Greece: Adult Migrant Accused Of Raping A 15-Year-Old Greek Girl For Five Days

From Voice of America:
A shocking story came to light last week in Kos, upsetting the local community. A 28-year-old Iranian migrant was arrested for raping a 15 year-old Greek girl, Newsit reports.

A friend of the victim reported the rape to the local police department. After this report the police took a statement of the victim, which revealed to the shocked police officers that the migrant was raping the girl for five days.

She reported that she met the perpetrator on 13 September, when he led the underage girl to a local field and raped her.

The following four days, the Iranian was threatening to kill the victim, and lead her to an abandoned house forcing and blackmailing her to have sexual intercourse.

He was arrested for rape of an underage girl and taken to the prosecutor’s office, where a forensic examination was ordered as part of the investigation…

Texas: Muslim Couple Enslaved Girl

From KOAA (NBC affiliate):
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The son and daughter-in-law of a former West African leader have been indicted on charges that they enslaved a girl from their native country while living in Texas.

Mohamed Toure (too-RAY’) and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, were named in an indictment returned Wednesday. The Fort Worth residents, both 57, are charged with forced labor, alien harboring and conspiracy. Mohamed Toure also is charged with making false statements to federal agents.

The indictments allege the pair brought a girl from Guinea in 2000 and forced her to work in their home for 16 years without pay. Neighbors helped the woman escape in August 2016.

The couple was arrested in April. Defense attorneys have denied the charges.

Mohamed Toure is the son of the late Ahmed Sekou (SHEE’-koo) Toure, the first president of Guinea….

Terrorists Kidnap, Kill 3 Cops In Kashmir After "Resign Or Die" Threat

From NDTV:
The bodies of three policemen with multiple bullet wounds were found hours after they were kidnapped by terrorists who barged into their homes in south Kashmir early on Friday. A fourth policeman was freed with the “help of villagers”, home ministry officials told NDTV.

The policemen, all Special Police Officers, were dragged out of their homes in Kapran village of Shopian days after Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists put out a video threatening to kill policemen unless they posted their resignations online. Their bodies were found in an orchard.

Police said the villagers had chased the terrorists to try and rescue the three but the terrorists fired warning shots in the air. The terrorists crossed a river and shot the policemen.

Soon after the killings, six policemen reportedly announced that they have resigned. Videos were allegedly posted on social media, claiming resignations. The home ministry denied the reports saying they are “based on false propaganda by mischievous element.”

When the Hizbul video emerged on Tuesday, the home ministry had expressed worry about repercussions. The video surfaced a day after an Army jawan was shot dead by the Hizbul Mujahideen….

A Law Against Female Genital Mutilation

A letter to the editor in the Hartford Courant:
An important bill died in the legislature this year, “An Act Prohibiting Female Genital Mutilation.” Senate Bill 190 would have made it a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison, to perform female genital mutilation on a person under 18.

FGM is outlawed federally, and 26 other states in the United States also ban it. Connecticut needs to join them to put this terrible practice on the radar of schools, clinics, courts and police. Connecticut lawmakers need a zero-tolerance law banning FGM to protect young women and girls.

FGM is a barbaric procedure, affecting up to 140 million women and girls worldwide. Alarmingly, the Population Reference Bureau indicates that 2,658 women and girls are at risk in Connecticut.

FGM is a human rights violation and a terrible crime against girls and women. The time is now to prevent FGM and stand with victims.

Kristine Cheruk, Cheshire

The writer is a registered nurse.

UK: Police Creates Special Uniform For Muslim Women

From Mail Online:
A police force has created a less revealing uniform for Muslim women which is ‘designed not to show the female form’.

West Yorkshire Police hopes that the looser fit will result in more ethnic minority recruits.

Many forces already allow female officers to wear the hijab, or headscarf, but the new uniform is believed to be a UK first.

Assistant Chief Constable Angela Williams said: ‘For the last month we have been trialling a new uniform for women which is designed not to show the female form.

‘This was suggested by a Muslim female officer and was designed by our Clothing Manager in conjunction with the officer.

‘The tunic is a looser and longer fit, and has full sleeves. This has been well-received from officers in the force and we have now made further supplies of this uniform for other officers to trial it if they wish.

‘I hope this uniform will encourage people from underrepresented groups to consider a career in policing if they had previously been put off joining the force due to the uniform.

‘We are open to suggestions from all communities on how our uniform can be styled to better suit their needs.’

Pc Firzana Ahmed became the first to wear the new kit and says it has brought ‘positive feedback from the local community’ in Bradford.

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel had quizzed police chiefs on Friday about what they were doing to boost the number of black and minority ethnic (BAME) recruits.

Chief Constable Dee Collins said for some women, concerns about the existing uniform’s design could be preventing them from signing up.

Panel member Roger Grasby said the force had seen some success in boosting the number of staff who were female, disabled or lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) but ‘less so with BAME’….

India Bans Instant Divorce From Muslim Men

From the Associated Press:
New Delhi (AP) — India’s government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce.

The government decision came after it failed to get approval from Parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of allowing men to divorce by simply uttering the Arabic word for divorce — “talaq” — three times violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women.

Most of the 170 million Muslims in India are Sunnis governed by the Muslim Personal Law for family matters and disputes. The laws include allowing the practice, known as “triple talaq,” whereby men can divorce by simply saying the word three times — and not necessarily consecutively, but at any time, and by any medium, including telephone, text message or social media post.

The government will have another six months to get Parliament’s approval for the ordinance to become law. But in the meantime, those who violate it can be prosecuted under the ordinance.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that nearly 22 countries, including neighboring Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned the practice and appealed to the opposition to approve the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill.

“The issue of triple talaq has continued unabated,” Prasad told a news conference, adding that the government had recorded 201 such divorces since the Supreme Court struck down the law last year.

“In a secular country like India,” Prasad said, “gender justice was given the complete go-by.”

India’s Muslim Law Board had told the court that while they considered the practice wrong, they opposed any court intervention and asked that the matter be left to the community. But several progressive Muslim activists decried the law board’s position….

Sharia Northern Ireland: Belfast City Councillor Suspended “For Criticizing Islam”

From News Letter:
A Belfast city councillor has been suspended from council duties for four months while investigations are carried out into complaints about public statements she made about Islam.

Independent councillor Jolene Bunting, who formerly represented the TUV, revealed on social media that she had been suspended from her duties “for criticising Islam”.

“This is a dark day for democracy and freedom of speech,” the Greater Shankill representative, who has been linked with the far-right Britain First group, posted on her Facebook page.

A statement issued by the Northern Ireland Local Government Commissioner for Standards said the Acting Commissioner had decided to suspend Councillor Bunting for four months while an investigation into complaints against her are ongoing.

The decision comes after an Interim Adjudication Hearing held at the Resolution Centre in Belfast on September 4.

“The Acting Commissioner Mr Ian Gordon found that there was prima facie evidence that Councillor Bunting had failed to comply with the Local Government Code of Conduct. He determined that a member of the public, knowing all of the relevant facts, would reasonably consider that her conduct had brought her position as a councillor and that of the council into disrepute,” the statement said.

“The Acting Commissioner found it likely that there has been continuing reputational damage to the City Council and that repeated failures by the respondent to comply with the code and subsequent publicity is likely to have had a negative impact on public confidence.

“He highlighted that the aim of the Code is to improve the standard of conduct expected of councillors and to foster public confidence in the ethical standards regime.

“The Acting Commissioner requested that the Interim Hearing be held after receiving an Interim Report on the complaints made against Councillor Bunting. Given the frequent, ongoing, repetitive and escalating nature of the alleged breaches of the Code, the Deputy Commissioner believed that suspension of the councillor was necessary while his full investigation into the complaints continued.”

The statement continued: “The complaints arose from public statements made by the councillor in relation to the Islamic religion, her association with the far-right group Britain First, and the publication of a meme on social media.

“The Hearing was told that from 15 December 2017 to 14 August 2018, 14 complaints were made against Councillor Bunting. One complaint was signed by 87 complainants, while another was signed by a total of 79 members of the public….

Ghana: 12-Year-Old Girl Married Off To 26-Year-Old

From Ghana Business News:
Six persons have been put before an Accra Circuit Court for forcing a 12-year old girl into marriage at Abeka Zongo, Accra.

The victim’s parents, together with the supposed husband’ and his parents as well as an Abeka Imam, who witnessed the marriage ceremony have been arraigned.

The 12-year-old victim was married to a 26-year old man known as Prince Hakeem Sharif Dekeeney.

The accused persons are Mohammed Kamal Yusif, a 53-year-old driver and Rufkatu Abdallah, a 49-year old trader, Sherif Idris, Adizatu Alhassan, Prince Hakeem Sharif Dekeeney, and Sheikh Hidir Idris Adams, the Imam

Three other accomplices namely Sheikh Hidir Adams, Sheikh Amin Osuman and Sheikh Dr. Bashir Adams, are said to be at large.

They have been variously charged with conspiracy to commit crime, abetment of crime and forced marriage.

They have pleaded not guilty to the various charges and the court presided over by Mrs Abena Oppong Adjin-Doku has admitted them to bail in the sum of GH¢10,000 with one surety each to reappear on October 8….

Meanwhile, the six accused persons have admitted the offence, but Prince Sharif Dekeeney told the Police that he had paid bride price to Mohammed Kamal Yusif and Rufkatu Abdallah.

Investigations revealed that the marriage ceremony was graced by Sheikh Abass Saleh, the Abeka Imam.

California: Man Forced Girl Into Prostitution At Age 13

Hat Tip: Jihad Watch

From Global Dispatch:
A California man in Elk Grove struck a plea deal to sex trafficking of a minor on Friday.

The Department of Justice reported that Abdul Basier Hashimi, 26, confessed to meeting a girl on Tagged.com in 2014, when she was thirteen. After a few months, the victim ran away and lived with Hashimi.

The man began prostituting her in Sacramento, Oakland and other locations in Northern California.

Hashimi used backpage.com ads, rented hotel rooms and forced the teen to walk/work the streets, offering sexual acts. Court records say she gave all of her earnings to him.

The underage victim was also forced to have sex with Hashimi….

United States: Muslim Who Helped ISIS Now Says He Didn't Understand Trial Plea

From the Houston Chronicle:
A Palestinian refugee in Houston convicted of attempting to back Islamic State terrorists overseas is seeking a new federal trial, claiming he didn’t understand the consequences of violating the terms of supervised release when he pleaded guilty.

Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, who came to the U.S. in 2009, alleges that U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes did not clearly advise him that he faced a possible life term for violating federal probation if he entered a guilty plea, according to court document filed Tuesday. Al Hardan, who had an Arabic interpreter for the proceeding, also says his court-appointed lawyer failed to ensure that the judge advised him of this possibility.

However, David Adler, Al Hardan’s court-appointed trial lawyer, noted in an email that the judge appears to have warned Al Hardan about this scenario, and pointed to a verbatim excerpt of the hearing quoted in Al Hardan’s appellate brief.

In the document filed Tuesday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Hughes is quoted as saying at Al Hardan’s 2016 plea hearing, “Now, the maximum penalty — I’m not saying this is what I’m going to give you — that the statute would allow on your plea of guilty is for you to be imprisoned for 20 years, fined $250,000 and supervised release with up to your — up to life and there is a $100 tax. Do you have any question about the punishment?”

After a back and forth with the judge, the defendant said he understood….

Hughes sentenced the 25-year-old father in December 2017 to 16 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Al Hardan pleaded guilty on Oct. 17, 2016, to attempting to provide support to ISIS, admitting that he associated with jihadists, swore an oath to Islamic State terrorists, lied on a passport application about his affiliation with terrorists and stockpiled materials to make remote detonators at his West Houston apartment. He also accepted as fact the government’s accusation that he discussed decapitating Americans in support of the jihadist struggle….

Yolanda Jarmon, who was appointed to represent Al Hardan’s in the appeal, declined to comment. But she argued in a court filing that her client thought he faced at most 20 years in prison. He would not have entered a plea of guilty if he understood that a violation of supervised release could result in a lifetime in prison, as opposed to the statutory maximum of 20 years the judge mentioned during his plea hearing, according to court documents.