This is what bravery looks like. Iranian women protesting for their human rights!
Iran’s president has vowed to take action against protesters after more than a week of anti-government demonstrations.
President Ebrahim Raisi pledged to “deal decisively” with the protests, which have now spread to most of Iran’s 31 provinces.
Officials say some 35 people have been killed since protests broke out over the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody.
Clashes continue in several cities.
Ms Amini had been detained for allegedly breaking headscarf rules. Officers reportedly beat her head with a baton and banged her head against one of their vehicles. The police have said there is no evidence of any mistreatment and that she suffered “sudden heart failure”.
And while Mr Raisi says her death will be investigated, his Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi has insisted that Ms Amini was not beaten.
On Saturday people joined protests in several cities across the world including Rome, Athens and Stockholm
Thai fraudster sentenced to 13,275 years in prison
A Thai court has sentenced a fraudster to more than 13,000 years in prison.
Pudit Kittithradilok, 34, admitted running a Ponzi scheme whereby he promised investors artificially high financial returns.
About 40,000 people were persuaded to pour more than $160m (£120m) into his companies.
The court found he engaged in illicit lending and some 2,653 counts of fraud. Thanks to his confession, it halved his sentence to 6,637 years and six months.
Prosecutors told the court that Pudit organised seminars where attendees were encouraged to invest in what he said were businesses linked to property development, beauty, used cars and exports, among other things.
According to the Bangkok Post, investors were promised generous returns, plus incentives to bring new members on board.
As with any pyramid scheme, these new cash injections would then be used to pay off the earlier backers.
Pudit had been held in Bangkok Remand Prison since his arrest in August, when he was denied bail.
The court fined his two companies the equivalent of $20m each. Pudit and the firms were ordered to repay around $17m to the 2,653 identified victims, with 7.5% yearly interest.
Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency is proposing to build a jail that will be surrounded by moats stocked with crocodiles and piranhas.
Indonesia’s drug tsar Budi Waseso said the animal guards would be better than human ones because they could not be bribed.
In November 2015, Indonesia bowed to international pressure and put a temporary halt on executing death row prisoners, so alternatives were sought by the authorities.
Wichita, Kansas — Marcus Johnson, a 33-year-old Wichita man was sentenced to 10 years in jail for crashing through Wichita’s City Hall. Investigators say he was angry because cop told him to turn down his car radio.
Johnson was sentenced to 122 months in jail after causing some $200,000 in damages when his vehicle burst through City Hall’s doors and continued through the facility.
According to police, Johnson became angered when a police officer told him to turn down the music in his car as he was parked at a convenience store.
In retaliation, Johnson drove his vehicle to downtown Wichita, pulled into the City Hall parking lot and drove right through the east-facing doors of the building. Investigators estimate Johnson was traveling at about 45 mph when his vehicle broke through the doors.
Investigators say Johnson’s vehicle continued in an almost-perfect line down a hallway that extended to the west side of the building where Johnson’s vehicle was finally stopped.
Surveillance video shows Johnson’s car as it broke through revolving doors, solid doors, through a hallway and into the west side security area. Security personnel were captured standing in the path of the car just moments before it crashed through. The vehicle destroyed thousands of dollars in computers and security equipment.
Johnson plead ‘no contest’ to criminal damage to property, battery on a law enforcement officer and two counts of criminal threat.
During sentencing, Johnson asked the judge for leniency, claiming he had been hearing voices in his head that night.
In a bizarre story out of Oklahoma, a man arrested for allegedly killing his friend during a fishing trip told police that the deadly incident came about in response to his companion summoning Bigfoot to attack him! According to a local media report, the very weird case occurred this past Saturday afternoon near the city of Ada as Larry Sanders and Jimmy Knighten were attempting to catch catfish in the South Canadian River by way of their bare hands using a technique known as ‘noodling.’ However, their day took a dark turn when the two fishing buddies got into a disagreement which ultimately left Knighten dead and Sanders pointing the finger at Sasquatch.
Responding to a report of a homicide that had unfolded at the river, police say that they arrived to find Sanders recounting his role in Knighten’s death to a family member. Upon being questioned by deputies at the scene, the noodler confessed to killing his friend by first striking him and then strangling him. As for why he did it, Sanders shockingly explained that “Knighten had summoned Bigfoot to come and kill him” and, in order to save his own life, the man concluded that he had to silence his companion before the proverbial call to action reached the hirsute ears of Sasquatch. In what might be the least surprising aspect of the case, police also observed that Sanders “appeared to be under the influence of something.”
While the misguided measure of self defense appears to have worked, since he was not killed by Bigfoot, Sanders was subsequently arrested for Knighton’s murder after police recovered the downed noodler’s body from the river the following day. Musing that the man’s forthcoming nature “makes it easier” to prosecute the case, Sheriff John Christian indicated that “you still have to prove all the elements of the crime, and that what the suspect is telling you is actually what happened.” Since it is unlikely that Sanders will be able to find Bigfoot to testify on his behalf, he’s likely facing an uphill legal battle in which, if he is found guilty, could ironically culminate with him facing the death penalty for the Sasquach-inspired slaying.
A huge drugs tunnel has been found running from Tijuana in Mexico to a warehouse in San Diego in the US.
With a length of 1,744ft (531m), the passage had a rail track, electricity and a ventilation system.
US authorities had been carrying out surveillance at a property previously used as a stash house for smuggling cocaine when they made the discovery.
They seized cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Six people are being held on drug-trafficking charges.
The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California said the tunnel was 61ft (18m) deep and 4ft (1m) in diameter.
Prosecutors say that before the discovery, officers saw several vehicles come and go from the property in Tijuana and the warehouse on Friday 13 May.
They were then stopped and searched, the drugs were seized and arrests were made.
When officers entered the warehouse, the cross-border tunnel exit point was found carved out of the floor.
The attorney’s office said 1,762lb (799 kg) of cocaine, 164lb (74kg) of methamphetamine and 3.5lb (1.5kg) of heroin had been seized.
The suspects, aged between 31 and 55, could face a life sentence in prison and a $1m fine if found guilty.
“There is no more light at the end of this narco-tunnel,” said US Attorney Randy Grossman.
“We will take down every subterranean smuggling route we find to keep illicit drugs from reaching our streets and destroying our families and communities.”
The last tunnel found in California was in 2020. That one is also the longest to date, measuring 4,309ft (1,313m) in length. Since 1993, 90 of these types of secret passage have been discovered.
A picture of the drugs seized during this investigation
In yet another sad case of Bigfoot banditry, some sticky-fingered ne’er-do-wells swiped a sizeable Sasquatch lawn ornament from outside of a home in Michigan and the hunt for the miscreants has reached all the way to the state police. According to a local media report, the seven-foot-tall sheet metal depiction of the iconic cryptid was stolen on March 22nd from Mike and Donna Kinne’s yard in the community of Park Township. The caper was particularly curious to the couple as, by virtue of its size and construction, procuring the lawn ornament undoubtedly proved to be a rather onerous challenge for the individuals behind the Bigfoot heist.
Explaining that the thieves likely needed a truck to transport the stolen Sasquatch as well as bolt cutters to get through the heavy chain that had secured the lawn ornament, Mike also noted that “I’ve never handled him without having my leather gloves on because he’s very sharp.” As such, Donna observed that the Bigfoot bandits “had to want him bad,” since they somehow managed to make off with the piece unnoticed. Like so many other instances of Sasquatch artwork taken from homes and businesses around the country, the Kinne’s loss initially seemed to be a matter for local authorities. However, the case took a rather surprising turn on Thursday when the Michigan State Police announced an investigation into the brazen Bigfoot banditry.
In an official bulletin issued by the department, they described the pilfered piece as being “a rusty brown color with various sharp edges to detail the fur of the Sasquatch” and advised local residents to be on the lookout for out-of-place “white panel van with dark driver and passenger side windows” that was spotted in the area at the time of the heist. Suggesting that the vehicle could very well be the proverbial getaway car of the Bigfoot bandits, they indicated that it had actually been seen turning around in the Kinne’s driveway around the time of the caper, quite possibly with the stolen piece already in tow.
As for who could have been behind the theft, the Kinnes were at a loss for potential suspects, because the Bigfoot had become something of a neighborhood fixture with residents decorating the piece for the holidays. With that in mind, Donna mused that “I’m hoping there’s been some 18-year-old naughty boy that’s been eyeballing Sasquatch for a while, because somebody had to come prepared.” Should that be the case, the hypothetical youngster behind the heist now finds themselves with a Bigfoot-sized problem on their hands as the whole community, including the state police, are looking for the stolen piece.
A Winnipeg man on a stolen snowmobile led police on a four-hour chase through the southeastern part of the city Sunday afternoon.
Police said they were called around noon Sunday about a man illegally operating a snowmobile — later determined to be stolen — in a residential St. Norbert neighbourhood.
The suspect, identified as a man who was already the subject of a warrant for firearms-related charges, managed to evade police throughout an “extensive” area, until he was arrested around 3:45 p.m.
The 40-year-old was taken into custody and faces charges of failing to comply with conditions of a release order, three counts of property obtained by crime over $5,000, and fleeing while pursued by a peace officer.
Trump sat in the dining room off the oval office watching the riot on TV for 3 hours without doing anything to mitigate the insanity.
Brainwashed pro-Trump rioter with twist ties! They intended on taking members of congress hostage!
Rabid Trump supporter foaming at the mouth.
The Trump South will rise again.
Trump finally piped up. “Go home, we love you, you’re very special”. Those violent goons have a soft spot in his heart.
No ifs, ands or buts, this was an attempted coup d’etat. The disinformation spread by Trump and his cohorts lead to misinformation believed and perpetuated by the ignorant supporters. This is a very dangerous time for the U.S.A. The ignorant masses will believe anything and follow anybody.