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Four new arrests in investigation into abduction of O Dia employees

first_imgNews December 12, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four new arrests in investigation into abduction of O Dia employees May 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil to go further Receive email alerts News RSF_en Follow the news on Brazil BrazilAmericas Reporters Without Borders hails the progress being made in the investigation into the abduction and torture of two journalists employed by the regional O Dia newspaper and their driver in the Rio de Janeiro favela of Batan on 14 May.Three military police officers wanted in connection with the case – Fabio Gonçalves Soares (also known as “Fabinho Catiri”), Marcos Antonio Alves da Silva (aka “Marcos do Bope) and André Luiz de Mattos (aka “Cocada”) – were arrested in a major operation yesterday in Rio involving more than 80 government employees. A fourth man identified as Nilson Bueno (aka “Nilson Faustão”) was also arrested.Items seized during the operation included equipment belonging to an elite Rio de Janeiro state military police unit called the BOPE. The four detainees are to be charged with “forming a militia.” Four other members of the military police are still being sought.The O Dia employees were tortured for seven hours after being kidnapped by a militia based in Batan, where the journalists had been preparing a report for the previous two weeks. The case caused an outcry in Brazil, especially as police officers were allegedly involved in the militia.The two alleged bosses of the militia – civilian police inspector Odinei Fernando da Silva (aka “Dinei” and “Zero Um”) and Davi Liberato de Araújo (aka “Zero Dois”) – were arrested in June.“We salute the great progress being made towards solving this case and we hope a trial will soon be held that sheds light on the circumstance of this abduction and identifies all those responsible,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This investigation must be an example in combating impunity. It nonetheless confirms the existence of serious abuses within police units that will need far-reaching measures.”__________________________18.06.08 – Alleged head of militia that tortured three newspaper employees surrenders to policeOdnei Fernando da Silva, the civilian police inspector who is accused of heading the militia that kidnapped and tortured two O Dia journalists and their driver in Rio de Janeiro’s Batan favela on 14 May, surrendered to the authorities on 16 June. Also known as “01,” “Dinei” and “Águia,” Da Silva went with his lawyer to the headquarters of the Department for Repression of Criminal Actions and Special Investigations (DRACO) to give himself up. He had been on the run since 4 June, when a warrant for his arrest was issued.In an initial statement, Da Silva denied any involvement in the abduction and torture of the newspaper’s three employees, claiming that he was at a party in the Rio de Janeiro neighbourhood of Bangu at the time. Asked about his relationship with the gang’s alleged No. 2, Davi Liberato de Araújo, he said he had known him since childhood but no longer kept his company. Da Silva was taken to a special detention centre for policemen inside the Gericinó prison complex.Reporters Without Borders hails this latest progress in the investigation and hopes that the police will quickly establish exactly who was responsible for the barbaric treatment inflicted on O Dia’s employees.________________________06.06.08 – Fugitive police inspector named as leading suspect in O Dia torture case, another suspect arrestedA man arrested on suspicion of being a member of a militia that kidnapped and tortured a reporter, photographer and driver of the O Dia newspaper in the Rio de Janeiro favela of Batan on 14 May was shown to the press on 4 June by members of a police unit known as the Delegation for Repression of Criminal Actions and Special Investigations (DRACO).He was identified as Davi Liberato de Araújo, 32, also known as “02” because he is alleged to be second-in-command of the militia. Liberato, who is serving a jail sentence in which he is now periodically allowed out, claims he was in prison at the time of the kidnapping.The police also announced that an arrest warrant had been issued for Odnei Fernando Silva, 35, a former prison guard and currently an inspector in the civilian police, on suspicion of heading the Batan militia. Also known as “01,” “Dinei” and “Águia,” Silva was previously imprisoned for homicide. He is on the run. The DRACO reported that it was investigating the possibility that members of the military police were also involved in the Batan militia and that the militia used a clandestine cemetery. The O Dia reporter who was one of the three journalists who were kidnapped has meanwhile claimed that, while being tortured, she recognised the voice of an assistant to Coronel Jairo, a member of the Rio de Janeiro state parliament. Jairo has denied having anything to do with the militia and condemns its activities.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the speed with which the investigation is progressing hopes that the information provided by Liberato will enable the police to identify all those involved in the O Dia kidnapping. The organisation also hopes that Silva will be quickly found and arrested._____________________02.06.08 – Call for federal commission of enquiry after paramilitaries kidnap and torture three O Dia employeesHE Luiz Inácio Lula da SilvaPresident of BrazilMr. Tarso GenroMinister of JusticeMr. Sérgio CabralGovernor of the State of Rio de JaneiroDear President Da Silva, Dear Minister and Dear Governor,You will be aware of the news of the abduction and barbaric mistreatment of three employees of the Rio de Janeiro-based daily O Dia – a reporter, a photographer and a driver – at the hands of a militia operating in a Rio de Janeiro favela on 14 May. Reporters Without Borders is stunned to learn this could have been carried out by members of the security forces who are supposed to combat crime and drug trafficking in sensitive neighbourhoods. The behaviour of these militias, formed by policemen, prison officers, firemen and security guards, is no better than the behaviour of the criminals they are meant to combat.This extremely serious case follows other recent physical attacks on the media involving members of the police, especially in the states of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. In our view, these cases of abuse of authority require the appointment of a federal commission to investigate and suppress these militias in coordination with the state authorities.The two O Dia journalists and their driver moved into the Batan favela in Realengo, a western suburb of Rio de Janeiro, at the beginning of May into order to research a story on these militias. According to O Dia, around 10 gunmen kidnapped the photographer and driver from a café on 14 May and initially tried to get residents to lynch them. Their abductors then bundled them into a red Polo car with the registration number KPB 4592 and drove off with them. At around 9 p.m. the same day, they kidnapped the reporter from her home in the favela and drove off with her in the same Polo car. One of the militiamen told her: “You work for O Dia and you have been taken prisoner for ‘ideological lies’.”The journalists were stripped for their equipment and material and they and their driver were subjected to barbaric mistreatment for seven hours in a secret prison. They were beaten, plastic bags were put over their heads, they were given electric shocks, they were subjected to Russian roulette and they were threatened with being tortured to death. Finally, at around 4 a.m., they were released.They are currently in a safe place where they are receiving medical and psychological treatment. The newspaper did not make the case public until 31 May, in order to facilitate the investigation being carried out by the Rio de Janeiro state public security authorities. The Rio de Janeiro city journalists’ union has called it “one of the most serious attacks on press freedom since the end of the military dictatorship.”The Rio de Janeiro media describe these militias as a relatively new phenomenon. According to O Dia, militias of this kind are currently operating in a total of 78 localities and have been responsible for about 200 murders in the past three years. Their presence is a direct threat to the state guarantees enshrined in the 1988 federal constitution, and it is for this reason that Reporters Without Borders calls for far-reaching measures to be adopted against them.We thank you in advance for giving this letter your careful attention.Sincerely,Robert MénardSecretary-General BrazilAmericas April 15, 2021 Find out more Reports RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 27, 2021 Find out more Four more people, including three members of the military police, were arrested yesterday in the investigation into the abduction and torture of three O Dia employees by a militia in a Rio de Janeiro favela last May. The militia’s two alleged bosses were arrested in June. Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Federal murder probe opened for Capitol Police officer who died in riots

first_imgwellesenterprises/iStockBy JACK DATE, MARK OSBORNE and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. attorney’s office in Washington has opened a federal murder investigation into the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died Thursday night after suffering injuries in the violent siege on Capitol Hill, three law enforcement sources confirmed to ABC News.The investigation is being conducted jointly between the FBI and the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, with cooperation from U.S. Capitol Police.Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said in a statement that the Department of Justice “will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible.”Sicknick responded to Wednesday’s riots and “was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” Capitol Police said in a statement. “He returned to his division office and collapsed.”He was taken to a hospital, where he died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.According to sources familiar with the matter, authorities believe Sicknick’s death was driven by a medical condition. They’re also investigating reports that he was attacked with a fire extinguisher or another item at the Capitol, sources said. So far, reports of an attack haven’t been confirmed, and authorities are hoping to locate video or other imagery from the scene.Sicknick, a 42-year-old military veteran, had worked for the Capitol Police for 12 years, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said.“After a day of fighting for his life,” Sicknick’s brother said in a statement, “he passed away a hero. I would like to thank all of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement for the incredible compassion and support they have shown my family.”Sicknick’s death is the fifth connected to Wednesday’s riots, which saw swarms of pro-Donald Trump rioters overwhelm police barricades, surge into the Capitol and force lawmakers to flee or hide.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered all flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff in Sicknick’s honor.“On behalf of the House of Representatives, I send our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after defending the Capitol complex and protecting those who serve and work here,” Pelosi said in a statement Friday.“The perpetrators of Officer Sicknick’s death must be brought to justice,” Pelosi added. “The violent and deadly act of insurrection targeting the Capitol, our temple of American Democracy, and its workers was a profound tragedy and stain on our nation’s history. But because of the heroism of our first responders and the determination of the Congress, we were not, and we will never be, diverted from our duty to the Constitution and the American people.”“The sacrifice of Officer Sicknick reminds us of our obligation to those we serve: to protect our country from all threats foreign and domestic,” Pelosi said. “May it be a comfort to Officer Sicknick’s family that so many mourn with and pray for them at this sad time.”Virginia Democratic Rep. Don Beyer is calling for Sicknick to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda.“He made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting those trapped in the Capitol amid a violent assault on our democracy itself,” Beyer said in a statement Friday. “Like others before him who died in defense of the people’s representatives, he deserves to lie in state.”The White House’s first comments on Sicknick’s death came Friday morning in a statement from deputy press secretary Judd Deere.“Anytime a member of law enforcement dies in the line of duty it is a solemn reminder to us all that they run toward danger to maintain peace,” Deere said. “The President and the entire Administration extend our prayers to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s family as we all grieve the loss of this American hero.”Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Friday afternoon, “Officer Sicknick is an American hero who gave his life defending our Capitol and this Nation will never forget or fail to honor the service and sacrifice of Officer Brian Sicknick.”President-elect Joe Biden on Friday offered his sympathy to Sicknick’s family, adding, “The people responsible should be held accountable. And they will be.”In 1997, Sicknick, a New Jersey native, enlisted in New Jersey’s Air National Guard.Sicknick deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1999 and to Kyrgyzstan in 2003, said Lt. Col. Barbara Brown, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey National Guard. He was honorably discharged in 2003.“Officer Sicknick gave his life protecting the United States Capitol, and by extension, our very democracy, from violent insurrection,” Murphy said in a statement. “His needless murder at the hands of a mob bent on overthrowing the Constitution he had dedicated his life to upholding is shocking. It is my fervent hope that the rioters whose actions directly contributed to his death are quickly identified and brought to justice.”Gov. Northam added, “Officer Sicknick was killed while doing his job — defending those trapped in the Capitol building amid a violent attack on our democracy. His death is a tragedy, and those responsible must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association President Larry Cosme called Sicknick an “American hero.”“Officer Sicknick and his brothers and sisters in the U.S. Capitol Police were the thin blue line protecting not just our elected officials from violent insurrectionists, but the very heart of American democracy,” Cosme said in a statement. “Political violence in this country in any form is deplorable. We support a full and vigorous investigation and prosecution of all involved in carrying out this heinous assault.”Cosme added, “We urge the Justice Department to pursue the maximum penalties for the death of this officer and all of the assaults on law enforcement that occurred on that day for anyone responsible for orchestrating, participating, and carrying out Wednesday’s invasion of the U.S. Capitol.”Other lawmakers reacted overnight to Sicknick’s death, including Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, who tweeted: “On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, our thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick. May he Rest In Peace, and we work tirelessly to honor his service to the Congress and our nation.”Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been criticized for his attempt to overturn 2020 election results, wrote on Twitter: “Devastating. Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the family of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who tragically lost his life keeping us safe. He was a true hero. Yesterday’s terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted.”Rep. Tim Ryan, R-Ohio, said his heart is broken over the loss and added that Sicknick’s death should serve as a “reminder of the bravery of the law enforcement who protect us every day.”Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, wrote: “I am devastated to hear about the passing of U.S. @CapitolPolice Officer Brian Sicknick and extend my deepest sympathy to his family. My staff and I cannot say enough to express our appreciation for his sacrifice to keep us safe.”Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., tweeted: “Devastating news. Please join me in praying for our fallen Capitol Police officer’s family during this heartbreaking time.”Among those who died in the siege, three people suffered medical emergencies, while a 35-year-old woman, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by Capitol Police while trying to enter a broken window into the House Chamber.Law enforcement said more than 50 Capitol Police and Metropolitan police officers suffered injuries in the rioting and several officers have been hospitalized “with serious injuries.”“These individuals actively attacked United States Capitol Police Officers and other uniformed law enforcement officers with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers,” Capitol Police said.Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned on Thursday afternoon in the wake of the riots. Pelosi was among those calling for his resignation.Capitol Police Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement Thursday that officers were “frustrated and demoralized by the lack of leadership.”“This never should have happened,” Papathanasiou said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta ‘optimistic’ about full recovery after testing positive for coronavirus

first_imgAdvertisement Mikel Arteta ‘optimistic’ about full recovery after testing positive for coronavirus Metro Sport ReporterFriday 13 Mar 2020 12:20 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link606Shares Comment Arteta tested positive on Thursday (Picture: Getty)The Premier League had planned on playing all fixtures this weekend as scheduled but they’re now set to decide in a meeting on Friday how best to proceed.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveArteta’s diagnosis effectively places the whole club in stalemate but the Guardian report that he has no concerns over his long-term health and is confident that he will make a full recovery. Incredibly, the Spaniard’s ‘primary’ frustration is said to be the fact that he won’t be able to work with his players for at least a fortnight. ‘This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed,’ Arteta said in an official statement. 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 CityThe diagnosis is the most high profile in world football to date and is bound to have repercussions on how the league season is played out.Even in the best scenario that all those that came into contact with Arteta are successfully clear of the virus in a fortnight’s time, the Gunners would likely ask for some fixtures to be postponed further as the squad would be lacking in match sharpness.Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been placed in self-isolation after he came into contact with a family member that is believed to have contracted the virus.Three Leicester City players are also in isolation, while Serie A has been shutdown for at least the next month. There are calls from a minority of Premier League clubs to ‘void’ the season, meaning all league places are wiped. But any decision is likely to be impacted on whether the European Championships are postponed as that would afford the Premier League to extend the season further. MORE: A number of Premier League clubs call for season to be ‘voided’ amid coronavirus outbreak Mikel Arteta is confident of a full recovery (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is said to be in good spirits and is optimistic about making a full recovery after the Spaniard was diagnosed with coronavirus on Thursday.The former Manchester City assistant manager was sent for tests after complaining that he was unwell on Thursday and the Gunners confirmed in a brief statement later that night that he had tested positive for COVID-19.Arsenal’s fixture with Brighton on Saturday has subsequently been postponed and around 100 employees from the club, including all first team members, have been placed in a 14-day lockdown. Advertisementlast_img read more

Girls’ golf set for a celebration in Hampshire

first_img Girls’ golf will be in for a great celebration next week when 144 leading young players head to Blackmoor Golf Club, Hampshire, in search of national titles.The English U16 and U14 girls’ championships will be played from Tuesday to Thursday, August 8-10, and have attracted an international entry from 15 countries.The players include girl international Annabell Fuller, pictured, (Roehampton, Surrey), who has just helped England win the team championship at the European Young Masters. Meanwhile, the host club will be represented by Olivia Ripiner, from England Golf’s South regional U16 squad.Blackmoor is regarded as one of the best courses in Hampshire. It was originally laid out by renowned golf architect Harry Colt, and consists of two loops of nine holes created from heathland, with fairways surrounded by heather, pine, birch and oak trees.The curtain raiser to the week will turn the focus on handicap golf when 22 young players compete in the Abraham Trophy to find England’s most improved girl golfer.They’ve all qualified on the basis of handicap reduction and will play off for the national title on Monday, August 7.Between them the Abraham Trophy finalists represent 13 counties:Buckinghamshire – Olivia Lee of Gerrards Cross; Amelia Curtis of Stoke Park.Derbyshire – Hannah Morrison of Chapel-en-le-Frith.Dorset – Sienna Birch, Louise Burke and Chloe Haesler of Broadstone.Hampshire – Ellie Mans of Barton-on-Sea; Hannah Dymott of Meon Valley.Hertfordshire – Hallie Copping-jones of Bishops Stortford.Lancashire – Emily James of Royal Lytham & St Annes.Lincolnshire – Tilly Garfoot of Spalding.Middlesex – Lucy Handley of Pinner Hill.Norfolk – Hope Neild of Royal Norwich.Northamptonshire – Ashleigh Critchley of Kettering.Surrey – Sasha Crockett of Burhill; Lottie Woad of Farnham; Alexandra Jakins and Sarah Mardani of Windlesham.Worcestershire – Lucy Buckley of Bromsgrove; Kacey Haynes and Lili Rose Hunt of Gaudet Luce.Yorkshire – Jessica Hosking of Huddersfield.Click here for more information on the Abraham TrophyClick here for more information on the English U16 and U14 girls’ championshipsImage copyright Stills Photography 3 Aug 2017 Girls’ golf set for a celebration in Hampshire last_img read more

CCSU star charged in fight with girlfriend

first_imgCentral Connecticut basketball player Kyle Vinales poses for his booking photo after being arrested by New Britain Police Friday, Oct. 24, 2014, when his girlfriend accused him of striking her while the two were fighting. (AP Photo/New Britain Police)NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — Central Connecticut star guard Kyle Vinales has been arrested after his girlfriend accused him of striking her while the two were fighting.Vinales a 6-foot-1 junior from Detroit, was charged Thursday with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct.Vinales and his girlfriend were returning from dinner when they began arguing over a cell phone, according to a release Tuesday from the New Britain police department.“The argument escalated and Vinales allegedly punched the victim in the forehead and squeezed her forehead to the point where it caused her pain,” police said. “Officers observed a bump and scratches to the victim’s forehead.”He appeared in court Friday and his case was referred to a family relations officer, according to the Judicial Branch website.  He is due back in court on Dec. 5.A message seeking comment was left Tuesday with his public defender.Athletic Department spokesman Tom Pincince says Vinales is not participating in team activities currently, but declined to elaborate.Vinales was the team’s leading scorer last season, averaging 17.2 points and reaching 1,000 points faster than any player in school history. He also led the team with 113 assists and had 42 steals.___Information from: New Britain Herald, http://www.newbritainherald.comlast_img read more