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Indonesia passes mutual assistance treaty with Switzerland into law

first_imgThe House of Representatives passed a bill on the ratification of a treaty on mutual legal assistance (MLA) with Switzerland in a plenary meeting on Tuesday, in what officials commend as a progressive legal breakthrough against money laundering practices in the country.Speaking after the plenary, Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly said the government would begin the necessary procedures to collect data and track assets in Switzerland that resulted from criminal acts.Yasonna said the government would put together an asset-tracing team comprising members of the National Police’s criminal investigations department (Bareskrim), the Attorney General’s Office, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Foreign Ministry. “The PPATK will also encourage law enforcement agencies to increase [the frequency of] financial investigations and impose articles on money laundering, so that they can pursue and return assets resulting from criminal offenses that have been taken abroad, especially to Switzerland,” he said.The new law has the potential to open up a Pandora’s box of legal cases because it applies retroactively, observers say, allowing the government to recover illegal assets stored overseas before the law was put into effect.“So, all fiscal crimes, money laundering or whatever happened before this agreement was signed, can still be traced,” Yasonna said.Based on the government’s ambitious tax amnesty in 2016, Switzerland was one of five main tax haven countries in which wealthy Indonesians kept their money safe.A number of legal cases also linked to assets parked in Switzerland include the 2005 Bank Mandiri corruption scandal, the 2008 Bank Century bailout case and the Supersemar Foundation case on misused state funds.Ahmad Sahroni, a lawmaker from the House Commission III overseeing legal affairs, urged the government to use the treaty to process newer cases as well.“The government has to keep in mind the latest money-laundering practices carried out by perpetrators in Indonesia, as it is likely that they have moved on to other countries and Switzerland is no longer the destination to hide their assets, accounts or money,” the Nasdem Party lawmaker said.Furthermore, Ahmad noted that the MLA agreement required other related issues to also be resolved, such as provisions on data privacy.“This is one of the important issues submitted by Switzerland as a condition of the agreement. So, after it is ratified, we should immediately improve Indonesia’s regulations on personal data protection.”Meanwhile, Wawan Sujatmiko from Transparency International Indonesia said the government still needed to prove it had the goodwill to enforce its existing anticorruption, antimoney-laundering and tax evasion laws.“The government must show some seriousness in investigating tax evasion so that perpetrators can be brought [to justice] and the court’s ruling can be used as a means to repatriate taxes, assets and money parked abroad,” Wawan said.Based on past experiences, with the 2006 Asian Agri tax scandal as one notable example, Wawan said the government should focus on companies and individuals suspected of embezzlement or tax evasion.“Furthermore, global scandals such as the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers, which also mention a number of corporate entities or individual Indonesian citizens, can be an entry point for Indonesian law enforcement agencies to uncover tax crimes,” he said.The Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers are two instances of leaks of millions of law firm documents that reveal how various countries have become favored destinations for setting up shell companies for tax evasion.The leaks name a number of affluent Indonesian businesspeople as well as current and former government officials.For the past decade, after many years of unregulated monetary flows, the government began to crack down on tax evaders and money launderers in an attempt to shore up more tax revenue.Many are believed to be keeping some of their funds in offshore financial centers out of concerns of inflation, a rupiah depreciation, political uncertainty and high taxes on financial income.The state has estimated that more than Rp 11.4 quadrillion (US$782 billion) in assets have been stashed abroad.Besides the tax amnesty, Jakarta has relied on MLA schemes with other countries.The 10th such deal signed into law, the MLA treaty with Switzerland has been under negotiation since 2007 but stalled and was only resumed in 2015. The resulting agreement was signed on Feb. 4 last year.Indonesia has signed MLA treaties with ASEAN member states, Australia, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, India and the United Arab Emirates.Yasonna assured that the government was working to have similar agreements with other countries, including Serbia, with the support of whom local authorities had been able to capture longtime fugitive Maria Pauline Lumowa, despite no formal extradition and MLA agreements between the two nations.Maria fled the country in 2003 just before she was named a suspect for allegedly stealing billions of rupiah from state-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) in a loan scam.– Ghina Ghaliya contributed to this storyTopics : “We will also work together with the Swiss authorities to access the available data,” he said. “With this legal framework, we are finally doing it.”Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) chairman Dian Ediana Rae separately said the treaty’s ratification was a progressive breakthrough in the enforcement of the antimoney-laundering law.“With the ratification of the agreement, Indonesia has a strong legal foundation to run legal cooperation initiatives such as asset-tracing for corruption, financial crimes, tax crimes, banking-related crimes, corporate crimes and money laundering,” Dian told The Jakarta Post.Under the agreement, bank secrecy can no longer be invoked to impede the process of information exchanges, which would allow the PPATK to coordinate with Switzerland’s financial intelligence units (FIUs) to track, block and recover illicit assets.last_img read more

Gary Neville slams ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’ Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Gary Neville slams ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’ Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal 🗣 “It’s an amazing feeling, I just wish it could be in a full stadium”Diogo Jota reacts to scoring on his Premier League debut pic.twitter.com/si5zy7HozC— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 28, 2020 Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Sep 2020 11:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Jota in fact appeared set to score minutes before he opened his Liverpool account but Salah nicked the ball off his team-mate in the box before losing possession.AdvertisementAdvertisementCommentating on the Premier League clash for Sky Sports, former Manchester United and England defender Neville said: ‘That is the selfish part of his game.‘He’s thought, “you’re not having a goal already” and taken it off of him. It was Jota’s ball. Gary Neville was critical of Mohamed Salah during Liverpool’s victory over Arsenal (Pictures: Getty)Gary Neville was critical of Mohamed Salah over a ‘selfish’ and ‘greedy’ decision during Liverpool’s Premier League victory over Arsenal.Jurgen Klopp’s side maintained their perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win over Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on Monday evening.Alexandre Lacazette gave the Gunners the lead but goals from Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson saw Liverpool lead at the break.The Reds initially failed to put the game to bed during a tense second half but new signing Diogo Jota drilled home late on to secure the three points.ADVERTISEMENT by Metro Full Screen Comment Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE About Connatix V67539 Coming Next Read More / Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling 1/1center_img 1 min. story Klopp speaks after his Liverpool side beat Arsenal 3-1To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:20FullscreenKlopp speaks after his Liverpool side beat Arsenal 3-1https://metro.co.uk/video/klopp-speaks-liverpool-beat-arsenal-3-1-2258962/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jurgen Klopp argues with Roy Keane after Liverpool’s victory over ArsenalMORE: Man Utd make approach for Ismaila Sarr as Jadon Sancho transfer hopes fade Skip Ad SPONSORED Read More Read More Read More Skip Top articles Salah denied Diogo Jota a goal-scoring opportunity during the 3-1 win (Picture: Getty)‘His greed is one of his great strengths but he should have left it for his mate. He was never going to get there.‘He [Jota] would have had a goal if it wasn’t for Salah. You can’t do that. As great a player as he is, he knows that’s not a great look.’Salah and Klopp will be thankful that the incident did not prove costly, with Jota slotting home shortly after to ensure Liverpool have taken full points from their first three games of the season. PLAY Jota, who joined the Reds earlier in the month from Premier League rivals Wolves, said after the match: ‘It is an amazing feeling.‘I just wish it could be with a full stadium but I am happy to seal the win for the team and get the result.‘In football sometimes you score, sometimes you miss and you have to believe you are going to score and fortunately I did.‘The first one is always the hardest one, to keep on going is the is the most important think. I have one, I want more.’ Video Settings Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

Lame Excuse: Only growing cannabis for university fees, Officer

first_imgMan says he was only growing enough cannabis to pay for science degreeStuff co.nz 28 September 2016Family First Comment: This will be the new norm if we go ‘soft’ on dope lawsA man with a sophisticated cannabis-growing operation capable of earning $100,000 a year claimed he was preparing for when cannabis was legalised and that he only wanted to earn enough to study science at university.Hanno Samper’s growing operation at Kereru, about 30 kilometres west of Hastings, was searched by police in February. They discovered a sophisticated growing operation with 146 plants grown indoors and outside, and a purpose-built area for the production of cannabis oil.Police estimated that the 26-year-old retirement home chef was capable of making $101,000 to $114,000 a year out of the operation, which Samper admitted was in its third year.Samper pleaded guilty to charges of cultivating cannabis, producing cannabis oil and selling cannabis and was sentenced in Hastings District Court on Wednesday.Lawyer Bill Calver said Samper had only intended to grow one cycle of crop this year and wanted only around $15-$20,000 in order to pay for a bachelor of science degree at Massey University.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/84743315/man-says-he-was-only-growing-enough-cannabis-to-pay-for-science-degreeKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Kelly A. Ferreira

first_imgKelly A. Ferreira 47, of Milan passed away Wednesday June 28, 2017 at her home. Kelly was born Saturday February 28, 1970 in Akron, Ohio the daughter of Robert and Cheryl (Royer) Merz. She married Kelly Ray Ferreira February 3, 2001 and he survives. Kelly worked at the Milan Elementary School in the cafeteria.   She enjoyed being outdoors and spending all of her time with her two daughters and husband.Her survivors include husband: Kelly Ferreira of Milan; daughters: Abby and Maci Ferreira both at home; brother: Michael Merz of GA; sisters: Tammy Merz of Akron, OH and Terri Parks of Columbus, OH; mother and father-in-law: Byron (Patsy) Wilber of Sunman, many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.Funeral services will be 10AM Monday July 3, 2017 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Norman officiating.  Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery south of Milan.  Visitation will be 1-4PM Sunday July 2, also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with arrangements.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Sterling seeking move – reports

first_img Press Association Raheem Sterling is set to tell Liverpool he wants to leave the club in the summer when talks between the two parties resume this week, according to reports. But that held little sway with Carragher. He said: “Liverpool had a chance of trophy this year, in the (FA Cup) semi-final against Aston Villa – where was Raheem Sterling? “What did Liverpool do in the Champions League this year? Nothing. What did Raheem Sterling do? Nothing. “The semi-final was one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen from a Liverpool team in a big game – n ot just him, the whole team were found wanting, but if he wants to win trophies he’s got to deliver in big games, and he hasn’t done that yet. “I played with him and he’s a great kid. He’s not some flash young kid, he loves his football. “I think for his football development, he needs to stay at Liverpool. He doesn’t need to move club – he needs to change his agent, that’s what he needs to change.” Liverpool declined to comment when contacted by Press Association Sport. Sterling is under contract until 2017 and, if he opts not to sign a new deal, Liverpool will have to decide whether to cash in on one of their most prized assets or risk losing him for nothing at the end of his deal. Former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher was left seething as the reports came out. Carragher told Sky Sports 1: “The thing I don’t like about it, for a 20-year-old kid to be taking on Liverpool FC over a contract, to the pit of my stomach it just angers me. “It looks like a tactic to me to try to force the club’s hand. “I can’t get out of my head a young kid and his agent trying to take the club on. You keep your mouth shut and get on with playing football. How will he be thought of?” Sterling has been urged to stay at the club by departing captain Steven Gerrard, who said last week: ”I think he should sign a new deal. Brendan is a fantastic man manager, he puts a lot of time and effort into every player in the squad.” Sterling said in an interview with BBC Sport last month that his contract impasse was nothing to do with money, rather about his desire to win trophies, after it emerged that he had been made what Rodgers described as ”an incredible offer”, believed to be £100,000-a-week. Several reports on Monday night claimed the England forward would inform club chiefs that he sees his future away from Anfield. The reports said Sterling told Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in person before the 1-1 draw at Chelsea earlier this month that he wanted to leave. last_img read more

Cricket News WATCH: Kuldeep Yadav bowls dream delivery to send Peter Handscomb back to pavilion

first_img New Delhi: Kuldeep Yadav once again proved to be sensational for Indian skipper Virat Kohli and bowled with variations in the first ODI at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad and helped the hosts to restrict the Aussies for a below-par total. Kuldeep finished his spell with 2 for 46 in the series opener and the wicket that stood out was his dismissal of Peter Handscomb. He delivered an absolute beauty to outfox the batsman and the rest was down by MS Dhoni. It was in the final delivery of the 30th over. Kuldeep tossed the ball to Peter Handscomb and Handscomb tried to take the ariael route as he tried to go down the track. But the ball turned through the gap between the bat and the pad and the rest was done by Dhoni. Handscomb could only stop, turn back and watch as Dhoni dislodged the bails. The Aussie batsman walked back for 19 runs after facing 30 balls. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Here’s the video:#1stOdi #INDvAUS MSD Stumping 🔥🏏 pic.twitter.com/7Kxaj9Ph6A— ❤தளபதி ரசிகன் கார்த்திக்😎 (@karthik97ak) March 2, 2019Meanwhile, Australia started the innings on a quiet note, losing skipper Aaron Finch early in the innings. However, Marcus Stoinis along with Usman Khawaja registered an 87-run partnership to get things back on track. But once Marcus departed, the road became tougher for Australia. Glenn Maxwell did play a cameo but wasn’t enough. With this, at the end of 50 overs, Australia finish at 236/7. India needs 237 runs to go one up in the five-match ODI series. With the likes, of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli involved in the setup, the target shouldn’t haunt India at all. India restricts Australia for a below-par total of 236 runs. Marcus Stoinis and Usman Khawaja registered an 87-run partnership. Glenn Maxwell played a little cameo of 40 runs. last_img read more

Braun: A-Rod solid so far for Pack

first_imgI will neverforget the day Brett Favre retired.Though I’m fromLos Angeles and I didn’t feel any personal anguish, the impact on the UW campuswas unbelievable. All my friends couldn’t bear to watch ESPN — they sulked for whatseemed like weeks before finally starting to accept that their man wasn’tcoming back.Their Hall ofFame quarterback was gone for good, and that meant the team would be left withAaron Rodgers, who hadn’t started a game since his collegiate days.Green Bay fanswere naturally upset. The most prolific player in Packers history left, andthey were left with a kid who never started a game in the NFL? Yeah, if I werea Packers fan, I’d be pretty upset too.But after a 2-0start, over 500 passing yards and a quarterback rating near 117.8, it seemslike those fans calling for head coach Mike McCarthy and general manager TedThompson’s heads will finally keep their mouths shut.Favre hasperformed relatively well — he has 375 passing yards and three touchdownsthrough two games. But for now, it seems like Rodgers is coming into his own asthe Packers’ new leader, and few in Green Bay seems to care about Favre’sperformance in New York.In his firststart as a Packer, Rodgers didn’t disappoint, passing for 178 yards and atouchdown. He again showed off his arm against Detroit on Sunday, passing for328 yards and three scores. Not bad for his first two games as a starter inpossibly the biggest football town in the country.Sure, Favre maybe on the radar in New York. But right now, Rodgers is showing Green Bay thathe’s ready to take over the show, even if a large portion of the fans in hishome stadium still wears their No. 4 jerseys.But what’sreally interesting is the way Rodgers accepted his role and has outperformedhis predecessor. Through all of the summer turmoil and confusion regardingFavre, Rodgers sat back and did whatever he was told.Look at him now,on top of the division and being embraced by all of Green Bay.Now, with anearly division lead, the Rodgers-led Packers — who simply wanted to resolve theissue with Favre — are now sitting back, loving what they are seeing.How could theynot be happy?Nobody expectedRodgers to be better than Favre, and chances are he won’t be. At least for now,though, Rodgers is giving Packers fans a reason to get excited.He has a higherpasser rating, more touchdowns, more passing yards and a higher completionpercentage than Favre — more importantly though, he has led the Packers to twostrong victories.That’s not tosay that Favre won’t be forgotten. He did more for the Packers organizationthan anyone else in history. Instead, think of Rodgers as a consolation prizethat will give Green Bay something to cheer for.McCarthy andThompson may have handled Favre’s situation poorly over the summer, but itseems like Packer fans ready to run the two out of town will forgive theirgeneral manager and head coach for letting him get away.Rodgers facesanother major challenge this coming Sunday against the Cowboys. He will be onnational television and might even get his first loss as Green Bay’s starter.But that shouldn’t discourage Packers fans — he will only continue to getbetter.Be happy, Packerfans. I don’t want my last memory of Wisconsin to be sad faces with little hopefor the future. If the first two games of the 2008 season are any indication,Green Bay has a lot to be excited about for a very long time.I bet nobody sawthat one coming.Jonah is asophomore hoping to major in journalism. He saw Brett Favre tear apart theLions last year and saw Aaron Rodgers do the same in 2008. Still think Favre isthe man in Green Bay? Jonah can be reached at jbraun@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Syracuse uses strong defensive effort in win over New Hampshire

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 19, 2015 at 9:38 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Sophomore libero Belle Sand started running up from the back left corner of the court. As the ball was falling, she dove forward, extending her left hand as far as possible. The top of Sand’s palm acted as a buffer as she punched the ball back up to one of her teammates, barely giving her team another chance to continue the rally.Syracuse (7-2) had a terrific defensive effort that helped the team defeat New Hampshire (6-7) in four sets in the opening match of the Syracuse Tournament on Saturday night at the Women’s Building.The Orange won the first two sets, before dropping the third one. After a 24-24 tie late in the fourth set, Syracuse scored two straight points to win the match.SU held UNH to low hitting percentages of .071 in the first set and .033 in the second set. This dominant defensive performance rebuffed the Wildcats’ chances to score and helped fuel the Orange offense.“If I’m not getting the first touch, I have trust in all my other defenders and all my other teammates and we all know that we can get it,” Sand said. “We’re just always prepared to get that first ball up.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange flew around the court to record a season-high 78 digs over the course of the match, which helped prevent the Wildcats from gaining momentum.Senior Gosia Wlaszczuk, who finished third on the team with 14 digs, was laying out all over the court over the course of the match. At one point, she dove and tumbled three different times during one rally. The first two times she managed to save the ball and help the Orange continue its rally.Her efforts definitely recognized by her teammates. Sand was quick to heap praise on Wlaszczuk for her work on the defensive end.“That right-back area can be a hard place to defend, and Gosia when she’s back there, you know you can  count on her to do it,” Sand said.Senior outside hitter Monika Salkute was also impressed with Wlaszczuk’s play.“She did really huge improvements since last year, so we’re really happy with that,” Salkute said.It seems that Wlaszczuk had to battle through some pain while she was hustling around the entire game. Midway through the third set she could be seen removing some sort of protective tape off the fingers on one of her hands.In the postgame interview, head coach Leonid Yelin seemed to allude to the fact that Wlaszczuk was playing through an injury today.“She’s a tough kid and she’s always going to fight till the end, and I’m glad she did this,” Yelin said.In a match that could have gone either way, it was the small hustle plays that tilted the final score in SU’s favor.“We just really came together when the times got tough,” Sand said. Commentslast_img read more

Beat writers pick unanimously, expect close game between Syracuse and Wake Forest

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2018 at 11:47 am Syracuse (19-12, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) heads into the ACC Tournament most likely needing a couple wins to get to the NCAA Tournament. Its opponent in the first round is Wake Forest (11-19, 4-14), a team that the Orange split with during the regular season. SU lost when it played in Winston-Salem, N.C. and won the return matchup in the Carrier Dome. At the Barclays Center on Tuesday at 7 p.m., Syracuse and Wake Forest will tip off for the rubber match and a chance to keep hopes of dancing alive.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen on Tuesday night in Brooklyn.Matthew Gutierrez (24-7)Third time’s the charmSyracuse 65, Wake Forest 59The reasons stack up one after the other: The Demon Deacons have lost to under-.500 ACC teams in Georgia Tech and Notre Dame to round out ACC play. They nearly lost to Pittsburgh. They lost to Syracuse a month ago by eight points. Kenpom.com gives Syracuse a greater-than-60-percent chance to win for the first time since what feels like December. While Syracuse has lost four-straight games at Barclays Center, and while the Orange has lost four of its last six games overall, SU squeaks by WFU to play on Wednesday and try to make its case for admission into the Big Dance.Sam Fortier (21-10)No reap ’til BrooklynSyracuse 58, Wake Forest 54AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWake Forest splashed six consecutive 3-pointers the last time they played Syracuse and it wasn’t enough. In a new venue that affects shooters and helps the Orange’s stalwart defense, give me Syracuse to squeak out its first ACC tournament victory. (It also doesn’t hurt that the only ACC road win the Demon Deacons mustered this season was against Pitt.) WFU could pose a threat with healthy big man Doral Moore inside and drivers kicking to perimeter shooters, but Syracuse has the best player on the floor in Tyus Battle and will lock down enough on defense to win. This victory ultimately won’t mean much to the Selection Committee. There’s still a ways to go.Tomer Langer (21-10)This feels newSyracuse 61, Wake Forest 59The Orange has never won a game in the ACC Tournament since joining the conference back in the 2013-2014 season. But Syracuse has never been a low enough seed to play on the first day. Now, SU matches up with a Wake Forest team that went just 4-14 in the ACC, and one that couldn’t really win away from home in the conference, either. The Demon Deacons have matched up well against Syracuse twice this season, though. Still, the Orange should have the requisite talent to pull this win out. Commentslast_img read more

French athlete stripped off gold for stripping

first_imgIt may have seemed like a good idea at the time but Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad’s bizarre celebration in the home straight of the men’s 3,000m steeeplechase at the European championships was to cost him dear.Approaching the final barrier, the Frenchman had the race and gold medal in the bag, having enough time in hand to showboat by stripping off his running vest before putting it into his mouth and waving to the crowd.Fans in the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich jeered as he crossed the finishing line clear of his teammate Yoann Kowal in eight minutes 25.30 seconds — his third straight victory in the event at the championships after 2010 and 2012.The 29-year-old had the presence of mind to put his top back after the finish, but the damage was done.He was initially shown a yellow card as a warning by an official, but an appeal by Spain on behalf of fourth placed athlete Angel Mullera led to his disqualification.His French team lodged a counter-protest but that was rejected, with Mekhissi-Benabbad disqualified under IAAF competition rules 143.1, 143.7. Mullera was promoted to the bronze as result of the ruling.”I find that the protest lodged by the Spaniards is anti fair-play,” Ghani Yalouzsa, the technical director of the French athletics federation, was quoted by AFP.But the double Olympic silver medalist is no stranger to controversy. After winning his 2012 Euro gold in Helsinki he was criticized for shoving a mascot who offered him a gift.The year before, Mekhissi-Benabbad was involved in a punch-up with French teammate Mehdi Baala at the 2011 Monaco Diamond League meeting, trading blows while they were still on the track and earning a five-month suspension from their federation.last_img read more