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Archive for May 3rd, 2011

Osama’s will: Bin Laden Says His Children MUST NOT Join Al Qaeda

Posted by Info on 03/05/2011

Al-Anbaa reported that the four-page computer document dated December 14, 2001 was signed off by bin Laden, who predicted that he would be killed as a result of “treachery”.
The will also contained a list of key strikes made by Al Qaeda including the 9/11 attack.
Al-Anbaa has not clarified how it obtained the will or how it was authenticated.

full textin Arabic of the will HERE – كتبها في ديسمبر 2001 في ذروة القصف الأميركي على أفغانستان لقتله
Google translation into English HERE

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Movie “Cruel But Quite Usual” About Torture In Uzbekistan

Posted by Info on 03/05/2011

ALJAZEERA: The former Soviet state of Uzbekistan has become an important ally for both the US and NATO; its border with Afghanistan providing an invaluable supply route for the West’s war on the Taliban.

But the government, led by Islam Karimov, the country’s president, has a dreadful human rights record. It is a country where political and religious expression is heavily restricted, and where security services allegedly use torture and murder indiscriminately.

Thousands of Uzbeks have fled abroad – a few to Europe or the US, the majority to neighbouring countries in Central Asia. Mostly practising Muslims, they seek sanctuary from the violence and a chance to live in peace.

Instead, as Simon Ostrovsky reports, many of them face arrest and deportation back to a country where brutal repression is an everyday occurrence. VIDEO 25 minutes HERE

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Аль-Джазира предупредила мир о пытках в Узбекистане

Posted by Info on 03/05/2011

Правительство Узбекистана во главе с президентом Исламом Каримовым стало “популярным” безграничными нарушениями в области прав человека.

Политические и религиозные свободы людей крайне ограничены, узбекские спецслужбы широко применяют пытки и убийства.

Тысячи узбекских беженцев были вынуждены покинуть Узбекистан и искать защиту на чужбине. Лишь некоторым из них удалось найти убежище в Европе или США, а большинство из них пребывают в соседних Центрально-азиатских странах. Большинство из них просто богобоязненные люди, которые ищут защиту и обычную мирную жизнь за пределами родины.

Но вместо этого, как рассказывает журналист Саймон Островский (Simon Ostrovsky), они находятся перед угрозой экстрадиции в Узбекистан, где пытки имеют систематический характер, где их ждет арест, тюрьмы и жестокие репрессии.

С таким предисловием начинается документальный фильм под названием “Жестокий, но вполне обычный”, показанный в течение недели по катарскому телеканалу Аль-Джазира.

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Страсбургский Cуд: Россия Yченому Сутягину 20 000 Eвро

Posted by Info on 03/05/2011

Европейский суд по правам человека /ЕСПЧ/ удовлетворил иск бывшего российского ученого Игоря Сутягина, осужденного в РФ за шпионаж в пользу США. Согласно обнародованному сегодня вердикту, истец получит 20 тыс евро в качестве возмещения морального ущерба.
Ведущий сотрудник отдела внешнеполитических исследований Института США и Канады РАН Игорь Сутягин в апреле 2004 года был признан виновным в государственной измене и приговорен к 15 годам лишения свободы. Исходя из материалам дела, он передавал американским спецслужбам секретную информацию по атомным подводным лодкам России.
“Судейская коллегия пришла к выводу, что правоохранительные органы РФ в период следствия нарушили ряд основополагающих статей Европейской конвенции по правам человека, – говорится в решении ЕСПЧ. – В частности речь идет о праве подсудимого на безопасность и справедливое судебное разбирательство”. Кроме того, признали в Страсбурге, судебный процесс в РФ не был беспристрастным и независимым”.

Жалоба ученого поступила в ЕСПЧ еще в 2002 году, а еще через шесть лет она была признана приемлемой для рассмотрения. Фамилия Сутягина вновь прозвучала летом 2010 года, после того как между Россией и США разразился громкий шпионский скандал, связанный с задержанием на американской территории десяти человек по обвинению в разведывательной деятельности в пользу РФ. Тогда ученый, а также еще трое осужденных в России иностранных агентов были обменены на российских нелегалов.

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Osama bin Laden Dead; Ayman al-Zawahiri New Most Wanted Terrorist

Posted by Info on 03/05/2011

Ayman al-Zawahiri was the al-Qaeda network’s unofficial number two man and early reports indicate he could be promoted to number one with bin Laden’s death.
Zawahiri is already on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list for his direct involvement in the bombings of the United States Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. The United States Department of State is offering a reward of up to $25 million for information leading to his arrest or apprehension.
The Cairo-born Zawahiri has been in hiding since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In a biography on bin Laden, Pakistani author and journalist Hamid Mir said al-Zawahiri was the real brains and mastermind behind the Al-Qaeda network as well as the September 11 attacks.

Zawahiri was interested in radicalism from an early age. He joined the Muslim Brotherhood, a fundamentalist group, when he was 15. In the early to mid-1980s, he was arrested along with hundreds of others following assassination of former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. He left Egypt in 1985 for Saudi Arabia.
After that, he went to Peshawar, Pakistan, where he met bin Laden when the latter was running a base for mujahedeen, the Muslim guerrilla warriors who cut their teeth fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. In 1998, he issued a joint fatwa with bin Laden called the “World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders.”

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Russian Arms-Control Expert Wins Case At Strasbourg Rights Court – Russia Pays “Tax Of Lawlessness”

Posted by Info on 03/05/2011

One of four Russians freed from prison last year in the biggest East-West “spy swap” since the Cold War has won his case against the Russian government at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

The court today ordered the government of Russia to pay 20,000 euros ($29,600) to Igor Sutyagin, an arms-control expert and nuclear weapons specialist who was convicted on espionage charges in 2004 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Sutyagin was released in July 2010 as part of a prisoner swap with the United States under which 10 alleged Russian spies were returned to Moscow. He has maintained that he never had access to classified information, although he signed an admission of guilt as part of the prisoner swap.

Sutyagin said: “I don’t know how the money will be paid. You can never be sure that it’ll be paid at all, since I know there are many precedents in which the European Court is already considering appeals about the nonfulfillment of its decisions. Although, on the other hand, lately I’ve heard that Russia is rather precisely paying such compensation, looking on it as a sort of taxfor its lawlessness.”

The ECHR ruled that Sutyagin’s right to a speedy trial had been violated because he was held in remand custody for nearly 4 1/2 years without proper justification and that his right to an impartial trial had been violated because his case was transferred from one judge to another without any explanation.

Sutyagin’s case has been notable for its glacial pace. The charges that he had provided classified information to agents working for the United States were originally filed in October 1999, and he was placed in remand prison at that time.
He sent his appeal to the ECHR in 2002, two years before his trial in Russia finally ended. The Strasbourg court only accepted the appeal six years later — in 2008.

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Bomb Exploded At Car Park Outside Police Station In Moscow

Posted by Info on 03/05/2011

A bomb rocked a car park outside a police station in downtown Moscow on Tuesday morning, injuring one police officer.
The improvised device exploded when an officer at the station on Pyatnitskaya Street discovered it in a plastic bag,
No theory for the attack was given.
“Investigators found pieces of metal cans, wires and a mobile phone at the scene of the blast,” a police source said. The bomb was equivalent to 50 grams of TNT.

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Did Islamist Militants Transferred Activities From Berlin to Prague?

Posted by Info on 03/05/2011

Prague – Czech police have accused eight people suspected of support to terrorists, mainly in the northern Caucasus, for whom they were allegedly securing false documents, possibly also arms and explosives.

Seven people have been accused of the forgery and fraudulent alteration of an official document.Two of them, Bulgarians, allegedly did so as members of an organised group operating in more states. Another five did so allegedly with the intention of enabling or facilitating the carrying out of a terrorist attack.

The eighth person, a Chechen, has been accused of unauthorised armament and the forgery and alteration of money.
Six of the accused persons have been remanded in custody in the Czech Republic, the remaining two are in Germany but have not been taken into custody.
UOOZ detectives started to work on the case in mid-2008 when they received information from abroad that supporters of Jamaat Shariat operate on Czech territory.

The Czech detectives contacted their colleagues in Germany where the movement is active. They learned that the Islamist militants allegedly transferred some of their activities from Berlin to Prague.

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Russian President Passes Law To Boost Anti-terrorism Measures

Posted by Info on 03/05/2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law today a bill that grants him authority to impose additional security measures in the event of an increased terrorism threat.

Under the bill, Russia will adopt a color chart similar to that used in the United States. A substantial terrorism threat will be marked by a dark blue indicator, a severe threat by yellow, and a critical threat by red.
The president will decide which measures to take in accordance with a given threat level.

The move comes a month after Moscow marked the first anniversary of twin suicide bomb attacks in the city’s metro and less than three months after a suicide bomb attack at Domodedovo international airport outside the capital.
Both incidents were blamed on militants in Russia’s North Caucasus, where federal security forces have been fighting an Islamist insurgency for the past decade.

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