First suspect convicted of journalist Orel Sambrano’s murder

first_img May 21, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 First suspect convicted of journalist Orel Sambrano’s murder June 15, 2020 Find out more to go further News VenezuelaAmericas Organisation ——————————02.03.2010 – Breakthrough arrests of suspected instigators in two murders of journalists RSF_en Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela News Follow the news on Venezuela Help by sharing this information center_img The fight against impunity for violence against journalists saw significant progress on two fronts in late February in the form of the arrests of the alleged instigators of the 2009 murder of newspaper editor Orel Sambrano (photo) and the 2004 murder of radio presenter Mauro Marcano. A common feature of these two murders was that the victims had covered drug trafficking cases.Drug traffickers now figure among the western hemisphere’s worst predators of press freedom. Reporters Without Borders hopes that these suspects will be tried and convicted quickly as this will help to show that it is possible to stand up to organised crime.One of the suspects is former policeman David Antonio Yánez. He was arrested in an anti-drug operation on 21 February but he is to face trial on a charge of masterminding the 16 January 2009 murder of Sambrano. and the murder of Francisco Larrazábal, a key witness in a drug trafficking and money-laundering case against the Makleds, an influential business family in the central state of Carabobo.The editor of the regional weekly ABC, vice-president of privately-owned Radio América 890 AM and a columnist for the regional daily Notitarde, Sambrano had dared to criticise the Makled family’s activities. Yánez is the third person to be arrested for Sambrano’s murder. José Manuel Luque Daboín and another former police officer, Rafael Segundo Pérez, are being held on suspicion of being the hit men. The authorities are now investigating the possibility that Walid Makled was the mastermind.The other suspect is José Ceferino García, the reputed head of the Cartel del Sol in the northeastern state of Monagas, who was arrested for Marcano’s murder on the orders of an appeal court on 23 February.Arrested in Trinidad and Tobago and extradited in 2006, García was released two years later after being acquitted of the murder by a Monagas court. Suspecting that pressure had been put on the court, the public prosecutor’s office appealed against his acquittal. Accepting the petition, the appeal court has ruled that García should be retried before a different court.The host of a programme on Radio Maturín 1080 AM and a columnist for the regional daily El Oriental, Marcano had accused local police and military officials of collaborating with the Cartel del Sol shortly before his murder.Photo : globovision.com Receive email alerts New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets News January 13, 2021 Find out more Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives August 25, 2020 Find out more News VenezuelaAmericas The leading suspect in the murder of journalist Orel Sambrano, former police officer Rafael Segundo Pérez, was sentenced on 19 May to 25 years in prison. He is the first person to be convicted for Sambrano’s murder. José Luque Daboín and another former police officer, David Antonio Yánez, are also to be tried for their role in the killing on 21 June. The editor of the political weekly ABC, vice-president of privately-owned Radio América 890 AM and a columnist for the regional daily Notitarde, Sambrano was gunned down in the central state of Carabobo on 16 January 2009, after covering several drug trafficking cases including one involving the Makleds, an influential business family in the region.Pérez has also admitted to having a hand in the murder of Francisco Larrazábal, a key witness in a drug trafficking and money-laundering case in which the Makled family was allegedly involved.Pérez’s conviction has raised hopes that justice will be fully rendered in the Sambrano case. This would be a major judicial advance.last_img read more

Four years after Zahra Kazemi’s death in custody, her lawyers try to get a new probe

first_img After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Four years after the death of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi from a beating while in custody, those responsible still have not been identified. The supreme court is examining the possibility of a new investigation following irregularities in an appeal court ruling upholding the acquittal of an intelligence officer who was blamed for her death. RSF_en June 9, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information to go further News IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Follow the news on Iran News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today said it hoped Iran’s supreme court will rule in favour of a new investigation into the death of Iranian-Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi from a beating while in custody four years ago. After hearing an appeal from the Kazemi family’s lawyers on 2 July about the irregularities in an appeal court’s verdict, the supreme court is supposed to issue a decision this week.The press freedom organisation has written to the Canadian authorities urging them to continue to condemn the denial of justice in this case.“We see this appeal as the last hope for shedding light on the circumstances of Kazemi’s murder,” the press freedom organisation said. “We support her lawyer’s request for a new investigation to be conducted in an independent and impartial manner, covering all that took place from the time of her arrest until her death.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The case has been hampered by many obstacles, including the apparent implication of senior officials. The participation of international experts would help to resolve some of these difficulties and to put an end to a situation of impunity that has gone on for too long.” The Kazemi family’s lawyers sought to demonstrate the “intentional” nature of Kazemi’s death in the 2 July hearing before the supreme court’s 15th chamber. If the court accepts their argument, it should order a new investigation.Kazemi, 54, was arrested on 23 June 2003 while taking photos of the relatives of detainees outside Evin prison, in north Tehran. She died on 10 July 2003 from cerebral bleeding that was the result of blows to the head received while in detention.The prison authorities initially claimed that her death was the result of an accidental fall. After they subsequently acknowledged that she was beaten during interrogation, prosecutors named Reza Aghdam Ahmadi, an intelligence official, as the personal responsible for her death. A court acquitted Ahmadi in July 2004 and his acquittal was confirmed in November 2005 by an appeal court, which said the investigation should be reopened. July 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four years after Zahra Kazemi’s death in custody, her lawyers try to get a new probe February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Chart of the Week: 2018’s most popular asset classes

first_imgUS and UK public pension funds allocated to 52% more mandates in 2018 than in the previous year, according to data from eVestment.The most popular asset class for the second year running was private equity, with 954 new mandates awarded – 27% of the total. In 2017, private equity mandates accounted for 25% of all new allocations monitored by eVestment.Public sector funds awarded 722 new listed equity mandates last year, up from 503 in 2017. Direct real estate allocations were the third most popular in both years.In the UK, public sector allocations have been driven primarily by the ongoing pooling of assets among funds in the Local Government Pension Scheme system. eVestment said the increased appetite for private equity among public sector investors could help improve transparency of costs and portfolios to levels that “may be new to many of these managers”.“Public pensions have a variety of stakeholders to whom they are accountable when making investments,” said John Molesphini, eVestment’s global director of insights.“As a result, private markets and other alternative managers looking to win public plan assets increasingly need to comply with transparency and disclosure standards they may be less familiar with to win these mandates.” New mandates in 2018New mandates by asset class (2018)Chart MakerNew mandates in 2017New mandates by asset class (2017)Chart MakerThe popularity of private equity has caused a huge build up of unspent cash, or ‘dry powder’.According to data firm Preqin, this sector accounted for more than half (58%) of the more than $2.1trn (€1.8trn) of dry powder available across private market asset classes at the end of June 2018.last_img read more

Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules

first_img Associated Press Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese swimmer Sun Yang banned for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules.center_img February 28, 2020last_img

Alpena County commissioners shoot down pot proposal

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA – With the November elections a few months ahead, Alpena County commissioners denounced an issue on the ballot that would legalize marijuana for recreational use if approved.Commissioners took a stand against marijuana in a 7 to 1 vote in Tuesday’s meeting. Board member Brenda Fournier was the lone vote in this week’s non–binding decision.The remaining board members cast their decent because of the potential for passengers to drive under the influence and kids getting their hands on marijuana if left out in the open.The board came to a vote only to express their stance.In November, voters will decide for themselves if they support of oppose legislation that would allow recreational use of marijuana.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s shipwreck facade project officially completedNext Farming Creates New Generation of Farmers, Encouraging Families to ‘Taste the Difference’last_img read more

Dale Earnhardt Jr. still has ‘the itch’ to race

first_imgThat competitiveness, though, is something he credits for making his job in the booth more fulfilling.”The way that I feel about (racing) and the way that I miss it is kind of healthy toward doing the job as a broadcaster,” Earnhardt said. “It makes me excited to go watch the race and excited about what I’m going to see.”The 44-year-old had his growing pains this year in the booth but was happy to learn from his mistakes and will work to get better.”The majority of the feedback that I got was positive, and that spurred me on just to keep digging and keep working and keep doing what I was doing,” he said. “Hopefully that will be enough to keep me around for a while.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. may have retired from full-time NASCAR racing, but that doesn’t mean he never wants to race again.”I have this itch or an urge to go race or run a race or just drive a car somewhere,” Earnhardt said Thursday, via ESPN. “But I don’t have a clear regret or a real urge that’s got to be satisfied.” Earnhardt spent almost the entirety of the season in the broadcast booth with NBC in 2018, but he did find his way onto the track once for an Xfinity race in Richmond.He finished fourth there and looked every bit of the competitor he always has been — he just didn’t quite have the car to come away with a win. Related News Dale Earnhardt Jr. wants to race again in 2019 after finishing 4th in Richmond While Earnhardt has not indicated he wants to get back to racing full time, he would like to get in a car again. Immediately after finishing his Xfinity race in Richmond this year he said just that.”We’ll try to do another one next year, we’ll see where we go,” he said. “We’ll be with Hellmann’s again, and we have to figure out what race that’s going to be.”last_img read more

Dodgers add veterans Ryan Madson and David Freese before deadline

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “The numbers aren’t indicative of the stuff and what he’s done as far as (being) proven and having pitched in big spots,” Roberts said. “So for us, we’re betting on the stuff and the person. Now when you get into sequencing and how you’re using your stuff, I just think our front office, our R&D guys with Rick (Honeycutt) and Mark (Prior) kind of tag-teaming, we’ll bet on giving him the best chance at having success here.”Madson’s big-league career appeared over after a 32-save season for the Phillies in 2011. He signed with the Reds as a free agent in 2012 but underwent Tommy John surgery for a second time, beginning a three-year odyssey.He missed all of 2012 and signed with the Angels the following offseason. Still experiencing problems with his elbow, he made just one minor-league rehab appearance for the Angels and was released in August 2013. Madson didn’t resurface until spring 2015 when he signed a minor-league contract and made the Royals out of spring training. He was a key part of the Royals’ bullpen during their championship season.In four seasons with the Royals, A’s and Nationals since his comeback, Madson has a 3.07 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He traveled to Los Angeles Friday but won’t be activated until Saturday when rosters expand.Istler, 25, was a 23rd-round draft pick out of Duke in 2015. He has risen from Class-A to Triple-A this season, posting a 4-4 record with a 2.53 ERA overall.  In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Madson, the Dodgers designed left-hander Adam Liberatore for assignment.FREESE INFreese was acquired to give the Dodgers another option against left-handed pitching.“We’re going to use him against left-handed pitching. He’ll be a bat off the bench against righties,” Roberts said. “He can play the corners, first and third. He’s a veteran presence, great clubhouse guy.”Freese, who was the 2011 World Series MVP with the St. Louis Cardinals, hit .283/.337/.447 with 10 doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBIs in 93 games for the Pirates this season.Right-hander Erik Goeddel was transferred to the 60-day disabled lists in order to clear a 40-man roster spot for Freese. Valdez spent his first professional season this year playing for the Dominican Summer League Dodgers. He batted .230/.343/.412 in 60 games.RING OF HONORThe Dodgers will induct Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin into the Dodger Stadium Ring of Honor during a pregame ceremony Sept. 21.Jarrin will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Don Drysdale and Vin Scully in having his name (or uniform number) permanently affixed to the facing of the upper deck down the left field line.ALSORight-hander Ross Stripling threw approximately 25 pitches in a bullpen session Friday afternoon but Roberts said it hasn’t been decided yet when Stripling will be activated or what role awaits him.“Right now, he had a ’pen today, felt good and now a conversation has to happen about what we want to do next,” Roberts said. …Julio Urias made his first relief appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday. He walked the first two batters he faced, got an out on a bunt then was removed from the game. He threw 14 pitches, only six for strikes. …There has still been no resolution on the appeal of Yasiel Puig’s two-game suspension. The appeal hearing was held Tuesday.UP NEXTDiamondbacks (LHP Patrick Corbin, 10-5, 3.15 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 6-5, 2.39 ERA), Saturday, 6:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles In the 38-year-old Madson, the Dodgers hope to address a glaring need in their bullpen. Madson has had 30-save seasons with the Phillies and A’s and has made 46 postseason appearances. He was a setup man for the Phillies during their back-to-back World Series runs in 2008 and 2009 and again for the Royals when they won the World Series in 2015.Earlier this week, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged the lack of experience in the group around closer Kenley Jansen.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“I think it’s huge,” Roberts said of Madson’s experience. “There’s a difference in the late part of the game vs. the middle, lower-leverage. An easy way for me is just to see pitch execution in those spots. Anybody … any reliever – in leverage, there’s more misfires, more lack of execution.“Seeing him from the other side and how he’s had success in the seventh, eighth, ninth inning – that’s something you can hang your hat on.”Madson was not having a good season with the Nationals this year. He posted a 2-5 record, four saves and a 5.28 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP and 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings over 49 appearances for Washington. He missed time with a chest injury in May and lower back discomfort earlier this month. Madson pitched just once this week after being activated from the DL on Monday, allowing a home run in one inning against the Phillies. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season LOS ANGELES — Friday was the Dodgers’ last chance to go outside the organization to address their bullpen needs and they took it.The Dodgers acquired veteran reliever Ryan Madson from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor-league right-hander Andrew Istler. The Nationals placed Madson on revocable waivers earlier in the week and worked out a deal with the Dodgers after they placed a waiver claim on Madson.The Dodgers added another player with World Series experience as well, acquiring infielder David Freese from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor-league infielder Jesus Manuel Valdez. Players had to be in an organization by 9 p.m. Friday in order to be eligible for postseason rosters.The Dodgers added veterans before the August deadline each of the previous three years, addressing specific needs each time – Chase Utley in 2015, Carlos Ruiz in 2016 and Curtis Granderson in 2017.last_img read more