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Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh- The New Indian Express

By PTI

NAGPUR: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Saturday said a charge sheet will soon be filed in the architect-interior designer Anvay Naik suicide case, in which journalist Arnab Goswami is an accused.

Besides Goswami, two others are also accused of abetting the suicide of Naik and his mother in 2018.

“It is only after getting permission from the court, investigation into the Anvay Naik suicide case, in which Arnab Goswami is an accused, is currently going on. Very soon a charge sheet will be filed in this case,” Deshmukh told reporters here.

His statement comes a day after the Supreme Court extended the interim bail of Goswami and two others till four weeks, stating that the judiciary should ensure that criminal law does not become a weapon for selective harassment.

It also said that prima facie evaluation of the FIR against Goswami and two others did not establish

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Hot Springs deputy prosecutor fired for criticism of criminal eviction statute

JOSH DRAKE: Loses part-time prosecutor job over critical comment about eviction statute. (Facebook photo)

Pro Publica reports that Josh Drake was fired as a deputy prosecutor in Garland County for criticizing the state’s criminal eviction statute.

Drake was let go Oct. 31 by Prosecuting Attorney Michelle Lawrence. Arkansas is the only state where landlords can file criminal charges against tenants who fall behind on rent. Drake told ProPublica, “I hate that law. It’s unconstitutional.” It constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, he said. Many prosecutors refuse to prosecute the cases. There are civil court means to remove tenants for non-payment but landlords like criminal evictions because they’re cheaper.

Drake had been prosecuting cases on behalf of Garland County, in central Arkansas, since March 2018 on a part-time basis. Lawrence called Drake into her office the day after ProPublica’s story ran and said she was firing him because his remarks drew media

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Mainland Chinese police hand case on the 12 Hong Kong fugitives to prosecutors



a large ship in a body of water: The 12 fugitive Hongkongers were captured by the China Coast Guard on August 23. Photo: Weibo


The 12 fugitive Hongkongers were captured by the China Coast Guard on August 23. Photo: Weibo

Shenzhen police have handed the case of the 12 Hong Kong fugitives held in mainland China to prosecutors to decide whether they should move ahead with criminal proceedings.

Relatives of the suspects hoped the decision would be made within a month as specified by mainland legislation, and that there would be an open trial if the prosecutions went ahead, according to an opposition activist citing responses from some of the families.

12 Hong Kong fugitives officially accused of illegal border crossing

The authorities said on Friday that police had concluded their investigation into the case of the 12 activists accused of entering mainland waters illegally while trying to flee to Taiwan.

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SC extends Arnab’s interim bail, says judiciary should ensure criminal law is not weapon for selective harassment

The Supreme Court on Friday said the interim bail to journalist Arnab Goswami and two others in an abetment to suicide case will continue till the Bombay High Court disposes of their plea, and stated that the judiciary should ensure criminal law does not become a weapon for selective harassment.

The apex court had granted interim bail to Goswami on November 11, saying it will be ”travesty of justice” if personal liberty is curtailed.

A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud on Friday gave reasons for granting relief to the TV anchor and two others in the case.

It said Goswami’s interim bail shall be operative for another four weeks from the day the high court decides his pending plea in the 2018 abetment to suicide case.

The bench also said the Supreme Court, high courts and lower courts must be alive to the misuse of criminal law by

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Weld County DA Calls Cop ‘A Danger To Community,’ Refuses To Prosecute Cases From Officer Zach Helbig

(CBS4) – CBS4 has learned that Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke is refusing to prosecute criminal cases involving Fort Lupton police officer Zachary Helbig, calling the officer “a danger to the community,” and saying, “I simply in good conscience cannot file charges in which Zachary Helbig is an essential witness. His decision making processes are dangerous to the people of my community.”



a person posing for the camera: Zachary Helbig


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Zachary Helbig

Zachary Helbig (credit: CBS)

Earlier this year, a jury acquitted Helbig on a manslaughter charge for the Jan. 16, 2019, fatal shooting of Shawn Billinger, who was unarmed when Helbig fatally shot Billinger in the chest.



a person that is standing in the grass: Zachary Helbig


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Rourke had taken that case to a grand jury which indicted Helbig on the felony manslaughter charge. The jury took about six hours to deliver a not guilty verdict. But the D.A. maintains the Billinger

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Law proposes rapist’s castration with consent – Newspaper

ISLAMABAD: The proposed anti-rape law suggests castration of a habitual offender of rape with the consent of the convict.

A meeting of the cabinet committee on legislative cases, chaired by federal Law Minister Dr Farogh Naseem, approved the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance 2020 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 on Thursday. The ordinances have already been approved in principle by the federal cabinet.

In respect of first or repeated offenders, the concept of chemical castration has been introduced mainly as a form of rehabilitation, and subject to consent of the convict.

According to the law minister, it is mandatory under the international law to take consent of the convict before castrating him.

He said in case chemical castration was ordered without taking consent, the convict might challenge this before a court of law.

If convict doesn’t agree, he would be dealt with in accordance with PPC under which

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Lovemore N’dou – The boxer who traded in his gloves for law and justice

A SHARP GLANCE down to the gold Rolex wrapped around his left wrist lets him know it’s almost time.

In one Hollywood-like flourish, he scoops up his jacket, slips in the left arm, then the right; the finishing touch to his immaculate black Armani suit. After straightening his silver tie and adjusting his cuffs, he reaches down and lifts up a brown suitcase containing the morning’s files — a criminal conciliation hearing beginning at 10 a.m. sharp.

Moments later he spins around and heads toward the entrance of the Family Court of Australia, the click-clack of his polished dress shoes on the gray marble floor echoes around the foyer as he prepares to make his entrance.

Lovemore N’dou is no stranger to having a sea of eyes fixated on him every time he walks into work. A professional boxer for two decades, N’dou fought 64 times during his career, and

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Terror law petitioners press SC to issue TRO

Around 23 out of 37 groups of petitioners against the antiterror law have filed a joint motion reiterating their call for the Supreme Court to issue a status quo ante order or a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop its implementation.

The signatories included retired Supreme Court Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Conchita Carpio Morales, National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) president Edre Olalia, Bayan Muna chair Neri Colmenares, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, journalists, youth leaders, religious personalities and humanitarian workers.

The petitioners filed the joint motion on the same day the high tribunal held a preliminary conference in preparation for oral arguments set on Jan. 19, 2021.

The NUPL, whose members are among the petitioners, said there was a consensus among the different groups on the compelling need and urgency for the injunctive relief given that injury, harm and damage were already being done against the people using the

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‘Time is of the essence:’ 23 petitioners urge SC to stop implementation of anti-terrorism law


‘Time is of the essence:’ 23 petitioners urge SC to stop implementation of anti-terrorism law

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 5:07 p.m.) — With charges filed and military surveillance carried out under a law assailed in court by 37 groups, 23 of the petitioners against it urged the Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

A majority of petitioners on Thursday filed a Joint Motion for the issuance of a temporary restraining order or status quo ante order to restrain the government from implementing the anti-terrorism law.

The issuance of a TRO or SQAO is one of the issues that will be taken up in oral arguments scheduled on January 19. The petitioners said they are seeking the issuance of the TRO or SQAO “without prejudice to its being taken up as one of the issues in the scheduled oral arguments.”

In a separate statement, the

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SC prodded anew to stop anti-terror law’s implementation

MANILA, Philippines— More than 20 petitioners against the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 pressed the Supreme Court to issue a restraining order against its implementation.

On Thursday, the 23 petitioners filed a joint motion for the issuance of a temporary restraining order or status quo ante on the implementation of what is now the most contentious law raised before the high court.

Petitioners said authorities already filed an Anti-Terror complaint against two Aetas in Zambales and reportedly another case has been filed against farmers in Negros Island.

“These reported cases are only those involving incidents of criminal prosecution. It does not include the implementation of its provisions involving acts like surveillance, ex parte examination of bank accounts and similar provisions,” read the joint motion.

They noted that the Armed Forces of the Philippines publicly admitted that it placed under surveillance some of the petitioners and lawyers in the case while some

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