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Posted by: | Posted on: June 12, 2021

Impunity wins out as suspect in journalist’s murder is freed on bail

first_img Follow the news on Dominican Republic Reporters Without Borders is dismayed at the release on bail of Fermín Marcelino Calderon (photo), one of those charged over the 2011 abduction and murder of the journalist Jose Agustin Silvestre, also known as “Gajo”. He was bailed on the orders of Judge Haydeliza Henriquez in the eastern city of San Pedro de Macorís on 29 November. The prosecution has said it will appeal against the decision. “In view of the seriousness of the charges against Fermin Marcelino Calderon in the Silvestre case, his release on bail appears a strange act of clemency,” the press freedom organization said. “What guarantees have been given to ensure the accused will appear at his trial? What reasons prompted Judge Henriquez to take such action? It is the second time that a suspect in the murder of a journalist has been freed while an investigation is in progress. The decision casts doubt over a legal system where freedom can be bought, even in the most serious cases.Besides his alleged involvement in Silvestre’s murder, Marcelino Calderon is also accused of money laundering on behalf of Matias Avelino Castro, suspected to be the man who ordered Silvestre’s murder. News Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast December 5, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Impunity wins out as suspect in journalist’s murder is freed on bail Dominican RepublicAmericas September 22, 2014 Find out more Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 News Organisation RSF_en Receive email alerts June 25, 2015 Find out more Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo News Dominican RepublicAmericas February 15, 2017 Find out more News to go further Help by sharing this information “This episode occurs at a time when Dominican journalists are increasingly the target of defamation suits, often accompanied by large-scale demands for reparations. Reporters Without Borders believes that the reform of the criminal code currently under way is very limited, merely reducing the penalties for press offences without decriminalizing them.” There are several worrying examples, such as the defamation suits brought by Senator Felix Bautista against the journalist Juan Taveras Hernandez of the radio station Z-101, the station’s owner Bienvenido Rodriguez and its manager, Willy Rodriguez. The senator is claiming 1.16 million dollars in compensation. A verdict is expected on 15 January 2014. Similarly, the editor of the news site Ciudadoriental.org, Robert Vargas, and one of its journalists, Julio Benzant, are also the subjects of defamation cases brought by the member of Parliament Alfredo Martínez. For their part, the journalists Luis Eduardo “Huchi” Lora of Teleantillas, and Juan Bolivar Diaz of Telesistema have been accused of being traitors to their country by the nationalist group National Sovereignty Defense Network for criticizing the Constitutional Court’s decision to withdraw Dominican citizenship from people of Haitian descent. The journalists have been the targets of a hate campaign. last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

Two bombs explode outside Thai government office in Yala, wounding 18

first_img“The first bomb was a grenade throne to the area outside the SBPAC office fence to draw people out,” Colonel Pramote Prom-in, a military regional security spokesman told Reuters.”Then a car bomb about 10 meters from the first explosion went off. This was hidden in a pick-up truck where the perpetrators parked near the fence. Eighteen are wounded and no one died,” he said.The car bomb exploded ten minutes after the first explosion and among the wounded were five reporters, five police officers, two soldiers and other bystanders, Pramote said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Such claims are rare following attacks in the region.The population of the provinces, which belonged to an independent Malay Muslim sultanate before Thailand annexed them in 1909, is 80 percent Muslim, while the rest of the country is overwhelmingly Buddhist. Conflict has flared on and off for decades as insurgent groups fought a guerrilla war to demand independence for the area.A peace dialogue between the Thai government and the main insurgent group, the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) has resumed this year, after the group pull out of the process in 2014.  Two bombs exploded in front of a government office in Thailand’s insurgency-hit southern Yala province on Tuesday, wounding 18 people, a security official said.The explosions took place in front of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC), a Thai government body that oversees the administration of three mostly Malay-Muslim majority provinces of Narathiwat, Pattani and Yala where an insurgency since 2004 has killed some 7,000 people.SBPAC was hosting a government meeting on the region’s response to the outbreak of the coronavirus prior to the explosions. Topics :last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 28, 2020

OMV lines up stake in Gazprom’s Achimov developments

first_imgImage courtesy of OMVAustria’s OMV signed a basic sale agreement with Russia’s Gazprom to purchase interest in the Achimov IV and V phase development in the Urengoy gas and condensate field. According to OMV’s statement, the stake would be 24.98 percent with the price left to be negotiated.With the new agreement, Gazprom has given up on swapping assets with OMV that would have given it 38.5 percent interest in OMV (NORGE).The agreement signed in December 2016 raised a few questions in Norway, Platts reports, with the government voicing its concerns over Gazprom’s involvement in exploration off Norway. It was seen as a risk to Europe’s energy security given Gazprom’s already dominant role in the market.OMV added that the execution and implementation of the potential transaction depends on agreeing on the final transaction documents.The signing of the final transaction documents is expected at the beginning of the year 2019.last_img read more