(THE HAGUE) Europol Operation Shield II Report: 544 arrests and €63 million of fake pharmaceuticals and illegal doping substances seized #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.14: Europol coordinated operation Shield II, a global effort to target trafficking of counterfeit and misused medicines and doping substances: The operation was led by the French Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale/OCLAESP), the Finnish Customs (Tulli), the Hellenic Police/Financial Police Division (Ελληνική Αστυνομία / Διεύθυνση Οικονομικής Αστυνομίας) and the Italian Carabinieri Corps (NAS Carabinieri). It also involved law enforcement authorities from 26 countries (20 EU Member States and 7 third-party countries), the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the World Anti-Doping Agency and the private sector. The operation took place from 1 April to 15 October 2021.

#AceDailyNews Europol Report: More than 6 500 doping checks performed during Europe-wide operation Shield II

The illegal consumption of medicines out of the regulated medical supply chain generates demand for the trafficking of illegally obtained genuine medications and of counterfeited pharmaceutical products. Medicines are abused for different reasons, including for psychotropic or performance-enhancing effects. Users inject non-injectable products such as sublingual pills, patch contents, and eye-drops, or consume them without a medical prescription.

The abuse represents a significant threat to users’ health. Even greater is that posed by the use of counterfeit medications. Contrived in underground labs with no hygiene or security procedures in place, these products often contain harmful ingredients. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, criminals have further invested efforts into counterfeiting medications that are in the highest demand. To increase their profits, criminal networks have focused on distributing fake “corona-cures” and counterfeiting medical devices and sanitisers, which are then sold online.

During Operation Shield II, law enforcement officers targeted criminal groups trafficking doping substances (hormone and metabolic regulators) and various medications such as anti-cancer drugs, erectile dysfunction medicines, pseudoephedrine, painkillers, antioestrogens, antivirals, hypnotics, antihistamines and anxiolytics.

Operation Shield II in a nutshell

  • Seizures worth nearly €63 million 
  • More than 25 million units of medicines and doping substances seized
  • 544 suspects arrested
  • 634 individuals reported to judicial authorities
  • 33 organised crime groups investigated
  • 37 companies investigated
  • 5 clandestine laboratories seized
  • 283 websites shut down
  • 1 029 websites monitored
  • 1 397 judicial cases opened 
  • 2 809 athletes controlled ‘in competition’ (28 positive)
  • 3 919 athletes controlled ‘out competition’ (4 positive)

Seizures include

  • 3 million COVID-19 medical devices units 
  • 3.5 million packages of medicines    
  • 18.5 million tablets
  • 600 000 vials/ampoules    
  • 2 500 litres of raw materials
  • 47 tonnes of raw materials

Doping and “corona-cures” at the top of the seizures list

Traffickers target mainly non-professional athletes, selling illegal doping substances mostly either through social media accounts or in person. Many athletes from certain sports groups are often interested in doping substances, with products differing from one sport to another depending on the desired enhancement effect. The illegal market of performance-enhancing drugs has remained relatively unchanged, while the amount of COVID-19-related medicinal trafficking has significantly decreased. Law enforcement authorities have intercepted several fraud attempts targeting national bodies, offering medicines and medical devices such as facemasks and sanitisers. At the same time, the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines within the legal supply chain created a disadvantageous situation for criminals seeking to feed an illegal market.

Operational highlights

Fake food supplements off the market

Adverts for food supplements, claiming to be made of natural ingredients but in fact containing the pharmaceutical ingredient Sildenafil, were spotted online. The investigation by law enforcement authorities under Operation Shield in Italy and Spain led to six arrests and the seizures of 2 500 packages of food supplements.

Underground lab closed 

Spanish authorities dismantled an underground lab and arrested 21 individuals. During the raids of 20 locations, the officers seized more than 3 million doses of medicines and 65 kg of active ingredients. The lab produced two “brands” with 30 sub-products, and had the capacity to manufacture 1000 kg of drugs per year. 

Illegal production of sedatives targeted

A joint investigation of Hungarian and Norwegian authorities, supported by Eurojust, led to the dismantling of a criminal network producing fake medicines in Hungary and selling them in Norway. The actions led to five arrests and the seizures of 9 million counterfeit tablets, two tablet machines, more than a hundred thousand medicine bottles, and tens of thousands of stickers used to mark bottles.

Catherine De Bolle, Europol’s Executive Director highlighted:

“Joint law enforcement efforts have successfully curtailed the trafficking of COVID-19-related counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Fewer seizures of COVID-19-related drugs during Operation Shield II show that the rapid analysis of the situation and the proactive approach from the start of the pandemic has confined the spread of potentially dangerous counterfeits. On the other hand, the use and trafficking of illegal doping substances is a growing threat for the safety of society and the health of athletes. Operation Shield II strengthens the fight against doping by bringing regulators and law enforcement authorities closer, to ensure healthier sport and safer treatments.”

OLAF Director-General Ville Itälä said:

“Under Operation SHIELD II, OLAF led a targeted action against counterfeit and substandard hormonal substances, food supplements and medicines for erectile dysfunction. 17 EU countries took part in the targeted action. Together, we discovered various irregularities and kept away from the EU market 254 731 tablets and 131 027 vials of various medicines, as well as 278 kg of food supplements. It is quite sad to see how criminals will not hesitate to put people’s health on the line to make profit. I am pleased that we could once again work closely with Europol and with national authorities to protect the health of consumers, public revenues and legitimate business.’’

Europol supported the investigation with operational coordination and analysis. Europol supported the actions through the deployment of experts on-site to crosscheck operational information in real-time and provide support to the investigators in the field. Europol also provided technical expertise during the operational activities. 
Europol’s IPC3 (Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition), which supported the investigation, is a project to combat intellectual property crime co-funded by the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office).  

EU Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.

Third-party countries: Bosnia Herzegovina, Colombia, Georgia, North Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland and the United States.

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(THE HAGUE) Europol Intellectual Property Crime Co-ordinated Coalition Report: From 1 May 2021 – 14 November 2021, Operation In Our Sites took place leading to the arrest of 12 online-suspects, the seizure of €2.6 million worth of counterfeit goods and cash to the value of €460,468 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.01: Operation In Our Sites is a continuation of a recurrent joint global operation, which was launched in 2014 and has seen increasing participation each year. This is the twelfth instance of the operation.

#AceDailyNews Europol Report: On the joint international operation involved law enforcement authorities from 30 countries and was supported by Europol’s Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3), Eurojust and INTERPOL. IPC3 is co-funded by EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) to combat intellectual property crime. The operation specifically targeted websites that offer counterfeit goods and are involved in online piracy…..

Operational results:

  • 12 suspects arrested
  • €2.6 million worth of counterfeit goods seized
  • Value of total cash seizures: € 460 468
  • 494 516 websites taken down 
  • 48 criminal cases opened

Seizures:

  • 42 055 counterfeit articles (shoes, clothes and multiple accessories)
  • 181 445 boxes of counterfeit medical products
  • 11 fake artworks being sold in online auction sites
  • 37 cars and one motorcycle

The sale of counterfeit goods and pirated materials is becoming an increasingly serious problem for law enforcement authorities for a number of reasons. The internet allows criminals to remain anonymous due to the borderless nature of international e-commerce. It has never been easier to offer counterfeit goods or pirated content online as consumers have access to a greater variety of illicit products but are unaware of the potential risks.

The following countries took part: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Georgia, Greece, Hong Kong-China, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine, United States of America.

Carding action 2021

Carding Action 2021, an operation led by law enforcement agencies from Italy and supported by the United Kingdom and Europol, targeted fraudsters selling and purchasing compromised card details on websites selling stolen credit card data, known as card shops, and dark web marketplaces as a follow up from the takedown of the DeepSea marketplace.

As part of this three-month operation, 12 vendors selling compromised credit card details were identified and 49 761 pieces of stolen card data were analysed. The total losses prevented are estimated at €14 million. Group-IB and payment companies worked in close cooperation with the law enforcement authorities in the countries involved in the framework of the Carding Action.

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(THE HAGUE) Europol/Frontex Report: Between 8 and 12 November, Europol supported large-scale international action against trafficking in human beings in 29 countries*, led by Austria and Romania, who took part in the action days #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.29: The activities saw more than 14 000 law enforcement officers target trafficking routes on roads and at airports. This resulted in 212 arrests and the identification of a further 89 trafficking suspects.

#AceDailyNews Europol/Frontex Report: Human traffickers grounded in 29-country sweep of European airports and roads: The action days took place under the umbrella of the EMPACT security mechanism/framework…

The action days aimed to combat human trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation, forced criminality and forced begging. Europol coordinated the five action days from its 24-hour Operational Centre, which provided the participant countries with informational crosschecking, secure communication channels, and a range of analytical capabilities throughout the operation.

Results from 8-12 November**

  • 212 arrests, for offences including trafficking in human beings, money laundering, pimping and fraud
  • 147 668 persons and 91 856 vehicles checked
  • 327 additional investigations initiated

Casting the net wide in pursuit of traffickers

The action days sought to identify and arrest human trafficking suspects as they transited across Europe, as well as to identify and protect trafficking victims and prevent associated document fraud. Europol coordinated national police, passenger information units, border guards and national agencies that counter human trafficking. Together they created a tight net around trafficking routes, with national police and border agents performing roadside checks, while the passenger information units checked airline passengers.

This led to law enforcement identifying 593 adults and 57 minors as potential human trafficking victims, which included nationals from countries in four continents. Officers stations at EU airports were able to identify a large number of victims as vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. Those identified were either successfully referred to the UK’s National Referral Mechanism, or returned them to their home countries with welfare checks or police assistance put in place upon their return.

There were also seizures of goods such as false driver’s licenses, weapons, and hard drugs. The information gleaned from these action days has led to the opening of 327 new cases, along with the possible identification of further suspects and of human trafficking. This enhancement of cooperation between EU agencies, national law enforcement, and actors such as passenger information units, will inform similar future investigations into these serious criminal activities.

Law enforcement also targeted a wide range of possible locations for human traffickers, such as bars, brothels, nightclubs, nail bars, massage studios, and strip clubs. This diverse range of target areas was the result of intelligence showing that traffickers were deploying multiple methods for recruiting their victims, such as the ‘lover boy’ method and threats of violence against victims’ relatives.

*Countries involved: Austria (Action Leader), Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania (Action Co-Leader), Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, North Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo***, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina

** Results are still to be collated from activities in Luxembourg and Malta.

*** This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/99 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

EMPACT

In 2010 the European Union set up a four-year Policy Cycle to ensure greater continuity in the fight against serious international and organised crime. In 2017 the Council of the EU decided to continue the EU Policy Cycle for the 2018 – 2021 period. It aims to tackle the most significant threats posed by organised and serious international crime to the EU. This is achieved by improving and strengthening cooperation between the relevant services of EU Member States, institutions and agencies, as well as non-EU countries and organisations, including the private sector where relevant. Trafficking in human beings is one of the priorities for the Policy Cycle.

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(THE HAGUE) Europol Victim Identification Taskforce (VIDTF) Report: A total of 18 children have been tentatively identified and two offenders apprehended as a result of the 10th edition: Nine of these young victims have already been rescued by the competent authorities, with investigations ongoing to safeguard the others #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: The VIDTF is a Europol initiative which this year gathered specialists from 26 countries and partner agencies to identify victims and offenders depicted in child sexual abuse material.

#AceDailyNews Europol VIDTF Report: Global Europol taskforce identifies 18 child victims of sexual abuse: Between 25 October and 5 November 2021, these experts combed through some 580 sets of images and video files depicting unknown victims of child sexual abuse, some as young as a few days old….

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They were supported by Europol specialists and intelligence analysts in the field of combating the sexual exploitation of children.

In addition to the 18 children identified, the likely country of production has been located in 211 instances and intelligence packages sent by Europol to the relevant countries for investigation.

Officers from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, the United States, Europol and INTERPOL took part in the 10th VIDTF. 

Combining efforts to rescue children 

Since 2014, Europol has been gathering victim identification specialists from across the world on a regular basis in order to focus on unsolved cases of child sexual abuse. 
The VIDTF is the largest recurring operation of its kind in the world, and has inspired a number of similar initiatives at the national and regional levels, such as in Italy and Australia. 
Now in its 10th iteration, the VIDTF has yielded the following results since it was first convened: 

  • 290 specialists from over 35 countries have taken part in this operational activity;
  • A likely country of production was identified in 1 726 instances;
  • Over 533 children have been safeguarded and 182 offenders arrested as a result of the VIDTF operations.

Europol’s Executive Director Catherine de Bolle said: “Changing global circumstances in recent decades have changed the way child abusers commit their crimes and hide their tracks. Results such as these from the VIDTF show that law enforcement has kept up with these changes and built a formidable united front against this type of crime. This is echoed by the public’s support through the Trace An Object initiative, and together we can hopefully rescue more children and infants from abuse and sexual exploitation.”

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(THE HAGUE) ICC Report: The purpose of the confirmation of charges hearing is for the judges to determine whether or not there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the suspect committed each of the crimes charged #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.21: If the charges are confirmed, in full or in part, the case will be transferred to a Trial Chamber, which will conduct the subsequent phase of the proceedings: the trial.

ICC INVESTIGATION Concludes confirmation of charges hearing in Abd-Al-Rahman case: On 26 May 2021, the confirmation of charges hearing in the case The Prosecutor v. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (“Ali Kushayb”)concluded before Pre-Trial Chamber II of the International Criminal Court (ICC), composed of Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala (Presiding judge), Judge Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua and Judge Tomoko Akane.

After hearing the oral submissions of the Prosecutor, the Legal Representatives of the Victims and the Defence from 24 to 26 May, the judges heard their respective closing statements and will now start their deliberations.

In accordance with Regulation 53 of the Regulations of the Court, the Pre-Trial Chamber shall deliver its written decision within 60 days of the date on which the confirmation hearing ends. The Pre-Trial Chamber may then:

  • confirm those charges for which the Chamber has determined that there is sufficient evidence, and commit the suspect to trial before a Trial Chamber;
  • decline to confirm those charges for which it has determined that there is insufficient evidence and stop the proceedings against Mr Abd–Al-Rahman;
  • adjourn the hearing and request the Prosecutor to provide further evidence, to conduct further investigations or to amend any charge for which the evidence submitted appears to establish t a crime other than the one charged was committed.

The Defence and the Prosecutor cannot directly appeal this decision. However they can request authorisation from the Pre-Trial Chamber to appeal it.

Background: According to the Prosecution’s submission of the Document Containing the Charges, Mr Abd-Al-Rahman is suspected of 31 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed between August 2003 and at least April 2004 in Darfur, Sudan. 

Mr Abd-Al-Rahman was transferred to the ICC’s custody on 9 June 2020, after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic. His initial appearance before the ICC took place on 15 June 2020.

For further information on this case, check here

Related information: 


For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: fadi.el-abdallah@icc-cpi.int

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(THE HAGUE) ICC COURT REPORT: Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has returned home, 10 years after he was on charges of crimes against humanity #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewesReport – June.20: He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC but was acquitted of all charges:

ICC Aquittal Report: Ivory Coast’s ex-President Gbagbo returns home after living in the Belgian capital Brussels since his release from detention three years ago: His successor and rival President Alassane Ouattara invited him back

Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo
Laurent Gbagbo was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC

Gbagbo and Blé Goudé Case

The Blé Goudé case and Gbagbo case were joined on 11 March 2015. The trial began on 28 January 2016. On 15 January 2019, Trial Chamber I, by majority, acquitted Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé from all charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Côte d’Ivoire in 2010 and 2011. On 1 February 2019, the Appeals Chamber set conditions to be imposed on Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé upon their release to a State willing to accept them on its territory and willing and able to enforce the conditions set by the Chamber. On 16 July 2019, Trial Chamber I filed the written full reasons for the acquittal of  Mr Laurent Gbagbo and Mr Charles Blé Goudé. On 16 September 2019, the Prosecutor filed a notice of appeal against this decision.

On 31 March 2021, the Appeals Chamber confirmed, by majority, the acquittal decision of 15 January 2019.

Next steps: The acquittal of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé is now final. The Appeals Chamber revoked all conditions on the release of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé. The Chamber directed the ICC Registrar to make arrangements for the safe transfer of Mr Gbagbo and Mr Blé Goudé to a receiving State or States.

Questions and Answers on the Appeals judgmentEnglishFrench

Question and Answers on the acquittalEnglishFrançais

Transcript of the hearing, 15 January 2019: English, Français

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(THE HAGUE) ICC Court Report: Welcomes the decision by the US Government ending sanctions and visa restrictions the personnel #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.16: The Court is mindful that the United States has traditionally made important contributions to the cause of international criminal justice. The Court stands ready to reengage with the US in the continuation of that tradition based on mutual respect and constructive engagement:

‘The International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”) welcomes the decision by the US Government to revoke Executive Order 13928, ending sanctions against the ICC Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, and a senior staff member of her office, Phakiso Mochochoko, as well as visa restrictions on certain ICC personnel’

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3 April 2021:

In the fulfilment of its independent and impartial judicial mandate, the Court acts strictly within the confines of the Rome Statute, as a Court of last resort, in a manner complementary to national jurisdictions. The Court relies on the support and cooperation of its States Parties, representing all regions of the world, and of the international community more broadly.


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‘ Threat to Attack European Commission by Belgium Terrorists Thwarted ‘

#AceNewsServices – BRUSSELS – September 22 – The European Commission headquarters in Brussels was going to be the target of an alleged terrorist plot, according to media reports it was reported by EUobserver today.

' Shariah4Belgium'

‘ Shariah4Belgium’

Flemish newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on Monday (22 September) say police found a cache of weapons and explosives in an apartment in Brussels.

One of the two suspects, both Dutch nationals of Turkish origin, is said to have links to Shariah4Belgium, a Belgian radical Salafist organisation.

The couple, said to be residents in The Hague, were detained early August at the Brussels airport after returning from Syria via Turkey.

A European Commission spokesperson said they are aware of the plot but had received no warnings or threats, reports the Guardian.

Authorities, for their part, are increasingly stepping up efforts to contain possible threats from returning nationals who have fought alongside Islamist militia groups in Syria and Iraq.

Governments are concerned some of the more radical may be seeking to stage attacks on their home turf.

In Belgium, around a quarter of the 400 nationals who have left to fight have since returned. Most are entering the warzone in Syria through by crossing over the Turkish border.

Belgian paper L’Echo says police are actively tracking around 90 of the returned fighters.

“Our starting point is that among them, one out of nine aim to carry out an attack,” an unnamed source told the paper.

That is a conservative estimate, if you also take into account the people who help them,” added the source.

Some are said to have joined the Islamic State (Isis), the extremist group behind recent be-headings of reporters and aid workers.

#ANS2014

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

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

Bosnian woman at Srebrenica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#AceNewsServices WASHINGTON WHITE HOUSE April 25 2014 G…

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – WHITE HOUSE – April 25 – 2014 – G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine.

We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our deep concern at the continued efforts by separatists backed by Russia to destabilize eastern Ukraine and our commitment to taking further steps to ensure a peaceful and stable environment for the May 25 presidential election.

We welcomed the positive steps taken by Ukraine to meet its commitments under the Geneva accord of April 17 by Ukraine, Russia, the European Union, and the United States. These actions include working towards constitutional reform and decentralization, proposing an amnesty law for those who will peacefully leave the buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine, and supporting the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). We also note that the Government of Ukraine has acted with restraint in dealing with the armed bands illegally occupying government buildings and forming illegal checkpoints.

In contrast, Russia has taken no concrete actions in support of the Geneva accord. It has not publicly supported the accord, nor condemned the acts of pro-separatists seeking to destabilize Ukraine, nor called on armed militants to leave peacefully the government buildings they’ve occupied and put down their arms. Instead, it has continued to escalate tensions by increasingly concerning rhetoric and ongoing threatening military maneuvers on Ukraine’s border.

We reiterate our strong condemnation of Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Crimea and Sevastopol, which we do not recognize. We will now follow through on the full legal and practical consequences of this illegal annexation, including but not limited to the economic, trade and financial areas.

We have now agreed that we will move swiftly to impose additional sanctions on Russia. Given the urgency of securing the opportunity for a successful and peaceful democratic vote next month in Ukraine’s presidential elections, we have committed to act urgently to intensify targeted sanctions and measures to increase the costs of Russia’s actions.

Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the response from the international community already have imposed significant costs on its economy. While we continue to prepare to move to broader, coordinated sanctions, including sectoral measures should circumstances warrant, as we committed to in The Hague on March 24, we underscore that the door remains open to a diplomatic resolution of this crisis, on the basis of the Geneva accord. We urge Russia to join us in committing to that path.

Press Statement The White House – http://tinyurl.com/ppawnfx

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` Court Set-up to Investigate Assassination of Rafiki Hariri Summons Al-Akhbar Editor over Obstruction of Justice ‘

#AceNewsServices – BEIRUT – April 24 – An international court set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minsiter Rafik Hariri has summoned Al-Akhbar’s editor-in-chief and a journalist for Al-Jadeed Television over two counts of Obstruction of Justice, the body announced Thursday.

The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said there are “sufficient grounds to proceed against” Ibrahim al-Amin of Al-Akhbar and Al-Jadeed’s Karma al-Khayat “for the publication of names asserted to be those of alleged confidential witnesses in the Tribunal’s proceedings,” a statement said.

The charges against Amin relate to the decision of Al-Akhbar in January 2013 to publish the names of 32 witnesses belonging to the STL’s prosecution.

The summon against Khayat, Deputy Head of News and Political Programs, involves material broadcast on Al-Jadeed in August 2012.

“There is prima facie evidence that the publication of information relating to the identity of alleged confidential witnesses entailed knowing and wilful interference with the administration of justice” in breach of court rules, the statement, authored by contempt judge David Baragwanath, said.

The summons were issues on January 31, but only publicized Thursday.

The court set May 13, 2014 as the date for Amin and Khayat to appear before it, either in person of via video link.

(Al-Akhbar)

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OPCW : ` Twelfth Consignment of `Chemical Weapons ‘ Taken out of Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – THE HAGUE- April 04 – The twelfth consignment of chemical weapons was on Friday taken out of Syria, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) reported.

“The OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria has confirmed that a 12th consignment of chemicals has been transported to the port of Latakia and removed from the country,” the OPCW said in a statement on its website.

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