Stray cat a suspect in Japan attempted murder

Above, a stray cat in Japan. Police turned their attention to the stray cats loitering around Mayuko Matsumoto’s house after realizing her wounds were caused by the feral felines, and found traces of what may be human blood on one of them. (AP)
Updated 10 November 2017
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Stray cat a suspect in Japan attempted murder

TOKYO: A Japanese police probe into the attempted murder of an elderly bedridden woman has reportedly led to an unlikely suspect: a stray cat.
Mayuko Matsumoto’s daughter found her bleeding profusely from about 20 cuts to her face on Monday at her home in a mountainous region of southern Japan.
Police launched an attempted murder investigation after seeing the wounds, some of them relatively severe, according to local broadcaster RKK.
“When we found her, blood covered everything above her chin. Her face was soaked in blood. I didn’t know what had happened,” Matsumoto’s daughter told RKK.
Matsumoto, who is 82 years old and reportedly unable to speak, had to receive emergency care, Kyodo News said.
Investigators found no sign of people entering or leaving the house at the time of the suspected attack, the private network NTV said.
They then realized that Matsumoto’s wounds looked like cat scratches, it added.
Police turned their attention to the stray cats loitering around Matsumoto’s house, and found traces of what may be human blood on one of them, the Nishinippon Shimbun newspaper said Friday.
“Police are analizing a blood sample taken from the claw of the cat which might have scratched the victim,” national broadcaster NHK reported.
A police spokesman declined to directly comment on the case on Friday, but said that investigators were not disputing the media reports.


Thousands oppose Gandhi statue in Malawi

Updated 13 October 2018
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Thousands oppose Gandhi statue in Malawi

  • Indian independence hero had little impact in Malawi, opponents say
  • Statue is part of deal with India to build a $10 million convention center

BLANTYRE, Malawi: Over 3,000 people have signed a petition opposing a planned statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Malawi’s commercial capital Blantyre, saying the Indian independence hero had done nothing for the southern African country.
Work on the statue began two months ago along a road named after Gandhi. The Malawi government says it is being erected as part of a deal that will see New Delhi construct a $10 million (8.6-million-euro) convention center in Blantyre.
“Mahatma Gandhi has never contributed anything to Malawi’s struggle for independence and freedom,” a statement from the “Gandhi Must Fall” group said.
“We therefore, feel that the statue is being forced upon the people of Malawi and is the work of a foreign power aiming at promoting its image and dominion on the unsuspecting people of Malawi.”
The petitioners claim that Gandhi, who early in his career practiced in South Africa and fought against apartheid-era segregation laws, was racist.
“We are not comfortable with imperialistic and neo-colonial ideologies that seek to impose... foreign influence which deprives us of honor,” Wonderful Mkutche, a member of the group told AFP on Saturday.
“Now more than ever, our nation must rise above pettiness and weakness in international deals.... This must mean that we should only accept investments, partnerships... that are responsible, fair, equal, honorable, sustainable, efficient and transparent.”
But Isaac Munlo, Principal Secretary in the foreign ministry, defended the project saying: “It should be recognized that Mahatma Gandhi promoted values of simplicity, fight against social evils, promoting human and civil rights as well as uplifting of social well-being of people.
“It is also worth noting that all African freedom fighters that fought against colonialism and oppression and thus demanded independence were influenced by what Mahatma Gandhi fought for. In other ways, Mahatma Gandhi is a role model of a human rights campaigner for both Africa and India,” he said.
Malawi and India established diplomatic ties in 1964 and New Delhi is one of the country’s biggest donors.