DW: Pakistani security agencies have once again failed to present the missing Baloch people to the Supreme Court despite a December 5 deadline. Why are the Pakistani authorities reluctant to comply with the court's orders? Malik Siraj Akbar: In Pakistan, the military, its intelligence agencies, and the security establishment have historically remained unaccountable to anyone, including the superior judiciary. They have enjoyed absolute impunity for all their extrajudicial actions over the years. In Balochistan, the same intelligence agencies and the army are blamed for perpetrating enforced disappearances. The security agencies are unwilling to comply with the court's order because they believe, although without evidence, that the missing persons are closely connected with Baloch separatist organizations. Multiple government institutions such as the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Military Intelligence (MI), and the Frontier Corps Intelligence (FCI), are involved in whisking … [Read more...] about ‘Pakistani army involved in Baloch kidnappings’
Federal kidnapping laws
Shortly before Christmas Eve 2008, German police authorities received an early present. Politicians cleared the way for a "law allowing the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) to ward against the dangers of international terrorism." After long, tough negotiations the ruling coalition of conservatives and social democrats finally agreed to pass the new BKA Act. The last legislative hurdle was cleared on December 19: After passing through the Bundestag, the lower house of German parliament, the law was also passed in the Bundesrat, or upper house, by a 35 to 34 vote - over the objections of the Free Democrats (FDP), the Greens and the Left Party. On Wednesday, the Federal Constitutional Court will decide the fate of this law, which has been contentious from the very start. Among the plaintiffs are both retired and active politicians. These include former Federal Interior Minister Gerhart Baum (FDP), and the sitting Chairwoman of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the German Bundestag, … [Read more...] about What is the Federal Criminal Police Office allowed to do when surveilling terrorists?
The Colombian military on Monday said the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group kidnapped two Dutch journalists near the Venezuelan border. The journalists had been searching in El Tarra in the restive Norte de Santander region for the biological mother of a Colombian child adopted by a Dutch couple. Read more: Peace, plants and hip hop in Colombia The federal ombudsman's office in a statement demanded the Marxist rebel group release TV journalist Derk Bolt and cameraman Eugenio Ernest. The military said it launched an operation to secure the journalists' safety. ELN, an active rebel group comprising roughly 2,000 men and women, often use Colombian and foreign abductees as bargaining chips for ransom or political leverage. Since the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace agreement with the Colombian government, ELN has become the largest insurgent group in the Andean country. 'Complete peace' In February, the Colombian government and ELN formally started … [Read more...] about Colombia’s Marxist rebels kidnap two Dutch journalists
Jalisco state Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said local authorities have confirmed the identities of four of the six kidnapped individuals, among them 29-year-old Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar. Authorities said seven gunmen arrived in pickup trucks at the upscale restaurant La Leche in the Pacific resort city of Puerto Vallarta at around 1 a.m. Monday and separated the men from the women before abducting a half-dozen victims. The young Guzman is one of several sons who law enforcement officials say have been active in running the Sinaloa cartel. He was arrested in 2005 on money laundering charges - though released in 2008 for lack of evidence. He was indicted by the US government on drug trafficking charges in 2009 and placed on a list of suspected "kingpins" in 2012. Escalation in deadly turf war His father "El Chapo" is now in a maximum security federal prison in the northern city of Juarez after tunneling out of prison last year before being recaptured in January. Most … [Read more...] about Son of drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman kidnapped in Mexico
It should have been heralded as a happy start to the new year. Instead, reports that Jürgen Chrobog, a former top diplomat, and his family who were kidnapped in Yemen by local tribesmen, were free and had landed safely on German soil, sparked angry reproach in Germany’s media. "What use are travel warnings when deputy foreign ministers themselves consider them superfluous as soon as they quit their posts?" asked the daily Berliner Zeitung, implying, like many other papers, that the retired Chrobog had acted rashly by traveling to Yemen. How long should the state care? Chrobog and family after arrival in Germany on Jan. 1, 2006 The Chrobogs were the second group of German nationals to be abducted abroad in less than two months. Earlier in November, 43-year-old archaeologist Susanne Osthoff was seized in Iraq and held by an unknown group for three weeks before being released. In both cases, extensive media coverage zoomed in on the kidnapping … [Read more...] about Kidnappings Raise Tough Questions About Role of State