It was the real-life scandal that would horrify even the experience detectives at AC-12. At the dawn of the 70s, London was a city under threat from drugs, violent robbery and an explosion in pornography. Hiding underneath the surface was a sinister network of bent coppers - with the filthy rise of porn at the centre of their corruption - but their greed led to infighting between the corrupt officers. The second episode of BBC Two documentary Bent Coppers: Crossing the Line of Duty dives into the sleazy underbelly of the nation's capital amid a "tidal wave" of dirty pornographic bookshops. Referred to as 'the jungle' by police, Soho had become a red light district in the late 60s and early 70s where brothels were common. The demand for porn was at an all time high as magazines were cheap to produce and hardcore material could be smuggled in from more liberal Europe. But corrupt officers used this to their advantage and started getting into bed with the porn barons and … [Read more...] about Real-life Line of Duty bent coppers got cash from porn baron amid sex explosion
6 journalists sentenced to life in prison
One of the top lieutenants within the Sinaloa Cartel who is known to be a long-time close associate of top drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been released from a U.S. prison. He is expected to be deported to Mexico in the coming days where he could be released if authorities do not charge him with new crimes. Over the weekend, Hector Luis “Guero” Palma was released from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for his impending extradition to Mexico. The deportation is set to happen as soon as this week. Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) issued a statement claiming to be working hand in hand with U.S. law enforcement for the possible “repatriation” of Palma Salazar. The Mexican law enforcement agency claimed to be reviewing Palma’s case filed to see if there are other charges that can be brought against him in Mexico instead of releasing him. The agency mentioned in their prepared statement that such information … [Read more...] about Top El Chapo Lt. Released From U.S. Prison May or May Not Face Charges in Mexico
Last August, Belarusians took to the streets across the nation to protest 26 years of autocratic rule. They claimed that Belarus's President Alexander Lukashenko had again rigged the vote to claim an overwhelming victory in the latest presidential election. Under the red and white flag of the uprising, hundreds of thousands of protesters demanded free and fair elections, and for strongman Lukashenko to step down in the face of arrests, torture and intimidation. Six months later, the protests have started to dissipate. But opposition to the regime remains strong. Figures in culture and the arts who are the subject of increasing suppression are risking jail and to speak out. World Press Freedom Day on May 3 also remembers the increasing number of journalists who refuse to be silenced in Belarus, despite the threat of persecution. Belarusian journalist Katsiaryna Barysevich is held in a cage during a court hearing in March. She was sentenced to six months in prison for … [Read more...] about Belarus regime turns on artists and journalists
ARIS (AP) – Seven Italians convicted of left-wing domestic terrorist crimes in the 1970s and 1980s, including several former members of the Red Brigades, were arrested at their homes in France on Wednesday, the French presidency said, a development Italy hailed as historic. The crimes for which they were convicted include the 1980 killing of a Carabinieri paramilitary general and the kidnapping of a judge in the same year. The arrests followed negotiation and agreement between Italy and France after decades during which Paris refused to act on many of the arrest warrants issued by Italy for convicted left-wing terrorists. The French presidency said new negotiations started when Emmanuel Macron was elected French president in 2017, but the decisive change came when Mario Draghi became Italian premier earlier this year. The seven arrested individuals had fled Italy and sought refuge abroad before they could be imprisoned to serve their sentences. Police in France, aided by … [Read more...] about Red Brigades: Seven Veteran Hard-Left Terrorists Arrested in France
The Serpent has become a Netflix hit, a few months after it debuted on the BBC . In the drama, we see Charles Sobhraj (played by Tahar Rahim ) on a crime spree that spanned many years, many countries, and numerous spells in prison (including a prison escape that allowed him to escape the death penalty in another country ). The drama ends, however, with his final arrest in 2003, when for reasons unknown he returned to the one country where there was a warrant out for his arrest. Where is Charles Sobhraj from The Serpent now? The BBC and Netflix show ends with a series of title cards that bring the story up to date. They read: "The reasons behind Charles Sobhraj's decision to return to Nepal in 2003 are still a matter of conjecture and known only to himself. "In November 2004 he was sentenced by a Nepalese court to life imprisonment for the murder of Connie Jo Bronzich in December 1975. "Sobhraj lost two appeals against this conviction. "In 2010 the United Nations … [Read more...] about ‘The Serpent’ on Netflix: Where is Charles Sobhraj Now?