1. Iraqi refugee, 35, “used asylum seeker friends to stage minibus crash so he could make $1.2 million insurance claim”
An Iraqi asylum seeker allegedly staged a minibus crash to rip off insurance companies by $1.2 million.
Thamer Ari, 35, was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly providing a group of refugees he met at Christmas Island Detention Centre to be the bus' passengers in the May 2015 crash at a Liverpool intersection,The Daily Telegraph reported.
Police last year launched a crack down in fraudulent car insurance claims, which are believed to be increasing premiums for drivers by up to $200 a year.
2. Brampton landlord feels “powerless” after being labelled religion-based human rights violator
This is a follow up story on the landlord, himself an immigrant from Nigeria, forced by the Canadian “Human Rights Tribunal” $12,000 to Muslim tenants for violating their religious feelings.
After almost a quarter century of being a law-abiding, hard-working member of society, he never imagined his adopted country would label him a human rights violator and order him to pay $12,000 in compensation to his Muslim tenants.
“I was humiliated, I was made to feel I have no rights, I was made to feel that I’m not wanted in society,” says John Alabi, 52. “I feel powerless. They rented my place for only two months. Two months! It’s just not fair,”
The small landlord came forward to explain his position after the Sun told his shocking story last week:
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario found he failed to accommodate the religious needs of Walid Madkour and Heba Ismail by not giving them more than the legal 24-hour notice before showing the apartment and by failing to remove his shoes when he entered the bedroom they used to pray.
3. Man, 30, arrested at Heathrow after arriving on flight from Istanbul
The 30-year-old was detained by the Metropolitan Police's counter-terror squad as he stepped off the plane, from Istanbul to Heathrow, on Thursday evening.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said the man had been arrested on suspicion of preparing for terrorist acts and terrorist training.
4. Boy, 10, killed in attempted blasphemy lynching in Pakistan
A 10-year-old boy has been killed and five other people wounded after a mob attacked a police station in an attempt to lynch a Hindu man charged with blasphemy in south-west Pakistan, officials said. It was the third major vigilante attack linked to accusations of insulting Islam in less than a month, as law enforcement agencies struggle to deal with a surge in violence.
Thursday’s incident occurred in the town of Hub in the restive province of Balochistan following the arrest of Prakash Kumar, a 34-year-old member of the country’s Hindu religious minority. Kumar, a crockery shop owner, was detained on Tuesday for allegedly posting an incendiary image on social media.
5. Dutch court convicts asylum-seeker of rape, attempted murder
An asylum-seeker in the Netherlands has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping a 17-year-old woman after attempting to strangle and drown her.
The rape in September led one local mayor to suggest a curfew for residents of a local asylum-seekers' center. Bort Koelewijn, mayor of the northeastern town of Kampen, told a local television station last month that such a restriction should be considered to prevent similar attacks in the future.
6. Albania court convicts former imam in absentia for terrorism
An Albanian court has sentenced in absentia a former Muslim imam accused of terrorism charges including recruiting and sending men to fight with rebel groups in Syria.
The Serious Crime Court on Thursday ordered 15 years in prison for Almir Daci, who has been imam at Leshnice village, Pogradec district, 140 kilometers (87 miles) east of the capital Tirana.
7. Jihadis “ADVANCING towards Jordanian border amid fears of NEW offensive”
The region is strategically important as the main link between the Iraqi capital Baghdad and Jordanian capital Amman as well as the home of a major pipeline between Mosul and the Israeli city of Haifa.
8. PA official rejects “insane” demand to stop paying terrorists
He told the radio station that the Palestinian prisoners were victims of Israel’s control over the West Bank.
“It’s absurd to request that we stop paying the families of prisoners,” he said. “That would be like asking Israel to stop paying its soldiers.”
While Israel and some of its Republican allies have demanded that the PA curtail those payments as a condition for receiving aid, US President Donald Trump has stopped short of publicly endorsing that position. It wasn’t immediately clear whether Shaath was rejecting Israel’s demand or referring to reports the administration would align itself with Jerusalem on the issue. He later clarified to The Times of Israel that he was referring to “Netanyahu’s campaign to disturb the meeting between President Abbas and President Trump.”
9. 16-year-old gang-raped after asking directions
Four men are standing trial at Canterbury Crown Court for the alleged gang-rape a lost 16-year-old after she went into a kebab shop to ask for directions.
Tamin Rahani, 37, Shershah Muslimyar, 20, Rafiullah Hamidy, 24, and a teenager who cannot be named for legal reasons are accused of raping the girl multiple times in the flat above 555 Pizza.
Prosecutor Simon Taylor told the court that the girl “was undoubtedly drunk and was walking the streets alone late at night. The Crown’s case is that her drunkenness, youth and vulnerability would have been recognised by the defendants.”
10. Claim: Dutch Police Bribe Newspaper to Bury Data on Criminal Asylum Seekers
Dutch police hiding statistics revealing asylum seeker’s involvement in crime, even attempting to bribe journalists into ignoring the topic, it has been claimed.
The national police force of the Netherlands admitted trying to cut a deal with the country’s largest newspaper, which claimed to have been offered leads and exclusive stories if they dropped a freedom of information request on the number of asylum seekers involved in crime.
However, the police denied this amounted to a cover-up, claiming they wanted the figures to remain secret as they could be “misleading” to the public. The statistics have still not been published.