Posted: May 4th, 2013 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: China, CRIME!, Rat Meat | Comments Off
Chinese authorities have broken a major crime racket that passed off more than $AU1 million in rat as mutton. Police have arrested 900 suspects since January for selling and producing fake or tainted meat products, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement.
During the crackdown, police discovered one suspect, surnamed Wei, had used additives to spice up and sell rat, fox and mink meat at markets in Shanghai and Jiangsu province. Despite persistent efforts by police, “food safety crimes are still prominent, and new situations are emerging with new characteristics”.
Food safety and environmental pollution are chronic problems in China and public anxiety over cases of fake or toxic food often spreads quickly. In April, many consumers lost their appetite for poultry as an outbreak of the H7N9 bird flu virus spread in China :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 8th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: Adrian Bayley, Derryn Hinch, Jill Meagher, The Human Headline | Comments Off
My old buddy and former talkback radio host Derryn Hinch is to be charged with contempt of court for a third time. Supreme Court justice Geoffrey Nettle has ordered that Mr Hinch be charged with contempt for the publication of an article on his blog - The Human Headline - over Jill Meagher’s killer Adrian Bayley.
The judge ruled the blog breached strict non-publication orders put in place last week, after Bayley pleaded guilty to the murder of Ms Meagher. Derryn Hinch used Twitter to announce that he would not appear in court. 41 year old Adrian Bayley has pleaded guilty to last Septembers rape and murder of 29 year old ABC staffer Jill Meagher in Melbourne, initially he had entered a plea of Not Guilty.
In 2011, Hinch was ordered to serve five months home detention for contempt. In 1985 he served 12 days in jail for the same offence.
“Justice Nettle orders I be charged with contempt of court over editorial on Jill Meagher case. Methinks I’ll be the media whipping boy.” Mr Hinch said via Twitter.
bayley had been due to stand trial on September 30 for the ABC employee’s murder before dramatically changing his plea. The father of four was remanded to appear on June 11. Justice Nettle had suppressed all details of Bailey’s last appearance, including his interview with police. The only exception the judge allowed was that media could report the mans guilty plea.
For a full rundown on Mr Hinch’s latest antics check: www.theage.com.au For a complete/local rundown of Ms Meagher’s tragic story check: www.theage.com.au/jill_meagher
CORRECTION! 24 April 2013: My Old Buddy – Derryn Hinch was my boss, not my buddy, apologies.
Posted: March 20th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: Australia, CRIME, Ebay, Social Security Fraud, Technology Crime, Welfare Fraud | Comments Off
Data from online trading site eBay.com.au has helped Australia’s Government welfare agency, Centrelink, catch out social security recipients who are not declaring big profits from internet sales. Centrelink has cleverly compared its payment records with the activity of nearly 20,000 people who are running profitable eBay businesses.
The government agency identified 25 people who must repay close to $AU900,000 in welfare payments they weren’t entitled to. Centrelink general manager Hank Jongen said some matters had been referred to the director of public prosecutions, but no charges have yet been laid.
Welfare fraud costs Australia more than $AU600 million a year, the Australian Institute of Criminolgy – AIC – says welfare fraud is difficult to measure because it falls outside the two main crime measures of incidents reported to police and victim experience surveys. The AIC says the UK department responsible for social welfare estimated in 2009 that more than two percent of all benefit expenditures, or £3 billion a year, was fraudulently claimed :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 17th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: CRIME, Crimes Against Women, india, India Rape, Rape | Comments Off
Indian Police say six men have been arrested over the gang-rape of a Swiss tourist in central India, in an incident that has renewed focus on the rampant violence against women in India.
The woman was on a cycling holiday with her husband in the impoverished Madhya Pradesh state when six men attacked the couple on Friday night, sexually assaulting the woman, bashing the man, and robbing the pair. Concern remains high in India over the safety and status of women and girls in the nation of 1.2 billion. According to government statistics, one women is raped in the country every 20 minutes.
The Swiss foreign ministry in Bern released a statement on Saturday expressing deep shock at the “tragic incident”. The attack comes just three months after thousands took to the streets in nationwide protests following the fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a bus in New Delhi in December last year.In 2003, a 36-year-old female Swiss diplomat was abducted in the car park of a popular New Delhi auditorium, driven away by two men and raped. :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 14th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: AFP Cybercrime Unit, Australian Paedophile Ring, Child Sex Predators, Child Sexual Abuse, CRIME, Cybercrime | Comments Off
It’s a much smaller world for Australian paedophiles today. No longer safe behind their hideous little peer-2-peer networks, Australian Federal Police – AFP – say they’ve smashed a major child-sex-abuse network of online predators, arresting 21 people from around Australia this week.
AFP commenced Operation Conqueror in January, investigating the production, sharing and distribution of child abuse material – video and images - on the internet.
AFP, state and territory police officers carried out 36 search warrants in every state and territory as part of the operation, and arrested 21 people, with a further 6 still being sought for questioning.
“The material that’s been seized can only be classed as abhorrent and personally disgusting,” AFP Cyber Crimes operations manager Glen McEwan said. “Tackling this heinous crime is a key focus for the AFP.”
Hundreds of thousands of images and videos were seized in the raids, Mr McEwan said that one property raided had 26 hard drives – ranging in size from 500GB-2TB - filled with illegal images and videos.
Mr McEwan called on the community to continue passing on information and assistance in prosecuting crimes against children. He says as even though technology evolves allowing criminals to change their techniques, it is just a matter of time before online predators will be caught. Mr McEwan said the images seized were both locally and internationally produced :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 11th, 2013 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME! | Tags: Beijing Cultural Law Enforcement Agency, Censorship, Censorship Laws, China, China Censorship, China-Technology-News, GAPP, General Administration of Press and Publication, pornography, State Censors | Comments Off
More than fifty websites, blogs and microblog accounts have been shut down over the past week in China, not a huge number right? it is if your a pornster in China, in it’s latest round of crackdowns on online porn the government’s State Internet Information Office - SIIO – said the websites were closed for posting pornographic images, articles, films, amateur videos, online ads for prostitutes.
The SIIO was setup in May 2011, and is the online branch of the überpowerful State Council Information Office, the communist states censorship office. China’s Internet, with the world’s largest number of users – more than 450 million – is a booming industry, attracting investors and government agencies hoping for a stake in online revenues through licensing and regulation.
The National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications said Tuesday that nearly 1.8 million websites had been checked since the launch of the campaign, and 2,195 cases of dissemination of online pornography have been dealt with.
The office received more than 160,000 porn-related tip-offs from the general public and paid out about more than $AU75,000/¥500,000 to around 5oo informants. Companies and government departments also joined in the campaign. As part of the sting, China Mobile organized 20 employees – mothers of teenagers – to assist with monitoring and reporting mobile sites :: Read the full article »»»»