Gongadze case : DNA test confirms body is that of Georgiy Gongadze

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders and the Mass Media Institute announced at a joint press conference in Kiev on 11 March that there was a probability of more than 99.991 per cent that the body found in a forest near Kiev on 2 November 2000 was that of journalist Georgiy Gongadze (see photo). Lessia Gongadze told reporters that she was now ready to bury her son. RSF_en Follow the news on Ukraine Receive email alerts Organisation Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Help by sharing this information Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority March 12, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gongadze case : DNA test confirms body is that of Georgiy Gongadze September 7, 2020 Find out more Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News News March 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more News An independent team of experts from the Institute of Criminal Medicine in Lausanne, Switzerland has established that the body found in a forest near Kiev on 2 November 2000 is almost certainly that of disappeared journalist Georgiy Gongadze, Reporters Without Borders and the Mass Media Institute announced at a joint press conference in Kiev.According to the expert report, commissioned by Reporters Without Borders at the request of the deceased’s mother, Lessia Gongadze: “There is a statistical probability of more than 99.991 percent that Lessia Gongadze is the mother of the corpse found in the forest district of Tarachtcha in the Kiev region. The maternal link between Lessia Gongadze and the corpse to be identified is therefore virtually proven.” Reporters Without Borders and the Mass Media Institute said the DNA test carried out by the Swiss experts had removed any lingering doubts that the body found on 2 November 2000 was indeed that of Gongadze, who disappeared on 16 September 2000. Lessia Gongadze announced at the press conference that she was now ready to bury her son, which she has repeatedly refused to do since the body was discovered.Reporters Without Borders was represented at the press conference by its secretary-general, Robert Ménard, and the head of its Europe desk, Soria Blatmann. While in Kiev, they also met with Ukrainian attorney general Sviatoslav Piskun and his deputy Viktor Shokin to enquire about the current state of the investigation into Gongadze’s death.”It emerged from the meeting, which lasted almost two hours, that the investigation into the death of Georgiy Gongadze is finally progressing,” Ménard said. “The focus is now on a certain number of people and the investigators are supposed to be looking at the interior ministry,” he said. Ménard could not go into greater detail as he must respect rules of confidentiality since becoming the legal representative of both Gongadze’s mother and his widow, Miroslava Gongadze, in September 2002.Reporters Without Borders has, however, asked that investigators question former attorney general Mikhailo Potebenko, who was elected to the Ukrainian parliament in March 2001, and that his parliamentary immunity should be lifted if necessary. Following Gongadze’s disappearance, when Potebenko was attorney general, everything possible was done to cover up leads pointing toward those responsible. Shortly after taking over as attorney general in July 2002, Piskun said the investigation would have to restart from scratch.A political journalist and editor of the online newspaper www.pravda.com.ua, the 31-year-old Gongadze was well known for his articles criticising the Ukrainian government. His disappearance became a national issue after the broadcast on 28 November 2000 of recordings supposedly made in President Kuchma’s office which seemed to implicate very senior officials in his death.A Reporters Without Borders fact-finding mission in January 2001 established that there were a series of very serious shortcomings in the official investigation and that its primary aim had been to protect the authorities rather than seek the truth. Miroslava and Lessia Gongadze were systematically denied any access to the investigation and were refused the right to launch a civil action until January 2001. They were also never given access to the results of any of the previous autopsies carried out on Gongadze’s body. UkraineEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Boy found child porn material on laptop

first_imgNewsLocal NewsBoy found child porn material on laptopBy admin – May 25, 2012 1454 A13-year-old boy found child rape movies on his laptop after he loaned it to a 45-year-old UK national in 2010, to use while his own was broken.  The revelation unfolded as Limerick Circuit Court heard evidence from Det Garda, Christine Bergin in the case against Simeon Betts, a man charged with the possession of 50 child pornographic movies and nine images on three laptops that were seized from his possession in 2010.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The material found was said to have been at the “utmost end of the scale” and of the “horrendous” exploitation of children where some as young as four years of age were raped by adults and animals.Betts, with an address at Henry Street, Limerick, pleaded guilty to the possession of the images and movie files, having first denied the allegation in a lengthy interview conducted by gardai at a house in Hollymount, Raheen in March 2010. Det Gda Bergin and other members of the force raided the home of the accused under search warrant after receiving certain information from Interpol and the UK based Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Analysis of the material found on the computers was carried out by specialist agencies where Det Garda Bergin enlisted the help of up to six different investigation units including Interpol and CEOP. Betts was charged in July 2010 and made admissions at the time of charge.At his sentencing hearing on the final day of term of Limerick Circuit Court, Simeon Betts said nothing as he sat in the dock as evidence and detailed descriptions of the search terms, files and images were given to the court. Acting on the information received by Interpol, the gardai obtained a search warrant and went to the home of the accused on March 4, 2010. Betts’ place of work, his cars, a campervan and another address in county Limerick that he had access to, were searched and a number of items were seized for analysis. The material found was linked to three laptops seized – one in the kitchen, one in the bedroom and one in the garage attached to the home. Betts admitted, in interview, to knowingly having the material in his possession,All three had been used to view and access the content which was described in court and one computer was actively used to search the internet for child pornography where Betts would masturbate to movies and images “as a means to satisfy his desire” according to Defence Counsel, Mark Nicholas who added in mitigation that this must have been a “horrible situation to be in but he {Betts} made admissions and takes full responsibility for his actions. He’s in deep distress and wants to engage help”.Betts, the court heard was later arrested in July 2010 and during the course of four interviews held, he made full admissions as to his interest in such material. During one such interview, the accused man admitted to being sexually aroused while viewing the material online. He also admitted to borrowing a laptop from a 13-year-old boy and used it to search for child pornography. The laptop had been returned to the boy some time later and the child pornographic material with movies of children as young as four years of age being raped, was returned to the boy. The files had not been deleted. The court heard from Det Gda Bergin that the teenager informed both gardai and his mother as to the content of the material found. Since the charges were brought against the accused, Betts is now unemployed but had previously worked in a card and birthdays shop, a gift store in the city centre as well as the Early Learning Centre. The father of four, who admitted to having “felt bad knowing that a child suffered while he watched the movies, is now said to have very restricted access to his children and had tried to “suppress” his desires to seek out the material.Betts, with previous convictions for minor road traffic offences and who is on bail with a daily sign on requirement, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Judge Carroll Moran was handed a report conducted by clinical psychologist Dr Patrick Ryan who said that Betts had an insight into his problem but was “not out of the woods yet”. The Judge adjourned sentencing until June 8 stating that it was a “difficult case” that needs his full consideration in sentencing. Advertisement Twitter Email WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Print Previous articleLimerick Footballers can improveNext articleThe Bad Plus on original ground admin Facebooklast_img read more

PR Insight: Know your members’ media consumption preferences

first_imgWith the proliferation of communication channels available today—from traditional print media and broadcast to online and social media—effectively managing a credit union’s communications strategy is a complicated business. While credit unions have always tailored their messages to specific groups of members (auto loans to younger members or estate planning to older members, for example), as recently as 10 years ago, there was a fairly simple distribution strategy including local print media, direct mail and perhaps local broadcast media that was used to reach all members.Today, that is simply no longer the case. Millennial members consume information in different ways and through different channels than Generation X members do, and Gen Xers, in turn, consume information differently than baby boomers. Not only are there different communication channel preferences among demographic groups, but there are unique preferences in terms of format and even time of day for consumption.With so many variables in play, how can credit unions communicate most effectively with all of their members?The good news is that there is a wealth of data available to help guide credit unions’ communications teams as they develop content and distribution strategies. Recently, Target Marketing released its 2017 Media Usage Survey, and within it are some valuable insights into the media consumption tendencies of millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers that could benefit credit unions. Key takeaways include: continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more