Court acquits TV presenter of “divulging state secrets”

first_img Reporters Without Borders welcomed yesterday’s decision by a Lima criminal court to acquit Mauricio Aguirre Corvalán of “divulging secrets of national interest to the detriment of the state” for broadcasting video footage of former President Alberto Fujimori holding a meeting with some of his ministers.Aguirre had faced a possible eight-year prison sentence and a fine of 150,000 euros. He aired the footage with Fujimori’s permission in September 2003 on Cuarto Poder, a programme he used to present on Canal 4. Shot in 1998 by Fujimori’s son, the footage was used by Fujimori during his campaign for re-election in 2000.____________________________________________________________13.09.06 – Lima prosecutors hound journalists, requesting eight-year sentence in one caseReporters Without Borders voiced alarm today about the prosecution of two journalists. One, former Canal 4 TV presenter Mauricio Aguirre Corvalán, faces up to eight years in prison for “revealing state secrets” by screening a video he received from former President Alberto Fujimori. The other, freelance reporter Humberto Ortiz Pajuelo, faces a possible four-year sentence for revealing details about a case against a senior intelligence official accused of extortion.“The abuse of authority and judicial harassment evident in these cases can only be motivated by hostility towards the press,” the organisation said. “In the Aguirre case, the charge is all the more grotesque as former President Fujimori himself authorised the taping of the offending video. Would he have given his permission if he thought state secrets were involved?”Reporters Without Borders added: “In the other case, prosecutors are trying to use judicial blackmail to make Ortiz reveal his sources. In both cases, the courts are violating the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression, which was adopted by the Organisation of American States and ratified by Peru. We therefore call for the cases against these two journalists to be dismissed outright.”On 15 August, Lima prosecutors accused Aguirre of “revealing secrets of national interest to the detriment of the state” in September 2003, when he was the producer and presenter of the programme ‘Cuarto Poder’ on Canal 4. The prosecutors will request an eight-year prison sentence and a fine of 150,000 euros at the trial, which is due to start today.In 2003, Aguirre aired a video showing Fujimori (who was president from 1990 to 2000) chairing a ministerial meeting in 1998 on the border dispute between Peru and Ecuador. It was filmed by Fujimori’s son at the president’s request and, far from revealing any secrets, it was even used by Fujimori in his campaign for reelection in 2000. It was Fujimori’s press office that sent the video to ‘Cuarto Poder’ to illustrate an interview he gave the programme.Pedro Angulo Arana, a Lima prosecutor specialising in bribery and corruption cases, charged Ortiz on 24 August with “committing an offence against the administration of justice” and requested a sentence of four years in prison and damages of 2,500 euros.In an article he wrote in 2004, Ortiz referred to an audio recording indicating that National Intelligence Council chief César Almeyda had extorted money from a senior army officer, Gen. Oscar Villanueva. Judicial officials asked Ortiz to hand over the recording. Ortiz said it was in the possession of a source he refused to identify. Suddenly Ortiz found himself being accused of concealing evidence in the investigation against Almeyda and of wanting to resell the recording to a third party.The prosecutor, Angulo, initially decided not to pursue the case against Ortiz. But he was overruled by a higher court, which force him to reopen the case. Now resident in Miami, Ortiz has said he is ready to go to Peru if the judicial authorities issue a summons against him. February 10, 2017 Find out more News December 4, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further October 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court acquits TV presenter of “divulging state secrets” RSF_en News China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting Newscenter_img PeruAmericas Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites April 1, 2020 Find out more Organisation News PeruAmericas Follow the news on Peru Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable Receive email alertslast_img read more

The N.C. High Country Road Trip: Low Mileage, High Intensity

first_imgYour guide to the N.C. High Country Road Trip:BRING: Mountain bike, bouldering pad, sense of adventureHIGHLIGHT: Staring into the Grand Canyon of the SouthSOUVENIR: Tales of seeing the mysterious Brown Mountain LightsDay OneLube the chain and head to the new Rocky Knob Bike Park, just east of Boone off US 421. Local bikers spent $2 million and countless hours of sweat equity to build this eight-mile, 185-acre mountain biking nirvana that’s packed with wooden bridges and optional boulder drops. You need to ride the whole park (maybe ride it twice), but keep an eye out for PBJ, almost two miles of downhill bliss. Rocky Knob also has three separate skills parks. Skinny Skills is the perfect place to sharpen your bike handling skills.For dinner, stop in at The Gamekeeper, a Southern restaurant that focuses on seasonal ingredients and a variety of wild game like rabbit and pheasant, along with farm-raised bison and ostrich. Camp at Honey Bear Campground, off the Parkway at milepost 294, for a ridiculous array of amenities like wifi at your campsite and free corn hole ($20 a night)Day TwoHead south on the Blue Ridge Parkway for some pebble wrestling at Grandmother Mountain Boulders, one of the finest bouldering fields in the Southeast. Hundreds of high quality granite boulders with problems ranging from V1 to V11 make this a popular spot, particularly during the summer when the High Country’s higher elevations and cooler temps offer breezy climbing conditions compared to the rest of North Carolina. You won’t have the rocks to yourself, but there’s plenty of room to spread out. If you’re new to the sport, head to the Long Wall, which has several routes for beginners. Corner Crack is a V1 with big holds and an easy top out. If you fancy yourself a hero, check out Full Throttle on the Engine Block boulder, a V11 that has only been sent by a few climbers, one of whom is Chris Sharma. Park in the Grandmother Parking Area off the Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 307.4.Pitch a tent at Linville Falls Campground (milepost 316; $16 per night). Once the sun sets, head over to the Lost Cove Cliffs Overlook at milepost 310 and try to spot the Brown Mountain Lights, a mysterious series of glowing orbs that rise from Brown Mountain in the distance.Day ThreeWake before sunrise and head farther south on NC 181 to Linville Gorge, a nearly 2,000-foot-deep, 12-mile canyon that offers some of North Carolina’s best hiking, whitewater paddling, and rock climbing. Start at the Table Rock Parking Lot, off Ginger Cake Road on the eastern rim of the gorge. If you’re looking for a quick, but steep hike with killer views, hike 1.2 miles to the summit of Table Rock for a view that stretches deep into the belly of the canyon. If you want something more epic, go rim to rim on the Mountains to Sea Trail, an 11-mile one-way expedition that starts at Table Rock and follows the eastern rim with excellent views of the gorge before dropping down to a bridgeless river crossing and climbing up the western side and Kistler Highway. Even if you only follow the MST along the eastern rim of the gorge, you’ll be treated to a bevy of views and rock outcroppings to scramble. (Editor’s Note: Carry a map and arrange for a shuttle if you’re doing the full rim to rim).Want more adventure? Check out our full list of road trip guides!last_img read more

Uighurs urge ICC to probe Chinese ‘genocide’

first_imgTopics : “Today is a very historic day for us.” Salih Hudayar, prime minister of the self-styled East Turkestan government in exile, told a virtual press conference held in Washington and The Hague.China is not an ICC member but lawyers for the Uighurs said the court could follow the example of its ongoing probe into the treatment of Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar, which is also not party to the tribunal.ICC judges ruled in 2018 that the Rohingya investigation could go ahead because the situation in Myanmar affects people in neighboring Bangladesh, which is a member of the ICC.Rodney Dixon, a London-based human rights lawyer for the Uighurs, said it was a “historic breakthrough” and “hopefully a turning of the tide as the ICC can now act.” The evidence filed with the court showed that China was guilty of “harsh repressive measures” over more than a decade, he told the press conference from The Hague.”These include mass internments in excess of a million people, murders, disappearances, torture, and harrowing accounts of sterilizations and birth control measures,” said Dixon.The dossier includes a list of senior Chinese Communist Party members who are allegedly responsible for the treatment of the Uighurs including President Xi Jinping.Dixon said following the example of the Myanmar case begun by the ICC prosecutor last year showed there was a “clear way which allows the ICC to exercise jurisdiction.”The case was possible because crimes including forced deportations back to China happened in Tajikistan and Cambodia, which are both ICC members, the dossier filed by the exiles says.The ICC has no obligation to consider complaints filed to the prosecutor, who decides independently what cases to submit to judges at the court, set up in 2002 to achieve justice for the world’s worst crimes.center_img Exiled Uighurs urged the International Criminal Court on Tuesday to investigate China for genocide and crimes against humanity, filing a huge dossier of evidence with the Hague-based court to back their case.The evidence handed to the ICC’s prosecutor accuses China of locking more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in re-education camps and of forcibly sterilizing women. China has called the forced sterilization accusations baseless and says the facilities in the northwestern Xinjiang region are job training centers aimed at steering people away from terrorism.last_img read more

Top-four fate in our hands – Rooney

first_img “I think it’s important in tournament football you might need that, so that’s what we were doing,” the 29-year-old said. “We were trying a few different things out because you never know with injuries and suspensions in tournament football. The best time to do it is obviously in the friendlies. “You could clearly see in the first half that it didn’t work so I think the manager made good changes at the right time which helped us to get back into the game. “Obviously I haven’t played in midfield for a few weeks. Sometimes it is difficult to go from up front to midfield or from midfield to up front – sometimes it does take time. “I had a few chances and could have scored, so I felt I played better when I went up front.” United team-mate Phil Jones was another to struggle away from his preferred position, looking lost at times at the base of the diamond. He looked more assured when he dropped back into defence after Chris Smalling complained of feeling unwell and was replaced by Michael Carrick late in the opening period. The 33-year-old had not played for England since October 2013 before these matches and Rooney loves having his club-mate around. “I felt Michael Carrick was the best player on the pitch by a mile,” he said. “He gave us great composure, he slowed the game down when we needed to and started our attacks really well.” Asked if Carrick has been under-rated throughout his career, Rooney said: “Not from me and certainly not from Manchester United fans. “I think he is a fantastic player. He has been a big reason why, at United, we have won so many trophies over the last few years. So from myself and his team-mates, he has not been under-estimated.” However, Rooney is well aware how quickly things can change, admitting nothing less than victory will suffice when Aston Villa come to Aston Villa on Saturday. “Yes it was (a six-pointer at Liverpool), but that means nothing if we don’t beat Aston Villa on Saturday,” the United captain said. “Obviously Arsenal play Liverpool as well, so if we can get the win against Villa that will be an even better result than Liverpool was for us. “I think there are still eight games left. We are in a good position at the minute so it’s in our own hands, so have to make sure we do it.” Rooney and several of his United team-mates only returned home from international duty on Wednesday afternoon after a technical fault on the England team plane delayed their departure from Turin. It meant an extra night in Italy, where it looked like they would be leaving after a night to forget as Graziano Pelle punished the Three Lions’ poor first-half display. However, Andros Townsend’s wonder strike saw England secure a 1-1 draw following a much-improved performance after half-time, when Roy Hodgson’s bold substitutions paid off – as did his decision to partner Rooney with full debutant Harry Kane. The England skipper had spent the first half in midfield role as Hodgson tinkered with his side, although he is not allowing that experimentation to be an excuse. Louis van Gaal’s side sit fourth in the Barclays Premier League standings as the season enters the closing stages, boasting a five-point cushion over the chasing pack after winning so impressively at Liverpool before the international break. Juan Mata’s brace earned United a deserved 2-1 triumph at Anfield to give them an impressive buffer over the Reds, as well as fellow top-four contenders Southampton and Tottenham. Wayne Rooney knows Champions League qualification is Manchester United’s to lose, making this weekend’s clash with Aston Villa all the more important. Press Associationlast_img read more

Doncaster ditch boss Dickov after poor start to League One season

first_img Paul Dickov Paul Dickov has been sacked as manager of Doncaster Rovers.The former Manchester City, Leicester and Blackburn striker had been in charge since May 2013, replacing Brian Flynn shortly after the club had won promotion to the Championship.But he was unable to prevent relegation to League One last season and this term Rovers have started in disappointing fashion, winning just one of their six opening league games.Now Dickov has seen his reign brought to an end, with defender Rob Jones drafted in to replace him on a temporary basis.The club said in a statement on their official website: “David Blunt, Chairman of Doncaster Rovers Football Club has today confirmed that Paul Dickov has left his position as first team manager based on performance to date.“The Board are ambitious for a top six finish and that is, and will remain our aim.“From today Rob Jones will take charge of first team affairs on a temporary basis. The club has full confidence in Rob as we now look forward to a tough game against Walsall this weekend.”Dickov had 113 games in charge of Doncaster, winning 34 of them, and leaves the club sitting 17th in League One.The statement added: “The Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Dickov for his efforts on and off the pitch, and wish him well for the future.” 1last_img read more

Chelsea’s Ake on Reading learning curve

first_imgChelsea’s Nathan Ake has told the Reading website he hopes to learn a lot during his brief loan spell at the Madejski Stadium.The 20-year-old Dutchman signed a one-month deal with the Royals before the international break and finally got to make his debut in a 1-1 draw at Cardiff on Saturday.He is expected to figure again for Steve Clarke’s side when they travel to Blackpool on Tuesday night.Ake, who has made 11 first-team appearances for the Blues, said he wanted to develop as a footballer during his time at Reading.He said: “This is what you want to do as a player, play games. I’ll train well and hopefully I can play in a lot of them.“I want to get the experience from first team football and learn from those experiences.“I am really happy to get this opportunity. It’s close, not far from Chelsea and I can still live in the same home. So for me it’s good to be here.”The versatile Ake, who can also play across the back four, started in central midfield in the game at Cardiff and earned praise for his performance.And he hinted he hoped boss Clarke would keep him in the middle of the park for the rest of his loan spell.He said: “I can play left back or in central defence, but I prefer to play in midfield where I was at Cardiff.“I like to get the ball at my feet and to play, so I think that is my best position.”See also:Chelsea’s Ake joins Reading on loanFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors running out of solutions to limit Steph Curry’s fouls

first_imgAfter Curry pointed about 10 rows up behind the bench, Kerr looked at Sonya Curry … Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND – The tactical suggestions did not work. The positive reinforcement did not work, either.So when Stephen Curry fell into foul trouble once again during a recent game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr asked him a pointed question.“Steph, where is your mom?” Kerr asked.last_img

Adopted school aims high

first_imgAlexander Forbes has adopted MemezeloSecondary School to help develop it. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthefacilitated Alexander Forbes’ investment. Alexander Forbes CEO Edward Kieswettersigning a memorandum of understanding.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Donray MalabieGroup Transformation ManagerAlexander Forbes+27 11 269 1329 or +27 82 389 9404Bongani NkosiMemezelo Secondary School in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria, is the latest public school in South Africa to enter into a beneficial partnership with an established private sector group.Leading financial services group Alexander Forbes has adopted the school in a bid to help it improve the quality of its education output. The cooperation was formally launched on 3 August at Memezelo.Alexander Forbes will share expertise – ranging from financial management to leadership skills – with Memezelo, with the aim of advancing administration and teaching at the school. The ultimate goal is an improvement in matric results.Monetary investments into Memezelo will come at a later stage, said Alexander Forbes CEO Edward Kieswetter. For now the focus is on stabilising human capacity.Initial investments will go towards fixing the school’s hall and several classrooms, as well building a computer laboratory and a library. “We’ll start looking at building those over the next few months,” said KieswetterAlexander Forbes conducted a security risk audit at the school, and found that security needs to be bolstered. This, too, will be taken care of.Kieswetter has set up a mentoring relationship with Memezelo principal Prince Maluleke, which involves the transfer of management and leadership skills. The principal was invited to Alexander Forbes’ leadership conference held in Cape Town in January 2011, where, he said, he learnt a lot.Management teams from both sides will also meet for training programmes, while teachers have received education in personal finance management. “A financially healthy teacher is a productive teacher,” said Maluleke.HIV/Aids training sessions for teachers have started, and will be conducted over 12 months.The partnership is a direct result of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s involvement in Memezelo’s affairs. He adopted the school in January 2010 to help it improve.“I am confident that this commitment will go a long way towards improving the quality of education in this school,” said Motlanthe, speaking at the launch. “Through this partnership we will turn Memezelo into one of the highest performing schools.”Formerly one of Gauteng’s more troublesome schools, Memezelo is turning the tide on poor matric performance, lack of order and mismanagement. The school scored an 83.3% matric pass rate in 2010.Kieswetter said Alexander Forbes plans to sustain the relationship with Memezelo over many years to come. “It’s a journey that will unfold.”Bursaries for top performersAlexander Forbes will award bursaries to Memezelo matriculants who pass with flying colours.This announcement encouraged the school’s 2011 Grade 12 pupils to study hard and score high marks.Matric pupil Babuyile Ncube fancies her chances of obtaining the coveted bursary. An orphan dependent on her grandmother, she’s fully aware that the bursary could be a life-changing opportunity.“It’s up to me to take this opportunity. I have to work hard,” said Ncube.The teenager, who wants to enrol for a biotechnology degree, is confident of her examination prospects. “I have many chances in making it. I need the bursary.”Another Grade 12 pupil, Constance Madonsela, said the bursary offer was motivational.Principal Maluleke encouraged his pupils to work hard. “Go get those As, they will take all of you to university,” he told the pupils.Alexander Forbes will focus on training programmes and “making bursaries available to committed pupils who perform well”, said Motlanthe.A call to adopt schoolsThe government is confident that more businesses will heed its call to invest in public schools, scores of which are still disadvantaged.Motlanthe and basic education minister Angie Motshekga met 150 local business leaders in November 2010 to discuss Business-Adopt-a-School initiatives. Businesses did make pledges to support such schemes, according to Motlanthe.Alexander Forbes’ initiative is “one of the first of many that I hope will continue to follow from the private sector,” said Motlanthe.“We encourage others from the business sector to heed this example as part of their corporate social investment programmes.”While the government was “acutely aware” that it’s responsible for the achievement of quality primary education, it also needs help from businesses, added the deputy president.“The government cannot do without businesses,” said Gauteng Legislature member Molebatsi Bopape.Bopape added that the education department has done well in transforming the school into an environment conducive to learning.last_img read more

Who’s the best puncher? Mayweather says it could surprise

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Perhaps, he said, that’s the reason Mayweather still owes the IRS $22.2 million in back taxes.“I think he has a big-time gambling problem,” McGregor said. “He always shows his winning bets but never his losers. Maybe that’s why he’s in the position he is and had to take this fight.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Saving the day Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments McGregor doesn’t believe that, of course and predicted again Wednesday that the fight would end early with Mayweather on his back.“I believe one or two rounds, with 8-ounce gloves I don’t see him surviving,” McGregor said. “I’m starting to think I’ll toy with him once he goes down.”The two fighters got together for the final pre-fight press conference to further hype a fight built on hype. In contrast to the bombastic tone of earlier appearances it was a relatively subdued affair at the MGM Grand.They posed together and didn’t come close to exchanging blows. They did both manage to get in a few final words, though.“It’s not going to be easy Conor,” Mayweather told his opponent. “I’ve got a great chin but remember this: The same way you give it you gotta be able to take it.”ADVERTISEMENT Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLAS VEGAS — Floyd Mayweather Jr. says it was the first punch of the fight. His promoter thinks it came during the second round.One shot to the head, and suddenly Manny Pacquiao decided his night might better be spent fighting on the outside.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Though ticket sales have been tepid — largely because of astronomical prices — the pay-per-view is expected to be watched by some 50 million people in the United States alone and millions more worldwide.It’s half-fight, half-spectacle, a bout that matches a UFC star who has never boxed against a masterful ring technician with a record of 49-0. Born of internet hype, it has captured the curiosity of even those outside both sports and could end up being the richest fight ever.And it’s a bout Mayweather says he is taking very seriously, despite training at odd hours and holding meet-and-greets every night before the fight with fans who come to his strip club.“I’m taking a gamble,” said Mayweather, who is coming off a two-year layoff. “But it’s worth it.”Mayweather’s fight with Pacquiao ended up going 12 long rounds, and turning a lot of people off from boxing. But while Mayweather hasn’t really knocked out anyone in a decade, he says the streak will come to an end in what he insists is his final fight.Oddsmakers in this gambling town hope it’s not McGregor stopping Mayweather early as he claims. McGregor fans have placed thousands of small bets at long-shot odds of their man knocking Mayweather out in the early rounds, and sports books could suffer their worst loss ever in what is expected to be the most heavily fight ever.McGregor also believes that’s exactly what is going to happen.. He said his years in the octagon and his varied skillset will translate well into the boxing ring, especially after a three-month camp where he used a former referee to help him adjust to boxing rules.What he didn’t bring in was any boxing trainer to teach him more about the sport, insisting that the team he has always been with knows him so well that it wouldn’t have made a difference.“We added what is useful and discarded what is not,” he said. “As the final sparring session approached all the unnecessary was gone. It was a cleaner product, just the perfect product.”He was dismissive of Mayweather to the end, telling those attending the final press conference that Mayweather is not only a one dimensional fighter but more than likely not the sports bettor he claims to be when posting his winning tickets online. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I let him know it’s not what you think it is,” Mayweather said. “You’re not just going to run in there. He felt a strength he didn’t expect.”The knock on Mayweather — and the reason some people give Conor McGregor a chance Saturday night — is that he doesn’t knock out people. Pacquiao never went down either, but Mayweather showed there are other ways to change a fight than putting a fighter on the canvas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMcGregor may find that out early if he goes after Mayweather at the opening bell as expected. The prevailing theory is that McGregor wins the power battle, but there’s more than one fighter with power in this, the most unusual of fights.“When he gets hit he’s going to find out it’s totally different,” Mayweather said. “The brittle hands, they keep saying that, but when I come across his head he’ll find out that it’s totally different.” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READlast_img read more