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.

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

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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.

AFP

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.

I Never Expected Our Residential Address Will Be Made Public – Dakolo

 

Singer, Timi Dakolo has expressed concerns over the safety of his family, after ‘strange men with guns’ visited their residence to serve him and his wife, Busola, a letter on Saturday.

He alleged that since the visit, the lives of his family have been put at risk by ‘strange faces’.

Mr Dakolo had on Saturday in a social media post, raised an alarm alleging that, the visit by the men was an act of “institutionalized intimidation.”

Meanwhile, the police in a statement stated that the men served official Invitation letters, and are not synonymous with a Warrant of Arrest, and must not be construed to be one.

However, the singer explained at a press briefing that his wife, Busola, a photographer, had filed a petition against the founder of the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, alleging him of raping her when she was a teenager.

“On the 27th of June, my wife, through her legal representative filed a petition at a police station about Mr Biodun Fatoyinbo of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly, for raping a minor.

“The petition was filed at the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in Alagbon, Ikoyi. We had four meetings, over six hours at the police station, the day before and the day after.”

He added that the AIG asked for an expeditious action after assigning the file to an investigative team, and his family decided not to publicise the development because of their believe that the law will be followed duly.

“The AIG himself personally assigned the file and immediately asked for an expeditious action to investigate the case.

“We decided not to publicise the fact that we had our case filed as we believe the law will be followed duly.”

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While narrating the incident that occurred on Saturday, Mr Dakolo alleged that the actions of the men showed that they wanted to abduct him or his wife.

“I never expected that our residential address where my children live will be released to the public. Since then, I have noticed how my life, my wife’s life, and my children have been put to risk by strange faces.

“The attempt on Saturday to abduct my wife or me because the people that came to drop a letter at my house came with guns and a tinted vehicle.

“When they followed my wife into the compound, someone said that his boss wanted to see her in the bus and she refused to go see the person.”

The latest development comes weeks after his wife; Busola Dakolo alleged that Pastor Abiodun Fatoyinbo, had raped her when she was a teenager.

Subsequently, the pastor stepped-down as calls for the case to be investigated mounted.

Police Parade Suspected Killer Of Ex-Corps Member In Imo

Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba parading a suspected rapist and muderer of an ex-corps member at the Imo State Police Command on Monday, July 8, 2019

 

The Imo State Police Command has arrested one Chukwuemeka Eze for allegedly raping and killing a 27-year-old female, Lilian Mgbanwa, who just completed her National Youth Service Corps.

Eze was paraded on Monday by the Force Public relations Officer, Frank Mba, at the Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, the state capital.

The police spokesman told reporters that Eze, who hails from Mgbidi in Oru West Local Government Area of the state, was arrested after an indigene of the community tipped the police off.

‘No Perfect Crime’

According to Mba, the suspect has so far confirmed to have committed the crime and also taken the police to the scene where the remains of the victim were buried.

He said, “Not only did Chukwuemeka Eze rape the innocent young woman at the end of that sexual assault, he also went ahead to cover his crime by murdering the innocent woman.

“But like we have always told people, there are no perfect crimes anywhere in the world.”

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After committing the crime, the suspect was said to have taken the victim’s phone to a shop where he intended to charge it.

“A very observant Nigerian who owns the shop looked at Chukwuemeka Eze who had brought this phone to his shop and was very convinced from his character, that he probably may not be the owner of the phone,” Mba narrated.

He added, “As soon as Emeka turned his back, this very patriotic Nigerian turned on the phone and the first call that came was from a blood relative of the murdered female who requested to speak to her sister.

“It was in the course of that conversation that it became very clear that Emeka was not the owner of the phone.”

The Force Public Relation Officer also paraded other suspects who were allegedly involved in kidnapping, armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms in the state.

Rape Allegation: CAN Expresses Concerns, Urges Parties To ‘Sheath Swords’

 

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says it is seriously concerned about the allegation of rape involving the General Overseer of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo.

In a statement issued on Sunday by its Acting General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola, CAN said: “It is disheartening how some commentators and columnists have been insulting the Body of Christ in Nigeria as a result of this incident.

“Like we have earlier stated, it doesn’t matter who is involved, rape is ungodly and reprehensible.”

Noting that the matter is being investigated, the association appealed to parties involved to sheath their swords.

“As we seek the help of CAN Elders and the Holy Spirit in resolving the current problem, it is our prayer that both parties will sheath their swords and stop the media war in the interest of the Church and for the greater glory of God,” it said.

Read Full Statement below.

CAN Press Statement

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is seriously concerned about the disturbing situation concerning Pastor Biodun Fatoyinbo, the General Overseer of Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA), one of our leading Pastors in the country, on whom an allegations of rape has been levelled by one of our daughters, Mrs Timi Dakolo.

It is disheartening how some commentators and columnists have been insulting the Body of Christ in Nigeria as a result of this incident.

Like we have earlier stated, it doesn’t matter who is involved, rape is ungodly and reprehensible.

But we have resisted the temptation to jump into any conclusion since a body like ours will be expected to have uncovered the truth about any matter before making public statements and not base its position merely upon media reports.

Although we have disclosed that Pastor Fatoyinbo’s Church has not been an active member of CAN, that does not put the Church outside the spiritual watch-care of CAN.

CAN is the umbrella body for every Christian and Church in Nigeria.

Jesus Christ, the Head of the Church, does not turn back anyone that comes to Him and CAN also does not.

The Ministry of the Church, according to Jesus Christ, is the Ministry of Reconciliation, which is centered on true love and forgiveness of those who repent.

The Bible states it clearly that “God demonstrates his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Roman’s 5:8,11).

Having reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, God has committed to us the ministry of reconciling the world unto Himself and to one another. (2 Corinthians 5:19-21).

Since both Pastor Fatoyinbo and Mrs Timi Dakolo are Christians, the leadership of CAN is already seeking ways to address the issues in order to heal every wound already inflicted on the parties concerned and the body of Christ in general. It is our hope that steps which will exacerbate the current damages already done will be avoided.

As we seek the help of CAN Elders and the Holy Spirit in resolving the current problem, it is our prayer that both parties will sheath their swords and stop the media war in the interest of the Church and for the greater glory of God.

Thank You.

Signed
Joseph Bade Daramola, Esq.
Acting General Secretary, CAN

Nurseries Shut As Police Makes Arrest In Myanmar Rape Case

 

Seven nurseries in Myanmar’s capital remained closed Thursday as police charged a suspect for allegedly raping a two-year-old, a case that has horrified a country where experts say assaults on children are widespread.

The father of the girl spoke to local media about the investigation last week.

He described how his daughter had returned home from her nursery in Naypyidaw in May with injuries that doctors told him were the result of rape.

The government this week temporarily closed the school and several others in the capital.

“Fifteen private schools were shut on Monday but eight have re-opened,” the Department of Social Welfare’s Tin Zaw Moe told AFP.

A judge announced Thursday that a suspect has been arrested and charged with rape.

But an online campaign fueled by rumours over the assault has gained traction for weeks.

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Outraged netizens changed their Facebook profile photos to call for “Justice for Victoria”, a pseudonym given to the girl.

The drive spread to newspaper front pages and even the president’s office, which shared the trending icon on Facebook, saying it had been deluged by demands for action.

A string of celebrities have also added their voices to a movement that is now jumping offline.

Hundreds have signed up to take part in a protest march this Saturday in Yangon to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Child welfare experts at NGO Terre des Hommes (Lausanne) told AFP cases of child rape are “very common” in low-income townships in Myanmar even if most go unreported.

The stigma and reticence to undertake a lengthy judicial process mean many families prefer to remain silent.

The NGO said it hears of one to two cases every week in just one impoverished Yangon township of 800,000 people.

A new child law is due to be signed soon that would allow police to open cases even if nobody presses charges.

AFP