Men Plead Guilty to Lesser Charges
Five of eight men accused of plotting to detonate liquid explosives on board trans-Atlantic passenger jets — including some destined for Canada — pleaded guilty to lesser offences Monday.
Three men — Abdulla Ahmed Ali, 27, Assad Sarwar, 28, and Tanvir Hussain, 27 — admitted to conspiring to cause explosions.
The three men and two other defendants — Ibrahim Savant, 27, and Umar Islam, 30 — also admitted to “conspiring to cause a public nuisance” by creating videos threatening suicide bomb attacks.
The five men, along with three other defendants are accused of targeting at least seven airliners heading to Canada and the U.S. in 2006.
The two Air Canada flights were bound for Montreal and Toronto.
All of the men are British with ties to Pakistan.
Prosecutors say the group wanted to kill hundreds of passengers using bombs concealed in soft drink bottles.....
Ali said he hoped a small, non-fatal blast at Britain’s Houses of Parliament, an oil refinery, or at an airport would create attention for his film.
* July 14, 2008 - 7:07PM
A Vietnamese organised crime syndicate was behind an attempt to smuggle $31 million worth of drugs hidden in foot spas and massage chairs into Australia, a court has heard.
Five men and two women, including a Qantas flight attendant, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court today after the Australian Federal Police raided a Sunshine West warehouse on Saturday........
Qantas flight attendant Angela Wong, 23, of Padstow, New South Wales, and her boyfriend Han Trung Trinh, 23, of Punchbowl, New South Wales were today denied bail by magistrate Jelena Popovic on three charges of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of a controlled drug in relation to the ice, ecstasy and cocaine.
Minh Quang Nguyen, 31, of Brooklyn faced the same three charges while Manh Le, 40, of Canada, Phousadeth Phommalysack, 24, of Preston, New South Wales, Hung Van Luong, 49, of Laverton and Phuong Bich Nguyen, 31, of Springvale, were charged with an additional three offences of attempting to import the drugs.
July 14, 2008
The story below was told to me by a Russian friend, a most respectable and upstanding person, and so I have no reason to doubt its veracity.... I've typed it below pretty much as he told me over dinner a few nights ago... At the end, some readers might think, ``Well, whatever happened to `Turn the other cheek''... That's a valid comment; but when violent and fanatical Muslims take their malicious plans and aspirations into one's own front yard, the right to self defense is even more valid.
Once, two years ago, my 60-year old uncle was walking down Nevsky Prospect late at night. He was in a good mood. Now, I have to say that uncle is a big man, a geologist, and is used to living in rough conditions in Siberia.
There weren't many people on the street that night/ early morning. Uncle was enjoying the beauty of St. Petersburg's historical center when suddenly he came across a man brutally beating a young woman. He went up to the man and asked what he was doing. The man answered with curses, in a thick accent, telling him to get lost or his Chechen brothers would come and kill him.
Uncle thought to himself there was no way he would let a punk of any nationality or creed brutally beat a young Russian woman. So uncle set upon him and settled the matter quickly. Within seconds, however, four more Chechens drove up, got out of the car and jumped on uncle. Two guys held his arms behind his back while the other two punched. They punched him and kicked him, and told him to say, ``Allah Akhbar''.
Bloodied and semi-conscious, uncle thought to himself: ``there is no way I am going to praise a false Muslim god on the main street of MY city.'' Uncle did nto capitulate, and never said what the Muslims wanted of him. They beat him senseless and left him unconcsious and bloodied.
It was late night. Uncle lay there for some time. The few people who passed by didn't help. When he came to, he managed to get up and stumbled home. Like many Russians he rightfully fears doctors and hospitals, and having spent much time living in the wilds of Siberia, he began to heal himself. With the help of his son he bandaged his broken ribs, and other wounds. Days went by and uncle's condition worsened, and he called his family to say he was dying.
He wanted to die in peace, and realized there was something he had to do. The next day he asked his son to bandage his wounds again, and this time to make the layer thicker and tighter. He didn't tell his son Why... Without telling his family, the next day he left the house, and went back to the same spot where he had been beaten. Sure enough he recognized two of the Chechen thugs hanging out... this was their `territory'... Uncle went up to them and began to beat the crap out of them. He beat them repeatedly and mercilessly... until they screamed out: ``Jesus is Lord''...
Satisfied, Uncle left them, and went home. He requickly recovered from his wounds, and is alive and well today.
July 13th, 2008
NURSES coming to Australia on skilled migrant visas have come with suspect documents, it has been revealed exclusively to the Sunday Territorian.
In 2006, four Zimbabwean nurses working in Queensland were caught with falsified certificates of good standing, a document needed to apply for work in Australia.
The certificates were issued by the Zimbabwean Nursing Board.
Three were found to have been genuine nurses who received their certificate earlier than they should -- but one was not. That nurse was deregistered.
The Department of Immigration said the nurse had since left Australia.
It said Zimbabwean nurses had certificates of good standing "incorrectly'' issued over a two-year period.
The NT is suffering a severe nursing shortage with increasing numbers of nurses arriving on the 457 visa to fill the gap.
In 2003-04, 40 nurses arrived on the 457 visa.
But last year the number more than doubled to 90 nurses, from countries including India, the Philippines and China.
Zimbabwe has been the biggest provider of 457 nurses in the Territory with 90 coming in the past five years as the country has slowly fallen apart.
Australian Nurses Federation NT secretary Yvonne Falckh said Royal Darwin Hospital was about 60 nurses short and Alice Springs hospital down 20 -- with the positions unable to be filled
* July 13, 2008 - 11:25AM
Britain's government today announced new shock tactics to tackle growing concern about knife crime, including forcing young people caught with weapons to confront stabbing victims.
The plans would also involve offenders being taken to hospital emergency rooms to see people being treated for knife wounds, meeting the families of stab victims and prisoners locked up for knife offences, the Home Office said.
The measures, to be outlined as part of a wider crime action plan on Tuesday, are part of her department's response to a spate of horrific attacks last week that saw four people killed in London in just 24 hours.
There is also wider concern about the increasing number of teenagers killed by knives in the British capital this year and fears about a growing violent gang culture among the nation's youth.
Some 20 teenagers have been killed already this year, the majority of them by knives. Last month, two French students were killed in a southeast London flat. They had been bound, stabbed more than 200 times, then set on fire. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith rejected opposition calls for anyone caught with a knife to expect to go to prison, describing such a response as "simplistic" and "wrong" to think that punishment behind bars could solve the issue.