BERLIN: A young Syrian migrant admitted today to lashing out with his belt at an Israeli man wearing a Jewish kippa skullcap in an assault that stoked fears of resurgent anti-Semitism.
A video of the attack, filmed by the victim on his smartphone, sparked widespread public revulsion as it spread on social media, and later triggered large street rallies to show solidarity with Jews. The defendant, a 19-year-old Palestinian from Syria, is charged with dangerous assault and hate speech in the trial that was to hear eight witnesses and could reach a verdict the same day.
The footage of the April 17 assault shows the attacker, one of a group of three, shouting “Yahudi“, Jew in Arabic, before lashing out at the two men, leaving one injured. “I’m sorry, it was a mistake”, the defendant told a Berlin court, while claiming the victim had insulted him first, reported news agency DPA.
“I didn’t want to hit him, I only wanted to scare him,” he said in his testimony, which switched from halting German to Arabic. “I had smoked some dope, my head was tired.” Grievous bodily harm usually carries jail terms of three months to five years in Germany, but less under the juvenile law which can be applied for defendants up to 20 years of age.
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SC directs to shift Anwar Majeed from hospital to jail
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court today directed authorities to shift Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed his son, Abdul Ghani Majeed, from the hospital to jail.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar passed the directions after examining the medical report of Mr. Anwar Majeed. The court had formed a committee under the Surgeon General of Pakistan for the medical examination of the accused, in a money laundering case. Additional Attorney General submitted the medical reports of Majeed and his son, before the bench stating that the Omni Group chairman can be made part of investigations. The Chief Justice remarked, “Is he an official guest? shift him to the jail, he has been enjoying for over a month.” After examining the report, the Chief Justice observed that the accused were in good condition so they should be in jail instead of a hospital.
Former president Asif Ali Zardari’s close aide and Omni Group chairman Anwar Majeed and his son, Abdul Ghani, were arrested by FIA in August in relation to a Rs 35 billion money laundering case. The FIA is investigating 32 people in relation to money laundering from fictitious accounts, including Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai was arrested in July in connection with the probe.
Over 20 ‘benami’ accounts at some private banks were opened in 2013, 2014 and 2015 from where transactions worth billions of rupees were made, according to the sources. The amount, according to FIA sources, is said to be black money gathered from various kickbacks, commissions, and bribes.
Traffic violations: E-ticketing from 24th Sept in Lahore
LAHORE: The Lahorites would receive electronic challans at their addresses given at the time of registration of vehicles over violation of traffic rules from Monday (24th September).
A spokesman for Punjab Safe Cities Authority (PSCA) said that a test run had already been conducted regarding electronic ticketing to ensure optimum efficiency after its launch.
The e-ticketing contains real-time violation graphics, type, and corresponding penalty numerics initially to be paid to the branches of Bank of Punjab, whereas similar arrangements were underway with National Bank of Pakistan along with various other deposit facilities, the spokesman said.
He said that these operations would be executed from the PSCA electronic ticketing center, in coordination with the City Traffic Police (CTP) and in compliance with the Motor Vehicles Ordinance and the rules, Section 116-A. The back side of E-tickets depicted all the violations, fines, and relevant instructions, he added.
The fine would have to be paid in 10 days; otherwise, the amount would double, the spokesman said and added that frequent violations or non-payment of fines would lead to impounding of vehicles. The PSCA urged people to observe traffic rules and take extra caution to avoid getting ticketed. More information can be obtained by calling at universal emergency helpline 15, the spokesman added.
Malaysia pardons three Mexicans on death row
MEXICO: The Sultan of the southern Malaysian state of Johor has commuted the death sentences of three Mexican brothers who were set to be hanged for drug trafficking crimes, Mexico said.
After years of lobbying by Mexican diplomats, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar of Johor – one of Malaysia’s most powerful and wealthiest state rulers – commuted the men’s death sentences to life in prison, Mexico’s foreign ministry said Thursday.
“This was the result of a long process and intense dialogue with Malaysian federal authorities,” it said in a statement.
The brothers — Simon, Luis Alfonso, and Jose Regino Gonzalez Villarreal – were arrested in a raid on a methamphetamine lab in Johor in March 2008.
The brothers, who hail from the Mexican state of Sinaloa — home to jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa cartel — insisted they were innocent, saying they had been hired to clean the building and were unaware what was being made inside.
But a Malaysian court sentenced them to hang to death in May 2012. The conviction was upheld on appeal the following year.
Mexico, which does not use capital punishment, neither accepted nor rejected the court’s guilty verdict, but pushed for the death sentence to be commuted.