Two Businessmen Jailed For Raping and Murdering Colleague

 

A Turkish court on Wednesday jailed two men for raping and murdering a colleague in a case which became a rallying cry for in the campaign to end violence against women.

Wealthy businessman Cagatay Aksu was sentenced to life for the murder and sexual assault in May 2018 of 23-year-old Sule Cet, state news agency Anadolu reported.

His colleague Berk Akand was sentenced to 18 years and nine months for assisting in the crimes, the agency said.

The case sparked anger across Turkish society after the men claimed the university student committed suicide by throwing herself from the 20th floor of a building in Ankara.

There was also an attempt to suggest Sule was somehow to blame because she drank alcohol, and there was uproar at a hearing earlier this year when the defence lawyers speculated over Sule’s virginity.

At another hearing, Aksu reportedly told Sule’s father: “If only you’d looked after your daughter,” widely seen as criticism of his parenting.

“Femicides” have become a major issue in Turkey, where conservative attitudes still dominate in much of the country, with daily reports of gruesome murders of women, most often at the hands of current or former partners.

The “We Will Stop Femicides Platform”, a rights group, says 39 women were killed by men in November alone. The figure was as high as 53 in September.

While the government acknowledges the issue of violence against women, critics say not enough is being done to provide shelters and to address the broader problem of gender inequality which permeates society.

When women gathered to protest against the violence in Istanbul last month, they were teargassed by police.

Turkey ratified the 2011 Istanbul Convention on preventing domestic violence, but in some cases, defendants are still able to receive reduced sentences if they claim provocation or because of “good behaviour” in custody.

 

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Tinubu Seeks Gender Limit Removal For Rape, Tougher Punishment For Kidnappers

Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central) speaking during plenary in the Senate Chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on November 26, 2019. Photo: [email protected]

 

 

The Senate has begun an amendment of the Criminal Code Act, 2004, after considering a bill to that effect.

The bill sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos Central) during Tuesday’s plenary in Abuja seeks the removal of gender restrictions on rape offences and a proposal of stiffer penalties for kidnapping.

The proposed amendment by the upper chamber of the National Assembly also seeks to delete the statute of limitation in cases of defilement.

In her lead debate on the bill, Senator Tinubu objected to the provision of Section 218 of the Criminal Code which stated, “Anyone who has unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under the age of 13 or attempts same is guilty of a felony and liable to life imprisonment or 14 years imprisonment, respectively.”

 

Rushed Investigations

According to her, the prosecution of an offender under the section constitutes a limitation that should be extended as against the Act’s provision which allows for only two months after the offence is committed.

“This is untenable in a country where investigations often take longer than two months,” the lawmaker was quoted as saying in a statement by Ezrel Tabiowo, a special assistant to the Senate President.

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She added, “Considering the shortage of police personnel, relative to our population as prescribed by international standards, the two months limitation is unlikely to be met at all.”

“With the development and innovation in forensic technology and the accessibility or otherwise of such infrastructure in Nigeria, rushed investigations with a view to commencing prosecutions within a two-month period leave a possibility of a huge margin for error.”

The amendment bill also seeks an amendment to Section 221 of the Criminal Code.

The section provides that “Where a person has or attempts carnal knowledge of a girl being of or above the age of 13 and under the age 16, an ‘idiot or imbecile’, he shall be liable to imprisonment for a period of two years provided that the prosecution is commenced within two months after the offence is committed.”

The bill also proposes an amendment to Section 221, to substitute for the words ‘idiot or imbecile’, the words ‘mentally challenged’.

Senator Tinubu believes while words like idiot, moron, and imbecile are professionally used to measure Intelligence Quotient (IQ), they have acquired pejorative connotations, become derogatory and obsolete and should no longer be contained in the nation’s laws.

On rape, she noted said the Criminal Code Act, 2004, defined rape in Section 357 as an offence against women.

The lawmaker described the definition as “grievous,” saying it perpetrated the socio-cultural belief that men do not need to consent to sexual acts.

She, therefore, stressed that there were incidents of non-consensual sex perpetrated against the male gender.

 

Tougher Punishment

Meanwhile, Section 364 of the Criminal Code under amendment proffers punishment of imprisonment for a term of 10 years where a crime of kidnap is established.

The law under the Act defines kidnap as “unlawful imprisonment of any person to prevent him from applying to a court for his release or from disclosing to any person where he is imprisoned.”

Senator Tinubu compared the penalties for kidnapping to that of robbery – which is 21 years and death – as provided by the Criminal Code Act.

“Why is the punishment for stealing property and replaceable things higher than what is obtainable when you steal a human being?” she queried.

The lawmaker added, “The frequency of kidnap across the Federation and its resulting trauma, not to mention the number of lives lost to the crime, makes it imperative to review our laws with a view to ensuring appropriate punishment for perpetrators and deterrence for would-be perpetrators.”

After the bill was debated, Senate President Ahmed Lawan referred it to the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, and Legal Matters for further legislative work.

Rape, Domestic Violence Offenders Won’t Go Unpunished – Lagos Govt

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his wife, Dr Ibijoke, and Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, during the march against domestic and sexual violence in Ikeja on November 26, 2019.

 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has promised to wield “the big stick” on perpetrators of rape, domestic violence and child abuse in the state.

He also pledged the support of the state government for the police and the judiciary to ensure the crime was brought to the barest minimum.

The governor gave the warning on Tuesday after leading the “Walk To Commit and Act” rally organised by the state government through the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT) of the Ministry of Justice.

He explained that the government commemorating the day in line with the United Nations declaration against gender-based violence.

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Governor Sanwo-Olu added that the state was working hard with the Police Command and all relevant agencies to bring the crime to a zero point.

He warned that no offender would go unpunished, stressing that rape, domestic violence, and child abuse were crimes and must be treated as such.

“Lagos State government through the Ministry of Justice and other arms of the government, deem it fit that we need to have this walk to further confirm and to indicate our full support for advocacy around the talk of child abuse, the advocacy around rape, against women and girl, the talk around domestic violence, sexual violence and all other vices that are around abuse of children,” the governor said.

He added, “Our government by this walk confirms that we are totally against it, we stand against everything about this issue and we are going to ensure that we have zero tolerance against it.

“It is a crime against humanity. When you are caught in the act of sexual violence, child abuse, domestic violence, you will be made to pay dearly for your crime.

“So, we are using this advocacy to warn and to tell people to desist because the full arm of the law will be brought to bear on anybody or institution found wanting in any form.”

Governor Sanwo-Olu encouraged victims of such acts to open up to necessary authorities with an assurance that the government would take up such issues.

According to him, it is about time people lived in civil society and ensure they end the silence.

“Come forth if anything happens, speak up, and you can rest assured that you’ll be protected and the government will take up your issue.

“For people that have been all shut out that don’t know who or how to go about it, we have phone numbers that you can call.

“You can call our 112 or you can call the toll-free number which is 08137960048. You can also send your text to 6820. Be rest assured that somebody is on the other side, that will pick up your case and we’ll see to it that justice is served in any way where we found anybody culpable,” the governor said.

Writer Sues Trump For Defamation After Alleged Rape

Journalist E. Jean Carroll (pictured at a Cocktail Party in New York on November 17, 2015) alleged earlier this year that Trump raped her in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s. Astrid Stawiarz / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

 

 

A respected US writer who says Donald Trump raped her over two decades ago sued the president for defamation on Monday after he ridiculed her as “not my type.”

E. Jean Carroll, a magazine advice columnist, filed the lawsuit in a New York court, claiming Trump’s denials of the alleged sexual assault had damaged her reputation and career.

“When I had the courage to speak out about the attack, he defamed my character, accused me of lying for personal gain, even insulted my appearance,” she said in a statement.

Carroll, 75, alleged earlier this year that Trump raped her in a dressing room at the Bergdorf Goodman store in Manhattan in the mid-1990s following a chance encounter.

She said the sexual assault took place after Trump — then a prominent real estate developer — asked her for advice on buying lingerie for an unnamed woman.

US President Donald Trump Trump has denied ever meeting the writer and has accused her of trying to promote her book when she claimed he sexually assaulted her two decades ago. Photo: Olivier Douliery / AFP

 

The president denied knowing Carroll and accused her of “totally lying” when the claims were put to him in an interview with The Hill, a political news outlet, in June.

“I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened. It never happened, OK?” Trump said.

Carroll, who writes a long-running column in Elle magazine, became at least the 16th woman to have accused Trump of sexual misconduct before he became president.

Her account was first revealed in an excerpt of her new memoir that was published by New York magazine.

Carroll said she never went to the police at the time because she was afraid of repercussions.

The 27-page complaint filed in Manhattan, which seeks unspecified damages, accuses Trump of knowingly lying about the alleged assault.

“He smeared her integrity, honesty, and dignity — all in the national press,” it reads.

Carroll said she felt compelled to speak up by the #MeToo movement in 2017 which saw dozens of woman make sexual assault allegations against famous men.

“I am filing this on behalf of every woman who has ever been harassed, assaulted, silenced, or spoken up only to be shamed, fired, ridiculed and belittled,” she tweeted Monday.

“No person in this country should be above the law — including the president,” Carroll added.

AFP

Jeffrey Epstein’s Associate Accused Of Rape

The wealthy US financier Jeffrey Epstein, indicted on charges he trafficked underage girls for sex, committed suicide in prison, US news media reported on August 10, 2019. / AFP

 

A former model has accused a modelling agent close to US sex crimes suspect Jeffrey Epstein of raping her in 1990, as France pursues its own investigation into alleged offences on its territory.

In a letter sent to Paris Prosecutor Remi Heitz seen by AFP on Saturday, a 46-year-old Dutch woman says Jean-Luc Brunel drugged and raped her at his Paris appartment in the early 1990s, shortly after she turned 18.

French prosecutors opened an inquiry last month into suspected sex trafficking and alleged cases of rape and sexual abuse of women, including minors.

Brunel has emerged as a key figure in the scandal surrounding the US billionaire, who committed suicide in a New York jail last month.

Brunel has been accused in court documents of rape and of procuring young girls for Epstein, charges he has denied in the past.

But since Epstein’s arrest in July — just as he returned from a trip to Paris — Brunel, formerly a high-power model scout, has not been heard from publicly.

In her letter, the former Dutch model said several girls lived in Brunel’s apartment near the Champs-Elysees, where every day “rich businessmen were accompanied by very young girls.”

“The events are beyond the statute of limitations, and my client knows this will not lead to charges against Mr Brunel,” the woman’s lawyer, Anne-Claire Le Jeune, told AFP.

“But she wanted to testify anyway, to help the inquiry move forward,” she said.

It is also investigating claims that Epstein and others participated for years in a vast child sex-trafficking ring.

A French advocacy group for child sex abuse victims, Innocence En Danger (Innocence at Risk), has said 10 people had offered witness statements alleging sex crimes committed against minors in France.

According to the Parisian newspaper, Paris police last week questioned two other women who said they had been sexually assaulted by Brunel. These alleged offences happened too long ago for prosecution.

Four years ago, Brunel was accused in a civil lawsuit of rape and procuring young girls for the US financier.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who filed the suit, accused Epstein of using her as a “sex slave”. She said she had been forced to have sex with well-known politicians and businessmen, including Brunel.

She also alleged that Brunel would bring girls as young as 12 to the United States and pass them on to his friends, including Epstein. Brunel fiercely denied the allegations.

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Ramaphosa Vows To Intensify War On Rape, Murder Of Women

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the crowd in Makhanda, Eastern Cape Province on April 27, 2019.       Michele Spatari / AFP

 

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday vowed to tighten laws to fight rape and murder of women as the nation reels from high profile murders in recent days.

In an impromptu address thousands of protesters outside parliament, Ramaphosa admitted that it was time his government took emergency measures to deal with the scourge of rape and murder of women.

At least 137 sexual offences are committed per day, mainly against women, according to official figures.

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Women Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said this week that more than 30 women were killed by their spouses last month alone.

“Enough is enough and we are going to act,” said Ramaphosa, promising to announce later Thursday a raft of new measures his government will take.

“Men that kill and rape must stay in jail for life.

“The law must change that once you have raped and kill you get life, no bail!” Ramaphosa told the angry crowd.

Thousands of women protested for a second consecutive day in Cape Town at rallies prompted by last month’s brutal murders that have triggered outcry and much soul-searching in a country that is seen as one of the world’s most dangerous places for women and often appears numb to murder and sexual violence.

In one case University of Cape Town student, Uyinene “Nene” Mrwetyana, 19, was raped and bludgeoned to death when she went to a post office on August 24.

And on Friday boxing champion Leighandre “Baby Lee” Jegels, 25, was allegedly shot dead by her partner, who was a police officer.

“Parliament must make a decision on declaring this a state of emergency,” said Ramaphosa, who left the World Economic Forum meeting in Cape Town early to accept a memorandum delivered to parliament by a mass demonstration of mainly women.

“I agree completely that the killing of women must be bought to an end here in South Africa,” he added.

On Wednesday around 500 women demonstrated against South Africa’s “femicide epidemic” in front of Cape Town International Conference Centre, where a three-day World Economic Forum on Africa was opening.

Last year South Africa recorded a 6.9 percent increase in the number of murders countrywide, with an average 57 murders committed each day.

AFP

Three Arrested Over Rape Of Girls Under 16 In Lagos

Operation Puff Adda: Police Arrest Suspected Kidnappers, Rustlers In Taraba
A file photo of policemen on patrol.

 

 

Three suspects have been arrested in Lagos over allegations of rape in the Bariga and Ajao Estate areas of the state.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, Mr Bala Elkana, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the Bariga Police Station received a complaint on Saturday that one Fatai Nafiu, 28, forcefully had unlawful sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old girl.

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Elkana said a team of detectives from the Family Support Unit arrested the suspect and he confessed to committing the crime.

He added that the victim was taken to hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination while efforts were ongoing to charge the suspect to court.

Similarly, the Lagos State Police Command’s spokesman said another 34-year-old man, Taiwo Sheuases, was arrested for allegedly defiling a girl of about 15 years old in Bariga Market square.

The suspect also confessed to committing the crime and would be charged to court.

Elsewhere, a 50-year-old was arrested by operatives from the Ajao Estate Police Station following a complaint that he allegedly defiled a three-year-old girl.

The suspect, Isaac Ubogu, confessed to committing the crime while the victim was taken to hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination.

Rugby Players Jailed 15 Years For Gang Rape

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A Kenyan court has sentenced two rugby players to 15 years in prison for the gang rape of a female singer at a birthday party last year.

The international rugby sevens players Frank Wanyama, 24, and Alex Olaba, 23, were earlier this month found guilty of the rape in a case which highlighted what some activists refer to as a tradition of “rape culture” in rugby.

Milimani High Court Martha Mutuku handed down the sentences of 15 years imprisonment on Friday, saying “a deterrent sentence is necessary.”

The trial was held in-camera, so details of the evidence provided were not made public.

Mutuku declined a request from the defence lawyers that their clients be allowed to avoid jail time due to their youth and the fact that they had shown remorse.

Wanyama and Olaba, who were both university students when the rape took place, play for the Nairobi Harlequins club and have played for the national sevens team in global tournaments.

Wanyama captained Kenya’s second sevens team to win the Victoria Sevens tournament in Zimbabwe in March last year, while Olaba has played as a winger for both the sevens and 15-aside national teams.

Both were suspended from playing when their trial began.

Last year after a series of allegations against rugby players, gender violence activist Nafula Wafula created a petition urging the Kenya Rugby Union to take measures to address accusations of sexual assault, including giving mandatory training to players.

“The rape culture that is ingrained in the sports industry must be dealt with accordingly,” she wrote in the petition which gathered just over 10,000 signatures.

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Hundreds Of Mexican Women Protest Alleged Rape Of Teenager By Police

Protesters vandalize a bus stop during a demonstration held under the slogan “#NoMeCuidanMeViolan”. Photo: Alfredo ESTRELLA / AFP

 

Hundreds of women demanding protection from Mexico City’s police force took to the streets Friday after a number of high-profile sexual assault cases involving serving officers.

To shouts of “I do believe you!” and “My friends protect me, you don’t,” the initially peaceful rally ended with some participants lighting a fire on the second floor of a police building and vandalizing a bus station.

The protesters also sprayed graffiti on the capital’s Independence Monument, adorning the base of the stone edifice with the slogan “damned pigs!”

Two reports of attacks on women this month have sparked outrage and bitter recriminations against the city’s police force, with protesters mobilizing on social media through the hashtag #NoMeCuidanMeViolan, or “They don’t protect me, they rape me.”

A 17-year-old girl said four police officers assaulted her in a patrol car in the city’s north.

An officer was accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in a museum just days later.

“I worry young women cannot go to school or return from a quiet party because someone will rape them, just because they can,” said Melissa Ortiz, who attended the march.

The 40-year-old said there were few protections for women, especially when the men accused were the authorities “that should be protecting us.”

The city has suspended six police officers as part of the investigation into the 17-year-old’s alleged assault, but no arrests have been made. The prosecution has also said there were inconsistencies with the teenager’s account of the incident.

A man was arrested last week in connection with the alleged attack on the 16-year-old.

Violence against women, in the form of femicide, abuse, harassment and sexual assaults, has intensified in the country in recent years. According to the United Nations, an average of nine women are murdered daily in Mexico.

Hundreds Of Mexican Women Protest Police Rape Of Teenager

 

Hundreds of women demanding protection from Mexico City’s police force took to the streets Friday after a number of high-profile sexual assault cases involving serving officers.

To shouts of “I do believe you!” and “My friends protect me, you don’t,” the initially peaceful rally ended with some participants lighting a fire on the second floor of a police building and vandalizing a bus station.

The protesters also sprayed graffiti on the capital’s Independence Monument, adorning the base of the stone edifice with the slogan “damned pigs!”

Two reports of attacks on women this month have sparked outrage and bitter recriminations against the city’s police force, with protesters mobilizing on social media through the hashtag #NoMeCuidanMeViolan, or “They don’t protect me, they rape me.”

A 17-year-old girl said four police officers assaulted her in a patrol car in the city’s north.

An officer was accused of assaulting a 16-year-old in a museum just days later.

“I worry young women cannot go to school or return from a quiet party because someone will rape them, just because they can,” said Melissa Ortiz, who attended the march.

The 40-year-old said there were few protections for women, especially when the men accused were the authorities “that should be protecting us.”

The city has suspended six police officers as part of the investigation into the 17-year-old’s alleged assault, but no arrests have been made. The prosecution has also said there were inconsistencies with the teenager’s account of the incident.

A man was arrested last week in connection with the alleged attack on the 16-year-old.

Violence against women, in the form of femicide, abuse, harassment and sexual assaults, has intensified in the country in recent years. According to the United Nations, an average of nine women are murdered daily in Mexico.

Police Parade Man Accused Of Impregnating 10-Year-Old In Benue

A 17-year-old man, Terna Taga has been paraded by the Police Command in Benue State for impregnating a 10-year-old girl simply identified as Miss Masenegen.

Tega during the parade on Wednesday told journalists that the incident happened in December 2018 when the girl came to her house.

He said he slept with the girl two different occasions. He however claimed that it was consensual.

“She used her legs and came to my house. I asked her what happened and she said her parents locked everywhere to the house and that she has nowhere to sleep. That was the day I slept with her

“I did not rape her, if you ask the girl too she will tell you that I did not rape her,” he said.

The victim was however delivered of a baby girl last week Sunday in Makurdi, Benue State capital.

The Benue State Police Command paraded 15 other suspected criminals arrested for various crimes in the state.

Neymar Rape Case Dismissed – Court

In this file photo taken on May 4, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. 
Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP

 

A Brazilian judge on Friday dismissed the rape case against footballer Neymar citing insufficient evidence, court sources told AFP.

The decision — the final episode in the rape case against the Brazilian international superstar — comes on the recommendations of prosecutors just over a month after police dropped the case citing lack of evidence.

Neymar vehemently denied allegations he raped a Brazilian woman in a Paris hotel in May.