Category: UK

Murdoch apologises to victims as two aides quit

Ref: Two of Rupert Murdoch`s top executives quit Friday, as the media baron apologised to the family of a murdered girl at the heart of the phone-hacking row in a bid to defuse the crisis engulfing his empire.

The Australian-born tycoon finally abandoned his attempts to protect Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of the scandal-hit News of the World, and accepted her resignation as chief executive of his British newspaper unit, News International.
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SQ Chy’s son lobbying: British MP Ellwood coming Sunday

British MP Tobius Ellwood set out on a trip to Bangladesh where he may lobby for the release of opposition BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury and the Jamaat leaders detained on war-crime charges.

According to the schedule Ellwood along with a delegation will land direct in Sylhet Sunday and attend some charitable programmes of Maya, a non-profit organisation funded by London-based Pakistani organisation Islamic Relief, in the city. Read more →

'UK trained Rab with full respect to human rights'

Ref: British government provided specific training to support the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to meet its obligation to go about its business fully respecting human rights.

“The UK decided to impart training in the area where Rab needs support and assistance to develop its capacity and understanding about the importance of the human rights, said British High Commissioner in Dhaka Stephan Evans on Tuesday. Read more →

Police quell riot at British prison

Specialist police resolved a riot at a British prison after inmates set buildings alight when staff tried to clamp down on contraband alcohol on New Year`s Day, police said Sunday.

Prison authorities launched an investigation into the day-long rampage involving around 40 inmates which started early Saturday at Ford open prison near Arundel in southeast England.
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SQ Chy’s family seeks British Govt. support

Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury’s son Fayyaz Chowdury has called on the British government to intervene to stop alleged torture on his father in police custody.

Lawyers acting for the SQ Cyowdhury’s family also blame the British government over allegations it was complicit in the torture of Bangladeshi MP Salauddin Chowdhury, who was arrested by the country`s security forces mid December.

They claim the training provided by British forces to Bangladesh`s Rapid Action Battalion, which arrested him, places the UK in breach of its obligations under international law, reports British newspaper the Guardian.

“The UK government is up to its neck in this case having provided practical and financial support to RAB who are responsible for my father`s ill-treatment. I am a British national and they must now intervene to secure my father`s immediate release from prison and a binding undertaking from the Bangladesh government that he will not be subjected to any further torture and ill-treatment or a patently unfair trial,” Fayyaz mentioned in his petition.

Phil Shiner, of Public Interest Lawyers, which is bringing the legal challenge on behalf of Fayyaz Chowdury said: “The UK government owe the clearest of international obligations to my client, a British citizen, in circumstances where they are complicit in the torture of people like Mr Salauddin Chowdury. These obligations reflect international law principles that prohibit states from aiding and assisting other states in international crimes such as torture and extrajudicial executions. The UK government must use all means at their disposal to secure the immediate release of my client`s father and to ensure that he cannot face a kangaroo court for war crimes that he did not commit.”

Rioting prisoners set fire to British jail

Ref: Rioting prisoners torched buildings at a low-security British jail on Saturday, an incident the prison guards’ union said highlighted the risks of government plans to slash spending on the justice system.

About 40 prisoners took part in rioting at Ford prison near Arundel, southern England, that began around midnight (GMT) on New Year’s Eve, the Prison Service said.
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British PM fires 2011 terror warning

Ref:Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain had to combat its home-grown Islamic extremism in 2011, in his New Year message released Friday.

He said 2011 would likewise be a “crucial year” in Afghanistan, where British troops are fighting Taliban insurgents, as the country deals with fighting terror on two fronts. Read more →

British police charge nine men over bomb plot

Ref: British police said Monday they had charged nine men with plotting one or more bomb attacks, of 12 suspects arrested in pre-dawn raids last week.

On December 20, police arrested a dozen suspects in England and Wales, aged between 17 and 28, detaining them “on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism in the UK.” Read more →

7 Bangladeshi-Britons arrested Panic grips Bengali community in UK

Ref: The Bengali community in Britain expressed grave concern over the arrest of seven Bangladeshi-origin British nationals as the action panicked them all.

British police Monday arrested twelve suspected terrorists from various places in the United Kingdom. The suspects, aged 17 to 28, were caught in London, Cardiff, Wales and Stoke in central England. Read more →

WikiLeaks` Assange moved to isolation in British jail

Ref: WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange was in a segregation unit of a London jail Saturday for his safety, as new secret US diplomatic cables were made public, increasing the embarrassment to Washington.

The 39-year-old Australian has been transferred from the main section of Wandsworth prison to an isolation unit, Jennifer Robinson, one of his legal team, said Friday. Read more →