Impunity triumphs in Iranian justice

first_img News News June 9, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further November 23, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Impunity triumphs in Iranian justice February 25, 2021 Find out more Six years after a wave of murders of intellectuals and journalists in Iran, the Kazemi, Forouhar, Charif, Mokhtari, Pouyandeh and Davani families, and other families like them, still wait to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones, while the instigators and perpetrators of these killings celebrate six long years of almost total impunity that shows no sign of stopping given the frequent displays of judicial complicity and hypocrisy in these cases, Reporters Without Borders said today. Six years after a wave of murders of intellectuals and journalists in Iran, the Kazemi, Forouhar, Charif, Mokhtari, Pouyandeh and Davani families, and other families like them, still wait to know the truth about what happened to their loved ones, while the instigators and perpetrators of these killings celebrate six long years of almost total impunity that shows no sign of stopping given the frequent displays of judicial complicity and hypocrisy in these cases, Reporters Without Borders said today.”The ban on any demonstration by the families of the victims to mark the sixth anniversary of these killings is a reflection of the obstructiveness and bad faith of the Iranian justice system, which is controlled by the conservatives in power,” the organisation said.Referring to the July 2003 murder of Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian photojournalist of Iranian origin, Reporters Without Borders said: “In this case, the Iranian justice system gave yet another demonstration of denials of justice, manipulation and lies that guarantee lasting impunity for the instigators, especially when they hold high government positions.”One of the most outrageous examples of this impunity was undoubtedly the decision of Ayatollah Shahroudi, the judiciary’s supreme chief, to appoint former intelligence minister Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi as state prosecutor in June of this year. Dorri-Najafabadi was alleged to have been directly involved in the serial killings but was never prosecuted.Akbar Ganji, one of the few journalists to investigate these killings, has been imprisoned in Evin prison north of Tehran since 22 April 2000. He wrote several articles about these cases in the newspaper Sobh-é-Emrouz implicating religious affairs court prosecutor Mohseni Egeie and several political leaders including Ali Fallahian and Hashemi Rafsandjani, a possible successor to Mohammad Khatami as president.As for the lawyer of the victims’ families, Nasser Zarafshan, he was arrested on 7 August 2002 and is still detained. A military court found him guilty in March 2004 of “divulging case information” and sentenced him to five years in prison.The wave of killings of intellectuals and government opponents took place in November and December 1998. The victims included liberal opposition figureheads Darioush and Parvaneh Forouhar, Iran-é-Farda editorialist Majid Charif and writer-journalists Mohamad Makhtari and Mohamad Jafar Pouyandeh.These deaths had been preceded by a few months by the disappearance of Pirouz Davani, the editor of the magazine Pirouz (“Victory” in Farsi). His body was never found. All these cases were extensively covered by many pro-democracy news media.The intelligence ministry officially recognized in January 1999 that some of its agents were involved and announced dozens of arrests. Fifteen intelligence ministry agents were convicted in January 2001 for the murder of the Forouhars. Three were sentenced to death. The other 12 received prison sentences. Three other suspects were acquitted. The supreme court upheld the verdict but only two persons were sentenced to 15 years in prison. The authorities never tried to establish the circumstances Davani’s disappearance and there was never any investigation into Charif’s death.None of the instigators of the 1998 murders have ever been questioned or detained. The victims’ families, who are supported by Reporters Without Borders, have filed complaints before international judicial bodies.There have been no limits to the judiciary’s duplicity and hypocrisy in the Kazemi case. Arrested on 23 June 2003 while photographing the families of detainees outside Evin prison, Kazemi died in custody, probably on 10 July 2003. After trying to conceal the causes of her death for nearly a week, the Iranian authorities finally recognised that she was beaten to death.Following an Iranian parliamentary enquiry and under heavy pressure from Canada and the international community in general, the judicial authorities named an intelligence agent who had been one of Kazemi’s interrogators as the person responsible for her death. He was charged and then acquitted in a sham trial on 24 July 2004.Lawyers acting for the victim’s family requested that Mohammad Bakshi, an Evin prison agent working for Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi, and five other senior judicial officials present during Kazemi’s interrogation, should appear at the trial. But the Tehran court refused and concluded the trial in two days. Yet various Iranian commissions of enquiry had implicated these officials.A few days after this parody of justice, the Iranian judicial authorities revised the findings of the investigation and announced that Kazemi’s death was “accidental.” Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020last_img read more

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IS IT TRUE NOVEMBER 5, 2018

first_imgIf you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE that some local politicians think that Vanderburgh County is part of the United States Government by the way they are spending our tax dollars money?.IS IT TRUE that a late great professor from the University of Evansville once said, “come to the revolution all of this $%#! will cease?”…the obsession with fun and games spending is what has led the sheep to this unsustainable abyss?IS IT TRUE we would like to thank Vanderburgh Chief Deputy County Prosecuting Attorney Gary Schutte for doing one heck of a job for the citizens of Vanderburgh County?  …Vanderburgh County Prosecuting Attorney Nick Hermann should be very thankful that Mr. Schutte is around to watch his blind side?IS IT TRUE we are told that several people are upset with the way that the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann has awarded ABK, Inc. drug testing contracts? …we are told that Mr. Hermann doesn’t put the contract for drug testing out for competitive bidding? ..we are told one would be extremely surprised how much Mr. Hermann pays ABK, Inc. for drug testing each year? …we wonder if the owner of the company doing drug testing for the County Prosecutors office ever donated to Mr. Hermann past or present campaigns? …we’re told if Stan Levco beat Nick Hermann in the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor race he will put the contract for drug testing out for competitive bidding?IS IT TRUE we are told that many people feel that its time that our elected officials pass an ordinance stating that if any individual or business who are wanting to do business with City or County government won’t be allowed to donate money to anyone running for elected office or who is an elected official?  …if this ordinance is adopted, it would help eliminate a conflict of interests or influence peddling?  …it wouldn’t hurt if they would also pass an ordinance stating that all bids over a certain dollar amount must be put for competitive bids?IS IT TRUE when Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann received the political endorsement from the local Fraternal Order of Police Association 8 years ago over Stan Levco Mr. Hermann said: “it was awesome to be endorsed by the local FOP”?  …last month Stan Levco received the endorsement of the local Fraternal Order of Police for Vanderburgh County Prosecutor?  …we are told that the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann now feels that FOP enforcement means nothing?IS IT TRUE that the race between Joe Donnelly and Mike Braun is to close to call? …that our statistical guru predicts that the winning margin of this race could be decided by 200,000 votes or less? …he also predicts if the Libertarian candidate receives over 3 1/2 % of the popular vote then Joe Donnelly could be re-elected to the United States Senate by the slimmest of margins?IS IT TRUE we are wondering who is paying for the TV ads opposing the re-election of State Representative Wendy McNamara? …we feel that whoever placed these ads have wasted their money?  …it’s obvious that they don’t want you to vote for Ms. McNamara?  … they never say in the ad who they want you to vote for? …this TV is just downright dumb?IS IT TRUE we are told that Steve Folz (D) is giving Wendy (Mac) McNamara (R) a run for her money? …we hear when Mr. Folz ask the question; “how can Representative McNamara be paid as a full-time administrator with EVSC but is allowed to go to Indy many times every month to conduct her Legislative duties” may be getting the attention of some of the voters?IS IT TRUE we are told that several members of the Evansville Police Department are doing part-time doing security work at EVSC schools?  …we are told that want their hourly pay to be increased from $25 per hour to $30 an hour? …we are told that the Superintendent of Vanderburgh County Schools said “he will only increase their pay to $27 an hour”? …we can’t imagine why any responsible administer of a Metropolitan schools system would  jeopardize the safety of our children over a mere $5 dollar per hour raise for part-time public safety officers during times like this? …we hope that the newly elected EVSC School Board members will push to override Superintendent Smith’s ill-advised pay raise decision?IS IT TRUE we are told that the 8th District Congressmen Larry Bucshon will be re-elected by nice margin?IS IT TRUE that the House of Representative of the United States has many doctors who have given up their life’s work to run for elected office and Southwest Indiana is not without an example of such an official?…Dr. Larry Bucshon was a respected doctor before turning in his medical practice to run for Congress?…the issue that opiate addiction is just the kind of problem that congressional doctors should be taking on?  …we would like to thank Congressman Bucshon for stepping up to finding ways to fight this national problem?IS IT TRUE we are told that EVSC School Board will be adding two (2) new faces this coming year? …we are told that one of them may be Ann Ennis?IS IT TRUE we are told by several movers and shakers in Vanderburgh County politics that Vanderburgh County Commissioner Ben Shoulders is considered to be a rising political star?  …we agree with their assessment of Mr. Shoulders political staus?  …all we can add to their comment is “shine on Mr. Shoulders”?IS IT TRUE that Matt Hostetter is running unopposed in the District 64 State Representative seat in tomorrow’s election?  …although he has no opposition we urge you to give him a complimentary vote because we need a “true conservative” representing us at the Statehouse?Todays “READERS POLL” question: If the election was held today for District 76 State Representative race who would you vote for? EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisersCity-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Credit Builder card generates member excitement and loyalty

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Initiative has energized Des Moines Metro CU’s Hispanic outreach efforts.by: Adam MertzWhen multinational banks started siphoning business from Des Moines (Iowa) Metro Credit Union by offering credit cards to participants in its successful credit-builder program, Traci Stiles quickly shifted tactics.The credit union’s director of business development received authorization to issue people in the second phase of the program a credit card along with the traditional $500 six-month signature loan, rather than make them wait until the end of the program.The Credit Builder credit card, which carries a 13.5% annual percentage rate, creates no additional exposure for Des Moines Metro but has generated excitement and loyalty among members.In three months, the credit union has issued 20 cards. That’s a point of pride for a single-branch, $50 million asset organization with a roughly 1,000-card portfolio.“We didn’t want to build up our members’ credit and then have them go somewhere else,” Stiles says. continue reading »last_img read more

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Kaymer left stunned by collapse

first_imgMartin Kaymer admitted to being shocked after he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory to hand world number 357 Gary Stal the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship title on Sunday. Press Association Reigning US Open champion Kaymer eventually finished third behind Stal and runner-up Rory McIlroy – with the German’s three-over-par 75 the joint worst of the day with England’s Andy Sullivan – and he admitted afterwards he was struggling to process his spectacular collapse. “I’m surprised and a little shocked. I don’t really know how to put it into words,” he said. “It was very, very surprising today. I started off well but then I hit a couple of bad tee shots and it cost me a double bogey and a triple bogey. “I do miss fairways, but usually you get away with it okay, you don’t make double or triple bogey. But that is what happened today. “Another thing was I didn’t make many putts. I missed a lot of putts and therefore it was very difficult for me to make birdies.” Despite fluffing his lines, Kaymer was philosophical in retrospect and is already looking forward to getting back into action in the coming weeks. “At the end of the day I was playing playing good golf all week long,” he added. “Today I didn’t hit many fairways and that was the problem and I didn’t make many putts either,” he added on Sky Sports 4. “On a golf course you can’t really afford that, but on the other hand I was playing really good golf and that is what you can build on and what is most important for me. “There are many, many tournaments coming up until the Masters and they will be great preparation.” Kaymer’s remarkable slump allowed Stal to pounce and the 22-year-old Frenchman promptly took the lead after Kaymer’s triple bogey thanks to six birdies in his first 11 holes. After parring the first three holes, Stal picked up shots at the fourth and six before reeling off four successive birdies to the 11th hole to move two clear at the top of the leaderboard. Four pars followed before Stal birdied the par-four 16th and finished with two pars to finish with a seven-under 65 for the day and win his first European Tour event. Afterwards, he admitted the victory had come as a bit of a surprise. “It was a crazy day but obviously I’m very happy to win this tournament,” Stal said. “It’s unbelievable to win, because when I saw the leaderboard on the fifth hole, I saw Martin Kaymer on 24 under par and I thought to myself then it’s not possible to win. “But when I saw my name on the leaderboard on the 16th green, I saw everything had changed, and then it was possible.” Rory McIlroy carded a final-round 66 to finish with a flurry and claim the runners-up spot. McIlroy began the day eight shots off the pace but shot three birdies on the front nine and four coming home to finish six under on Sunday – 18 under for the tournament. Stal’s compatriot Victor Dubuisson and Belgium’s Thomas Pieters were tied for fourth place on 16 under, while English pair Tyrrell Hatton and James Morrison were joint sixth with Austrian Bernd Wiesberger two shots back. England’s Ross Fisher and Wales’ Jamie Donaldson were tied for ninth place with South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel on 13 under, and Justin Rose – who matched Stal’s best-of-the-day 65 – was one of eight players a further shot back on 12 under. Kaymer carried a six-shot lead going into Sunday’s final round and extended his advantage to eight shots after birdies at three of his first four holes, but it went downhill fast for the three-time winner soon after. A bogey at the sixth hole, a double bogey at the ninth and a triple bogey at the 13th led to Kaymer’s demise and, although he stopped the rot with five successive pars, he ran out of holes with which to recover to gift Stal his maiden European title. last_img read more

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MercyOne implements restrictions due to coronavirus

first_imgFull statement from MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center:To protect the health and well-being of our patients, their families, and of the communities we serve, MercyOne North Iowa is now restricting visitors. In accordance with this, we are following the most recent CDC COVID-19 recommendations and are acting with an abundance of caution to ensure we do not elevate the risk of exposure to the virus for our colleagues, physicians, patients or community members.   Effective immediately, MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center is instituting the following visitor restrictions: For the immediate future, only visits from immediate family members, loved ones or clergy who meet the following criteria will be permitted. Visitor restrictions:Two visitors per patient at a timeNo visitors under 14 years of ageDo not visit if you are sickFor our Skilled Nursing Unit – only 1 designated visitor for the duration of the stay.As a reminder, we encourage the community to follow the best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of all viruses:Staying home if you are sickAvoiding close contact with people who are sickCovering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneezeThoroughly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezingo    If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth Disinfecting surfaces and objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipeAt MercyOne, we are following guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Iowa Public Health Department to screen patients for symptoms including fever and respiratory signs as well as the patient’s travel history and exposure to those who have traveled.If you have general questions on COVID-19, please dial 2-1-1. If you begin to experience symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, call your primary care provider before coming in. Learn more at MercyOne.org. MASON CITY — MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City is now restricting visitors. The restrictions for the immediate future will mean only visits from immediate family members, loved ones or clergy who meet the following criteria will be permitted. The visitor restrictions include two visitors per patient at a time, no visitors under the age of 14, and people should not visit if they are sick. For the skilled nursing unit, only one designated visitor will be allowed for the duration of the stay.last_img read more

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Modric wins 2018 Ballon d’Or, breaks Messi-Ronaldo dominance

first_imgReal Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric was named winner of the 2018 Ballon d’Or on Monday, breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold on the prestigious award.Juventus forward and 2017 winner Ronaldo came second, while Atletico Madrid and France striker Antoine Griezmann came third.Paris St Germain’s France forward Kylian Mbappe, who also collected the Kopa award for the best under-21 player, was fourth, with Barca forward Messi finishing fifth.Olympique Lyonnais’ Norway striker Ada Hegerberg won the inaugural Ballon d’Or for women’s football, having led her side to the Women’s Champions League title, scoring in extra time in the 4-1 win over Vfl Wolfsburg in the final.Modric, 33, helped Real Madrid win a third successive Champions League title in May and also captained Croatia to their first World Cup final, being named player of the tournament despite his side losing 4-2 to France.”It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy proud and honoured, I have a lot of emotions right now, it’s hard to describe in words,” said Modric, wearing a tuxedo as he collected the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola after a glamorous ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.”It’s a big pleasure to be here among all these players. I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d’Or throughout history.”DIFFICULT STARTModric, who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2012 for a reported 40 million euros ($45.40 million), was criticised in his debut season at the Bernabeu and named the worst signing of the year in a poll by newspaper Marca.advertisementBut the diminutive playmaker began to demonstrate the quality he had shown at Spurs when Jose Mourinho deployed him in a deep lying role in Real’s midfield rather than the attacking role he had been given at the start of that campaign.Modric said the positional change, which was first suggested to him by Harry Redknapp at Tottenham, transformed his form.”The change of position helped me a lot in my career. I used to play more offensively. When I dropped back, I was able to read the game better and show my creativity,” added Modric.He is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d’Or and also picked up FIFA’s ‘The Best’ award in October.The Ballon d’or, voted for by journalists and organised by French magazine France Football, has been dominated by Barcelona’s Messi and Ronaldo, first when he was at Manchester United and subsequently with Real Madrid, since 2008.The last player to lift the award apart from the Argentine and Portuguese, who have won it a joint-record five times each, was Kaka in 2007 when the Brazilian played for AC Milan.The Ballon d’Or was first presented in 1956 and partnered with soccer’s world governing body FIFA as ‘The Best’ award from 2010 to 2015, until becoming its own entity again.Also Read | Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany to face Netherlands, Portugal handed tricky drawAlso Read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrestedAlso Read | Mark Hughes sacked as Southampton manager eight months after taking chargelast_img read more

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Pin Down Your Passwords

first_img 2 min read You know better. You know you should have complicated, hard-to-guess passwords with numbers and both uppercase and lowercase letters. The problem is, they’re so hard to remember. As your business uses more web applications and your password collection grows unruly, look to password tools as a way to manage security for you and your employees.Foxmarks: Foxmarks works behind the scenes with the Firefox browser to back up and synchronize bookmarks and passwords across multiple machines–handy for Firefox users with several computers. It’s a free download with an easy installation process.Large Software Password Manager: This $29.95 software keeps your saved passwords encrypted and lets you use a master password to access them. Extra security features include concealed keystrokes and random password generation. It recognizes your secure websites and automatically fills in your information.RoboForm: RoboForm Enterprise and RoboForm2Go are two offerings of interest to entrepreneurs. The Enterprise version helps you manage passwords for your entire company. It’s a way to keep your employees in line with your password policies. RoboForm2Go travels with you on a USB flash drive for use on any PC.Sandisk Ultra Cruzer Titanium 8GB: U3 SignupShield Password Manager is part of the package with this USB flash drive. The drive lets you access your web services, programs and files from any PC–even public ones. It’s an effective tool for road warriors who may need to sign on to whatever computer is handy. This story appears in the March 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » February 13, 2009last_img read more

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