The Facebook ‘selfie’ that solved a Canadian killing

Brittney Gargol (R) with her killer, Cheyenne Antoine, in a photo taken hours before Gargol died. (Facebook)
Updated 18 January 2018
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The Facebook ‘selfie’ that solved a Canadian killing

DUBAI: A Facebook selfie became instrumental in the investigation into the death of a young woman, and lead to a guilty plea and a seven-year prison sentence for her killer, police have said.
Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty earlier this week to killing Brittney Gargol, 18, after police discovered the weapon used in a picture of the pair posted just hours before the incident, Canadian news site CBC reported.
Gargol’s body was found near a landfill in Saskatoon two years ago – she had been strangled to death — the belt was near her body.
Antoine said the friends had been out drinking on the night of her death and got into an argument. Antoine says she doesn’t remember killing her friend
Police, who used Facebook posts to develop a timeline of Antoine and Gargol’s movements on the night of murder, said that aspects of the story Antoine first gave to them did not add up,
Antoine was initially charged with second-degree murder, but she later pleaded guilty to manslaughter.


Amnesty criticizes Iran’s mass arrests of media professionals

Updated 24 January 2019
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Amnesty criticizes Iran’s mass arrests of media professionals

DUBAI: Amnesty International says Iran arrested more than 7,000 people last year in a “shameless campaign of repression.”
The new report published on Thursday comes as the US has released an American anchorwoman for Iranian state television after she was detained on a material witness warrant in Washington.
Iranian officials and state media have widely condemned the arrest of Marzieh Hashemi.
However, Amnesty and the Committee to Protect Journalists have noted Iran’s widespread arrest and harassment of journalists.
Amnesty says Iran arrested at least 50 media workers in 2018. It says at least 20 “were sentenced to harsh prison or flogging sentences after unfair trials.”
Hashemi, meanwhile, sent a message to supporters on Thursday.
She said in Farsi: “I have a lot of things to say about what I have suffered.”