Detectives investigating the murder of a DNC staffer who exposed election fraud within the party are offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who can help find the murderer.
The 26-year-old Democratic National Committee official, Seth Conrad Rich, was shot multiple times near his home in Washington D.C. shortly after uncovering evidence of election fraud and voter suppression during the recent primaries around the country.
“Worst nightmare,” Rich’s mother, Mary Rich, said by phone.
Mary Rich said police told her family her son may have been the victim of an attempted robbery.
He was talking on the phone with his girlfriend when she heard noise on Rich’s end of the line, Mary Rich said. Her son told his girlfriend not to worry about it.
“There had been a struggle. His hands were bruised, his knees are bruised, his face is bruised, and yet he had two shots to his back, and yet they never took anything,” she said.
“They took his life for literally no reason. They didn’t finish robbing him, they just took his life,” Mary Rich continued. “They hurt the community, and they hurt the long-term possibility of what he could have done.”
Rich lived in the neighborhood, Acting Capt. Anthony Haythe of the Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide branch said at a news conference Monday morning.
Fifth District police officers were patrolling the area about 4:20 a.m. when they heard gunshots, police said.
Neighbor Mike Mueller said he also heard the shots.
“I heard two sharp gunshots, very quickly. I looked at the clock and it was 4:19,” he said.
When police arrived on Flagler Place, they found Rich suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
The Omaha, Nebraska, native was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Police have no witnesses and are searching the area for surveillance video footage, Haythe said. The acting captain said he could not comment on whether the killing was related to recent robberies in the area.
Rich worked for the Democratic National Committee, his father said. He graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and previously worked on Democrats’ campaigns, for the U.S. Census Bureau and as a boating instructor at a summer camp, according to his LinkedIn page.
“I have an enormous interest in public service and working towards making the world a better place,” Rich wrote on the page.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement on Monday mourning the death of Rich, who worked as voter expansion data director.
“Our hearts are broken with the loss of one of our DNC family members over the weekend. Seth Rich was a dedicated, selfless public servant who worked tirelessly to protect the most sacred right we share as Americans – the right to vote,” she said. “He saw the great potential of our nation and believed that, together, we can make the world a better place.”
Hillary Clinton spoke about Rich on Tuesday morning, amid remarks in New Hamphire on gun violence.
“Just this past Sunday, a young man, Seth Rich — who worked for the Democratic National Committee, to expand voting rights — was shot and killed in his neighborhood in Washington. He was just 27 years old,” she said. “Surely we can agree that weapons of war have no place on the streets of America.”
Police did not release any information on the type of weapon the shooter may have used.
Turkey have formally abandoned the rule of law as the government impose a state of martial law across the country, arresting tens of thousands of people.
Since Turkey’s attempted coup, citizens are being rounded up and detained in sports facilities and stables, where many have been abused, according to lawyers in the country.
Lawyers from the Ankara Bar Association’s human rights commission say members have reported the alleged abuses after trying to meet with clients. Other lawyers and human rights organizations have made similar allegations.
In addition to verbal and physical abuse, clients complained about a lack of food and that their hands have been bound for days, said Sercan Aran, deputy head of the commission. The mistreatment is “systematic,” he said, while lawyers have been prevented from documenting physical signs of beatings and abuse.
The Turkish government strongly denies the allegations, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stressed in interviews that due process is being followed.
“We are doing everything according to the law,” said a Turkish official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in line with government protocol. He said that the law is being upheld and that he “categorically denies” that prisoners have been abused in custody.
The United States and European nations have urged Turkey to maintain democracy and respect for human rights after the brazen attempted coup, which left at least 232 people dead as a rebel faction of the military bombed parliament and police bases with hijacked aircraft.
In a large-scale crackdown on alleged coup plotters, more than 9,000 people – largely troops – have been taken into custody, while 50,000 others have been fired from their jobs or suspended while they are investigated. Erdogan, who has declared a state of emergency, has pledged to “cleanse” what he has described as a “cancer” that has metastasized in the country.
“Right now, law is suspended,” Aran said. “We see investigations going on without any rule of law. Yes, the military intervention was stopped, the military dictatorship was stopped, but right now we see they are trying to build a civilian dictatorship.”
The state of emergency has compounded fears among lawyers and human rights groups that the rule of law will be eroded, which would threaten Turkey’s long-standing bid to join the European Union.
“The idea that Turkey, a country seeking European Union membership, would not respect the law is absurd,” the Turkish official said, pointing out that 1,200 of the detained were released on Saturday.
“All we care about is concrete evidence of complicity in this grave assault,” he said.
Before the emergency law was announced, detainees were already being held without charge longer than legally allowed, lawyers said. Under the new measures, suspects can be held for up to 30 days.
Some are also being denied the right to speak privately with attorneys and to call a next of kin, according to lawyers and families searching for information about missing relatives.
The Ankara Bar Association has set up a 24-hour hotline and crisis center, where phones ring incessantly. In a state of fear in Turkey about being seen as sympathetic to coup-plotters or critical of the government, most lawyers and family members declined to be quoted by name.
“Crisis Center,” said one curly-haired lawyer working at the center, as she picked up one of four phone lines. “Have you called previously?”
“Tell me his name,” she said.
She typed the name of the caller’s missing husband into her computer and came up with a match. “He’s in the academy sports hall,” she said, then added: “Don’t go. They aren’t letting anyone visit.”
She told the caller that he hasn’t been appointed an attorney but to call back the next day for an update.
On Thursday, 2,398 troops were in custody in the Ankara area, according to a list of names the police had sent to the lawyers. Some 1,086 were being held at a police academy’s sports facility, it showed. A further 452 were being held at a volleyball court, 354 at another sports facility and 304 at an equestrian center.
Others were being held at an intelligence building and other detention facilities. On Friday, the police sent more names, bringing the number of service members recorded as being in custody in Ankara to 4,218.
The call center covers only the Ankara area. For the families of people detained in Istanbul and elsewhere, there is no such service.
The Ankara Bar Association has assigned 961 of its lawyers to coup-related cases, but most of the bar’s 3,000 criminal lawyers are too afraid to take them on or are politically opposed to doing so, Aran said.
Dogukan Tonguc Cankurt, another lawyer with the bar association, said that attorneys representing clients connected with the coup have faced harassment.
“If they try to record signs of torture, they face threats and violence from the police,” he said. “A colleague that tried to photograph evidence of torture was made to erase the photos.”
The prosecutors office gave the Ankara Bar Association a list of 189 lawyers who aren’t allowed to represent coup plotters.
Most had represented cases linked to the Gulen movement in the past. The Turkish government accuses its leader, Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, of being behind the coup, a claim he has denied.
The Islamic scholar Turkey blames for the failed coup
In one official written statement, a general who denied involvement in the coup said he was unarmed and did not resist arrest when police forces turned up at his office. His attorney added a note at the end asking that his client be referred for medical examinations to record “wounds” on his body.
“I have not benefited from the right to talk to my client,” the attorney noted.
The government official said that injuries may have occurred at the time of arrest.
“During many arrests, fire was exchanged and there was resistance from coup plotters,” he said. “Individuals in need of medical assistance receive necessary treatment.”
However, Andrew Gardner, a researcher for Amnesty International, said he didn’t think that the fact that beatings had taken place in custody was “in dispute whatsoever.”
“There are a litany of abuses that have been reported to us,” he said. “There are serious allegations of widespread mistreatment and mutually corroborating reports going beyond beatings to high levels of abuse.”
Gardner also said that complaints of sexual abuse had been reported to Amnesty.
One lawyer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic, said a detainee reported being raped in custody.
Gardner said it is not possible that authorities have collected evidence on all of the suspects.
“And if they don’t have concrete evidence, they shouldn’t be detaining them,” he said.
A woman who had traveled from Britain in search of her missing brother, a military officer, said the family last heard from him the morning after the coup via a text message that read: “I’m fine.”
A lawyer at the call center explained to the woman that her brother is in a high-security prison and that in normal times, three relative would be allowed to visit.
“But these aren’t normal times,” the lawyer said, adding that the officer has been appointed an attorney.
“These are the brave ones,” the woman said of the lawyers in the call center, who work for a nominal fee, doing shifts through the night. “They have the courage to help us. It gives me some hope.”
Bulgaria has claimed that there is an increase in violations of its airspace by Russian military and commercial aircraft.
The defense ministry have called the called the alleged violations ‘provocative’ towards Bulgaria and its air force and demand an explanation from Russia.
Moscow has denied any flight violations.
Addressing the accusation Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said that the planes from the Russian Aerospace Forces had been making planned regular flights over the Black Sea with their routes “in strict compliance” with international rules when it comes to using an airspace over neutral waters.
Press TV reports:
According to Defense Minister Nikolay Nenchev, Russian aircraft had entered “Bulgaria’s area of responsibility” in NATO airspace four times in the past month.
“It is very worrying, so we take preventive measures,” scrambling Bulgarian fighter jets, he told Nova TV channel on Sunday.
During their violations, Nenchev said, Russian planes had turned off their communications devices that make it easier for an airplane to be located.
Bulgaria, he said, has demanded explanation from Russia over the alleged violations.
The Balkan country, once a staunch ally of Moscow, has inched closer to the Western bloc, becoming a NATO member in 2004.
Bulgaria has expressed readiness to take part in a multinational NATO land brigade based in Romania.
However, it would not join a proposed NATO fleet meant to counter Russian forces in the Black Sea as it did not want a war there, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said last month.
The East European country is almost entirely dependent on Russian energy supplies, and many Bulgarians feel a deep affinity with their giant neighbor across the Black Sea.
Tensions between Russia and NATO have risen, particularly since the Ukraine crisis. NATO has said it plans its biggest build-up in the region since the Cold War.
Russia is reinforcing its western and southern flanks with three new divisions in response to the build-up, including readying of US missile systems in Romania, Poland and the Baltics.
The US has long insisted that the system is directed against Iran, but Russian officials have slammed the move as an “attempt to destroy the strategic balance” in Europe.
A Malawian man has been arrested by police for having sex with 100 adolescent girls in initiation rites lasting three days.
HIV infected sex worker Eric Aniva known as the “hyena man” had intercourse with girls as young as 12 with the consent of their parents as part of a devirginization ritual to prepare them for womanhood.
Daily Nation reports:
Eric Aniva, from the southern district of Nsanje, was held after giving a media interview in which he confessed that he slept with the girls for a fee of between four and seven dollars, paid by each of their families.
The little-known local practice lasts three days and is performed in southern Malawi by men known as “hyenas” at the request of a girl’s parents after her first menstruation.
The ritual is believed to train girls to become good wives and to protect them from disease or misfortune that could fall on their families or their village.
“Aniva was arrested on Monday after he was summoned to my office,” district commissioner Gift Lapozo told AFP.
In a BBC interview broadcast last week, Aniva confessed to being infected with HIV and sleeping with at least 100 girls without using protection.
“Some girls are just 12 or 13 years old, but I prefer them older,” he said.
“All these girls find pleasure in having me as their hyena. They actually are proud and tell other people that this man is a real man, he knows how to please a woman.”
PRESIDENT’S ARREST ORDER
It was unclear over how many years Aniva had been a “hyena”.
Malawian President Peter Mutharika had earlier issued a statement ordering Aniva’s arrest and calling for an inquiry into the role of the parents involved.
Aniva should “be investigated for exposing the young girls to contracting HIV and further be charged accordingly,” Mutharika added.
“Harmful cultural and traditional practices cannot be accepted.”
The sexual cleansing ritual is also performed on bereaved widows in Nsanje district to exorcise villages of evil spirits or to prevent another death occurring.
Aniva, who has two wives and was reported to be in his 40s, said a “hyena” was selected by the community based on good morals and that custom did not allow him to use condoms.
“There was nothing else I could have done,” one girl told the BBC.
“I had to do it for the sake of my parents. If I’d refused, my family members could be attacked with diseases — even death — so I was scared.”
Malawi, which has one of the highest HIV infections in the world, criminalises sex with a person under the age of 16.
If found guilty of underage sex, Aniva could be imprisoned for life.
Cable TV network TBS was forced to delete a funny tweet yesterday comparing presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton to a pack of laughing hyenas.
The comedy network conceded to deleting the tweet, which showed clips of the former secretary of state’s trademark cackle spliced with footage of hyenas, after leftists on Twitter were offended.
“Move over Donkey! There’s a new mascot in town,” the tweet’s text read, crediting @thehecklertbs, and using the hashtags: #ImWithHyena and #DNCinPHL.
TBS deleted the tweet and issued an apology after one of its show hosts, Samantha Bee, tweeted at the network to “Delete your account.”
“This post was obviously a poor attempt at humor and has been taken down,” the network apologetically wrote. “Moving forward we’ll leave political satire to professionals like Samantha Bee.”
A couple of Twitter users called out the network’s hypocrisy.
Source: News Max
Donald Trump has a message for Russia: Find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
Trump issued his challenge Wednesday during a news conference in which he called accusations that he was involved in the hacking and release of thousands of Democratic National Committee emails “so far fetched, so ridiculous.”
“I wish I had that power,” Trump said in a wide-ranging, hour-long press conference from his resort in Doral, Florida. “Russia has no respect for our country, if it is Russia. No one knows. It is probably China. Or somebody sitting in his bed. It shows how weak we are. It shows how disrespected we are.”
“I will tell you this, Russia, if you’re listening I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump continued, in reference to emails missing from Clinton’s private server. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”
Trump declined to answer a reporter’s questions about whether he really was urging a foreign nation to hack into Clinton’s server.
“That’s up to the president,” he said. “be quiet — let the president talk to them.”
But soon after he left the stage, a tweet appeared on his official Twitter feed urging “Russia or any other country or person” to share the emails with the FBI.
Continuing, Trump switched focus to Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying, “I don’t think he respects Clinton. I don’t think Putin has any respect for Clinton. I think he does respect me and I hope I can get along great with him.”
Putin and other world leaders have “no respect for our country and certainly have no respect for our leader so I know nothing about it. One of the most far-fetched I ever heard.”
Further, Trump insisted that while Putin has “said I am a genius,” that he has never met him and he would treat him “firmly,” but at the same time, “there is nothing I can think of that I would rather do than have Russia friendly as opposed to the way they are right now so that we can go knock out ISIS together with other people and other countries. Wouldn’t it be nice if we got along with people? Wouldn’t it be nice if we got along, as an example, with Russia?”
Trump further denied rumors that his income tax returns will show that he has had dealings with Russia.
“I have had audits for 15 or 16 years,” said Trump. “When the audit is complete I will release them. I have nothing to do with Russia… Just so you understand I released my papers, 104 pages of documents. I built an unbelievable company, tremendous cash, tremendous company with great assets of the world. You were disappointed when you saw it. If you look there you will see there is nothing in Russia.”
And no matter who released the leaked emails, the controversy is about what they said and who wrote them, not about who was behind the document dump.
“Let me tell you it is not about Russia or China, it is about the things that were said in those what was said was a disgrace,” said Trump. “And it was [outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairman] Debbie Wasserman Schultz and believe me, as sure as you’re sitting there Hillary Clinton knew that. She knew everything. Debbie Wasserman Schultz could not breathe without speaking and getting approval from Hillary Clinton, couldn’t breathe and you saw that.”
The emails also showed that the race was rigged, and that Wasserman Schultz “rigged it for Hillary Clinton, and the sad part is that Bernie Sanders has, to use an old word that I used on occasion, he’s lost his energy.”
Trump also said he has no reason to be involved with Putin, and knows that he doesn’t respect President Barack Obama.
“Putin has said things over the last year that are really bad things, okay?” said Trump. “He mentioned the n-word one time, I was shocked to hear him mention the n-word. He mentioned it, I was shocked. It’s a total lack of respect for President Obama. Number one, he doesn’t like him and number two he doesn’t umber two he doesn’t respect him. He’s going to respect the president if I’m elected and I hope they elect me.”