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Friday, 31 December 2010

Chinese Investigative Journalist Sun Hongjie Dies After Gang Beating

Chinese Investigative Journalist Sun Hongjie Dies After Gang Beating: "Media rights groups are calling for an inquiry into the fatal beating of Chinese journalist Sun Hongjie, who had investigated politically sensitive issues such as government-enforced housing demolitions.

Sun, a senior reporter at the Northern Xinjiang Morning Post in western China, died at a hospital in Kuitun on Tuesday, 10 days after he was beaten by six men at a construction site, The Associated Press reported.

The government-controlled state media reported what police said: that Sun had been involved in a personal dispute with another man who arranged the beating.

The official Xinhua news agency said six suspects have been arrested and police are investigating, Agence France-Presse reported."

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Criminal ordered to pay back thousands - Local - Leigh Reporter

Criminal ordered to pay back thousands - Local - Leigh Reporter: "Carl Wrend, of Chapel Street, Leigh, was arrested and jailed along with 10 other men as part of Operation Dunlin - a drug-busting investigation to catch an organised crime ring based in East Lancashire.

The 29-year-old has been forced to hand over £1,110, before eventually paying back a total of £4,010.

The gang were involved in the wide scale distribution of class A, class B and class C drugs in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and across the country in 2008 and 2009.

During a hearing at Preston Crown Court this week, the judge decided that the men had gained more than £1 million as a result of their crimes and that this should be surrendered.

Under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), police can deprive criminals of anything that represents profit from crime, whether it is money, cars or houses.

Confiscation orders of differing amounts were attributed to each person."

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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Police in three countries take on 'Frankfurt Mafia' drug ring | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 24.12.2010

Police in three countries take on 'Frankfurt Mafia' drug ring | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 24.12.2010: "joint operation involving Austrian, German and Macedonian police this week broke up a major drug ring in Central and Eastern Europe, resulting in dozens of arrests.

Authorities in Vienna on Thursday said police in Austria and Macedonia had conducted coordinated raids on Wednesday and arrested 29 people suspected of being gang ring-leaders. They said that since their coordinated effort began in 2007, police have made more than 300 arrests in Germany and 69 in Austria.

Officials said the gang is based in Macedonia and quickly took over the heroin trade in Frankfurt and Vienna by violently forcing out rival gangs. The ring has been dubbed the Frankfurt Mafia and is especially active in the German banking center and in the Austrian capital.

The cities are at the end of what the United Nations has called the 'Balkan Route,' along which heroin from Afghanistan is smuggled into Western Europe via Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia and other Balkan countries before ending up on the streets of Western Europe's major cities."

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Echo Park Shooting: 1 Dead, 3 Wounded in Christmas Day Shooting in Echo Park - ktla.com

Echo Park Shooting: 1 Dead, 3 Wounded in Christmas Day Shooting in Echo Park - ktla.com: "shooting happened about 11:45 a.m. Saturday on West Sunset Boulevard at Innes Avenue.

The car involved, a white Honda Civic, apparently pulled up in front of a house where there were some rival gang members. Authorities say a running gun battle ensued.

The car was driven to another spot about ten blocks away, near Baxter Street and Echo Park Avenue.

Officers found the car abandoned with the body of 18-year-old Cesar Frank Guerrero, of Paramount. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

The victim's father, Cesar Guerrero, told KTLA he had been involved in gangs"

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Fujian gang leader Liu Xiaohua gets death for fatal gunfight in Shanghai - What's On Xiamen

Fujian gang leader Liu Xiaohua gets death for fatal gunfight in Shanghai - What's On Xiamen: "THREE gang members were sentenced to death Friday for their roles in a fatal Shanghai gunfight stirred up by a female drug dealer in May 2009.

Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court sentenced a total of 11 members from two gangs.

Two gang members were killed and two others were injured in the gunfight in Putuo District.

Liu Xiaohua, boss of the Fujian Province gang, was sentenced to death for leading the criminal gang and a series of other crimes. Two gangsters who shot two people dead were also sentenced to death.

Dong Shuang, the 21-year-old female drug dealer who caused the fight, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for dealing drugs.

Other gang members were sentenced from two years to life imprisonment, according to the court."

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Indo-Canadian Gangster Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy In 1997 Abbotsford Murder | Link Newspaper

Indo-Canadian Gangster Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy In 1997 Abbotsford Murder | Link Newspaper: "Ravinder (Robbie) Soomel, 31, was sentenced to five years in prison for his part in the killing of 20-year-old Jason Herle, who was gunned down by two men hiding in the bushes as he was leaving his parents’ King Road home with his girlfriend in November 1997, reported the Surrey Leader newspaper.
Soomel and co-accused Tajinder (T.J.) Bains were each charged in August 2007 with first-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of conspiracy to commit murder. Bains, 36, entered his plea in December 2008 and was sentenced to three years."

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Alleged Australian drug lord arrested in Cyprus - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Alleged Australian drug lord arrested in Cyprus - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Hakan Ayik appeared in court in the port of Kyrenia, where he was ordered to be held for another six days while Turkish Cypriot police continue their investigation.

Ayik, who evaded capture in Cyprus a month ago, is on the most wanted list of the Australian Crime Commission.

He fled Australia in August when New South Wales police issued a warrant for his arrest.

Ayik, who was raised in Sydney and has a Turkish background, is closely connected to a Sydney bikie gang. He is known as a fitness fanatic and is a bar and brothel owner.

Turkish Cypriot police say they seized a laptop computer and equipment used to process drugs and eight mobile phones."

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

'Serial killer' deaths eyed by police in New York

'Serial killer' deaths eyed by police in New York: "Police are investigating the possibility a serial killer may have left four bodies alongside a short stretch of road in New York state.
The bodies were discovered on Saturday and Monday in Long Island as police were looking for a 24-year-old woman reported missing on nearby Fire Island.
Shannon Gilbert, who worked as a prostitute, had arranged through a website to meet a client on the island, just east of New York City.
Ms Gilbert was last seen on 1 May 2010.
Investigators found the four badly decomposed bodies near Cedar Beach along a quarter-mile (0.5km) stretch of road, while searching for Ms Gilbert."

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Thursday, 9 December 2010

BBC News - Paul Gascoigne sentenced for drink-driving

Gazza: My StoryBBC News - Paul Gascoigne sentenced for drink-driving: "Ex-footballer Paul Gascoigne has been given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted a drink-driving charge.
The 43-year-old Tyneside-born former England midfielder was stopped by police in Newcastle on 8 October.
Newcastle Magistrates' Court was told that Gascoigne was found to be driving while more than four times the legal alcohol limit.
He was given an eight-week sentence, suspended for a year, and banned from driving for three years.
He was also given an alcohol treatment order."

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Lockerbie bomber Megrahi 'in a coma' | World news | guardian.co.uk

Lockerbie bomber Megrahi 'in a coma' World news guardian.co.uk: "Lockerbie bomber has slipped into a coma, is on life-support and is not expected to recover, it was reported today. 'Everyday is expected to be his last,' a source close to his family is said to have told Sky News.
Abdelbaset al-Megrahi has prostate cancer was controversially released from a Scottish prison in August 2009, supposedly because he was on the brink of death. Secret US embassy cables sent to WikiLeaks and published by the Guardian revealed UK government fears that Libya would take 'harsh and immediate action' against British interests if Megrahi died in prison."

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