(MONTREAL) JUST IN: Two Canadians imprisoned in what China’s Western critics branded “hostage diplomacy” were headed home Friday after being released, PM Justin Trudeau said #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.25: The Two Michaels, as they have become known in Canada, had been arrested and imprisoned on espionage charges in the days after Canada detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. The seemingly tit-for-tat arrests soured Canada-China relations. ….

#AceDailyNews according to With Kindness & Wisdom Times Of Malta on Saturday the pair — former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor — had “left Chinese airspace, and they’re on their way home,” he told a news conference in Ottawa. Their plane was expected to land Saturday in Canada, he said.

Canadian businessman Michael Spavor and diplomat Michael Kovrig. Photo: AFP

Earlier, a Canadian judge ended extradition proceedings against Meng and lifted her bail conditions, allowing her to return to China for the first time since her arrest in Vancouver’s international airport at the behest of US authorities on December 1, 2018.

The Canadian judge’s move followed an agreement she made with the US Justice Department to suspend fraud charges against her. The United States applauded the two men’s release, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying his country was “pleased” by the Chinese move and “stands with…
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WASHINGTON: ‘ FOUR GUANTANAMO PRISONERS SENT HOME TO AFGHANISTAN ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.20 – Four Guantanamo Bay detainees have been released and sent home to Afghanistan, the Pentagon has revealed.

From top left: Shawali Khan, Abdul Ghani, Mohammed Zahir, Khi Ali Gul

From top left: Shawali Khan, Abdul Ghani, Mohammed Zahir, Khi Ali Gul

The men, who were held at the US military prison for over a decade, were flown to the Afghan capital Kabul overnight on a US military plane.

Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani and Mohammed Zahir were then handed to Afghan authorities who are not required to further detain them.

The Department of Defence said the men, all Afghan nationals, were freed after a thorough review of their individual cases.

“As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, these men were unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force,” a Pentagon statement said. 

Their release follows the transfer of six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay for resettlement earlier this month.

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DARFUR: ‘ OMAR AL-BASHIR CLAIMS VICTORY OVER ICC AS THEY END WAR CRIMES PROBE ‘

#AceNewsServices – DARFUR:Dec.14 – The president of Sudan has claimed victory over the International Criminal Court after it ended its probe into allegations of war crimes in Darfur BBC Africa reported. 

'Sudan President Bashir hails victory over ICC charges -Screenshot from 2014-12-14 16:44:27 '

‘Sudan President Bashir hails victory over ICC charges -Screenshot from 2014-12-14 16:44:27 ‘

The ICC charged Omar al-Bashir in 2009 for crimes in the region dating back to 2003, but he refused to recognise the authority of the court in The Hague.

He said the court had failed in its attempts to “humiliate” Sudan.

Announcing the suspension on Friday, ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda blamed it on lack of action by the UN.

She called for a “dramatic shift” in the UN Security Council’s approach, saying inaction was emboldening the perpetrators of war crimes in Darfur to continue their brutality, particularly against women and girls.

Other Sudanese officials have also been charged by the ICC – but none have been arrested.

Darfur has been riven by conflict since rebels took up arms in 2003. The UN says more than 300,000 lives have been lost, mostly from disease.

The suspension of the Darfur investigation came just over a week after the ICC dropped charges against another head of state, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He faced prosecution over ethnic violence in 2007-08 in the aftermath of Kenya’s election.

That was the court’s most high-profile case.

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‘ FARC AGREE TO RELEASE ARMY GENERAL & HOSTAGES PEACE TALKS MAY RESUME ‘

#AceWorldNews – COLUMBIA – Nov.20 – Colombian Marxist rebels agreed to release an army general captured by their comrades over the weekend, Reuters said.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) promised to free General Ruben Dario Alzate and four others captured in the past two weeks “as soon as possible.”

The agreement reached with the government and guarantor nations Cuba and Norway may help resume peace talks.

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‘ ‘ ISLAMIC STATE RELEASE 93 SYRIAN KURDS SAYING THE REMAINDER WILL BE PUNISHED FOR THEFT ‘

#AceWorldNews – November 04 – The militant Islamic State group has released 93 Syrian Kurds captured in February when moving from northern Syria to Iraq, Reuters reported.

According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, around 100 people were seized and accused of being members of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which opposes the militants.

All but six of the Kurds have been released.

The remaining captives have been accused of theft, and Islamic State allegedly said it would cut off their right hands as punishment. 

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