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Radical preacher Anjem Choudary jailed for five-and-a-half years

Anjem Choudary

Anjem Choudary

Radical preacher Anjem Choudary has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for inviting support for the so-called Islamic State group.

The 49-year-old was convicted at the Old Bailey after backing the group in an oath of allegiance published online.

Police say Choudary’s followers carried out attacks in the UK and abroad.

The judge, who described Choudary as calculating and dangerous, passed the same sentence on his confidant Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, 33.

Both men were also sentenced to a notification order lasting 15 years, which requires them to tell police if details such as their address change.

Choudary, of Ilford, east London, and Rahman, from Palmers Green, north London, were convicted last month of inviting support for IS – an offence contrary to section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – between 29 June 2014 and 6 March 2015.

The trial heard the pair also used speeches to urge support for IS, which is also known as Daesh, after it declared a caliphate in the summer of 2014.

Swedish London-based socialite Britt Tidelius faces racial abuse trial in December 2016

Britt Tidelius

Britt Tidelius

A New York socialite racially abused two women in an five-star London hotel where she lives, a court heard today.

Swedish art critic Britt Tidelius, 81, allegedly launched into a racist tirade at hotel guest Confus Nekea at the Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge in March.

Two months later in May it is claimed the socialite assaulted and spat at a member of staff, Jurgita Tiauteriene, in the same hotel and racially abused her.

At Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court today, Tidelius pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by beating and two counts of racially aggravated abuse.

Carly Loftus, prosecuting, said: ‘On March 12, another guest, Miss Nekea, was sitting by her table in the restaurant inside the hotel which the defendant resides.

‘She asked hotel staff if she could charge her phone. They gave her permission to do so. The defendant was nearby and got annoyed by this.

‘(She) said, “what are you doing, you are disturbing me?” The defendant then threatened to call security on her, which the complainant said she is free to do so.’

Miss Nakea left and went back to check on her phone 15 minutes later, and Tidelius started screaming at her again, the court heard.

According to Miss Loftus, Tidelius told her: ‘What are you doing here? You should go back to your country, you monkey. You belong on the trees.’

She was escorted away from the scene, the court heard.

Two months later, on May 18, three members of staff at the same hotel were working on the seventh floor by the laundry chute.

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Video: Dr. Sari Nusseibeh discusses “Islam: Lawmakers and Philosophers” at Cornell University

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, courtesy Bernhard Ludewig

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, courtesy Bernhard Ludewig

Video: Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, the Palestinian diplomat and intellectual who is a Vice-President of Interlitq, discusses “Islam: Lawmakers and Philosophers” at Cornell University.

Revocan el procesamiento al acusado de plagiar a Borges


Como si se tratara de uno de esos laberínticos juegos de espejos que tanto le gustaba recorrer a Jorge Luis Borges, como lector o como autor, pero también con algo de kafkiano, la Sala V de la Cámara de Apelaciones en lo Criminal y Correccional Nacional revocó el procesamiento del escritor Pablo Katchadjian, dictando la falta de mérito en el juicio por plagio que le iniciara María Kodama en su carácter de heredera y custodio de la obra del gran escritor argentino. Una causa de la que Katchadjian había sido sobreseído y vuelto a procesar, acusado de plagiar el que tal vez sea el cuento más famoso de Borges, “El Aleph”, en su libro El Aleph engordado, un experimento literario en el que intervino el texto original intercalando con él un texto nuevo y propio. Un procedimiento que el autor anuncia a través de una posdata en la que da cuenta del juego intertextual que desarrolla en su libro, cuya edición data del mes de noviembre de 2008, consignó Tiempo Argentino.

Connecticut Death Penalty Ruling Stirs Painful Memories of 3 Grisly Killings

Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, convicted of the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela, at their Cheshire home in July 2007. Credit Connecticut Department of Corrections

Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, convicted of the murders of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, Hayley and Michaela, at their Cheshire home in July 2007. Credit Connecticut Department of Corrections

Nicholas Casey writes:

CHESHIRE, Conn. — Celine Bonilla was only 11 when she looked out her first-floor window and saw police officers pinning a man down on her front lawn. It was 2007, and that man and an accomplice had just killed two of her friends and their mother, dousing them with gasoline and burning them alive in their home in what became known as one of the grisliest crimes in Connecticut history.

Yet Ms. Bonilla, now an 18-year-old nursing student, said she opposed the death penalty — even for the two men who murdered her neighbors that morning. “They deserve to be in jail,” she said, explaining that she believed executions were cruel and unusual.

The Connecticut Supreme Court expressed a similar opinion on Thursday when it struck down the state’s death penalty law in its entirety, sparing the lives of 11 prisoners, including the two men, Steven J. Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, who were convicted in the killings here.

While a state law enacted in 2012 had prohibited the imposition of any new death penalty sentences in Connecticut, the court went further with its 4-to-3 decision this week, saying that even those already on death row before the law’s passage could not be executed because the punishment “no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency.”