the payment had been received: Following Lakatos’s inspection, she placed the bag containing the diamonds in her own handbag. The Boodle’s gemmologist immediately challenged her, but Lakatos used the apparent language barrier to cause a delay, before appearing to produce the same locked bag containing the diamonds from her handbag: However, in the seconds that Lakatos had engineered, she had switched the padlocked bag with a duplicate one already stored within her handbag containing seven pebbles of the same weight: The gemmologist raised concerns, and a visual check of the bag was carried out but the padlocked bag was not discovered: Lakatos left the shop with the staff unaware of what had taken place in front of their own eyes…..As she walked down the street she was followed by the two women; they caught up with her and CCTV footage showed Lakatos transferring the bag to one of the women as they continued to walk: Further back, the two men followed at a distance: All the gang members then went their separate ways. Lakatos took a taxi to a pub near Victoria Station where she changed her clothing in a pub toilet before catching a Eurostar train meaning she had been in and out of the country, having committed the theft, within 24 hours and within just three hours of committing the offence.

The following day, Boodles – who still held concerns over the way ‘Anna’ the gemmologist had acted – had the locked bag in their possession x-rayed. While the items inside appeared to be the same size as the diamonds, they did not appear quite right. The bag was opened and the pebbles were discovered: An investigation was launched, led by the Met’s Flying Squad. They painstakingly began to piece together the evidence, analysing hours of CCTV footage and interrogating the forensic trail left behind by the gang through their contact with Boodles.

Lakatos was identified and arrested in France and extradited back to the UK on 3 December 2020….

Acting Detective Sergeant William Man of the Flying Squad said: This was an audacious theft, carried out in plain view of experienced and professional staff at a renowned jewellers. The meticulous planning and execution of this theft reveals to me that those involved were highly skilled criminals: “ However, due to the tenacious police work of the Flying Squad, involving painstaking analysis of a vast amount of evidence, we have managed to identify Lakatos and bring her to justice: “ While she played a key role in this theft, it is clear she did not work alone and enquiries remain ongoing to identify all those involved.”

= The two men involved in this theft were identified convicted of conspiracy to steal. An investigation is ongoing for the other two women seen to be involved in the exchange with Lakatos following the theft: …….A third woman – who accompanied Lakatos into the UK – was found not guilty of conspiracy to steal following a trial.

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

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(LONDON) Kingston Crown Court Report: A man has been jailed after he attempted to stab a woman in Battersea and then threatened further victims with a knife in a chaotic rampage #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.22: This comes after he was found guilty of one count of attempted grievous bodily harm on Thursday, 20 May at Kingston Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to six counts of making threats with a bladed article in a public place, criminal damage, burglary and theft at the same court on Wednesday, 21 April.,,,,

#AceDailyNews reports that Ibrahim Ajbeer, 30 (16.01.91) of Moor Lane, Preston, Lancashire was sentenced to six years and ten months in prison at Kingston Crown court on Monday, 19 July.

[JAILED: Ibrahim Ajbeer]

On 11 October, 2020 at 21:47hrs, Ajbeer entered a shop on Battersea Park Road, SW11 and went behind the counter, picking up a knife which he used to threaten store workers before being chased away.

He didn’t stop there, going into a supermarket on Battersea Park Road to steal a bottle of vodka with the knife in his hand.

Once outside, he approached a woman and ran after her. He grabbed hold of her, pulled clothing from her and held a knife over her as she lay on the ground before he was chased away by members of the public.

His rampage continued on to Falcon Road, SW11 where he stabbed at the window of a car, causing it to shatter, before threatening two women outside a pub on Falcon Road, pinning one to the floor.

The events culminated when he attempted to stab a woman and threatened another before several members of the public bravely intervened and detained him. Officers arrived on scene and arrested Ajbeer. 

DC Emily Dawson, investigating officer, said: “This was a string of violent, unprovoked attacks in which Ajbeer inflicted fear and intimidation on those in the local community. He went out on the streets looking to cause harm to the public and I thank the members of the public who intervened and restrained Ajbeer. The consequences of his actions could have been far worse and it took extreme bravery to confront him: Ajbeer will now spend a considerable amount of time in prison. I am certain this has made our streets a safer place and hope it will bring some closure and justice to the victims who suffered terrifying ordeals. The Met remains committed and dedicated to tackling violent crime and putting offenders behind bars.”

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

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(PAKISTAN) Court Report: Anti-Terrorism Court sentences man to life in prison for ‘blasphemy’ on social media #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.20: Most worrying is that censorship under Islamic blasphemy laws in Pakistan is no longer only confined to that country alone. It is now being exported globally.

#AceDailyNews says now that the freedom of speech is hanging on by a string in once-free societies, which are rapidly growing too comfortable with Sharia restrictions, reports out of Pakistan such as the one below are becoming less and less shocking to read that a man was sentenced to life imprison over blasphemy on social media,” 24 News, July 16, 2021:

Blasphemy cases are commonplace in Pakistan.

The Sharia values of Pakistan are corrupting free societies via relentless efforts by Islamic supremacists and the passive acceptance by globalists. Pakistan and Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups have worked for decades to erode the foundations of Western societies using the “Islamophobia” subterfuge — all in the name of expanding the influence of Islamic Sharia.

This isn’t the first time that Pakistan has gone after those it deems to be blasphemous on social media, and the country designates these “offenders” as “terrorists.”  In 2017, “in a first verdict of its kind, a Pakistani court sentenced a man to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook.” A “counterterrorism court” handed down the verdict on Taimoor Raza because of  “derogatory” remarks he was accused of making “about Sunni religious figures and the prophet of Islam’s wives.”

A Special Anti-Terrorism Court (SATC) Friday sentenced a culprit to life imprisonment under Section 295c for blasphemy on social media.

It is the first-ever case in which a culprit named Ibtisam Al-Mustafa was convicted for using social media to spread blasphemous material under Section 295c in Pakistan.

According to the 24NewsHD TV channel, the SATC Judge Shaukat Kamal Dar sentenced the culprit under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATC) and other provisions of the Cyber Crime Act (CCA).

The court convicted the culprit with a total of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs2.5 million, as well as his all movable and immovable properties, were also ordered to confiscate….

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.20: 2021:

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(BELFAST,N.I.) Crown Court Report: On 28th June 2021, 32 year old Niall Lehd, from Larne has been given a 24 year prison sentence after pleading guilty in June of this year to one count of preparation of terrorist acts #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.30: He will serve 24 years in prison and 5 years on licence. Upon his release from prison Lehd will also be subject to Terrorist Notification conditions for 30 years.

#AceDailyNews reports on the sentencing of 32-year-old Niall Lehd from Larne on Monday of 24yrs in prison and 5yrs-on-licence for terrorist acts

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Detective Chief Inspector Griffin said: “The charge relates to the discovery of a number of hides at Larne and surrounding areas between March and September 2016. Undoubtedly these finds amounted to one of the most significant seizures of munitions in recent years in Northern Ireland. The sheer volume of weapons and component parts found in these hides had the capability to cause serious harm. The length of this sentence demonstrates the consequences for anyone who gets involved in this type of offending which there is no place for in today’s society: I would very much like to thank the members of the public who first alerted Police to these hides. This clearly demonstrates the vital role communities have in support of their Police Service: Today Northern Ireland is a safer place following the discovery of these hides. We will continue to work tirelessly to keep people safe and act on any information given to us by members of the public.

27/06/21] Detectives make renewed appeal for information in Warren Crossan murder investigation

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

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(NEW YORK) Justice Dept Court Report: A woman was sentenced today to 198 months, about 16 and a half years, in prison for her role in planning a terrorist attack in the U.S between 2013 – 2015 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.17: As part of her plan goal to wage violent jihad, Velentzas and her co-defendant Asia Siddiqui researched and taught each other how to construct bombs to be used on American soil against law enforcement and military targets,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “With the sentence imposed by the court, Velentzas has been held accountable for her crimes.

Woman Sentenced to 198 Months in Prison for Teaching and Distributing Information About Weapons of Mass Destruction: Noelle Velentzas, 33, of Queens, was convicted of teaching or distributing information pertaining to the making and use of an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction in furtherance of a planned federal crime of violence.

Co-defendant Asia Siddiqui pleaded guilty on Aug. 23, 2019 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison in January 2020.

The Attorney General recently reminded us that we must remain vigilant against threats from international terrorism, and we are grateful for those agents, analysts and prosecutors who were and brought Velentzas to justice before she could carry out her plans.”

“The defendant expressed her support for foreign terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham by learning how to build bombs and other explosive devices and targeting members of law enforcement for terror,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Mark J. Lesko for the Eastern District of New York. “Today’s sentence imposes a just punishment on the defendant for her planned horrific crimes. Counterterrorism and protecting the American people remain among the highest priorities of the Department of Justice, and this Office, together with the FBI, the NYPD and our Joint Terrorism Task Force partners, will continue to exercise extreme vigilance to incapacitate terrorists.”

According to court documents, between approximately 2013 and 2015 Velentzas and her co-defendant planned to build a bomb for use in a terrorist attack in the United States. In furtherance of their plan, the defendants taught each other chemistry and electrical skills directly related to creating explosives and building detonating devices; studied the explosives used in past terrorist attacks including the Boston marathon bombing, the Oklahoma City bombing and the 1993 World Trade Center attack; researched how to make plastic explosives and build car bombs; shopped for and acquired materials to be used in an explosive device; and assessed potential targets of an attack, focusing on law enforcement and military-related targets.

While engaging in these activities, Velentzas repeatedly expressed her support for promoting and waging violent jihad and her desire to commit acts of violence. Velentzas claimed that Osama bin Laden was her hero, and expressed praise for the September 11th attacks as well as Mohammed Shnewer, who was convicted of plotting a terrorist attack against members of the armed services at Fort Dix in New Jersey.

At the time that Velentzas and Siddiqui were arrested in 2015, law enforcement officers searched their residences and found tools of the trade for a terrorist attack, including propane gas tanks, soldering tools, car bomb instructions and jihadist literature, machetes and knives.

The FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, which consists of investigators and analysts from the FBI, the NYPD and over 50 other federal, state and local agencies, investigated the case.

Trial Attorney Jennifer Burke of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Craig R. Heeren, Jennifer M. Sasso, Josh Hafetz and Jonathan E. Algor of U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York prosecuted the case.

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

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(PARIS, France.) Court Report: Orders home furnishings giant Ikea to pay 1.1 million euros ($1.7 million) in fines and damages over a campaign to spy on unhappy customers, employees and union representatives #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.16: Adel Amara, a former Ikea employee who helped expose the wrongdoing, called the ruling “a big step in defence of the citizen … it makes me glad that there is justice in France.”

FRANCE: Ikea fined $1.7 million for spying on employees, customers and two former executives were convicted and fined over the scheme and given suspended prison sentences: Among the other 13 defendants in the high-profile trial, some were acquitted and others handed suspended sentences.

A large IKEA sign in the foreground as customers leave an IKEA store in Plaisir, west of Paris.
One executive said 530,000 and 630,000 euros a year were budgeted for spying operations.(AP: Remy de la Mauviniere)

The panel of judges at the Versailles court found that between 2009 and 2012, Ikea’s French subsidiary used espionage to sift out troublemakers in the employee ranks and to profile squabbling customers.

Ikea France was convicted of receiving personal data obtained through fraudulent means in a habitual way, and ordered to pay 1 million euros in fines and about 100,000 euros in damages.

IKEA logo and bags with French writing hanging outside the IKEA store in Paris.
IKEA employs around 10,000 people in France, its third-biggest market after Germany and the United States.(Reuters: Charles Platiau)

Trade unions accused Ikea France of collecting personal data by fraudulent means, notably via illegally obtained police files, and illicitly disclosing personal information.

Lawyers for Ikea France denied the company had any strategy of “generalised espionage”.

A lawyer for the unions, Solene Debarre, expressed hope the verdict would “make some companies tremble”.

“1 million euros isn’t much for Ikea, but it’s a symbol,” Ms Debarre said.

The company, which said it cooperated in the investigation, had faced a potential financial penalty of up to 3.75 million euros.

Prosecutor Pamela Tabardel asked the court to hand “an exemplary sentence and a strong message to all companies”.

The executive who was in charge of risk management at the time of the spying, Jean-François Paris, acknowledged to French judges that 530,000 to 630,000 euros a year were earmarked for such investigations.

Mr Paris — the only official to have admitted to the alleged illegal sleuthing — said his department was responsible for handling the operation on orders from former Ikea France CEO Jean-Louis Baillot.

Mr Paris was convicted of fraudulently gathering personal data, fined 10,000 euros and given an 18-month suspended sentence.

Mr Baillot, who denied ordering a spy operation, was convicted of receiving fraudulently collected data and complicity in the scheme.

He was fined 50,000 euros and given a two-year suspended sentence.

Another former CEO of Ikea France was acquitted for lack of evidence.

Ikea France’s lawyer, Emmanuel Daoud, said the company had not decided whether to appeal against the decision.

He said the case was marked by a lack of hard evidence, and noted the fines were well below the maximum possible.

“The court took into account the action plan that Ikea put in place after the revelation of the facts in 2012. That’s very satisfying,” Mr Daoud said.

The company fired four executives and changed internal policy after French prosecutors opened a criminal probe in 2012.

Trade unions alleged that Ikea France paid to gain access to police files that had information about targeted individuals, particularly union activists and customers who were in disputes with Ikea.

In one situation, Ikea France was accused of using unauthorised information to try to catch an employee who had claimed unemployment benefits but drove a Porsche.

In another alleged instance of illegal prying, the subsidiary reportedly investigated an employee’s criminal record to determine how the employee was able to own a BMW on a low income.

The company also faces potential damages from separate civil lawsuits filed by unions and 74 employees.

Ikea’s France subsidiary employs more than 10,000 people in 34 stores, an e-commerce site and a customer support centre.

AP/ABC

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

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(LIVERPOOL, U.K.) Crown Court Report: A fourth man has been sentenced to 18yrs-in-prison for kidnap, rape and assault of a man in Bootle in 2015 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.26: Officers can confirm that a fourth person has been sentenced in connection with the kidnap, rape and assault of a man in Bootle in 2015:

Kamil Lesiak sentenced to 18 years in prison for kidnap, rape and assault of man in Bootle in March, 2015 a 25-year-old Kamil Lesiak of no fixed address was found guilty of False imprisonment, assault causing actual bodily harm, rape and causing a man to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.

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Lesiak was sentenced to 18 years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court today, Tuesday 25 May, after an earlier trial of three people in 2016: Four offenders kidnapped a 27-year-old man in November 2015, keeping him against his will for around 10 hours. Two of the offenders, Lesiak and Daniel Misiolek, subjected him to a series of physical and sexual assaults in that time: Lesiak was later identified as being involved and was arrested in the Anfield area in September 2020 after failing to appear at court:

The following people were sentenced on Friday, 30 September 2016 following a trial: Daniel Misiolek of Simons Croft, Netherton was jailed for life after admitting kidnap, rape, false imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, robbery, and six counts of causing a male to engage in sexual activity without consent: Awna Baszak of Simons Croft, Netherton was jailed for 12 years after being convicted of kidnap and two counts of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent following a trial: Dagmara Szary, of Belton Road, Huyton was jailed for 15 months in a young offenders institution after being convicted of kidnap following a trial.

Following the sentencing, Detective Sergeant Jamie Dean said: “It is pleasing to see this highly disturbing case brought to a full conclusion, and Lesiak facing the consequences of his appalling violence and abuse in 2015. Lesiak and Daniel Misiolek subjected their victim to this horrific ordeal, some of which was filmed by Awna Baszak on a mobile phone: The courage the victim has shown during the first trial and in the years since have ensured that four people have now been brought to justice, and hopefully provided some comfort when coming to terms with what happened: Rape is a very personal crime, which many victims, understandably, struggle to come to terms with and it can have a devastating effect for the rest of their lives. There is no doubt that this continues to have a profound impact on this victim. Hopefully his immense bravery will encourage other victims of sexual offences to come forward and have the confidence in us to do the right thing and support them throughout their ordeal: I want to make it clear that if you report a sexual offence, we will investigate it thoroughly and provide you with the utmost support throughout. We are here to treat you with compassion and respect, and will work tirelessly to put perpetrators before the courts. Specialist police officers from our Unity team work side-by-side with a number of partners including Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs), who work with the victim from the moment the police make the referral through to the court case and beyond.”

Anyone with information or wants to report sexual offence allegation is asked to call 101 where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers or you can pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111: Support for victims is also available through the registered charity the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre Cheshire and Merseyside, who can be contacted on 01925 221 546 or 0330 363 0063, or Rape and Sexual Assault Merseyside (RASA) on 0151 558 1801.

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

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Justice Dept Court Report: A Beaverton man was sentenced to federal prison today for stealing $60,000 from more than 80 local credit union members #AceNewsDesk

#AceNewsReport – May.23: According to court documents, between March and April of 2020, Gray used fake customer support telephone messages and calls to trick credit union customers into giving Gray their personal financial account information. Gray then used the fraudulently obtained account information to create counterfeit debit and credit cards he used to purchase various consumer goods and withdraw cash:

DOJ Report: Oregon man sentenced after HSI investigation helps end credit union fraud scheme: ‘Winston E. Gray, 31, was sentenced to four years in federal prison and three years’ supervised release.

At the time of his arrest, Gray had in his possession, numerous fake credit cards, personal financial information stolen from dozens of real individuals, access device making equipment, blank credit card stock, clothing he used as disguises and more than $11,000 in cash stolen from local ATM machines. Gray perpetrated this scheme while on supervised release after being convicted, in 2018, for assault and making false statements.

On April 17, 2020, Gray was charged by criminal complaint with bank fraud. Later, on May 5, 2020, a federal grand jury in Portland returned an indictment charging Gray with bank fraud, counterfeit access device fraud, illegal possession of device-making equipment, aggravated identity theft and felon in possession of a firearm.

On Sept. 14, 2020, Gray pleaded guilty to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.

During sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Karin J. Immergut ordered Gray to pay $60,000 in restitution.

Acting U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Portland Police Bureau, and the Beaverton Police Department, and was prosecuted by Claire Fay and Quinn Harrington, Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the District of Oregon.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 Special Agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.23: 2021:

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(TEXAS) Justice Dept Report: MOST WANTED: Irving man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for helping a capital murder suspect evade capture for more than a decade #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.01: “Islam Said prioritized the whims of his father, an alleged killer, over justice for his own sisters. Thanks to the dogged work of the FBI and its law enforcement partners, however, Mr. Said’s efforts were ultimately in vain,” U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah said following Mr. Said’s guilty plea. “We are grateful to the many agents and officers who worked to apprehend Mr. Said, along with his father and uncle. Sarah and Amina deserve justice.”

Islam Said Sentenced to 10 Years for Concealing ‘10 Most Wanted’ Suspect from Arrest according to Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Prerak Shah.

Islam Yaser-Abdel Said, the 32-year-old son of FBI “10 Most Wanted” suspect Yaser Said, pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to conceal a person from arrest, one count of concealing a person from arrest, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding. Mr. Said pleaded open to the charges against him, with no assurances from the government as to the sentence prosecutors would recommend to the judge. He was sentenced Tuesday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor in Fort Worth.

“Islam Said made it possible for his father, Yaser Said, to evade justice for the brutal murder of his daughters for more than a decade,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno. “Along with our partners, the FBI is thankful for the dedication and relentless pursuit that led to the capture of Amina and Sarah’s killer and those that provided him harbor.”

In plea papers, Islam Said admitted to sheltering his father from arrest in an attempt to subvert the administration of justice.

The elder Mr. Said had been a fugitive from justice since New Year’s Day 2008, when he allegedly murdered his teenage daughters, Amina and Sarah. According to law enforcement, he shot the girls to death inside his taxicab and abandoned their bodies. He was captured 12 years later by the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, and is currently in state custody.

In pleading guilty, Islam Said admitted that evidence proved he committed the crimes charged in the superseding indictment filed in November 2020.

Mr. Said harbored his father, Yaser, inside an apartment in Bedford, Texas, where a maintenance worker spotted Yaser on Aug. 14, 2017. After the maintenance worker reported the sighting to the FBI, an agent was dispatched to interview Islam, but Islam refused to cooperate.  

He later harbored his father inside a home in Justin, Texas that belonged to his cousin. On Aug. 25, 2020, FBI agents observed Mr. Said and his uncle deliver grocery bags to the residence, then followed the men to a shopping center 20 miles away, were they dumped trash retrieved from the home.

Islam’s uncle, Yassein Abdulfatah Said (Yaser’s 59-year-old brother), was convicted in February of conspiring with Islam to conceal Yaser from arrest, among other crimes. Yassein’s sentencing is set for June 4 at 9 a.m. in Fort Worth. 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Dallas Field Division and the Irving Police Department conducted the investigation with the assistance of U.S. Customs & Border Patrol, the Dallas Police Department, the Garland Police department, the Grand Prairie Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tiffany H. Eggers and Errin Martin are prosecuting the case.Erin Dooley Public Affairs 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov

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

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(CAIRO, Egypt.) Court Report: Sentences ‘Muslim Brotherhood Leader’ to life in prison on Thursday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.18: Meanwhile, Egypt has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, while Muslim Brotherhood affiliates are alive and well in Western countries, and are advancing their agenda without any significant pushback:

Egypt: Court sentences acting Muslim Brotherhood leader to life in prison: Back in February, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi instructed the education ministry to delete some Qur’an verses and Hadiths from the country’s educational curricula, because they help spread terrorism’

“Court sentences acting Muslim Brotherhood leader to life in prison,” Reuters, April 8, 2021:

CAIRO (Reuters) – An Egyptian court sentenced Mahmoud Ezzat, the former acting leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, to life in prison on Thursday, months after he was detained in a Cairo apartment.

Security forces arrested Ezzat last August in a raid in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement district, the latest blow to a movement that has been the target of a crackdown since it was forced from power in 2013.

Ezzat was sentenced on charges of inciting violence and supplying firearms during clashes outside the Brotherhood’s headquarters between its supporters and opponents in 2013, a judicial source said. Other senior Brotherhood members have been sentenced to life in prison in the same case.

Ezzat’s lawyer could not immediately be reached. At the time of Ezzat’s arrest, the Brotherhood said he had been pursued on “false political charges”.

Ezzat was an influential former deputy to Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, and considered a hardliner within the group. He became acting leader after Badie’s arrest in August 2013.

Ezzat had previously been sentenced to death and to life in prison in absentia, but faces retrials following his detention….

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

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(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) Justice Court Report: A man gets jailed for 40yrs for child explotation of a 9-month-old-child #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.11:A Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigation resulted in a 480-month federal prison sentence on Wednesday for an individual guilty of committing child exploitation offenses involving a nine-month-old child:

HSI investigation leads to 40 years in prison for child exploitation of an infant: Each year, millions of children fall prey to sexual predators,” said Jerry C. Templet, Jr, special agent in charge, HSI Nashville: “HSI agents make it a top priority to protect vulnerable children from victimization by working with their law enforcement partners to investigate predators involved with the production, distribution and possession of child sexual abuse material and ensure they are held accountable for their heinous actions. I commend our agents for their tireless efforts in this case, which resulted in a guilty plea and a lengthy federal prison sentence for the offender”

Anthony Brett Banks, 30, formerly of Kannapolis, North Carolina, previously pleaded guilty to a superseding indictment charging him with transportation of child pornography and causing another person to transport and ship child pornography in interstate commerce.

According to court documents, Banks sexually abused his nine-month-old biological daughter, created digital videos of the abuse, and traded several of the images with someone he met in an online room dedicated to sexually abusing animals. The person with whom Banks swapped the images was located in east Tennessee.

Upon his release from prison, Banks is subject to 10 years of supervised release and is required to register with state sex offender registries and comply with special sex offender conditions.

Hamilton County (Tennessee) sheriff’s office and the North Carolina state bureau of investigation assisted HSI with the investigation.

“The US Attorney’s Office, along with its law enforcement partners, is committed to apprehending child sex predators wherever they operate. Today’s sentence sends a strong message to sexual predators and demonstrates our commitment to protecting the community’s most vulnerable victims,” said Francis M. Hamilton III, acting U.S. attorney.

HSI is a directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel and finance move. HSI’s workforce of over 10,400 employees consists of more than 7,100 special agents assigned to 220 cities throughout the United States, and 80 overseas locations in 53 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.

The acting U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Tennessee made the announcement April 7, in Knoxville.

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

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(CAIRO, Egypt.) Court Report: A man identified as Karim A.S has been sentenced to prison for five years after killing his sister in an ‘honour killing’ after “doubting her behaviour.” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.06: Until the encouragement Islamic law gives to honor killing is acknowledged and confronted, more women will suffer:

Egypt: stabs his sister in neck, murders her in honor killing, gets five years in prison

“Egypt man who killed sister in ‘honour killing’ given meagre 5-year sentence,” Middle East Monitor, March 17, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

Cairo Criminal Court heard that Karim deliberately killed his sister, Suad, by stabbing her in the neck and then trapping her in the bathroom when she tried to escape.

The length of the sentence has stirred anger on social media since even political prisoners have spent similar periods of time on remand in Egyptian prisons.

In February, Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein was released after more than four years on pretrial detention.

Women’s rights advocates are calling on authorities to issue tougher penalties for perpetrators of gender-based violence in Egypt ­– the absence of tough penalties is emboldening them, people believe.

Weak sentences are commonly handed out to male relatives who murder their female relatives with judges viewing such cases with leniency.

In March last year, the international women’s rights organisation Equality Now called on Egypt to repeal and amend Article 237 of the penal code which allows men to kill their wives on discovering them in the act of adultery and to receive a lesser punishment than other types of murder.

In contrast, a woman who kills her husband would be given a full sentence.

Karim’s sentencing follows an honour killing several days ago carried out by a landlord, neighbour and doorman who broke into the apartment of a 34-year-old female doctor in the Al Sallam neighbourhood, assaulted her and pushed her off a balcony after she invited a male colleague into her apartment….

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The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Apr.06: 2021:

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(PHILADELPHIA) ICE/ERO REPORT: Deportation of ‘Columbian Crime Syndicate Leader’ sentenced to prison in a conspiracy to invest proceeds from sale of cocaine #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.02: On Monday, March, 29, Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed an Colombian crime syndicate leader sentenced to prison in connection with his role in a conspiracy to invest the proceeds from the sale of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine.

ICE removes Colombian crime syndicate leader: ‘Fredy Alonzo Mira Perez, a/k/a Fredy Colas 54, of Medellín, Colombia, was sentenced by the U.S. District Court in Boston to seven years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $25,000 fine, and forfeiture of $4 million’

From approximately 2001 to September 2014, Mira Perez was a high-ranking member of La Oficina de Envigado (Oficina) a Colombia-based organized crime syndicate involved in the distribution of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Colombia to locations worldwide, including the United States. Among other things, the organization served as a debt-collection agency for narcotics traffickers; controlled the flow of narcotics through Medellín and its surroundings; and invested in shipments of narcotics to the United States and elsewhere around the world. Members of Oficina have been known to employ kidnapping, violence and extortion to achieve these ends.

As one of the leaders of Oficina, Mira Perez conspired with others to import cocaine into the United States and to invest the proceeds from those sales. For years, including from 2012 to 2014, Mira Perez’s served as Oficina’s principal debt collector. Mira Perez also was responsible for the collection of debts on behalf of other drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico and Colombia. These organizations contracted with Oficina to recoup missing drugs and drug proceeds. Among other things, Mira Perez adjudicated disputes regarding any drugs or drug money that was lost, stolen or seized by law enforcement, and he conducted investigations to determine which parties would bear responsibility for the missing drugs and drug money. Mira Perez then set a repayment schedule. Mira Perez typically charged a forty-percent commission on behalf of Oficina for all recovered drug money and he invested the commissions to fund the ongoing operations of Oficina.

Mira Perez surrendered to U.S. law enforcement officials in Bogotá, Colombia in March 2015, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to invest illicit drug profits in April 2015. The U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), sanctioned Mira Perez and assigned him to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list based on the aforementioned activities.

Today, he was handed over to Columbian officials without incident.

ICE is charged with enforcing federal immigration laws enacted by Congress.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 1 (866) 347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.03: 2021:

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(GRT MANCHESTER) Court Report: A man who was found to have murdered his estranged wife in May 2020 after a dog walker found human remains in a park has been jailed for over 12 years today #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: At around 10.15am on Monday 25 May 2020, a dog walker contacted police to report suspected human remains that were found in a bag in Reddish Vale Country Park: Officers attended and three black bin bags containing what were confirmed by a pathologist to be human remains were discovered and later confirmed to be those of Yvonne McCann:

‘Man who murdered estranged wife and left her remains in a park jailed for 12yrs’ after he pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 12 years and 182 days at Manchester Crown Court today (30 March 2021).

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Hours later, at around 7.15pm, Thomas McCann (24/06/71), of Rosslave Walk, Brinnington, contacted police to report his estranged wife, 46-year-old Yvonne, missing: Though McCann’s cover-up story raised concerns with officers and he was arrested and taken into police custody for questioning where he initially denied the murder:

Detectives carried out a number of lines of enquiry and also found that a family member had discovered that McCann had Yvonne’s phone which had text messages sent from Yvonne’s to say she was at a family BBQ – which was not the case: The investigation team believe the last time Yvonne was alive is from a witness account from a neighbour where an argument was heard at an address on Rosslave Walk at around 9am on Saturday 23 May 2020. It is after then that detectives believe McCann has dismembered Yvonne’s body: CCTV analysis by the Major Investigation Team showed McCann putting a number of heavy bags into the boot of his vehicle on Rosslave Walk just before 3.45pm on 23 May 2020. Around 20 minutes later, the vehicle leaves the address, then returns at around 10.47pm and leaves again. Not long before 1am, the vehicle is spotted parked on Blackberry Way and McCann is seen removing backs from the boot of his car and walking towards Moat Walk Park: Another camera then shows him walking towards the site where the dog walker made the discovery.

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In a statement, Yvonne’s family said: “To our mum, we children were her everything. Our mum was, and still is, everything to us. She was funny, loud and had a heart of gold.

“We are still trying to process and come to terms with what has happened.

“Our lovely bubbly mum is gone and we will always remember her for the amazing mum and nanna that she was.

“Our families respectfully ask that we have some privacy at this very difficult time.”

Detective Inspector Dan Clegg, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “First, I would like to say that our thoughts remain with Yvonne’s loved ones, especially her four children. They’ve, understandably, been left heartbroken by her death but, throughout our investigation, they’ve demonstrated tremendous composure and patience – for which I would like to thank them.

“What McCann did to Yvonne is incomprehensible. He murdered his childhood sweetheart and his children’s mother before trying to dispose of her body. His attempts to dispose of her body demonstrate an absence of genuine remorse.

“I hope this case reassures members of the public that Greater Manchester Police is committed to conducting thorough enquiries and investigations to ensure victims and their loved ones get the answers they need and want. I also hope it warns offenders that attempts to cover tracks are highly unlikely to be successful and their crimes can result in hefty prison sentences, like McCann’s.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Mar.31:

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