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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Weird news - Woman kills and buries a man for attempting rape

Things get tricky when you have a case of self-defence; whether that be against attack (and this attack can be in the nature of a deadly attack, or an attack such as rape). However, whether the self-defense can lead to the death of the attacker and the subsequent legal proceedings depends on the actions of the defendants. In many cases, self-defense can lead to the acquittal of the defendants or reduced sentences, but it gets tricky when the self-defense leads to further actions designed to hide the act, or mislead the law enforcement agents.
Such acts can be get converted into criminal acts such as in this case, where a woman was apparently attacked and she fought back and inflicted deadly harm on the attacker. At this point, she would most likely have got away with either an acquittal or reduced sentences, but after this, she went ahead and hid the body and did not inform the police about what has happened - which would most probably lead to charges against her for these acts. One can sympathize with her for the self-defense, but the law does not allow her to not inform the law enforcement agencies about what has happened (link to article):
Rita told the police she hacked Krishna with an axe after he tried to rape her and her daughter in their house on April 4. “After he fell on his back, I chopped off his private parts as I thought he might survive the attack and retaliate,” she said. Krishna, however, did not survive the blows. Rita called seven women, her friends, and they buried the body in the crematorium.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Weird news - Laxative helps in retrieving smuggled gold biscuits

Smuggling takes many shapes and sizes; and there will be smuggling when an item is priced differently in different countries, or there are duties or levies that cause these differences in prices and hence drive the process of smuggling. Smuggling can be done through the shipment of regular items (within these items - for example, gold is shaped into different items and then coated or painted to seem normal); these can be transported to land in beaches at night where there is lower chance of detection, can be carried across borders that are impossible to verify 100%.
And then you have human carriers who carry smuggled items through airports, and the most extreme case is that of people who swallow these items and hope that they remain undetected. This can prove very dangerous for those who are carrying drugs in packets - if these packets open during the time that they are in the body, the person can die. For others, such as in this case, if they are detected, there is really no option that to force them to expel these items from their bodies, which is done by giving them laxatives and the items then appearing when they do their poop (link to article):
Mushir Ahmed, who came from Kuala Lumpur by an Air Asia flight on Thursday night, was detained while he was waiting near the conveyor belt to collect his checked-in baggage after clearing immigration by an official of the air intelligence unit. “He appeared tense. We approached him and after interrogation that lasted for barely a couple of minutes, we were definite something was wrong,” a customs official said. Ahmed was taken inside the detention room and the metal detector corroborated that there was some metal inside his stomach. But he kept insisting there was a problem with the machine. “For the next three or four hours, we gave him a laxative and asked him to consume water at regular intervals. At dawn, he went to relieve himself and the gold biscuits emerged,” a customs official said.
It seems a bit yucky, but there is a lot of money involved and it happens often enough that there must be processes to deal with it.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Weird news - ISIS everywhere

ISIS is the terror organization that has struck fear in a large section of the world. Besides its brutal tactics in the war zones of Syria and Iraq, it has even struck in many parts of Europe, and even had an attack in the United States where a massacre was committed by somebody pledging allegiance to ISIS. Further, the terror organization is very much present on social media and also does a lot of effort in trying to attract disenchanted westerners, something which is very scary for these societies.
However, in order to protect from these terror organizations, sometimes efforts are taken which seem like overkill. There is a constraint on suspicious sounding financial transactions, which sounds great but sometimes leads to weird situations, or innocent people are removed from flights because their names are similar to terror suspects or because somebody is suspicious of them. For example, in this incident, a person transferring money to his dog walker was not able to do since he put in his dog's name in the comment, and the bank thought that the name of the dog was very similar to another name for ISIS (link to article):
Bruce Francis, 55, from San Francisco, was transferring $374 from his account to his dog walker and wrote his dog’s name ‘Dash’ in the memo line, as he has done every month for the past couple of years. Chase Bank blocked Francis’ online payment because his pitbull mix’s moniker loosely resembles the terrorist network ‘Daesh’, another name for Islamic State. Bank officials thought ‘Dash’ was a hair too close to ‘Daesh’, the Arabic term for the Islamic State or IS, and cancelled the payment. The dog walker notified Francis ten days later that she still had not been paid.

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