S. Sudan drops kidnapping charges against American

Updated 07 December 2012
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S. Sudan drops kidnapping charges against American

JUBA, South Sudan: South Sudan has dropped charges against an American citizen arrested for kidnapping and whose family claimed security forces demanded $ 100,000 for his release, US diplomats said yesterday.
Elton McCabe and his Iraqi colleague Mohamed Oghlah were arrested in October on charges of plotting to kidnap a Indian businessman for a $ 5 million ransom.
“We can confirm that the High Court of Central Equatoria State dismissed the case against Mr. Elton McCabe and Mr. Mohamed Oghlah,” the US embassy in Juba said in a statement. McCabe’s wife said last month that the men, who were working for a consultancy firm in Juba, were arrested on the street by intelligence services on Oct. 14, and were beaten in custody and denied food and medicine.
She added that she had been asked to pay $ 100,000 for his release. South Sudan’s government and security forces have yet to comment on the matter and could not be reached yesterday.
Their lawyer Agok Makur said the justice ministry “once they realized that there was no case wrote to the judge” and the case had been dropped.
South Sudan, the world’s newest nation after winning independence in July 2011 following decades of war with Sudan, is struggling to build basic institutions, and its security forces are made up of former rebel fighters.


Turkish opposition accused of insulting Erdogan via cartoons

Updated 18 July 2018
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Turkish opposition accused of insulting Erdogan via cartoons

  • Insulting the president is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison in Turkey
  • Erdogan filed close to 2,000 lawsuits against people for alleged insults

ANKARA: Turkey’s state-run news agency says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed complaints against the main opposition party leader and 72 legislators accusing them of insults for posting and sharing a cartoon on social media that depicts him as a variety of different animals.
Anadolu Agency said complaints were filed Wednesday against Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who posted the cartoon on Twitter, and other officials who shared it in support of four university students arrested for holding up a poster of the same caricature during their graduation ceremony.
Insulting the president is a crime punishable by up to four years in prison in Turkey.
Erdogan filed close to 2,000 lawsuits against people for alleged insults, dropping many following a failed military coup in 2016 as a goodwill gesture, but filing many others since.