1. Montreal robberies: Man accused of feeding victims drug-laced chocolate
Hamid Chekakri faces five counts of aggravated assault, for having endangered the lives of the people who were robbed.
Hamid Chekakri, the man who was extradited to Canada this week to face criminal charges at the Montreal courthouse, is alleged to have used a powerful medication to put people to sleep, in some cases for more than a day, before he robbed their homes.
Details of the crimes Chekakri, a resident of Algeria, is alleged to have committed are detailed in documents filed in a U.S. District Court in Georgia presented as part of Canada’s request to have him extradited to Canada. The 47-year-old made his first appearance Thursday afternoon at the Montreal courthouse, where he faces 18 charges in all. A date for a bail hearing will be set on Friday.
The drug Chekakri is alleged to have used was so strong that he faces five counts of aggravated assault for having endangered the lives of the people who were robbed.
Chekakri is alleged to have used a bottle of wine and chocolate to charm his way into three homes, between Dec. 12 and Dec. 21, and tricked at least five people between the ages of 67 and 76, to take the prescription medication Clonazepam, which is used as a sedative or to treat seizures and anxiety. In each case, the victims fell asleep, woke up hours after and found someone had taken valuable possessions.
The CBC lists 18 charges Hamid faces in connection with his crimes.
VIDEO: Alleged thief used chocolate to drug victims
2. Rotherham Child Rape Scandal: 100 Investigations into Police, “Potential Misconduct”
The number of investigations into the police response to allegations of child abuse and Muslim grooming gangs in Rotherham has increased to nearly 100, the police watchdog has revealed.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said they had identified “potential misconduct”, and at the beginning of April, they were overseeing 98 investigations into the response of South Yorkshire Police, compared with 62 at the same point last year.
In a statement released Wednesday, they add that 33 current and former police officers were still under investigation, with a further 45 completed inquiries.
Among the investigations is one into former South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Shaun Wright for allegedly committing perjury when giving evidence to the home affairs select committee in 2014.
The police have been accused, in a government report, of ignoring sex abuse claims because of political correctness and fear of accusation of racism, as well as allegedly blaming some child victims.
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6. Boko Haram attacks Nigeria's Maiduguri, killing at least 2
Police say at least two people have been killed and seven others wounded in an attack by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria's northeastern city of Maiduguri.
Police spokesman Edet Okon says the extremists attacked the Jidari Polo area on Thursday near the Federal High Court. He says security forces repelled many of the attackers in a gun battle after they marched through the neighborhood.
He says two female suicide attackers also were killed. Civilian defense forces head Muhammed Babagoni says one detonated her explosives after knocking on the door of a house.
7. Europe, U.S., Canada “Punch Hole” in Islamic State Web Propaganda
(UPI) — European authorities said Friday they, along with the United States and Canada, have crippled the Islamic State terror group’s online “propaganda machine.”
Europol said the takedown was led by the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office and involved authorities from Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Britain and the United States.
The operation disrupted the Islamic State’s capability to produce propaganda over the Internet, Europol said in a statement Friday.
Officials said the simultaneous multinational takedown, which occurred between Wednesday and Thursday, targeted the group’s Amaq News, al-Bayan radio, and Halumu and Nashir news agencies.
8. “Islamic state” in Belgium? ISLAM party president talks Sharia, sex segregation with RT
Gender segregation on public transport protects “vulnerable” people, the president of the controversial ISLAM party told RT. The group has previously said it hopes to create a “100-percent Islamic state” in Belgium.
Abdelhay Bakkali Tahiri, president of the conservative Muslim party in Belgium, joined the RT France team via videolink. The party’s French acronym stands for “Integrity, Solidarity, Liberty, Authenticity, Morality.”
Tahiri sought to justify one of the party’s proposals, which aims to create a segregated zone for women on public transport. According to the politician, the measure would help to protect women, children and other “vulnerable groups” that may face aggressive behavior. “It is simply for the wellbeing of those people who use public transport,” he said.
Another pillar of the party’s agenda is the integration of Sharia law into the Belgian legislative system. Tahiri claimed that Sharia law is flexible, citing an example of the driving ban on women in Saudi Arabia. Women were forbidden to drive under Islamic law and then the ban was lifted, also under Islamic law, he noted, asserting that “everyone puts what he wants in Sharia.”
9. Dar al-Iftaa denounces French call to omit verses of Quran
The Dar al-Iftaa-affiliated Observatory of Islamophobia denounced a call by former director of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Philippe Val, to delete verses from the Holy Quran, which in his view call for fighting the Jews and Christians. The Observatory described the call as “hateful racism”.
The Observatory said in a report on Tuesday that Val had claimed to have garnered 300 signatures in favor of the idea by well-known figures in France, most notably former President Nicolas Sarkozy, former Prime Minister Manuel Carlos Valls, and the famous singer Charles Aznavour.
The Observatory denounced “such dangerous calls launched by some from time to time, causing attacks and antagonism against Muslims there, and creating a conflict among the people [of France]”.
These calls also uphold views that say that “France is not a land that welcomes Islam”, the Observatory added.
10. IPT Exclusive: Brooklyn Imam Advocates Violence Against Israel in Anti-Semitic Sermon
An extremist imam used his Friday prayer last week to call on Muslims and Palestinians to disavow non-violent protest against Israel. But the imam was not preaching from the West Bank or Gaza Strip. This imam was yet another spiritual leader espousing radical views from the United States, joining a long list of other U.S.-based Muslim leaders who have promoted anti-Semitism and incited violence against Jews and Israelis.
Mohamed Elbar – an imam at the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge (a.k.a. Masjid Musab) – delivered a sermon in Brooklyn April 13 that amounted to violent incitement.
Elbar was not trying to keep this view secret in a private setting of committed individuals. On the contrary, his sermon was live-streamed on the Islamic Society’s official Facebook page, broadcast publicly to its followers and translated by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT). [...]
He warned that if Palestinians and Muslims “give up” the fight against Israel, then Israelis will destroy the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. He also engages in anti-Semitic historical revisionism by claiming that the Jews will re-build a “Temple of no value and no historical evidence” over the mosque’s ruins.
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