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Media mogul Jimmy Lai appeals to UN over Hong Kong cases – CTV News

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HONG KONG –

Lawyers for Hong Kong media mogul and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai are asking the United Nations to investigate his imprisonment and multiple criminal charges as “legal harassment” that punish him for speaking out.

The publisher of the now-defunct Apple Daily newspaper was one of the most prominent activists arrested in Hong Kong’s crackdown on virtually all political criticism since mass pro-democracy protests in 2019.

The crackdown continued early Monday with the arrest of another veteran journalist, Allan Au Ka-lun, a teaching consultant who’d worked for a number of Hong Kong media outlets.

The actions by Lai’s lawyers in Britain followed that country’s announcement last month it would withdraw its judges from Hong Kong’s top court because keeping them there would “legitimize oppression” in the former British colony.

Lai, 74, has been charged under Hong Kong’s sweeping national security law and is serving 20 months in prison. His assets have been frozen and the raft of legal cases against him include four separate criminal prosecutions related to attending and joining various protests, his legal team at Doughty Street Chambers in the U.K. said in a statement.

Lai faces “the risk of spending the rest of his life in prison simply for speaking out, and for seeking to defend freedom of the press, democracy and the rule of law in Hong Kong,” Lai’s counsel, Caoilfhionn Gallagher, said in the statement.

In a follow-up email, Gallagher said the appeal had been filed with the UN special rapporteurs for freedom of opinion and expression, counter-terrorism and human rights, rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, and human rights defenders.

“We are awaiting a response,” she wrote.

Lai’s son, Sebastien Lai, was quoted as urging UN special rapporteurs to investigate Chinese and Hong Kong authorities’ actions against Hong Kong residents.

While the UN has a number of special rapporteurs, their powers are limited mainly to seeking information from government agencies and possibly seeking real steps to end violations.

Hong Kong authorities had no immediate comment on the request. When Britain withdrew its judges, China reacted furiously, accusing Britain of flagrant interference and harm to Hong Kong’s judicial system.

Police issued a brief statement on the arrest of Au, saying a 54-year-old man had been arrested for “conspiracy to publish seditious publication” and was being detained for further investigation.

The national security law that was imposed by Beijing to override local opposition defines sedition in extremely broad terms, permitting authorities to punish almost all open criticism of the government. Those caught in its net include four people arrested last week for clapping in court.

Au had been a teaching consultant at Chinese University’s journalism school and had previously worked for Hong Kong media outlets TVB and RTHK. He had also written a column for outspoken pro-democracy platform Stand News, which shut down last year after police raided it and arrested staff.

In a statement, the Hong Kong Journalists Association said Au had been a mentor to young journalists and expressed its “deep concern” his arrest would “further damage the freedom of the press in Hong Kong.”

“We urge the police to explain the case as soon as possible, and at the same time request the government to protect the freedom of the press and speech enjoyed by Hong Kong citizens in accordance with the Basic Law,” it said, referring to Hong Kong’s mini-constitution under which it returned to Chinese control.

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Accused killer's social media rife with violence – Winnipeg Free Press

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The man accused of the grisly slaying of a woman in North Kildonan threatened to rip apart another man’s flesh with his teeth in a profanity-laced social media rant two weeks before he was charged.

The vitriolic outburst by accused killer Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki was sparked by the man’s comment about Skibicki’s military-style hat.


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Police identified one victim as Rebecca Contois, 24. Her partial remains were found in a garbage bin behind an Edison Avenue apartment block on Monday.

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Police identified one victim as Rebecca Contois, 24. Her partial remains were found in a garbage bin behind an Edison Avenue apartment block on Monday.

Skibicki, 35, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Rebecca Contois, whose partial remains were found in a garbage bin behind an Edison Avenue apartment block on Monday. The charge of first-degree murder indicates the Crown believes there was pre-meditation to the homicide.

A source has told the Free Press there could be four additional victims. Police have acknowledged they are looking for other victims — officers are conducting a search of the Brady Road Landfill — but wouldn’t say more than that.

Winnipeg Police Service Const. Rob Carver said Thursday homicide detectives had not ruled out the possibility of more victims “due to the nature of the circumstances” of the investigation, but he wouldn’t elaborate.

A Free Press review of the accused’s social media accounts revealed posts about far-right politics, including references to the white genocide conspiracy theory as well as antisemitic content.

On May 8, just before 4:30 a.m., Skibicki posted the violent rant, claiming a man had threatened to shoot him “multiple times in the head and in the body” if Skibicki “came around again,” after they discussed his hat — social media photos show the accused wearing a grey, military-style cap.


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Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Rebecca Contois.

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Jeremy Anthony Michael Skibicki is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Rebecca Contois.

“He claimed all Europeans are Nazis even if I don’t identify as a National Socialist,” the post reads. “Guess where I am headed again this morning?”

The post describes violent acts.

“When I see him I am going to beat the f—-ing sh— out of him and rip apart his flesh with my teeth if he so much as blinks at me wrong while he’s too close.

“I don’t need a weapon to kill, but I will certainly shoot him with his own gun or stab him with his own knife if I need to.”


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Police executed a search warrant on Skibicki’s residence at 259 McKay Ave., located in the area where human remains were found.

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Police executed a search warrant on Skibicki’s residence at 259 McKay Ave., located in the area where human remains were found.

The post claims Skibicki knows he will go to heaven.

“If this is the hill I die on, so be it. I will not recoil in shame of my race… this infidel better have a full clip and permission from God to end my life,” the post reads.

An arrest information obtained by the Free Press shows police believe Contois was killed on or around May 14.

The same information shows Skibicki has been charged with failing to comply with the conditions of a release order — specifically that he live at a West Broadway address.


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Flowers, stuffs and a painting are laid at a candle during a candlelight vigil Thursday to honour the spirit of Rebecca Contois.

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Flowers, stuffs and a painting are laid at a candle during a candlelight vigil Thursday to honour the spirit of Rebecca Contois.

On Thursday, Carver told reporters officers had executed a warrant on Skibicki’s residence in the area where Contois’s remains were found.

On Thursday afternoon, a police forensics truck was parked at the McKay Avenue four-plex where the accused lived, which is one block north of Edison Avenue.

On Friday, residents of the four-storey block in West Broadway, where Skibicki had been ordered to live, said they did not recognize him.

His suite has been vacant since January, a resident said.

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Media Release – May 20, 2022 – Guelph Police – Guelph Police Service

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Attempt break and enter

The Guelph Police Service is investigating after an attempted break and enter at a west-end business.

Early Thursday morning, two males arrived by vehicle at a business on Speedvale Avenue West. One of the suspects was caught on video using an angle grinder in an attempt to gain access to a storage unit, but the males fled when an alarm sounded.

A query of the licence plates, which were on an older two-tone Ford Escape, revealed they are registered to another vehicle.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Graeme Adams at 519-824-1212, ext. 7419, email him at gadams@guelphpolice.ca, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.

Prohibited driver arrested

A Cambridge male banned from driving was arrested after he was caught behind the wheel in Guelph Thursday.

A Guelph Police Service officer was on patrol on Speedvale Avenue West just after 3 p.m. when he queried a licence plate and learned it was registered to a prohibited driver. A traffic stop was conducted and the owner of the vehicle confirmed to be the driver.

Investigation revealed the male is a prohibited driver as a result of a December, 2021, conviction for refusing to provide a breath sample. A 49-year-old Cambridge male is charged with driving while prohibited and driving while suspended. He will appear in a Guelph court July 5, 2022.

Male threatens staff, gets arrested

A Guelph male faces charges after threatening to “mace” employees of a local business Thursday afternoon.

Approximately 4:20 p.m. the male entered a business on Woodlawn Road West near Woolwich Street. Staff recognized him from a shoplifting incident earlier in the week and began to follow him. The male became agitated and threatened to “mace” the employees before reaching into a fanny pack he was wearing and removing something.

Staff retreated and called police, who located the male in the area of the business. He was not found to be carrying any weapons.

A 40-year-old Guelph male is charged with two counts of uttering threats and breaching probation. He was held for a bail hearing Friday.

Stunt driving charge laid

A Guelph male was taken off the road after he was caught Thursday driving more than twice the speed limit.

A Guelph Police Service Traffic Unit officer was patrolling just before 1 p.m. in the area of Victoria Road South and College Avenue West when he observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was clocked at 110 km/h in a posted 50 km/h zone.

A 21-year-old Guelph male is charged with stunt driving and speeding. His driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 30 days and his vehicle impounded for 15 days.

Total calls for service in the last 24 hours – 246

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Brock Media Clips for Friday, May 20 – The Brock News – Brock University

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Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.

Royal Canadian Tour continues, Indigenous groups await formal monarchy apology: Assistant Professor of Education Stanley ‘Bobby’ Henry spoke to CHCH about statements from Prince Charles that discussed residential schools in Canada and the need for reconciliation.

Brock prepares future nurses for challenges in the field: Department of Nursing Chair Karyn Taplay and Nursing student Sierra Smith spoke to Newstalk 610 CKTB about the growth of Brock’s Nursing program, as well as what it’s like to pursue a career in nursing. Taplay also discussed the Nursing program’s expanding enrolment in a St. Catharines Standard article.

Who are union members supporting in this election?: Professor of Labour Studies Larry Savage spoke to CBC’s Ontario Today program about the decision of a construction union to endorse the Progressive Conservatives in Ontario’s upcoming provincial election.

As several Canadian cities loosen public drinking laws, Toronto rejects proposal again: Professor of Health Sciences Dan Malleck spoke to The Globe and Mail about current conversations around alcohol consumption and their relationship to temperance movement of the 19th and 20th centuries. Malleck also spoke to Nunatsiaq News about Nunavut’s system of alcohol regulation.

“We want to make curling cool” — Rolling the dice on the Roaring Game: Assistant Professor of Sport Management Michael Naraine spoke to Yahoo!Sports about the potential for legal sports gambling to bring a new audience to the sport of curling.

If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca


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