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Monday, November 4, 2013

Police Hunts Missing Terrorism Suspect

Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, a 27-year-old British terror suspect, has absconded after entering a mosque in Acton, west London, and changing into a burka. He was under Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, or TPim for short, because Home Office officials determined he could not be charged or deported, but was excluded from specific places and could not travel overseas. TPims expire after two years unless new evidence emerges of involvement in terrorist activities and a breach of such measures can bring a jail sentence. In a statement to Parliament, Home Secretary Theresa May said Mohamed’s passport was still held by authorities and that an “intensive covert operation” to track him was underway, but that authorities did not “believe that this man poses a direct threat to the public in the UK” and that he was placed under a TPim because the government wanted to prevent him from travelling “to support terrorism overseas”.

CIA Forced Doctors to Torture Detainees

A report by the US Taskforce on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centres has concluded that doctors and psychologists working for the country’s military forces have violated the ethical codes of their professions under instructions from military personnel and CIA agents, torturing suspected terrorists. They were reportedly told that they would not be breaking the Hippocratic Oath because they were not treating people who were ill. “Putting on a uniform does not and should not abrogate the fundamental principles of medical professionalism. ‘Do no harm’ and ‘put patient interest first’ must apply to all physicians regardless of where they practice”, said David Rothman, president of the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP). The taskforce wants to ensure that doctors and psychiatrists working for the military are prohibited from taking part in interrogations, from sharing medical information with interrogators and with participating in any force-feeding of detainees.

Khamenei Warns Hardliners Not to Undermine Iran’s Nuclear Talks

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has told the country’s hardliners not to compromise ongoing nuclear negotiations with the P5+1 group by accusing President Hassan Rouhani of compromising with the US. The P5+1 group is also composed of the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany. The talks in Geneva will resume on Thursday and Iran hopes they will also spell the end to economic sanctions against the country. “No one should consider our negotiators as compromisers. They have a difficult mission and no one must weaken an official who is busy with work”, said Khamenei. The leader also criticised the US because it offered to negotiate while not ruling out other options. “We should not trust an enemy who smiles. From one side the Americans smile and express a desire to negotiate, and from another side they immediately say all options are on the table”, he said.

Pussy Riot Member Missing After Prison Transfer

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Pussy Riot, has reportedly not been seen since being transferred to a new prison facility 10 days ago. Russian officials say the silence is a part of the transfer process and that a member of her family will know of her new whereabouts once the transfer is complete. “According to a decision made by FSIN (Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service) in regards to changing Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s location: she is currently being moved to a different correctional facility. Upon arrival to a particular institution, one of the relatives, chosen by Tolokonnikova, will be given the information”, said an FSIN official to the Interfax news agency. Tolokonnikova’s husband, Pyotr Verzilov, said he had not heard from her for the past 13 days and said the move was a deliberate attempt by Russian authorities to “cut her off from the outside world“. She was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after performing a protest song inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in February 2012.

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