Scotland's most senior law officer has vowed to bring the perpetrators of the Lockerbie bombing to justice. Lord advocate Frank Mulholland said he would be "failing in his duty" if he failed to find the people who were responsible for the bombing. He was speaking on the 23rd anniversary of the 1988 atrocity, in which 270 people died when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded in the skies over Lockerbie. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi remains the only man convicted of the bombing. Speaking ahead of a US ceremony at Arlington cemetery, Virginia, on Wednesday to commemorate the lives lost, Mulholland said: "I think I would be failing in my duty if I didn't properly seek to take advantage of the opportunity that has opened up with the fall of Gaddafi. "I am determined to get the answers these families deserve." Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds from Greenock prison in August 2009, when doctors advised he had around three months to live after he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer. Amin … [Read more...] about Scotland lord advocate vows to continue investigating Lockerbie
Vows about trust
KIM JUN-YOUNG The author is a political news reporter at the JoongAng Ilbo. The Legatum Prosperity Index published by British think tank Legatum Institute tracks 167 countries to measure how well they do against their peers with similar resources. Northern European nations mostly dominate the top names. Korea has ranked between the 20th and 30th level since 2007. In the 2019 report that was announced last week, Korea ranked 29th out of 167 countries. It was second in education and fourth in health care. The country’s economic standard placed 10th. However, in the social capital category measuring personal relationships, social network support, social norms and civic participation, Korea came in 142nd, below former Soviet Republic states like Lithuania and Belarus. American economist Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama argued that the social capital that arises from the prevalence of trust in a society through regular, honest and cooperative behavior based on commonly shared norms … [Read more...] about A critical lack of trust (KOR)
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Myanmar cannot be trusted to hold its soldiers accountable for alleged atrocities against its Rohingya Muslim minority, and measures to stop the violence need to be taken immediately, a lawyer presenting a genocide case against it said on Thursday. Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the top United Nations court, during court hearings in a case filed by Gambia against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population, in The Hague, Netherlands December 12, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier Speaking on the third and final day of hearings at the International Court of Justice in the case brought by Gambia under the 1948 Genocide Convention, the west African country’s lead lawyer repeated its demand for “provisional measures” to restrain the Myanmar military until the case is heard in full. Paul Reichler, said Myanmar had not even tried during the hearings to deny most of the … [Read more...] about Myanmar cannot be trusted to put its own soldiers on trial: Gambia
By Tordue Salem The House of Representatives has set up an inquiry into allegations that the management of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund(NSITF) pilfered N2.3billion of workers’ funds. The motion to probe the agency was sponsored by Rep. Francis Ejiroghene Waive. In moving his motion, Rep. Waive acknowledged that VANGUARD newspapers had broken the story of the alleged theft of the fund on November 24, 2019. READ ALSO: Bill to separate AGF’s office from Justice Minister’s passes 2nd reading in House of Reps He called on the House to investigate the allegation, which according to him, he “believed to have been carried out without the authorization of the Board of the Fund or approval of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment as the transaction which exceeded the spending threshold of the Management”. Vanguard Nigeria News Related … [Read more...] about (Just in)N2.3B Fraud: Reps Probe Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund
Baffling seems to be the best way to describe the online account of an investor who lost his entire life savings on a cryptocurrency website. The 78-year-old retired trawlerman, who I’ll call just by his first name John, began by putting £250 into Cryptomusu.com. It claimed to offer a secure platform and expert help in trading virtual currencies incuding Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Dash and others, promising “highest yields in the market”. John describes his account manager Daniel Cohen – at a wild guess a made-up name – as very friendly, saying: “We used to discuss families and Liverpool and our likes and dislikes”. Having wormed his way into John’s confidence, the account manager persuaded him to invest more and more, saying he should borrow from friends or family, or put the money on his credit card. His investment became £2,500, then he put in another £14,000 and £5,000 shortly afterwards. John … [Read more...] about Cryptocurrency scammers carefully built up their target’s trust, then they fleeced him mercilessly
With Secretary Kirtsjen Nielsen leaving the Department of Homeland Security, President Trump said Sunday he would appoint Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to temporarily lead DHS amid renewed efforts to clamp down on migrants crossing the the U.S.-Mexico border. Here's s a closer look at McAleenan. Biography A CBP veteran since 2006, McAleenan has previously held several leadership roles in the law enforcement agency tasked with securing the U.S. border. McAleenan was sworn in as CBP commissioner in March 2018, and prior to his confirmation he served both as acting and deputy commissioner of the agency. McAleenan manages the agency's budget of over $13 billion and, according to his official biography, "oversees the largest law enforcement agency and the second-largest revenue collecting source in the federal government." Prior to entering the federal government, McAleenan practiced law in California. He attended the University of Chicago Law School … [Read more...] about Who is Kevin McAleenan, the acting DHS Secretary?