Prince Harry, Wife Condemn Violence Against Women In South Africa

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex gives a speech as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex listens (L), during their visit to “Justice desk”, an NGO in the township of Nyanga in Cape Town, as they begin their tour of the region on September 23, 2019.  DAVID HARRISON / AFP

 

Prince Harry on Monday spoke out against gender-based violence in South Africa as his wife Meghan hailed girls who had chosen to “stand up for what is right”.

The British royal couple visited Cape Town’s tough Nyanga township as part of a 10-day tour of southern Africa — their first official visit as a family since their son Archie was born in May.

Situated on the outskirts of a city known for it pristine beaches and rolling vineyards, the township is crippled by gang violence and the highest murder rate in the country.

After landing earlier aboard a commercial flight from London, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex surprised young girls who were in the middle of a self-defence class.

They then addressed the crowd, stressing the need to roll back gender violence and empower women.

South Africa is one of the world’s most dangerous places, particularly for women, with more than 40,000 incidents of rape were reported to the police between April 2018 and March 2019.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to crack down on perpetrators after protests flared up across the country this month.

“Touching on what your President said last week -– no man is born to cause harm to women,” said Prince Harry.

“It’s about redefining masculinity, it’s about creating your own footprints for your children to follow in, so that you can make a positive change for the future.”

Meghan, a mixed-race American who has been advocating women’s rights long before marrying Harry in 2017, congratulated girls “standing up for what’s right in the face of adversity”.

“Your commitment to stand up for what is right is energising and inspiring,” said the Duchess.

“While I’m here with my husband and as a member of the royal family, I am here as a mother, a wife, a woman of colour and your sister.”

Demonstrations in South Africa have been mounting over the rising toll of murders, rapes and abuse of women and girls, and a sense of impunity that surrounds it.

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Canadian Neurosurgeon Pleads Guilty To Murdering Wife

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A Canadian neurosurgeon on Monday pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, stuffing her body in a suitcase and throwing it in a river after she told him she was leaving him, media reports said. 

Mohammed Shamji, 43, admitted he had bludgeoned and strangled 40-year-old Elana Fric-Shamji, also a doctor with whom he had three children, in late 2016 in their home in Toronto.

He was arrested the next day when her body was discovered on the banks of the river. He was charged with premeditated murder.

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At a pre-trial hearing Monday, he pleaded guilty to murder without premeditation, which carries an automatic life sentence but with the possibility of parole after 10 years. Premeditated murder allows for a chance of parole only after 25 years.

The plea avoids a trial which had been due to start in the coming days. Shamji will learn his sentence in a hearing due on May 8, media said.

Police said that on November 28, 2016, Fric-Shamji filed for divorce. Two days later, her husband hit her several times and strangled her at their home.

Their 11-year-old daughter heard the assault and came into her parents’ room, only to be ordered back to her own bed by her father, according to documents released on Monday.

Shamji then put his wife’s body in a suitcase which he threw into the Humber River, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of Toronto. The couple had been married for 12 years.

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Court Orders Arrest Of Ex-NIA DG, Wife

EFCC Summons Former NIA DG, Wife

 

The Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered the arrest of former National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Director-General, Ayo Oke and his wife, Folashade.

The order followed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) asking the court to issue a bench warrant for their arrest. The commission explained in the application that it is finding it difficult to secure their attendance in court.

Oke and his wife are facing four charges bordering on money laundering.

The arraignment of the sacked Director General of the National Intelligence Agency failed to hold on Wednesday. This was because the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says it is yet to serve the charges on the two defendants.

At the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos on Wednesday, the EFCC Prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo told trial Judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke that since the commission is finding it difficult to secure the attendance of the two defendants in court, it intends to make an oral application for the issuance of a bench warrant for their arrest .

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Justice Aneke told the EFCC prosecutor that he was yet to see the case-file of the matter and would need time to go through same before entertaining any application.

The judge then adjourned the case to Thursday, February 7, for the EFCC to move its oral application seeking a bench warrant against Amb. Oke and his wife.

The EFCC had instituted a four counts charge against Oke and Folashade.

The charge against Oke and Folashade, reads:

That you, Amb. Ayodele Oke, Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke on or about the 12th day of April 2017 in Lagos concealed the sum of $43, 449, 947, 000 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria in Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

That you Amb. Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court indirectly used the sum of $1, 658, 000 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria to acquire Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

That you Amb. Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court directly retained $160, 777, 136. 85 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

That you Amb. Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court directly converted $160, 777, 136. 85 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria to your own use which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

EFCC Seeks Bench Warrant Against Ex-NIA DG, Wife

EFCC Summons Former NIA DG, Wife

 

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking a bench warrant against the former Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ambassador Ayodele Oke and his wife Folashade Oke.

This follows after their arraignment failed to hold again today as the anti-graft agency said it is yet to serve the charges on the two defendants.

At the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos, the EFCC Prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo on Wednesday told the trial Judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke that since the commission is finding it difficult to secure the attendance of the two defendants in court, it intends to make an oral application for the issuance of a bench warrant for their arrest.

READ ALSO: Planned Arraignment Of Ex-NIA DG, Wife Fails To Hold Today

Justice Aneke told the EFCC prosecutor that he was yet to see the case file of the matter and would need time to go through same before entertaining any application.

The judge then adjourned the case to Thursday, February 7, for the EFCC to move its oral application seeking a bench warrant against Amb. Oke and his wife

The EFCC had instituted a four counts charge against Mr. Oke and Folashade.

The charge against Mr. Oke and Folashade read:

That you, Amb. Ayodele Oke, Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke on or about the 12th day of April 2017 in Lagos concealed the sum of $43, 449, 947, 000 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria in Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

That you Amb. Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court indirectly used the sum of $1, 658, 000 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria to acquire Flat 7B, No. 16 Osborne Road, Osborne Towers, Ikoyi Lagos which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

That you Amb. Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court directly retained $160, 777, 136. 85 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

That you Amb. Ayodele Oke and Mrs. Folasade Ayodele Oke between 25th day of August 2015 and 2nd day of September 2015 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this court directly converted $160, 777, 136. 85 property of the Federal Government of Nigeria to your own use which sum you reasonably ought to have known formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: criminal breach of trust and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act 2012 and punishable under Section 15(3) of the same Act.

Trigger-Happy Cop Shoots Wife, Brother Dead In Courtroom

 

An off-duty policeman opened fire inside a divorce court in South Africa on Monday, killing his estranged wife and her brother during a tea break in legal proceedings.

The incident in South Africa’s southeastern port city of Durban occurred on the eighth floor of the regional magistrate court building as the court heard the annulment case between the couple.

“At around 11:00 am… the suspect shot at the wife and her brother and both died at the scene,” police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbele told AFP, adding that the hearing was about to resume after a tea break.

The two victims suffered several gunshot wounds, she said.

The suspect, 32, turned the gun on himself but survived.

“He tried to commit suicide and has been taken to hospital where he is in a critical condition,” she said.

Local reporters said that the two victims were in the court’s public gallery when the shooter tried to talk to them before opening fire.

South Africa’s TimesLive online paper said visibly shaken court staff, including clerks and interpreters, were escorted from the building.

Security is usually tight at South African courts where visitors and workers pass through metal detectors and bags are X-rayed.

Police officers are allowed to go in with their firearms if they are on duty.

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Malaysian Ex-PM’s Wife Hit With Two New Graft Charge

Rosmah Mansor wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (C), is escorted by police personnel during her arrival at court in Kuala Lumpur on November 15, 2018. MOHD RASFAN / AFP

 

The wife of Malaysia’s toppled ex-leader was hit with two new corruption charges on Thursday for allegedly accepting bribes worth 189 million ringgit ($45 million) to help a firm secure a government solar power contract.

Rosmah Mansor — widely reviled in Malaysia due to her penchant for lavish overseas shopping sprees — has already been charged with money laundering and tax evasion related to a billion-dollar scandal that helped topple her husband’s government at polls in May.

Court documents showed the new charges related to Rosmah seeking and receiving payments in connection with a solar project in schools in the eastern state of Sarawak in 2016 and 2017.

Rosmah, 66, pleaded not guilty to both charges and was freed on a 1 million ringgit bail.

The court will fix the trial dates on December 10.

Rosmah, who has already been hit with 17 charges of corruption and money-laundering, had faced fresh questioning by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday.

She faces up to 40 years in jail if found guilty of the two new charges.

She has pleaded not guilty to all charges against her.

In a separate case Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, a former minister close to Najib, was charged with corruption Thursday for improperly receiving 3 million ringgit related to land deals in 2013 and 2016.

Tengku Adnan pleaded not guilty and was freed on bail. He will reappear in court on December 12 when trial dates will be fixed.

Allegations of corruption swirling around Rosmah and her husband, former prime minister Najib Razak, contributed his coalition’s shock election loss in May.

Najib and his cronies are accused of plundering billions of dollars from state investment fund 1MDB to buy up super-yachts, Van Gogh artwork and finance a Hollywood blockbuster.

He has also been arrested and hit with a barrage of corruption charges. He denies any wrongdoing.

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Federer Credits Wife For Keeping Him Going

Switzerland’s Roger Federer cries as he holds the winner’s trophy after beating Croatia’s Marin Cilic in their men’s singles final match on day 14 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 28, 2018.
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Roger Federer has credited his wife Mirka with keeping him motivated and still going strong at 36, although his longevity has “many pieces to the puzzle”.

The Swiss master won his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday when he defeated Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

The latest triumph — his sixth at Melbourne Park — came 15 years after he won his first major at Wimbledon in 2003, yet he continues to defy time when many of his contemporaries have fallen by the wayside.

He said having a supportive partner was key to him still being able to do what he loves, with wife Mirka courtside for most of his big games, despite now having four children to look after.

This, coupled with a careful schedule, has allowed him to remain at the top, with no thoughts of calling it quits any time soon.

“I think by not overplaying, not playing every tournament possible,” he said on what keeps him going.

“I enjoy practice, don’t mind the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible.”

“Then, of course, my wife who makes it all possible. Without her support, I wouldn’t be playing tennis no more since many years.

“But we had a very open conversation, if she was happy to do this or not, years ago. I’m happy that she’s super supportive, and she’s willing to take on a massive workload with the kiddies.

“Same for me, because I wouldn’t want to be away from my kids for more than two weeks. This life wouldn’t work if she said no.”

Federer also takes pleasure in seeing his parents, Lynette and Robert, enjoying watching him play and travelling to tournaments.

“At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it,” he said.

“They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.

“Many puzzles need to fit together for me to be able to sit here tonight,” he added.

AFP