South Africa, June 2016
A man and his girlfriend sitting in a parked car along the Addo road in Motherwell were attacked by three men who robbed them and raped the woman.
The two – a 45-year-old man and his 42-year-old girlfriend – were approached by the three men, armed with knives, who took them into the bushes.
Police spokesman Constable Mncedi Mbombo said the incident happened at about 11.30am on Monday (20/06/16).
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The suspects tied the man’s arms with rope, then two of them raped the woman in turns while the third one was busy on his cellphone. They also took three cell phones and bank cards belonging to the victims,” Mbombo said.
“The suspects were disturbed by the Stock Theft vehicle who was patrolling the area.”
Anyone with the information leading to the arrest of suspects can contact Swartkops Police station at 041 466 1111.
Does size of your penis matter during sex? Find out!
India, June 2014
Even though, people often say that when you fall in love, size and looks don’t matter. But well, the size of the penis does matter during sex.
Sex experts said that women enjoy having sex with men having large size penis. Men with larger penis feel legitimate anxiety when they enter the mating process also gets related to social status, height, wealth, and other traits to arouse your sexual mood, suggested sex experts.
The larger the size of the penis, grinding during intercourse can be more intimate and can improve the process of love making as well. Men with large penises may find that sex becomes much more manageable, whether vaginal intercourse, oral sex, or anal sex.
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As sex results in intimacy, the connection between two partners and the many other intangibles that make sex meaningful. Men of all shapes and sizes can do plenty to learn to satisfy and pleasure their partner.
‘Longest-serving’ death row inmate granted retrial
Japan, March 2014
A man believed to be the world’s longest-serving death row inmate was Thursday granted a retrial in Japan over multiple murders in 1966, decades after doubts emerged about his guilt.
Shizuoka District Court decided to “start the retrial over the case” of Iwao Hakamada, 78, who was convicted for the grisly murder of his boss and the man’s family, a court official said.
Delivering his ruling, presiding judge Hiroaki Murayama cited possible planting of evidence by investigators to win a conviction as they sought to bring closure to a crime that shocked the country.
“There is possibility that (key pieces of) evidence have been fabricated by investigative bodies,” Murayama said in his decision, according to Jiji Press.
The judge also ordered Hakamada’s release, saying continued confinement “goes against justice”.
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Apart from the United States, Japan is the only major industrialised democracy to carry out capital punishment, a practice that has led to repeated protests from European governments and human rights groups.
Hakamada is the sixth person since the end of World War II to receive a retrial after having a death sentence confirmed, and his case will bolster opponents of capital punishment, including rights group Amnesty, which has just launched its annual report on the practice.
Shizuoka prosecutors told Japanese media that they are undecided on whether to appeal the decision, according to national broadcaster NHK.
Hakamada initially denied accusations that he robbed and killed his boss, the man’s wife and two children before setting their house ablaze.
But the former boxer, who worked for a bean paste maker, later confessed following what he subsequently claimed was a brutal police interrogation that included beatings.
He retracted his confession, but to no avail, and the supreme court confirmed his death sentence in 1980.
Doubts over evidence
Prosecutors and courts had used blood-stained clothes, which emerged a year after the crime and his arrest, as key evidence to convict Hakamada.
The clothes did not fit him, his supporters said. The blood stains appeared too vivid for evidence that was discovered a year after the crime. Later DNA tests found no link between Hakamada, the clothes and the blood stains, his supporters said. But the now-frail Hakamada has remained in solitary confinement on death row, regardless.
His supporters and some lawyers, including the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, have loudly voiced their doubts about evidence, the police investigations and the judicial logic that led to the conviction.
Even one of the judges who originally sentenced Hakamada to death in 1968 has said he was never convinced of the man’s guilt but could not sway his judicial colleagues who out-voted him.
Japan has a conviction rate of around 99 percent and claims of heavy-handed police interrogations persist under a long-held belief that a confession is the gold standard of guilt.
The decision came as Amnesty International issued its annual review of reported executions worldwide, which showed Japan killed eight inmates in 2013, the ninth-largest national tally in the world.
Hakamada’s sister Hideko, 81, who has passionately campaigned for a retrial for decades, thanked dozens of supporters who gathered in front of the court house.
“I want to free him as soon as possible,” she told a press conference held shortly after the court announced its decision. “I want to tell him, ‘You did well. You will finally be free’,” she said.
Hakamada seems to have developed psychological illnesses after decades in solitary confinement, Hideko told AFP in an interview last year.
“What I am worried about most is Iwao’s health. If you put someone in jail for 47 years, it’s too much to expect them to stay sane,” Hideko said in the interview.
Amnesty, which has championed Hakamada’s cause and says he is the world’s longest-serving death row detainee, called on prosecutors to respect the court’s decision.
“It would be most callous and unfair of prosecutors to appeal the court’s decision,” said Roseann Rife, the organisation’s East Asia research director.
“Time is running out for Hakamada to receive the fair trial he was denied more than four decades ago,” she said.
South Sudan fighters allowed to rape in lieu of wages
South Sudan, March 2016
UN report reveals gov’t-linked militias get permission to rape instead of pay, as children and disabled get burned alive.
A new UN report Friday reveals that children and the disabled have been burned alive in South Sudan, and that members of the pro-government militia have been allowed to rape women in lieu of wages.
The report described the conditions in South Sudan as “one of the most horrendous human rights situations in the world.”
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“The report contains harrowing accounts of civilians suspected of supporting the opposition, including children and the disabled, killed by being burned alive, suffocated in containers, shot, hanged from trees or cut to pieces,” the UN human rights office said in a statement with the report.
“Credible sources indicate groups allied to the government are being allowed to rape women in lieu of wages but opposition groups and criminal gangs have also been preying on women and girls.”
According to the report, the widespread prevalence of rape “suggests its use in the conflict has become an acceptable practice by (government) SPLA soldiers and affiliated armed militias.”
No less than 1,300 rape cases were reported in South Sudan’s Unity state in just five months of last year according to the report.
An assessment team that was deployed in South Sudan from October to January made the findings in the report, and said “state actors” committed most of the crimes. It noted the attacks on civilians and rape cases could constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.
In parallel to the UN report, Amnesty International released its own report on an incident in which South Sudanese soldiers brutally murdered 60 men and boys last October by locking them in a shipping container until they suffocated.
Amnesty International researchers reported finding remains of skeletons from the murders. Over 42 witnesses were interviewed, including 23 people who testified to seeing the victims forced into a shipping container and later saw their bodies either being removed or at a mass burial site.
Violence has run rampant in South Sudan since December 2013, when a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar turned into an all out civil war.
Tens of thousands of people have died, and over 2.3 million people have been displaced.
Five arrested over murder of two Baringo politicians
Kenya, March 2017
Five people have been arrested in connection with the killing of two Baringo politicians.
They are being held at Kabarnet Police Station after investigators swore an affidavit requesting the courts to allow them between seven and 14 days to hold them as investigations continue before they are charged.
The two politicians, Tiaty parliamentary aspirant Symon Pepee Kitambaa and Loyamorok Ward MCA Frederick Kibet Cheretei, were killed three weeks ago.
Mr Kitambaa and Mr Cheretei were attacked by hooded men on the night of February 17 at T-junction Bar and Restaurant in Marigat as they spoke with five other people.
Pepee was seeking a Jubilee Party ticket to contest the area’s parliamentary seat currently held by Asman Kamama.
In the affidavits that The Standard has seen, the investigators have detailed the role each of the five played in the killing of the politicians.
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A former bodyguard of a politician is, according to an affidavit sworn by Sergeant Tobias Mwita from DCI headquarters, alleged to have planned the killings.
He is alleged to have worked together with one of those arrested, who is an aspirant in the August 8 polls.
The affidavit also details who among those arrested owned the firearm allegedly used to commit the murders.
Police, who responded to the incident on the morning of February 18, found five AK-47 spent cartridges at the scene, which were collected for ballistics analysis.
The Standard has established that the suspect is alleged to have contracted a boda boda rider and paid him Sh6,000 to ferry the gun from Akwichatis to Loruk.
An affidavit sworn by police constable Zebedeyo Wawire also cites who ferried the suspects to the scene of the crime and who among them pulled the trigger.
Two hooded men stormed the shed where Kitambaa and Cheretei were meeting with five others and shot them dead before burning a vehicle belonging to the MCA and vandalising Kitambaa’s car.
They also snatched a yellow paper bag whose contents the police have not divulged.
The killing of the two politicians led to tension between members of the Pokot community and the Tugen, who live in the vast county, with attacks being witnessed in parts of Baringo North and Baringo South.
In the two weeks of mayhem, nine people were killed and hundreds of others fled their homes.
This led to Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery gazetting 19 locations in Baringo South and Tiaty as “disturbed and dangerous”, paving the way for the ongoing police operation in the region.
At the same time, police have arrested two people at Nga’ratuko in Baringo North suspected of spying on the camps of police officers in the area to flush out bandits.