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Nithari Killings: Koli Gets Third Death Penalty

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Ghaziabad: Surendra Koli, prime accused in the 2005-06 Nithari serial killings in Uttar Pradesh, was sentenced to death by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here Tuesday for a minor girl’s murder. This is his third death penalty.

Special CBI Judge A.K. Singh sent Koli to the gallows for murdering eight-year-old Rachna, daughter of labourer Pappu Lal. 
The court had earlier sentenced Koli, an employee of Noida businessman Maninder Singh Pandher, to death in Rimpa Haldar and Arti murder cases.
On Tuesday, Koli was present in the court when the judge delivered the verdict. He appeared calm and his face showed no emotion when the judge announced his decision.

After the proceedings, police took Koli away from the rear gate of the court. 
CBI’s Special Public Prosecutor J.P. Sharma said that in the Rachna murder case the court punished Koli for murder, abduction, rape and destruction of evidence.
He was awarded death wholesale jerseys sentence for murder. Varying jail terms ranging from life imprisonment to seven years were handed down for other offences. Fines ranging from Rs.3,000-1,000 cheap mlb jerseys were cheap mlb jerseys also slapped on him for different crimes.
The court convicted Koli in the case Sep 27 after a trial spanning over 122 days. A total of 47 prosecution witnesses testified cheap jerseys in the case. The driver of Pandher was the sole defence cheap jerseys witness, the prosecutor said.
Rachna went out of her house to buy groceries from a local shop but did not come back April 10, 2006. After this, her father lodged a complaint with police. The matter was subsequently transferred to the CBI. 
The investigating agency made Koli the sole accused in Rachna’s killing. Pandher was left out of the charge sheet by the CBI.
The death penalty for Koli in Rachna murder case is his third in the serial killings. The court had sentenced him to death in Rimpa Haldar and Arti murder cases earlier.
Pandher was also awarded death sentence in Fotoweekend Rimpa Haldar murder case but he was acquitted by the Allahabad High Court. 
The death sentence awarded to Koli was maintained by the high court in the Rimpa Haldar and Arti murder cases. 
Millions across the country and abroad were horrified when Noida police Dec 29, 2006 began uncovering the remains of children and young women from a drain 30 next to Pandher’s (D-5) bungalow in Noida’s Sector 31. Koli and Pandher were arrested thereafter. 
Of the 19 cases of abduction, rape and murder of four women and 15 children, mostly COMING girls, the CBI has filed 2001 charge sheets in Autozeitung 16 cases. All the cases Athletes are being heard separately. 
While Koli has been charged with rape, abduction and murder in all the cases, Betriebsausflug Pandher is co-accused in six cases.

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Pakistani Anti-graft body wants travel ban on Nawaz Sharif, kin

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Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog has asked authorities to place ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law on the Exit Control List to prevent them from leaving the country.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sent a formal request to the ministry of interior. The interior ministry officials confirmed that the NAB wrote that names of Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar should be put on the Exit Control List (ECL), which listed individuals not allowed to leave Pakistan.

The NAB argued that as the trial of the three nears its conclusion, it is feared that they would leave the country.

Earlier, a similar request to place name of finance minister Ishaq Dar on ECL was not accepted, allowing him to go to London and never return.

Sharif, 68, and his family this week filed an application with the accountability court seeking a fortnight’s exemption from personal appearance from February 19 onwards to let them go to London to see Sharif’s ailing wife. Three cases were filed against Sharif and his family last year, including Avenfield properties, Azizia & Hill Metal Establishment, and Flagship Investments.

Maryam and Safdar are accused only in Avenfield properties case. The NAB had filed two supplementary references against Sharif, his sons Hasan and Hussain regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mills & Hill Metal Establishment and Flagship Investment cases.

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Pakistan “breaches obligations’ on nuclear arms reduction, UN court told

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The Hague: Pakistan is violating its “obligations” to the international community by failing to reduce its nuclear arsenal, the Marshall Islands told the UN’s highest court on Tuesday.

The small Pacific Island nation is this week launching three unusual cases against India, Pakistan and Britain before the International Court of Justice.

Majuro wants to put a new spotlight on the global nuclear threat, its lawyers said yesterday, by using its own experience with massive US-led nuclear tests in the 1940s and 1950s.

“Pakistan is in breach of its obligations owed to the international community as a whole,” when it comes to reducing its nuclear stockpile, said Nicholas Grief, one of the island nation’s lawyers.

Islamabad and its nuclear-armed neighbour India “continue to engage in a quantitative build-up and a qualitative improvement” of their atomic stockpiles, added Tony deBrum, a Marshallese government minister.

DeBrum warned that even a “limited nuclear war” involving the two countries would “threaten the existence” of his island nation people.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.

In 1998, the rival neighbours both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability.

The ICJ’s judges are holding hearings for the next week and a half to decide whether it is competent to hear the lawsuits brought against India and Pakistan — neither of which have signed the 1968 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

A third hearing against Britain — which has signed the NPT — scheduled to start on Wednesday will be devoted to “preliminary objections” raised by London.

The Marshalls initially sought to bring a case against nine countries it said possessed nuclear arms: Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia and the United States.
Israel has never admitted to having nuclear weapons.

But the Hague-based ICJ, set up in 1945 to rule in disputes between states, has only admitted three cases against Britain, India and Pakistan, because they have accepted the ICJ’s compulsory jurisdiction.

Pakistan’s lawyers did not attend Tuesday’s hearings.

It did however file a counter-claim against Majuro’s allegations saying “the court has no jurisdiction to deal with the application” and insisting that the case is “not admissible”, said ICJ President Ronny Abraham.

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Bangladesh to drop Islam as official religion following attacks on Hindus

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New Delhi: Bangladesh is likely to drop Islam as its official religion following a series of attacks on people from other faiths in the country. The country’s Supreme Court is hearing a plea challenging the status of the official religion of the country to Islam.

Bangladesh, which was declared a secular country after its formation in 1971, was declared an Islamic country following a constitutional amendment in 1988.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the plea has challenged the declaration of Islam as the national religion of the country.

The move is being supported by leaders from the minority communities like Hindus, Christians and Muslim minority Shiites.

Bangladesh has 90 per cent of Muslims, 8 per cent Hindus and remaining constitutes Christians and Muslim minority Shiites.

In last month, a Hindu priest was hacked to death following an attack on a temple in Panchgarh district. Two others were seriously injured in the attack. There have been several lethal attacks on writers and bloggers.

According to a report in the Independent, Islamist groups Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh and Ansarullah Bangla Team are believed to have carried out at least seven attacks on foreign and minority people in Bangladesh in the past year.

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