7-13-19 Epstein accused of witness tampering in sex trafficking case
Prosecutors have accused jailed US financier Jeffrey Epstein of paying large amounts of money to two people who could be potential witnesses in his child sex trafficking case in an effort to influence them. Prosecutors said Epstein sent a total of $350,000 (£278,000) to two suspected co-conspirators late last year. The allegations were made in a court filing asking that Epstein be denied bail while he awaits trial. Epstein has pleaded not guilty. He is due in court on Monday for a hearing to consider his request for bail. His lawyers have not yet commented on the payout claims. In the filing, prosecutors said the 66-year-old made the payments late last year, just days after The Miami Herald began publishing articles about a plea deal Epstein reached to avoid federal sex trafficking charges in 2008. He paid one person named as a possible co-conspirator in the case $100,000 and the other suspected co-conspirator $250,000, the prosecutors allege. They did not name the two people who received the money. "Neither of these payments appears to be recurring or repeating during the approximately five years of bank records presently available to the government," they said. "This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations." Epstein was arrested on 6 July and has been charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy. According to an indictment, the wealthy financier paid girls under the age of 18 to perform sex acts at his Manhattan and Florida mansions between 2002 and 2005. (Webmaster's comment: Give him life imprisonment, no parole!)
7-10-19 The distressing normality of Jeffrey Epstein's depravity
These disgusting patterns of behavior are much the same as they've always been. What's changed is how we respond. If money manager Jeffrey Epstein is guilty of the crimes of which he's been accused — crimes that include sex trafficking of underage girls for use in the satisfaction of his lusts — then he is obviously a world-class scumbag. But just how much company does he have in that class? We know it's far more than many of us would like to believe, and probably far more than those with less … extravagant appetites ordinarily assume. Leaving legalities aside to focus merely on morals, it almost certainly encompasses the current resident of the White House as well as his Democratic predecessor from just 20 years ago. For all we know, it may also include several of the names on the passenger manifests from Epstein's private plane, which was widely known by its lascivious nickname, the Lolita Express. (Just how arrogant was Epstein? As arrogant as a well-known coke dealer who names his yacht "Blowin' in the Wind.") Add in Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Les Moonves, and dozens of other disgraced media men and it begins to seem like the ranks of world-class depravity are mighty crowded. And that's just the start. It's tempting to scan the tawdry headlines of the past two years — or past two decades — and conclude that we're living out some post-sexual-revolution nightmare in which the male libido has been unleashed from cultural and religious constraints, mixed with a heaping dose of privilege, entitlement, and misogyny, and produced a world ruled by uniquely rapacious predators. But what has changed and what has stayed the same? Pederasty was widespread in ancient Greece, often involving behavior so exploitative it makes Kevin Spacey's alleged actions with young men sound vaguely ascetic by comparison. In ancient Rome, prostitution was legal and widespread, and acting on sexual desire toward underage boys and girls considered perfectly normal. During the medieval and Renaissance periods, popes were occasionally accused of hosting orgies, while the aristocratic classes of Europe in the centuries leading up to the French Revolution were rumored to be bastions of sexual decadence and debauchery. (Webmaster's comment: In the united States one in four girl children and one in six boy children are raped before they turn 18, most between the ages of 4 and 12. That's 800,000 children being raped every year multiple times as often as "Daddy" wants. And we still virtually do nothing about it. The penality for child rape should be public total castration. That'll make the scum who would rape children think twice!)
7-9-19 Nepal court jails ex-UN official for child abuse
A former UN official has been jailed in Nepal for sexually abusing children. Peter John Dalglish, 62, from Canada, was detained near Kathmandu in 2018 and convicted last month. He was sentenced to nine years for abusing a 12-year-old boy and seven for molesting a 14-year-old boy. It is unclear if the terms run concurrently. Dalglish, a high-profile humanitarian worker since the 1980s, had denied the charges and his lawyer told Reuters he would appeal. "Due process has not been fulfilled during the investigation in the case. So we'll appeal," the lawyer, Rahul Chapagain, said. Dalglish was also ordered to pay compensation of 500,000 rupees ($4,600; £3,600) to each victim. Both boys were in his house when he was arrested. "The judge is yet to decide whether he should serve a total 16 years in jail or be released after nine years. In most cases of a similar nature, sentences get overlapped but it is upon the judge to decide," a district court official told AFP news agency. Dalglish was a well-respected humanitarian, involved in projects across the globe. In 2016, he was awarded the Order of Canada - the country's second-highest civilian honour - for his work with disadvantaged children. He co-founded Street Kids International in the 1980s, which later merged with Save the Children. More recently, Dalglish held senior positions in UN agencies, including head of UN-Habitat in Afghanistan in 2015. In Nepal, Dalglish was an adviser to the International Labour Organization in the early 2000s.
7-9-19 Gang rape in Mülheim ignites German child-crime debate
The gang rape of an 18-year-old woman in Germany has sparked a dispute about lowering the age of criminal responsibility. Two of the suspects in the western city of Mülheim are aged 12 and the other three are 14. Germany does not prosecute children under 14. All five have been suspended from school and so far one 14-year-old has appeared before an investigating judge. The victim, found in bushes late on Friday, was taken to hospital. A police spokesman said the assault involved "considerable violence" and went on for a long time. The head of the police force union, Rainer Wendt, said "for years we've been demanding that the age of criminal responsibility be lowered in Germany". However, Jens Gnisa, head of the German Association of Judges, argued that "the equation 'more punishment equals less criminality' does not work with youths". He said the educational rules established in German law were working well to tackle juvenile crime. The Mülheim rape case, in Germany's industrial Ruhr region, requires action by the Youth Welfare Office to address the suspects' behavioural issues, a senior Child Protection Agency official said. The minimum age of criminal responsibility varies across Europe, and several countries set it at 14 like Germany, including Italy, the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) reports. Nordic countries set the minimum age at 15. In May, Scotland raised the minimum age to 12, from eight. But the minimum age in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 10. A UK Parliament information sheet says setting the minimum at 10 "contravenes international juvenile justice standards". In 2007 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child declared a minimum of less than 12 years "not to be internationally acceptable".
7-8-19 Jeffrey Epstein: Financier charged with sex trafficking
Wealthy US financier and friend of the powerful, Jeffrey Epstein, has been formally charged in New York with running "a vast network" of underage girls for sex. The indictment alleges he enticed minors to visit his Manhattan and Florida mansions between 2002 and 2005. According to the charges, the girls, some as young as 14, were given hundreds of dollars for sex acts. Epstein is expected to plead not guilty to the charges. He faces one count of sex trafficking and one of sex trafficking conspiracy. The 66-year-old hedge fund manager was arrested on Saturday at Teterboro Airport after arriving from France on his private jet. He is due to appear in court. Reports suggest he could remain in custody until a bail hearing on Thursday. The indictment alleges Epstein knew his victims were under 18. Often they would be invited to perform a massage on the naked Epstein before being subjected to sexual abuse, it says. The accused "also paid certain of his victims to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused", the document alleges. He conspired with others "including employees and associates" who helped schedule encounters at his Manhattan mansion and Palm Beach residence, it is alleged. Epstein, once a friend of Prince Andrew, former US President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump, was previously accused of abusing dozens of teenage girls between 1999 and 2007. But he reached a plea deal to avoid federal sex trafficking charges in the case. He instead pleaded guilty in 2008 to lesser Florida state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution. He spent 13 months in jail and registered as a sex offender, avoiding a possible life sentence. Earlier this year, a Florida judge ruled that federal prosecutors broke the law by not informing Epstein's victims of the plea deal at the time.
7-7-19 Jeffrey Epstein: US financier 'charged with sex trafficking'
US billionaire and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested on new sex trafficking charges connected to allegations from the early 2000s, reports say. Epstein was arrested in New York and will appear in court on Monday, law enforcement officials told US media. It comes amid renewed controversy over a plea deal he once reached to end a federal investigation against him. His lawyer has not yet commented on the latest charges. Law enforcement officers have not been authorised to discuss the case, but several have spoken to US media outlets on condition of anonymity. One told The Associated Press news agency that the latest charges stemmed from allegations that Epstein paid underage girls for massages and molested them at his New York and Florida homes. The same claims were made by sources quoted in other outlets, including The Daily Beast, which first reported Epstein's arrest. Epstein, 66, was previously accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls. The wealthy financier - who was once friendly with Prince Andrew, former US President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump - reached a plea deal to avoid federal sex trafficking charges in the case. Instead, he pleaded guilty in 2008 to lesser state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under age 18 for prostitution. This averted a possible life sentence, and instead saw him spend 13 months in jail and register as a sex offender. Earlier this year, a Florida judge ruled that federal prosecutors broke the law by not informing Epstein's victims of the plea deal at the time. Judge Kenneth Marra is currently deciding whether the non-prosecution agreement that protected Epstein from the more serious charges should still stand. Following the ruling, the White House said it was also "looking into" Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta's role in the plea deal, which he approved in his previous role as a US attorney. Epstein in December deprived his alleged victims of the chance to testify against him for the first time by reaching a last-minute agreement to settle a civil lawsuit.
7-7-19 China denies Muslim separation campaign in Xinjiang
China's ambassador to the UK has denied that Muslim children in western Xinjiang are being systematically separated from their parents. A BBC report found that hundreds of children from the Uighur minority ethnic group had had both parents detained, either in camps or in prison. At the same time, China has launched a large-scale campaign to build boarding schools for Uighur children. Critics say it is an effort to isolate children from their Muslim communities. However, Chinese ambassador Liu Xiaoming dismissed this. "There's no separation of children from their parents. Not at all," the ambassador told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. "If you have people who have lost their children, give me names and we'll try to locate them", he added. Evidence gathered by the BBC showed that in one Xinjiang township alone more than 400 children had lost both of their parents to some form of internment. Chinese authorities claim the Uighurs are being educated in "vocational training centres" designed to combat extremism. But evidence suggests that many are being detained for simply expressing their faith - praying or wearing a veil - or for having overseas connections to places like Turkey. More than a million people are thought to be held within the system. After parents are detained, formal assessments are then carried out to determine whether the children need "centralised care". One local official told the BBC that children whose parents had been detained in camps were sent to boarding schools. "We provide accommodation, food and clothes… and we've been told by the senior level that we must look after them well," she said. But Dr Adrian Zenz, who carried out the research commissioned by the BBC, said boarding schools "provide the ideal context for a sustained cultural re-engineering of minority societies."
7-6-19 Kevin Spacey 'questioned by Met Police in US'
Actor Kevin Spacey has been questioned in the US by the Metropolitan Police over sex assault allegations in the UK, according to Variety magazine. Variety said Scotland Yard detectives travelled to the US in May to interview the Oscar-winner under caution. He faces six allegations of sexual assault in the UK between 1996 and 2013. Police said he was voluntarily interviewed - he was not arrested. Spacey faces a number of sexual assault allegations, which he denies. While the Metropolitan Police did not name Spacey, a spokeswoman said: "In May 2019, a man was voluntarily interviewed under caution in America, by officers from the Met's Complex Case Team. "He was not arrested. Inquiries are ongoing." Spacey, 59, was artistic director at London's The Old Vic theatre between 2004 and 2015. The latest development emerged a day after a man who claimed Spacey groped him in the US in 2016 dropped his civil case. The unnamed man had been seeking unspecified damages over Spacey's alleged "explicit sexual behaviour" at a Nantucket bar. Spacey still faces a criminal charge in the US and pleaded not guilty to indecent assault and battery in January. Overall, Spacey has faced allegations of sexual assault from more than 30 men.
7-4-19 China Muslims: Xinjiang schools used to separate children from families
China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language in its far western region of Xinjiang, according to new research. At the same time as hundreds of thousands of adults are being detained in giant camps, a rapid, large-scale campaign to build boarding schools is under way. Based on publicly available documents, and backed up by dozens of interviews with family members overseas, the BBC has gathered some of the most comprehensive evidence to date about what is happening to children in the region. Records show that in one township alone more than 400 children have lost not just one but both parents to some form of internment, either in the camps or in prison. Formal assessments are carried out to determine whether the children are in need of "centralised care". Alongside the efforts to transform the identity of Xinjiang's adults, the evidence points to a parallel campaign to systematically remove children from their roots. China's tight surveillance and control in Xinjiang, where foreign journalists are followed 24 hours a day, make it impossible to gather testimony there. But it can be found in Turkey. In a large hall in Istanbul, dozens of people queue to tell their stories, many of them clutching photographs of children, all now missing back home in Xinjiang. "I don't know who is looking after them," one mother says, pointing to a picture of her three young daughters, "there is no contact at all." Another mother, holding a photo of three sons and a daughter, wipes away her tears. "I heard that they've been taken to an orphanage," she says. In 60 separate interviews, in wave after wave of anxious, grief-ridden testimony, parents and other relatives give details of the disappearance in Xinjiang of more than 100 children. (Webmaster's comment: While in America we've separated 1,000's of children from migrant families, never to be seen again!)