Turkey Blasts ‘Unauthorised’ German Search On Libya-bound Ship

Turkey accused the German navy on Monday of conducting an “unauthorised” search on a Turkish-flagged cargo vessel in a bid to enforce a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.

But the European Union’s Operation Irini — tasked with halting arms shipments to the strife-torn north African country — said it had made a “good faith” effort to get Turkey’s consent for the inspection and aborted it as soon as Ankara made its objections clear.

The Turkish foreign ministry said Germany’s Hamburg frigate stopped and searched the Roseline A commercial vessel without permission on Sunday evening off the coast of Greece’s Peloponnesus peninsula.

Footage filmed by the vessel’s crew and aired repeatedly on Turkish television showed a quarrel between crew members and armed German soldiers who landed on the ship from a helicopter.

The Turkish foreign ministry said the vessel was carrying paint and humanitarian supplies headed to the Libyan port of Misrata.

“This intervention was carried out with the consent of neither our country as the flag state nor the ship’s captain,” the Turkish ministry said.

Footage filmed by crew shows a German soldier landing from a helicopter onto the Turkish cargo ship
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“I am strongly condemning this unlawful intervention,” Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay added.

Ankara on Monday summoned the EU and Italian ambassadors as well as the German embassy’s charge d’affaires to the foreign ministry, conveying a diplomatic note protesting the “unauthorised” inspection, the foreign ministry said.

The action was “against international law,” the ministry said in the note, adding that Turkey reserved its right to compensation.

But both the operation’s European command and officials in Berlin said Turkey raised its objections only after the German soldiers had boarded the vessel.

“Everything went exactly according to protocol,” a German foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

Operation Irini said in statement that it had “made good faith efforts to seek (Turkey’s) consent”.

A screen grab from a video shot by Roseline A crew shows German soldiers searching staff members of the Turkish cargo ship

A screen grab from a video shot by Roseline A crew shows German soldiers searching staff members of the Turkish cargo ship
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“When (Turkey) made it clear that it denied the permission to inspect the vessel, Operation Irini suspended the activities during which no evidence of illicit material was found,” it said.

Operation Irini’s official website says the mission reserves the right to board ships without permission when conducting so-called “friendly approaches”.

Libya has endured almost a decade of violence since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

Turkey backs the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in western Libya and views the EU mission as biased in favour of the eastern command — backed by the United Arab Emirates as well as Russia and France.

The warring sides agreed a ceasefire deal last month that paves the way for national elections on December 24.

But the process remains fragile and four EU powers involved in efforts to end the conflict issued a joint statement Monday threatening sanctions against “all Libyan and international parties” standing in the way of peace.

Operation Irini said the aborted inspection of the Turkish vessel was the fifth since the mission was officially launched on March 31.

Turkey last sparred with EU powers over inspections when a French frigate under NATO command sought in June to search a Tanzanian-flagged cargo ship.

Paris then complained that one of its ships was subjected to radar targeting by Turkish frigates while trying to inspect the cargo.

Ankara denied the charge.

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Woman banned from visiting mum on death bed after giving her ‘unauthorised’ hug

A woman was banned from visiting her now dead mum without supervision in her care home after giving her an ‘unauthorised’ cuddle.

Distraught Lorna Hammond was told her mum Penny Simson had just hours to live and rushed to her side to comfort her at Sovereign House care home.

But staff kicked the 46-year-old out after they caught her giving Penny, 74, who had Parkinson’s and dementia, a hug in her bed.

They told her that while visiting was allowed, any touching was banned due to restrictions around coronavirus.

The married mum-of-four was told to leave the home in Coventry immediately and later informed she could only see her mum in future for half an hour with supervision.

Penny died in the care home this morning

This morning Penny died.

Lorna, also from Coventry, is a full-time carer for her nine-year-old autistic daughter and dad who is a recovering alcoholic, described the situation as “cruel”.

She said: “I knew it was the end really. I went up to see her and was really emotional anyway.

“I wanted to speak to my mum about something before she died. I didn’t want her to be alone and got into bed with her and gave her a cuddle and kiss.

“I wanted not to be her carer; I wanted to be her daughter. I just wanted her to know what was going on.

Lorna said she wanted her mum to know she was there

“The staff came back in and saw me because I hadn’t locked the door. They asked me to leave and I left straight away.

“Then I got a phone call saying there had been a report to safeguarding meaning I had abused my mum.

“I was devastated, but I would do it again because I wanted my mum to know she isn’t alone.”

Lorna said she was told her mum died this morning.

The moment she was kicked out for the ‘hug’ last Wednesday was the last time she saw her alive.

She added: “I’m devastated I didn’t get to be with her before she died.

Penny was very young when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s

“We were too late to be with her.

“Covid took away my rights to be with my mum.

“My heart is broken into pieces.”

Lorna wanted to tell her mum her grandson’s boyfriend was expecting a baby who may not survive a heart condition diagnosed in utero.

Lorna said: “It is so cruel.

“My mum has had Parkinson’s since I was two which is 44 years ago and she was diagnosed with Dementia around eight years ago.

“The situation was taken out of our hands four years ago when I had to move my dad in with me who is a recovering alcoholic.

“I had to move my mum from her care home in Oxfordshire to one near me in Coventry.”

In June Lorna received a call from the home explaining that her mum had just six hours to live.

“We were all round her bed and we weren’t in PPE,” she said.

Penny with her granddaughter Georgia

“We were allowed to be with her and touch her.

“It wasn’t Covid. They thought she was going to die from her worsening Parkinson’s and dementia.

“But on Wednesday (November 4) I got a phone call to say her swallow reflex had gone.

“I went to see her and she had a chest infection on top of that, so she couldn’t speak.”

Lorna said that the only time she goes out is to take her daughter to school and to see her dad.

Speaking before her mum died, Lorna expressed frustration that Penny was alone near the end.

“She should have people with her,” she said.

“I can’t take her home because of what happened to that lady on the news who tried to take her mum home from the care home.

“She took her into the car and was arrested. I feel like doing that but I know I would be arrested and my mum wouldn’t come home.

“It is wrong, so wrong.”

Penny had two children, four great grandchildren and one great granddaughter, but was one of the youngest people in the country to get Parkinson’s when she was 29.

She was a former cub leader who worked in a bank and volunteered in Oxfam shops.

Lorna added: “The care home staff that go to and from the home every day pose a bigger risk that I do.

“I don’t see the amount of people that they do every day.

“The staff have been remarkable. They have given my mum the best care possible.

“This is not about the care home, it is about the government policy that leaves vulnerable people on their own.

“If somebody is dying they deserve the right to be with their family and they deserve to have somebody there.

“They have got the right to be with their family and loved ones. These people are in their 70s.

Lorna is very critical of rules that have stopped her saying a proper goodbye to her mum

“The government has got it wrong if you can’t give them a hug when they’re dying. It is inhumane.

“She was a strong, feisty woman who never gave up on herself or her family.

“Even when she was poorly she has continued to keep her family together.

“I get the rules and follow all the lockdown restrictions, but these people are dying alone and it is just so cruel.

“It is unfair on the residents and their families.

“I understand that there need to be rules but they should be overlooked when someone’s in my mum’s situation so they can be touched by their family.

Penny with her husband Steve

“It is so important for someone at that stage in their life to be touched and held by their loved ones.

“I know I am probably not alone in this.

“I will follow any other restriction. I waited four months to see my granddaughter after she was born when I could have broken the rules by driving down to Salisbury to hold her.

“I know I broke the rules but I would do the same again to see my mum and give her a cuddle.”

A spokesperson for Sovereign House confirmed Penny died this morning but claimed restrictions had to be put in place for the daughter’s visits due to rules being ignored on more than one occasion.

The care home has stopped all end of life visits

They said: “We have had a recent positive Covid test in the home, so we could have stopped all end of life visits under government guidelines, but we are hugely sympathetic to families in such difficult circumstances and we want to be as flexible as possible within the rules.

“This was explained to the family, along with the importance of following guidelines on PPE and social distancing.

“Unfortunately, these rules were ignored and a number of other incidents meant we had to raise safeguarding concerns with social work.

“They were supportive of the plans – including supervised visits – that we were forced to put in place as we have a duty to provide a safe environment for all residents and our staff.

“Penny was a much-loved resident and she’ll be sadly missed by all of our team.”

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Former WA treasurer Troy Buswell’s ex-wife investigated for making ‘unauthorised’ recordings, lawyer claims

Police internal affairs are handling a “complaint” made against the police officer ex-wife and alleged domestic violence victim of former WA treasurer Troy Buswell over “unauthorised” recordings of him, Mr Buswell’s lawyer has told a Perth court.

Mr Buswell has pleaded not guilty to three charges of assaulting his former wife Melissa Hankinson and causing her bodily harm and three charges of common assault.

The incidents are alleged to have happened at Subiaco, Southern River, Vasse and Yoongarillup, near Busselton, between 2015 and 2018, including one alleged assault on Valentine’s Day in 2016.

Mr Buswell is also facing a seventh charge of unlawfully damaging a door valued at $200.

Today Mr Buswell appeared in court because of an application by prosecutors to make Ms Hankinson, who is a police officer, a “special witness” so she can give evidence via video link from a remote room, and not in person.

However during the hearing, Mr Buswell’s lawyer, Laura Willox, said police internal affairs were handling a complaint against Ms Hankinson alleging she had made “unauthorised” recordings of Mr Buswell.

Mr Buswell is due back in court in October.(ABC News: Hugh Sando)

Ms Willox said the issue created a possible conflict of interest for the prosecution, because its lawyers were from the State Solicitors Office (SSO), which also represented police internal affairs.

She said the matter had been raised with the SSO, but it was yet to respond.

Lawyer wants details of complaint disclosed

Ms Willox requested material relating to the complaint, which she said was relevant to the charges against Mr Buswell, be disclosed to the defence.

The Magistrate said he was unable to make that order without seeing the material, but said if the conflict of interest issue could not be resolved then a “special” appointment would need to be made.

The Magistrate did make an order for the general disclosure of materials to the defence, while the “special witness” application was adjourned to be determined at a later date.

Mr Buswell, whose bail was renewed, is next due to appear in court on October 6, when a trial date may be set.

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Alice Springs licensee Anthony Habib faces court on additional charges of unauthorised sales of liquor

A Northern Territory publican has appeared before Alice Springs Local Court charged with multiple counts of unauthorised sales of liquor and an alleged breach of bail.

Anthony, also known as Tony, Habib is the licensee of Bojangles Restaurant and Saloon in Alice Springs and was charged in May in relation to alleged secondary supply of alcohol.

NT police alleged the 59-year-old was using a commercial passenger vehicle service to illegally sell alcohol to the public.

Police initially said Mr Habib was facing five counts of unauthorised sales of liquor, but at a local court hearing last month that charge was increased to 24 counts.

The court heard today that the number has increased again, and Mr Habib currently faces 150 counts of unauthorised sales of liquor.

In court, defence counsel John McBride said he was awaiting copies of video submissions from the prosecution in relation to the case.

NT Police issued a 48-hour liquor suspension notice for Bojangles when charges were laid in May.(ABC News: Dylan Anderson)

Police on secondary supply

At the time of the initial charge police issued a 48-hour liquor suspension notice for Bojangles Restaurant and Saloon, though the venue was not open at the time.

When the charges were laid NT Police also issued a statement vowing to “investigate all information provided in relation to secondary supply”.

“Alcohol Policing Unit, Police Auxiliary Liquor inspectors and general duty members are working together and engaging technology support through CCTV to identify and address alcohol-related harm in our communities,” a further statement read.

In court today Judge John Birch continued Mr Habib’s bail and adjourned the matter until the August 17.

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Hong Kong democracy activists charged for holding ‘unauthorised’ Tiananmen Square vigil

Thirteen distinguished Hong Kong democracy activists appeared in courtroom on Monday charged with keeping an unauthorised accumulating to mark the Tiananmen Square crackdown, the most up-to-date in a string of prosecutions versus protest leaders in the restless money hub.

Very last thirty day period tens of hundreds of Hong Kongers defied a ban on rallies to mark the 4 June anniversary of Beijing’s deadly 1984 crackdown towards college students pushing for democracy.

The yearly vigil has been held in Hong Kong for the previous a few many years and normally attracts substantial crowds. It has taken on unique significance in current a long time as the semi-autonomous city chafes underneath Beijing’s increasingly authoritarian rule. 

This year’s vigil was banned for the initially time with authorities citing coronavirus steps. At the time community transmission had largely been halted.

Hundreds defy a ban to commemorate the 31st Anniversary of the Tiananmen Sq. Massacre in Hong Kong.

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But 1000’s turned out to keep candles in their neighbourhoods and in Victoria Park, the classic web-site of the vigil.

Police afterwards arrested 13 primary activists who appeared at the Victoria Park vigil.

All appeared in court docket on Monday to be formally billed with “inciting” an illegal assembly, which carries up to 5 decades in jail.

Amid them are Jimmy Lai, the millionaire owner of the openly professional-democracy Apple newspaper, veteran democracy activists these kinds of as Lee Cheuk-yan and Albert Ho as perfectly as younger campaigner Figo Chan.

When requested if he recognized the charge, Lee invoked the hundreds who have been killed by Chinese tanks and troopers at Tiananmen. 

“This is political persecution,” he said. “The actual incitement is the massacre done by the Chinese Communist Celebration 31 yrs ago.”

Some of all those charged on Monday – and several other foremost democracy figures – deal with independent prosecutions linked to very last year’s big and often violent professional-democracy protests.

China’s leaders have rejected phone calls to give Hong Kongers common suffrage and portrayed the protests as a plot by foreigners to destabilise the motherland.

Before this month Beijing imposed a sweeping countrywide protection regulation aimed at stamping out the protests the moment and for all.

The law targets subversion, secession, terrorism and international collusion, with sentences such as existence in prison. 

But its wide phrasing – these types of as a ban on encouraging hatred in the direction of China’s federal government – has sent concern rippling by way of a city employed to remaining in a position to communicate its mind.

Police have arrested individuals for possessing pro-independence or autonomy substance, libraries and educational facilities have pulled guides, political events have disbanded and 1 popular opposition politician has fled.

The legislation bypassed Hong Kong’s legislature and its contents were being held top secret till the moment it was enacted. 

It empowered China’s stability equipment to established up store openly in Hong Kong for the very first time, though Beijing has also claimed jurisdiction for some significant national stability circumstances – ending the authorized firewall amongst the mainland the city’s unbiased judiciary.

China has also announced world wide jurisdiction to pursue nationwide stability crimes committed by everyone outdoors of Hong Kong and China, including foreigners.  

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Massive police presence smothers unauthorised Sydney protest against deaths in custody

A planned protest against black deaths in custody in Sydney has been thwarted by a massive police presence almost a week after more than 20,000 marched through the city in solidarity with protests against police brutality in the United States.

Unlike last Saturday’s protest, organisers did not seek police approval for the event on Friday evening, which left the door open for organisers and attendees to be fined if they gathered in groups larger than 10 due to COVID-19 regulations.

The location of the protest was changed from Town Hall to Hyde Park after hundreds of police officers lined the hall and set up barricades hours ahead of the protest’s planned start at 6.30 pm. 

But a strong police presence at the park also prevented the group from congregating in one location and organisers urged people to leave the area. 

One of the organisers, Rachel Evans of the Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA), told SBS News ahead of the rally that the group planned to “be like the river” to avoid breaching restrictions.

“Like the Hong Kong movement that shifts and turns. We are not going away,” she said. 

The Facebook event for the rally said the action was in support of inmates at Sydney’s Long Bay jail after correctional officers used tear gas in response to a disturbance earlier this week. Following the incident, inmates used materials to spell out ‘BLM’ – a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Protest organiser Rachel Evans said they were planning to “be like the river” to avoid breaching social distancing restrictions.

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NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mick Willing previously warned that officers would not hesitate to prosecute those who attended the protest in breach of COVID-19 regulations.

“I want to be clear about this – if people choose to break the law and attend this protest, police will not hesitate to take the appropriate action against them.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday also urged people not to attend protests over the weekend as they were against health advice.

“The medical advice is that this is an unsafe thing to do. It puts not only your own health at risk, but it puts other people’s lives at risk,” he said. 

Organisers had encouraged anyone attending the rally to wear a mask, carry hand sanitiser and maintain physical distancing. 

The protest was set to take place hours after Mr Morrison announced plans to allow crowds of up to 10,000 people at sports stadiums with capacities of 40,000 by or less by Jule as part of the third stage of lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

On Thursday night, the NSW Supreme Court blocked a refugee protest scheduled in Sydney on Saturday, approving the NSW Police bid to prevent it going ahead.

Justice Michael Walton ruled that the public health risks, namely the potential spread of coronavirus, outweighed the right to protest. 

Meanwhile, on Friday, Victoria Police confirmed they had fined three organisers of last Saturday’s Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne $1,652 each for breaching coronavirus restrictions.

No further fines would be issued in relation to the protest, a Victoria Police spokesperson said. 

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Victoria Police suspends second police officer over unauthorised sharing of Dean Laidley photos

Victoria Police has suspended a second officer over the alleged leaking of photos of former AFL coach Dean Laidley inside a police station while in police custody.

Mr Laidley, 53, of Moonee Ponds, was arrested on stalking and other charges after an incident outside a home in St Kilda on Saturday night.

The former coach and 1996 North Melbourne premiership player faced the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Sunday.

He did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on May 11.

Photos of Mr Laidley inside the St Kilda Road Police Station were sent to a WhatsApp group then published online.

The suspended officer is a senior constable from the southern-metropolitan region.

Former Carlton assistant coach Dean Laidley during a training session.
Dean Laidley, a former AFL coach, did not apply for bail and was remanded in custody on Sunday night.(AAP: Julian Smith)

The officer is expected to be charged with a breach of the Victoria Police Act relating to the unauthorised disclosure of information.

The move by the Professional Standards Command followed the suspension of another senior constable on Monday.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton called the incident an “appalling” privacy breach which constituted “unacceptable conduct”.

He apologised on behalf of the force, saying, “clearly, we have let down that person”.

“We’ve breached their privacy and I do apologise on behalf of Victoria Police,” he said.

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