Posts tagged ‘Law’

May 17, 2011

Spain’s new law permits hospitals to hasten the death of terminally ill patients  The Spanish government,  passed into law the right to have an early death for terminally ill patients last Friday. The patients will be able to halt their medical treatment and thereby hasten their death.

The Spanish health minister, Leire Pajin, was quick to point out that the law had nothing to do with the government’s public spending austerity program and that it would not contradict the strict ban on euthanasia or assisted suicide, which criminalises procedures that kill those who are not terminally ill.

As in the UK and most European countries, stopping medical treatment for terminally ill patients is widely practiced, though not officially sanctioned.

Human rights advocates are concerned that the explicit permission by law for medics to kill terminally ill people raises two questions:-

1) Will there be adequate provisions in place to ensure a safe determination of what constitutes a ‘terminally ill’ person?

2) What procedures will be in place to safeguard those who are very ill and whose treatment is expensive upon the state, to be bullied into ending their lives as ‘terminally ill’ patients for the convenience of others.

The law is set to be approved in Parliament is the next few months.

May 6, 2011

Russian schoolgirl beats her girl friend mercilessly and forces her to eat dog faeces while classmates take video

[Irina Kmoskova, Russia News Contributor]

RT.COM:  In the far-eastern Russian city of Yakutsk, over twenty schoolchildren met in the school yard to witness a fight between two girl classmates and whilst one mercilessly beat the other over a joke gone wrong, the schoolchildren videod the event without even trying to stop the beating. The beating was so horrific that the crime-incident hardened law enforcement officers viewing a video of the event had struggled to control tears.

The mother of the beaten girl says that she used to be friends with her the other girl who had beaten her, but the girls had had an disagreement a few months ago when teasingly, the beaten girl had poured water over the other’s head which appears to have motivated the attack.

The assaulted girl’s family are considering legal action against her assailant and the police have begun criminal procedures to bring justice to the matter.
April 30, 2011

Bristol in flames over Tesco

[Paul Goddaddie, Courts & Legal Affairs Contributor]

MailOnline: reports that the British city of Bristol is up in arms about the monopolizing antics of the Tesco stores company. It seems that residents are angry that the proliferation of the company’s shops all over the city is stifling local competition and amounts to an oppressive monopoly.

A peaceful protest this Friday by more than 400 people turned nasty as scuffles broke out with police. Two men were arrested and charged with public order offences and more than 15 are in police custody. Bottles, stones and roof tiles were thrown at the police by protesters and some officers were injured.

April 20, 2011

Syria’s cancellation of ’emergency’ law, unlikely to save government

[Michael Harris, Middle East and Africa News Contributor]

BBC News reports that the Syrian government has now cancelled its emergency law which allowed it to detain without charge and torture thousands of its citizens. It has also passed a new law allowing peaceful protests and it special court for prosecuting political activists has now been abolished.

Analysts are commenting that the moves by the current regime seems merely intended to placate the onlooking international community in the main judging from the regime’s security forces’ ongoing harsh treatment  of the anti-government protestors which have resulted in hundreds of their deaths and injuries.  As such the moves are unlikely to keep the government in power, even though the two items were key demands of the protestors.

On Monday, joining country-wide demonstrations against the government, more than 5,000 anti-government protestors were in Hom demanding for the current regime to step down.

April 11, 2011

France enforces burka law – women arrested

[Alise Benoit, in Paris -France News Contributor]

BBC News: Since France’s law against the wearing of the Burka came into force this week, two women have been arrested for non-compliance. The new law prohibits any woman in France to wear a face-hiding item of apparel, like the niqab, or burka in public places.  Those who do may be arrested and fined by police.

France is the first country to ban the burka which a substantial number of Muslims consider to be religious apparel. The fine for breaking the law is 150 Euros and a citizenship course.  Whilst the ban does not specifically list burkas, it does exempt other forms of face-hiding apparel and because of this, Muslims are feeling victimized.

The exceptions include:-

  • motobike helmets
  • health face-masks
  • sports, or professional masks (eg., those worn by the French secret police it may be assumed)
  • Sunglasses and hats which do not totally conceal the face
  • Sportive, or religious occasions masks.

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March 25, 2011

The ‘protection’ racket is back, but this time on the Internet

Cyberprotection racketeering and Cyberbullying are today’s fastest-growing cybercrimes. That is because, in the age of the ‘blog’, it is easy for anyone to publish anything about anybody quickly and damagingly.

If anyone publishes anything negative about you on the Internet, this is certainly likely to affect your business, career prospects and credibility. So vis a vis the posters, you are in a vulnerable position. That is because to get to the reputation-bashing perpetrators normally takes a lot of money, time and a court order as they tend to hide behind ‘message boards’ and say that the offending comments have been posted anonymously and at the same time manage to arrange unsolicited offers from ‘consultants’, to fix/ repair your online reputation for hard cash.

If you decide to go after the actual perpetrators and win, getting money out of them will certainly be an issue. But take heart, all is not hopeless…read on.

One way you can protect your reputation is to complain to your local law enforcement agency for internet crimes. For USA sites, the FBI would be your first port of call.  However, the perpetrators will need to be claiming that you are involved in criminal activity, or have committed a crime for you to get anywhere and you need to have hard evidence of the persons behind the campaign.

In the USA as well as in most jurisdictions, it is a criminal offence for anyone to publish something about someone who they claim have committed a crime, or are involved in criminal activity, when that is not the case. Basically, they are required to either ‘put up’, or ‘shut up’, or face the consequences.  Therefore, your law enforcement people may be able to assist you in getting the offending comments removed, or  by prosecuting the offenders who could go to jail, or face heavy fines.

However, as your cyberstalkers and cyberprotection criminals are likely to be and are normally sociopaths, psychopaths and/ or hardened bandits, they will usually stop at nothing to get to you. So despite your best efforts and that of the law enforcement agencies, expect their campaign to continue with anonymous postings on various ‘consumer protection’ blogs which will serve further the damage to your reputation.

However, the UK courts now provide the remedy of a ‘privacy’ injunction which will stop anyone publishing anything about you whether it is true or not upon pain of arrest and imprisonment.  As most jurisdictions will comply with a UK court order, the measure is a very powerful one for protecting your online reputation. However, the measure is not cheap and professional advice should be sought as to its efficacy  as far as you would be concerned.

Fraud Protection Sites & the Cyberprotection Racket

There are many fraud protection blogs on the Internet these days. The majority offer to provide a free screening service for anyone looking to check up on a potential business partner, employee, or service provider.

Many such sites, like RipOff Report, or Complaints Board, provide such a comprehensive reference source for checking up especially as they publish complaints from members of the public claiming to have been ‘ripped off’, or cheated by financiers, etc, and vice versa.  However, do be warned that these sites  do not verify any of the postings. So basically, at some flicks of anyone’s keyboard, you and your company could have their names instantly rubbished and there would not be much that you could do to defend yourself.

In particular, do beware of those fraud sites which are also linked to companies providing the same services as the financiers they seek to discredit as they are no more than hate sites aiming to narrow down the competition. In many cases they are linked to ‘cyberprotection’ racketeers who will certainly demand you to pay up for the ‘pain’ to stop.

One such site is: Quatloos, or Quatloosia which was founded by and is managed by Jay Adkisson and Chris Riser whose law firm, Riser Adkisson LLP runs an investments service. In fact, both partners are themselves involved in deceptive practices to run their business. A case in point is that they are putting out that Mr. Riser is a qualified UK solicitor so as to make their law practice more attractive it seems. However, Mr. Riser has never been so qualified.

Here is what the UK Solicitors Regulation Authority had to say when approached by our Fraud News Contributor:-

1)” …I can confirm that I have viewed the website link (…..this has been forwarded to our Fraud Intelligence Unit and Regulatory Investigations….

Bev Hunter
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Phone : 0870 606 2555
Fax : + 44 (0) 207 320 5964
Email :
Website :


2)”..Thank you for your email of 02 March 2011.

I have checked the records held by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for a Mr Christopher Michael Riser and can confirm that he has never held a practicing certificate.

I hope this information is helpful. If you have any further queries that you would like to discuss, please contact us by telephone on 0870 606 2555. Our lines are open 09.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday. If you are calling from overseas please use +44 (0) 1527 504450. Please note calls may be monitored/recorded for training purposes. Alternatively you can e-mail us on

Thank you for contacting the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Yours sincerely

Lucinda Jones
Contact Centre Officer
Solicitors Regulation Authority
(: 0870 606 2555
7: 0207 320 5964

Various other complaints about Mr. Adkisson and Mr. Riser can be found on ‘Rip-Off Report and  USA Complaints Board, as well as other consumer complaint sites mainly in the USA. The complaints cover matters like outright theft, malpractice and so on. The attorneys, who were exposed by Dr. Edward Lestrade as falsely holding out Mr. Riser to be qualified as a UK solicitor when he has never held a licence to practice, have since mounted a cyberbullying campaign against  Dr. Lestrade and the company, LLAGROUPEUROPE to which he is associated. Their postings of innuendos and typical unsubstantiated commentary have appeared on their site and various other consumer complaint blogs as posted by them. Both Dr. Lestrade and LLAGROUPEUROPE have reported the matter to the FBI.

Our Fraud News Contributor called the office of the attorneys last week to get an explanation for their bizarre behaviour towards the aggrieved parties but were met with an automated response.

In the meantime, the aggrieved parties have been inundated with approaches from reputation ‘repair’ management consultants who have been offering to perform ‘reputation repair’ services starting from a base fee of $5000. Is this the ‘protection’ racket all over again, but this time in ‘cyberspace’?

So the conclusion is that, if you are looking to check up on a business or individual, if that business, or individual does not show up on consumer complaint sites, that is not necessarily a good thing.  That is to say, should you be so inclined, at a few keystrokes, you too could easily and with considerable impunity rubbish their standing and reputations by a blog posting on a complaint site such as the one run by the attorneys Adkisson and Riser, or indeed any other such site.  The same could happen to you too!

For example, if you go to Complaints Board and search the names of these banks/ financial services and companies as well as individuals below, you will find that they will all have several complaints about them, some trivial, some serious. You may also try searching under your name, or that of you company, or an associate company (large, small, or well-known), you will be surprised what you will find!:-

Therefore, when ‘checking out’ people or businesses , you should certainly rely less on what is posted on these ‘complaint’ sites, but  more on the integrity of the person’s, or businesses’ actual presentation to you.

Help Line – if you are a victim of Cyberprotection, or Cyberbullying, please feel free to contact us at International Times of Dominica for assistance. We may not be able to help you directly, but will certainly know of people who can.

[Fraud News Contributor]

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March 15, 2011

G.O.N Emanuel, distinguished Dominica ex-Chief Magistrate under attack

Dominica Central Newspaper makes a poignant tribute to this active 85 year old Dominican – a distinguised UK and Caribbean lawyer, ex-judge and Chief Magistrate of Dominica and WW2 Royal Navy veteran.

Unfortunately, GON Emanuel is now under attack in his own country, by whom-no-else than the very powers that be.  A recent attack was made on his life (no comment from the PM whose attorney was his ex-law firm partner and who he is claiming stole over 6M ECD from his firm).

It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds, many leading Dominicans are worried about law and order on the island and widespread civil unrest if the current government does not come clean over its involvement in the affair. Many are saying the PM Skerritt should resign now and hand the investigation of this case which is sure to involve widespread government corruption to international law enforcement agencies. GON’s nephew, Dr. Edward Lestrade, himself a lawyer, is taking a keen interest in developments and has offered assistance to Mr. Emanuel.

[Dominica Contributor]