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CFB Petawawa soldier charged with more sexual assault, voyeurism offences

PETAWAWA, Ont. - Ontario Provincial Police have laid a raft of new sexual assault and voyeurism charges against a 31-year-old soldier from CFB Petawawa. Cpl. Derrick Gallagher was charged earlier this month with eight counts of sexual assault and two counts of voyeurism. Police said Thursday that he has been charged with nine more counts of voyeurism, eight more counts of sexual assault and one count of assault. Police say the new charges relate to 10 more alleged victims.

Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaign

The young Iranian man who escaped a hangman's noose with just seconds to spare when his victim's mother intervened was the beneficiary of a high-profile campaign to save his life. In a case that has provoked surprise in Iran and across the world, the killer, known only as Balal, was saved dramatically on Tuesday, as a crowd looked on, awaiting his execution. He survived despite the mother of the man he murdered in a street fight seven years ago refusing an offer of so-called blood money until the very last moment at the gallows.

Police arrest a Beltran Leyva cartel boss in Mexico City

Mexico City, Apr 17 (EFE).- A man suspected of being the Beltran Leyva drug cartel's No. 2 boss was arrested by the Federal Police in Mexico City following an eight-month investigation, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. Arnoldo Villa Sanchez, a 40-year-old native of the southern state of Guerrero, became cartel boss Hector Beltran Leyva's security chief in 2009 and developed a reputation for his aggressiveness and use of violence, qualities that helped him quickly climb the criminal organization's ranks.

Police arrest a Beltran Leyva cartel boss in Mexico City

Mexico City, Apr 17 (EFE).- A man suspected of being the Beltran Leyva drug cartel's No. 2 boss was arrested by the Federal Police in Mexico City following an eight-month investigation, National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said. Arnoldo Villa Sanchez, a 40-year-old native of the southern state of Guerrero, became cartel boss Hector Beltran Leyva's security chief in 2009 and developed a reputation for his aggressiveness and use of violence, qualities that helped him quickly climb the criminal organization's ranks.

Rape convictions fall sharply in Germany

Rape victims in Germany are finding it increasingly difficult to see their assailants convicted, a national study released Thursday showed. Twenty years ago, the percentage of reported sexual violence cases leading to a guilty verdict and sentencing was at about one in five. But by 2012, the ratio had tumbled to one in 12, according to the study conducted by the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN). "These findings are problematic for a state built upon the rule of law," the authors of the study said in a statement.

El Salvador to use terror charges against gangs

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador's government on Wednesday said it would charge gang members who attack police and military personnel under anti-terrorism laws, which impose longer prison sentences, to crack down on rising homicides in the poor Central American nation. Justice Minister Ricardo Perdomo blamed a faction of the country's Barrio 18 gang for ordering attacks against government troops, saying there had been 60 so far this year.

Life after 'Chapo': 'El Mayo' heads Sinaloa cartel

A veteran drug baron has taken over Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel, apparently averting a war of succession after the capture of kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, US security officials told AFP. Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada filled the void after Mexican marines backed by US intelligence arrested his longtime associate in February, the two officials said. Zambada inherited the crown even though Guzman has sons in the business, but they lack enough experience and respect within the cartel to take charge, the sources said.

Mexico captures Beltran Leyva cartel honcho

Police have arrested the deputy leader of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in Mexico City as he visited the capital, authorities said Wednesday. Arnoldo Villa Sanchez was arrested by federal police on Tuesday, three days after he arrived to see family and associates during Holy Week, said National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido. At a news conference, Rubido described Villa, 40, as the second highest member of the criminal group headed by Hector Beltran Leyva.

2 Mayors arrested on organized crime, theft charges in Mexico

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 16 (EFE).- The mayor of Apatzingan, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was arrested for allegedly having links to organized crime groups, while the mayor of the city of Tacambaro was detained on theft charges, state prosecutors said. Uriel Chavez Mendoza, the mayor of Apatzingan, was arrested on extortion charges for allegedly intimidating three councilmen into paying 20,000 pesos ($1,527) each monthly to the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, the Michoacan Attorney General's Office said.

2 Mayors arrested on organized crime, theft charges in Mexico

Morelia, Mexico, Apr 16 (EFE).- The mayor of Apatzingan, a city in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was arrested for allegedly having links to organized crime groups, while the mayor of the city of Tacambaro was detained on theft charges, state prosecutors said. Uriel Chavez Mendoza, the mayor of Apatzingan, was arrested on extortion charges for allegedly intimidating three councilmen into paying 20,000 pesos ($1,527) each monthly to the Caballeros Templarios drug cartel, the Michoacan Attorney General's Office said.
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