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Man Found Guilty of Beating N.J. College Student to Death with Crowbar

NEW BRUNSWICK-- The man accused ofbeating a New Jersey college student with a crowbar and leaving him for dead two years ago was found guilty Tuesday of all charges after a months-longtrial.Just after 10 a.m. in Middlesex County Superior Court, the jury found Timothy Puskas, 40, guilty of murder, weapons offenses and hindering in the death of William "Billy" McCaw.The 22-year-old student's father, Bob McCaw, tried to hold back tears as he thanked law enforcement and jurors for their countless hours working to Tuesday's verdict."We take no joy in the verdict because no matter what the outcome it won't bring Billy back," Bob McCaw said."I don't know how anyone goes through this kind of thing alone," he said, acknowledging his family and friends for their continued support.Puskas' attorney, Joseph Mazraani, declined to comment. Puskas faces 30 years to life in prison. His sentencing has not been set.Jurors spent days asking to rehear testimony and recorded phone calls, and to re-watch video surveillance, which prosecutors said showed Timothy Puskas wandering the city streets in the early hours of Feb. 15, 2014,near whereWilliam McCaw was later found dead.McCaw was a well-liked college student who recently transferred from Rutgers to Kean University. He was walking to a friend's home alone after a party at a Rutgers fraternityjust before 3 a.m. when he was killed.Middlesex County Prosecutor Bina Desai said Puskas -- who was angry, believing his roommates had been stealing from him -- crossed paths with McCaw that night, beatthe studentwith a crowbar and left himfor dead in the snow. His body wasn't found for hours until a neighbor found the student and called police, according to authorities.On Friday, the jury askedJudge Dennis Nieves if they couldwatch the 16 minutes of surveillance tapes one last time. Each juror was focused during the playback, some leaning forward with their hands tucked under their chin. By the end of the day, the jury had asked Nieves to go home following a "stressful" day of arguing during deliberations."There is no justifying such a brutal and senseless murder," Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said. "However, I hope that the guilty verdict gives Billy's family and friends some sense of closure and peace."At first, Puskas wasn't considered a suspect but became the target of the investigation after hisroommates told detectives they believed he was involved.In the days after the killing, Puskas' computer search history showed him reading a series of articles on the incident, the prosecutor said.Mazraani argued the roommates had been charged in a string of burglaries and were offering Puskas as a way to get out of their own legal issues."There's no motive for him to do any of this," Mazraani said in his opening statements. "He doesn't even know the young man."Mazraani continually argued throughout the trial that there was no physical evidence connecting his client to the murder.In the audio recordings between Puskas and his roommate, the 40-year-old said he was out wandering the streets and smashed a few car mirrors. He declined any involvement in McCaw's murder multiple times. The roommate claimed he washed Puskas clothes that night when he came back home.McCaw's body was found behind a Hartwell Street house, about 900 feet from where Puskas was living on Plum Street.Puskas was out on bail for a 2012 incident, where he hit and killed a bicyclist in New Brunswick. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in September following a reckless manslaughter conviction, the prosecutor's office said.NJ Advance Media reporter Alex Napoliello contributed to this report.Craig McCarthy may be reached at .

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After Huawei, U.S. Could Blacklist Chinese Surveillance Tech Firm - Media
After Huawei, U.S. Could Blacklist Chinese Surveillance Tech Firm - Media
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The U.S. administration is considering Huawei-like sanctions on Chinese video surveillance firm Hikvision, media reports show, deepening worries that trade friction between the world's top two economies could be further inflamed.The restrictions would limit Hikvision's ability to buy U.S. technology and American companies may have to obtain government approval to supply components to the Chinese firm, the New York Times reported nyti.ms/2MfgBS3 on Tuesday.The United States stuck Huawei Technologies on a trade blacklist last week, effectively banning U.S. firms from doing business with the world's largest telecom network gear maker, in a major escalation in the trade war.The United States has accused Huawei of activities contrary to national security, a charge Huawei denies. However, this week the Trump administration granted the firm a licence to buy U.S. goods until Aug. 19 to minimize disruption for customers.Huawei says it can ensure a steady components supply chain without U.S. help. A Hikvision executive echoed the sentiment."Even if the U.S. stops selling them to us we can remedy this through other suppliers," a Hikvision executive said on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the matter."The chips Hikvision uses are very commercial and most of the suppliers are actually in China," she said, but added the company had not been informed of any possible U.S. blacklisting.The White House did not respond to a request for comment.Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter, reported the U.S. government was deliberating whether to add Hikvision, security equipment maker Zhejiang Dahua Technology and several other unidentified firms to a blacklist.A Dahua investment department employee declined to comment.Hikvision, with a market value of more than $37 billion, calls itself the world's largest video surveillance gear maker.Its products are used in public places in China, from Beijing to Xinjiang. Headquartered in high-tech Hangzhou, one of China's richest cities, it sells close-circuit TV products, traffic and thermal cameras, and unmanned aerial vehicles.China's foreign ministry on Wednesday urged the United States to provide a fair environment for Chinese firms, in the wake of reports Hikvision could be blacklisted."Recently we have repeatedly expressed China's position of opposing the United States' abuse of national power to wilfully smear and suppress other countries' companies, including Chinese companies," ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a briefing.China requires its companies to abide by international norms when investing abroad, but "at the same time we always demand that other countries give Chinese enterprises fair and non-discriminatory treatment", he added.Shares in Hikvision, 42% held by state-owned firms, opened 10% lower on Wednesday. It later pared some losses to trade down 6%. Dahua shares slumped as much as 9.2%.Jefferies analyst Rex Wu downplayed the impact of a possible ban on Hikvision, saying the United States accounted for roughly 5% of the company's sales."Most AI solutions are sold to the government, public and enterprise sectors in China. Hikvision may be able to acquire GPU (graphics processing unit) via local distributors," Wu said.Hikvision and Dahua were specifically cited in a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump's top advisers last month, signed by more than 40 lawmakers, which called for tighter U.S. export controls over China's treatment of Muslim minority.China has faced growing global condemnation for setting up facilities in its western region of Xinjiang that U.N. experts describe as mass detention centres holding more than 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.Beijing has said its measures in Xinjiang, which reportedly also include widespread surveillance, are aimed at stemming the threat of Islamist militancy. The camps that have opened are vocational training centres, it has said.In a separate email on Wednesday, a Hikvision spokeswoman said the firm took these concerns seriously and had since last October been engaging with the U.S. government on the subject.
Cameras Make Surveillance Commonplace to Chicagoans
Cameras Make Surveillance Commonplace to Chicagoans
CHICAGO - When the body of Chicago's school board president was found partly submerged in a river last fall with a bullet wound to the head cameras helped determine that it was a suicide.Friends had speculated someone forced Michael Scott to drive to the river before shooting him - and maybe even wrapped his finger around the trigger.But within days, police recreated Scott's 20-minute drive through the city using high-tech equipment that singled out his car on a succession of surveillance cameras. The video didn't capture Scott's final moments, but it helped convince police that his death was a suicide: He wasn't followed. He wasn't following anyone. He never picked up a passenger.The investigation offered a riveting demonstration of the most extensive and sophisticated video surveillance system in the United States, and one that is transforming what it means to be in public in Chicago.In less than a decade and with little opposition, the city has linked thousands of cameras - on street poles and skyscrapers, aboard buses, and in train tunnels - in a network covering most of the city. Officials can watch video live at an emergency command center, police stations, and even some squad cars."I don't think there is another city in the US that has as an extensive and integrated camera network as Chicago has,'' said Michael Chertoff, the former Homeland Security secretary.New York has plenty of cameras, but about half of the 4,300 installed along the city's subways don't work. Other cities haven't been able to link networks like Chicago. Baltimore, for example, doesn't integrate school cameras with its emergency system and it can't immediately send 911 dispatchers video from the camera nearest to a call, like Chicago can.Even London - widely considered the world's most closely watched city with an estimated 500,000 cameras - doesn't incorporate private cameras in its system as Chicago does.While critics decry the network as the biggest of Big Brother invasions of privacy, most Chicago residents accept the cameras as a fact of life in a city that has always had a powerful local government and police force.And authorities say the system helps them respond to emergencies in a way never before possible. A dispatcher can tell those racing to the scene how big a fire is or what a gunman looks like. If a package is left next to a building for more than a few minutes, a camera can spot it.Cameras have recorded drug deals, bike thefts, and a holiday bell ringer dipping his hand into a pot outside a downtown store. Footage from a camera on a city bus helped persuade a suspected gang member to plead guilty to shooting a 16-year-old high school student in 2007.In the death of the school board president, the cameras helped diffuse mounting suspicion and anger. "It really closed that piece of the puzzle,'' police Superintendent Jody Weis said. "We don't know what was going through his head, but we definitely know he was alone.'' The network began less than a decade ago with a dozen cameras installed in Grant Park to deter violence during the annual Taste of Chicago festival.While authorities would not say exactly how many cameras are included, with 1,500 installed by emergency officials, 6,500 in city schools, and many more at public and private facilities, nobody disputes an estimate of 10,000 and growing. Weis said he would like to add "covert'' cameras, perhaps as small as matchboxes.City officials from around the world have visited Chicago to see the system and how effective it is.Chicago police point to 4,000 arrests made since 2006 with the help of cameras. And, an unpublished study by the Washington-based Urban Institute found crime in one neighborhood - including drug sales, robberies, and weapons offenses - decreased significantly after cameras were installed, said Nancy La Vigne, director of the institute's Justice Policy Center."It does stop people from coming out and acting the fool,'' observed Larry Scott, who lives in one of the city's last remaining public housing high-rises.He said residents rarely complain, unless they get caught for a minor offense or the cameras fail to record a violent attack."People were upset when that boy was killed by the 2-by-4 and there were no pictures,'' he said, referring to the beating death of a high school student that was recorded by cellphone but not city cameras last year.Police say they usually hear from Chicago residents about the cameras only when they want one installed in their neighborhood or worry one will be removed. Such a claim is supported by an unlikely source: the American Civil Liberties Union, which has criticized the use of cameras as an invasion of privacy and ineffective crime-fighting tool."It does appear that people only object when they get a ticket [because of a camera] for running a red light,'' ACLU spokesman Edwin Yohnka said.
B.C. Privacy Czar Slams Company's Use of Body Cameras on Chicken Catchers
B.C. Privacy Czar Slams Company's Use of Body Cameras on Chicken Catchers
VICTORIA-British Columbia's privacy commissioner says a chicken-catching company was not authorized to use video surveillance on staff in response to an animal cruelty investigation.Elite Services in Chilliwack said in June it would require one supervisor and two staff members to wear cameras on their vests after an animal advocacy group released an undercover video that allegedly showed workers hitting, kicking and throwing chickens.Drew McArthur, the province's acting information and privacy commissioner, says he launched an investigation following media coverage of the case over concerns the video surveillance was being used as a "quick fix" and could violate privacy rights.Read more:Alleged chicken abuse in B.C. spurs body camera requirement for farm workers Workers fired over alleged abuse caught on video at B.C. chicken farms The investigation found that Elite Services implemented the video surveillance to prevent employee misconduct and restore the company's reputation."But video surveillance should only be used as a last resort, not as a substitute for ineffective recruitment and training protocols," McArthur says in the report released Wednesday.He says the company did not consider the privacy risks involved in collecting the video, and the employees who were under surveillance were not the same workers who were allegedly responsible for the original misconduct.Elite Services said in June that six staff members were fired as a result of the undercover video, including two who were let go before the footage was released.The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but McArthur's report says it stopped video recording its employees once it was aware of the privacy commissioner's investigation. McArthur's report recommends the company stop using the video cameras.McArthur says his office found the company was collecting personal information from individuals without consent, including from farmers, truckers and contractors.The investigation found the collection and use of the personal information was not reasonable."Too often, organizations like this one turn to surveillance believing it will fix their crisis or problem. Organizations need to understand the privacy risks associated with surveillance and take all reasonable efforts to avoid them," the report says.McArthur's report makes seven recommendations, including that the company destroy all existing surveillance video and develop formal procedures to make sure personal information is protected in the future.
City 'dragons' Den' Gives Thumbs-down to Pool Safety ...
City 'dragons' Den' Gives Thumbs-down to Pool Safety ...
Hey there, time traveller!This article was published 14/11/2016 (947 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.A civic department's attempt to improve security measures at 12 city pools hit a financial roadblock Monday.Councillors on the innovation committee turned down a request from the community services department for $333,000 to upgrade closed circuit video surveillance (CCTV) because the initiative didn't show any financial benefits and suggested staff should look to the budget process for the funding."This strategy is not about money - it's about safety," Clive Wightman, director of community services, told the committee.Wightman had made a pitch to the committee for a share of a $1-million fund set aside for innovative capital projects that can either save money or generate revenue. But safety, Wightman learned, didn't meet the criteria.An administrative report supporting the request stated any potential savings from the CCTV upgrades would be seen in reduced investigative time spent by police when following up reports."This is not a program that will drive revenue streams or expenditure savings," Wightman told reporters following the meeting. "I understand where the committee is coming from. Perhaps we pushed the envelope a little bit on the ask." The CCTV upgrades are part of an ongoing effort by the community services department to deter the exploitation of children at its facilities through a unique partnership with the Winnipeg-based Canadian Centre for Child Protection. The CCCP has provided training to community services staff on how to spot possible child molesters, audited civic facilities for improved security measures and designed new signs that have been placed at city pools.The partnership was the result of questions raised by Coun. Jeff Browaty after a local DJ was convicted in 2015 on sexual molestation charges and admitted placing a recording device at the Pan Am Pool. It was the second time hidden cameras had been discovered in a city swimming pool. In 2012, a tiny camera was found inside a women's staff change room at the Seven Oaks Pool.In addition to the staff training and signage provided by the CCCP, Wightman said the group had also suggested areas at civic pools where better surveillance is needed - in common areas and entrances - and the department has a detailed plan to install additional cameras and upgrade existing cameras at 12 different pools.Wightman said the CCTV upgrades will be presented to the budget process as a workplace health and safety initiative, adding he's confident the requests will be approved for the 2017 capital budget, even if it's not the full $333,000."We can stagger (the rollout of CCTV upgrades) with whatever resources we get," Wightman said.Wightman didn't leave the innovation committee completely empty-handed - his department was given $51,360 to install digital video displays at 12 city-managed arenas in an effort to generate advertising revenue. The department had requested $200,000 to install the digital display panels at other recreational and leisure facilities.Last month, councillors on the committee approved six projects at a cost of about $287,000 - leaving $713,000 of the $1 million still to be disbursed.The innovation committee Monday also approved $30,000 to the Winnipeg Police Service, which will use the funds to hire a consultant to determine how best to upgrade and modernize its alarm permit renewals. The WPS had originally requested $130,000 for an enhanced online permit renewal process but councillors first wanted independent verification that what the WPS is proposing can be achieved.
Secure Your Business with Surveillance Systems From Award-winning Company
Secure Your Business with Surveillance Systems From Award-winning Company
A lot of businesses say they're number 1, but in the case of A.S. Security & Surveillance in Hamilton, the company has the facts to back it up.A family owned and operated business, A.S. Security & Surveillance has received recognition from many different organizations and communities. In the 10 years since its inception, the company has built a genuine reputation for excellent, honest and reliable work, which has translated into glowing testimonials, new friendships and dozens of awards.Most recently, A.S. Security & Surveillance was honoured as Outstanding Small Business by the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce for helping make the community a better place to work, live and play.A.S. Security & Surveillance has demonstrated outstanding business practices, sustainable growth, quality customer service and excellence in community relations. Owner Anthony Stayrer believes it's important to support non-profit organizations, and those his business has proudly supported include the Salvation Army Community and Family Services, the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA and Interval House of Hamilton.A.S. Security & Surveillance was also recently presented with the 2018 Business Excellence Award for Best Business of the Year by the Canadian Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the 2018 Burlington Chamber of Commerce Best Small Business of the Year, and the 2018 Hamilton News Readers' Choice Award for Best Security Company.In addition to being recognized as number 1 through many awards, A.S. Security & Surveillance in Hamilton is number 1 in size. They are the largest CCTV video surveillance system supplier in Hamilton, Halton and the Niagara Region. Their customers include schools, government offices, car dealerships, financial institutions, restaurants, apartment buildings and retirement homes, worship centres and many more. A.S. Security can help you select the right type of professional-grade security camera for your needs. The company stocks 1,500 cameras in 40 brands, and the staff are extremely knowledgeable in the capabilities of each one. Estimates are free, and they offer 24-hour technical response.For more information or to book an appointment to discuss your security needs, call 289-568-0660. A.S. Security & Surveillance's head office is located at 1 Hunter Street in Hamilton, Ontario.For more information, follow A.S. Security & Surveillance on Twitter.
Aaron Hernandez Destroyed Home Security System and Phone, Sources Tell Abc News
Aaron Hernandez Destroyed Home Security System and Phone, Sources Tell Abc News
Police plan to go back to the home of New England Patriot's tight end Aaron Hernandez today with another warrant based on evidence that "he destroyed his home security system,'' an investigator close to the case told ABC News.The investigator, and other law enforcement sources, confirmed that the security system - which included video surveillance - was smashed intentionally.And a cell phone used by Hernandez was handed over to investigators "in pieces'' by his attorneys, the sources said.Police also want to know why a team of house cleaners were hired on Monday to scrub Hernandez's mansion, sources told ABC News.The revelations come as multiple sources tell ABC News that the star NFL player has not been ruled out as a suspect in the murder of a semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, 27, who was Hernandez's friend.Hernandez has been at the center of the investigation since Lloyd's body was found shot in the back of the head in a scrubby clearing of an industrial park roughly a mile from the Patriots star's million-dollar mansion in North Attleborough Monday.Police believe Lloyd was killed between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday, but his well dressed body was not found until 5:30 p.m. by a teenage jogger, several law enforcement sources told ABC News on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the case."He [Hernandez] has not been ruled out. We are not calling him a suspect, but he is definitely not in the clear," said one police official close to the investigation.An attorney for Hernandez, Michael Fee, has not commented on the investigation but released a statement saying: "It has been widely reported in the media that the state police have searched the home of our client, Aaron Hernandez, as part of an ongoing investigation. Out of respect for that process, neither we nor Aaron will have any comment about the substance of that investigation until it has come to a conclusion."State Police searched the Hernandez home that he shares with his girlfriend Shayanna Jenkins, the mother of his infant daughter, with a warrant several times. Hernandez was seen going inside the house Wednesday with his mother and has not emerged since.Jenkins' sister, Shanea Jenkins, was dating Lloyd, who played for the semi-pro football team Boston Bandits, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.Shanea Jenkins could not be found in the aftermath of her boyfriend's murder, and investigators were concerned for her safety. Police were able to locate her Wednesday, the sources said.Investigators have also searched three Enterprise rental cars that were registered to the NFL star, including one that had its silver mirror knocked off. That vehicle, sources said, was recovered at an Enterprise location in Boston Wednesday, a day after police issued a BOLO [Be On The Lookout] for it. The sources said it had been dropped off abruptly sometime Tuesday with the broken mirror.Another rental vehicle was recovered not far from Lloyd's body. A third rental was stopped from pulling out of Hernandez's driveway Tuesday by state police and its two occupants were questioned and released. Police were seen searching that car Tuesday night.In another development in the case, ABC News has learned from investigative sources that Hernandez had partied with Lloyd at a Boston nightclub Friday night into Saturday morning. Police reviewed surveillance video Wednesday that was taken at that club.Police are also investigating "other incidents of violence" that Hernandez is suspected of being involved in, two sources told ABC News.Hernandez is being sued by a former friend who lost his eye after he claims the Patriots player shot him in the face in February. A lawsuit in that case stated that Hernandez "possessed a gun he was not legally licensed to have."In the lawsuit initially filed in federal court on June 13, attorneys representing Alexander Bradley, 32, said that Hernandez and several others were at Tootsie's strip club in Miami on Feb. 13 when Bradley and Hernandez got into an argument. The group then left the club, and while driving towards Palm Beach, Hernandez's gun discharged inside the vehicle."It fired, and a bullet went through my client's arm and blew out his right eye," attorney David Jaroslawicz told ABCNews.com. "It has been enucleated -- replaced with a prosthetic eye. He has also lost use of his right arm."The victim, however, apparently did not tell Palm Beach County sheriffs who responded that the shooter was his friend Aaron Hernandez. The tight end's name is not mentioned on the police report.The Patriots have been tight-lipped about the investigation into Hernandez, who has spent the off-season recovering from a shoulder scope. A team official, Stacey James, said the team would not be commenting on the case citing on the ongoing investigation.
Police Hunt Suspect After Explosion in French City of Lyon
Police Hunt Suspect After Explosion in French City of Lyon
LYON, France (AP) - French police on Saturday hunted a suspect believed to have deposited a paper bag containing a device that exploded Friday, wounding 13 people on a busy pedestrian street in the city of Lyon.France's counter-terrorism prosecutor, Remy Heitz, said an investigation has been opened for "attempted murderer in relation with a terrorist undertaking" and "criminal terrorist association."He said no group has claimed responsibility for the explosion yet. Regional authorities said 13 people suffered mostly minor injuries but 11 were still in the hospital on Saturday morning.French President Emmanuel Macron called the explosion an "attack" during a live interview Friday about the European Parliament elections that run through Sunday.Heitz described video surveillance that showed the suspect heading toward the center of Lyon on a bike Friday afternoon. The man was seen arriving on foot, pushing his bike along the pedestrian-only Victor Hugo street, then leaving paper bag on a concrete block in the middle of the street near a bakery.The suspect immediately returned to his bike and left by the same path. One minute later, the explosion shattered the glass of a refrigerator in the bakery, Heitz said.Investigators at the scene have found screws, metallic balls, batteries, a triggering device that can be used remotely and plastic pieces that may come from the explosive device.Police issued an appeal for witnesses Saturday with a photo of the suspect from video surveillance. They described the man as "dangerous."Heitz said police will release more photos soon. The man was wearing a cap and sunglasses that partially hid his face.Local authorities said security has been enhanced in France's third-largest city, including with more police and military patrols.The women's World Cup soccer tournament is scheduled to start in France on June 7 and Lyon will host the semifinals and then the July 7 final. After the explosion, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner sent instructions for Lyon authorities to strengthen security for "public sites and sporting, cultural and religious events."On Victor Hugo street, police removed their cordon around the explosion area and the atmosphere Saturday was almost back to normal with people doing their shopping - except for the chalk lines drawn by forensics on the ground."It was scary," said Gisele Sanchez, owner of a cloth shop in front of the bakery. Large wood planks protected her shop window, which was impacted by the blast. Police found screws, metallic balls and batteries in her shop yet Sanchez was able to reopen on Saturday morning.France is jittery over a spate of attacks in recent years, some of them deadly, carried out by people ranging from extremist attackers to mentally unstable individuals. Five people were killed Dec. 11 in an attack on the Christmas Market in Strasbourg, in eastern France. The alleged killer, Cherif Chekatt - killed by police - had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.___Corbet reported from Paris.
Paris Terror Suspect Tells Court: 'i Am Not Afraid of You'
Paris Terror Suspect Tells Court: 'i Am Not Afraid of You'
The last surviving suspect of the Paris terror attacks has told a court he is "not afraid" as he refused to speak at the first day of his trial.Saleh Abdeslam is accused of driving three of the suicide bombers to the Stade de France as part of the November 2015 attacks, and is understood to have intended to carry out an attack himself before changing his mind.He is standing trial in Brussels' Palais de Justice charged with attempted murder in a terrorist context following a shootout with police that led to his capture four months later in March 2016.He fled the gun battle, and a man who covered for his getaway was killed with a spray of automatic gunfire. Abdeslam's escape was short-lived as he was captured days later in the neighbourhood where he grew up.In court, he refused to confirm his name, to stand, or to answer questions.He said: "Judge me, do what you want with me, it's in my Lord that I place my trust."I am not afraid of you, I am not afraid of your allies. I put my trust in Allah and that's all, I have nothing else to add."He has also told the court: "My silence does not make me a criminal, it's my defence."Muslims are judged and treated in the worst of ways, mercilessly. There is no presumption of innocence."I declare that there is no god but Allah, Mohammed is his his servant and his messenger."When he was asked why he declined to stand, the bearded defendant said: "I'm tired, I did not sleep."After he refused to answer questions, the judge suspended proceedings to allow him to speak with his lawyer, Sven Mary.Abdeslam stands trial alongside Sofiane Ayari in relation to the shootout. They face 40 years in prison if convicted.Abdeslam has refused to answer questions from investigators since his capture in 2016. He has spent 20 months in isolation with 24-hour video surveillance since he was transferred to the French prison.He has insisted on being at the trial, despite his refusal to answer questions, and will be brought in from France each day over the four days his trial is expected to last.Abdeslam's trial is a prelude to one in France expected to take place next year, where prosecutors hope to find out more about the attacks which killed 162 people in Paris and in Brussels.Ayari also spoke during the proceedings, saying he did not participate in IS attacks in Europe.He said: "I had no other choice. I could not return to Tunisia where I risked prison."It's not for me to say if these actions are legitimate or illegitimate, it's for those who committed these acts."I have nothing more to add."Guillame Denoix de Saint Marc, a member of the victims' association V-Europe, said: "We want to see what elements will be provided in order to have a better understanding of this series of events and terror attacks, in France and in Belgium."This trial is one of the pieces of a global puzzle which will answer some of our questions. But at the same time, we expect to be very disappointed and to learn nothing."
CTrain Assault Victim Considers next Step After City Found Liable for Injuries
CTrain Assault Victim Considers next Step After City Found Liable for Injuries
The lawyer for a Calgary man brutally beaten on his way to a CTrain platform more than 10 years ago says the firm will be seeking damages after the city was found liable for his client's injuries.In a decision on Tuesday, Justice Johnna Kubik found the City of Calgary is liable in the random 2007 attack in which Kyle McAllister was assaulted by two people on the Plus-15 that connects the Canyon Meadows CTrain station to the parkade."There's an ability right for Mr. McAllister to continue on and have a damages phase of the trial, so that's typically the next step . . . now you would have damages assessed by the court," said Robert Martz with law firm Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP.The assault went unnoticed by Calgary Transit staff monitoring video surveillance cameras as McAllister was knocked unconscious and repeatedly kicked in the head while he was on the ground.Martz said there have been a number of security upgrades to the Canyon Meadows station and connecting Plus-15 since the Jan. 1, 2007, assault."There's new cameras, better lighting and a better compliment of transit police operating," Martz said. "And I think that's one of the things Mr. McAllister was hoping to spur with this claim, is to make the CTrain safer, basically, for everybody."McAllister suffered a concussion, multiple broken bones and fractures to his face during the assault. His cheeks and lower lip were cut, requiring 40 stitches. He also suffered damage to his teeth.McAllister's attackers were both criminally convicted in separate proceedings.Jill Floen, assistant city solicitor, said the city is "currently reviewing the details of the decision and evaluating next steps.
Jewish Leaders Outraged at Dachau Gate Theft
Jewish Leaders Outraged at Dachau Gate Theft
Jewish leaders in Germany voiced outrage Monday over the of the gate to the former Nazi concentration camp Dachau with the chilling inscription "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free"). Police said they were following leads but had no concrete information about the theft of the forged iron gate, discovered early Sunday at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial near the southern city of Munich."This desecration is horrible and shocking," the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Dieter Graumann, told Bild daily. "Whoever did this is either sick or evil. Probably both."Holocaust survivor and vice president of the International Dachau Committee Max Mannheimer said he was "horrified that Nazis apparently desecrated the memorial to those murdered here and violated the reverence due to such a place." The head of the memorial centre, Gabriele Hammermann, called the theft a "deliberate, reprehensible attempt to deny and obliterate the memory of the crimes committed in this place" which aimed "to demolish the memorial at its very core." var current_url = window.location.href; function PushOpeningPicture() dataLayer.push('event': 'GA_Event_zynet', 'Category': 'Article Gallery', 'Action': 'Show', 'Label': '); jQuery(document).ready(function() function _isMobile() var isMobile = (/iphone|ipod|android|blackberry|fennec/).test(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase());return isMobile;var isMobile1 = _isMobile();if (isMobile1 == false) jQuery(".artImageLightbox").colorbox(fixed:true); if(typeof isMobile !== 'undefined' && isMobile) jQuery(".artImageLightbox").colorbox(rel:'group3', transition:"none", width:"100%", height:"400px"); else jQuery(".artImageLightbox").colorbox(rel:'group3', transition:"none", width:"980px", height:"551px"); yq("a.artImageLightbox").click(function(event) event.preventDefault(); ); var imagesArray = yq( "div[id^='citvCompId']" ); yq.each(imagesArray, function( index, value ) var imgTitle;var imgCredit;var imgTitleFinal;var imgTitleFinalAlt;imgTitleFinalAlt = '';imgTitle = yq(value).children().find('.citv_title').html(); imgCredit = yq(value).children().find('.citv_credit').html() || yq(value).children().find('.ya_citv_credit').html();imgTitleFinal = ""if (imgTitle != null)var lengthTitle = 90; var imgTitleLength = imgTitle.length;var TitleTrimmed;TitleTrimmed = imgTitle;if (imgTitleLength > lengthTitle) TitleTrimmed = imgTitle.substring(0, 90); TitleTrimmed = "...";imgTitleFinal = "" TitleTrimmed "" ; if (imgCredit != null)imgTitleFinal = "" "(" imgCredit ")" "" ;yq(value).find('a').attr('title' , imgTitleFinal); var str;var res;str = value.id;res = str.replace("citvCompId", ".magnifyPiccitvCompId");imgTitleFinalAlt = '';if (res != null) yq(value).find(res).attr('title' , imgTitleFinalAlt); yq('.magnifyPic'value.id).css('display', 'block');yq('.magnifyPic'value.id).css(background: "url(/images/articlepiclightbox/enlarge.png)")yq('#'value.id).mouseover(function() yq('.magnifyPic'value.id).css('display', 'block'); ); yq('.magnifyPic'value.id).mouseover(function() yq('.magnifyPic'value.id).css(background: "url(/images/articlepiclightbox/enlarge-over.png)"); ); yq('.magnifyPic'value.id).mouseout(function() yq('.magnifyPic'value.id).css(background: "url(/images/articlepiclightbox/enlarge.png)"); ); )yq('.artImageLightbox .ya_main_relative_img').mouseover(function() yq(this).siblings('.ya_enlarge_button').fadeIn(200).css('display', 'block'); );yq('.artImageLightbox .ya_main_relative_img').mouseout(function() yq(this).siblings('.ya_enlarge_button').fadeOut(200).css('display', 'none'); ); );German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Dachau last year (Photo: AP)Police were examining whether neo-Nazis committed the crime, but were ready to follow all possible leads, said local police chief Thomas Rauscher.The theft happened on the night of Saturday to Sunday, between the rounds of security guards watching the site which has no video surveillance system.The head of the memorial at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland, Piotr Cywinski, called the theft "an attack against a symbol, an attack against remembrance," said a statement by the Dachau memorial.A sign with the same inscription at Auschwitz was stolen in 2009, sparking a global outcry. The mastermind of that theft, Swedish neo-Nazi Anders Hoegstroem, was caught and jailed for two and a half years.The metal sign was eventually recovered cut up into three pieces, leading museum officials to display a replica above the entrance until it was restored in 2011.The letters set inside the gate at Dachau were also a replica, dating from 1965, after the original slogan was removed from the gate after the US liberation of the camp at the end of World War II.The slogan once aimed to present the concentration camp as a "work and re-education camp.""At the same time, these words denote the cynical attitude of the SS to the inmates, for forced labor was one of the primary means of terror in the concentration camps," the statement said.The Dachau camp opened in 1933, less than two months after Adolf Hitler became German chancellor, as a prison camp for political prisoners.It became a death camp during World War II, killing more than 41,000 Jews before it was liberated by US troops on April 29, 1945.Some 800,000 visitors now visit the site each year.German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited Dachau last year, was due on Tuesday to accept an award from an association of Dachau survivors at an event in Berlin.
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