Malta: RSF files complaint in France in connection with Maltese journalist’s murder

first_img Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News Malta is ranked 77th out of 180 countriesin RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 30 places in the past two years. Organisation The journalists conducting this joint investigation, called the “Daphne Project,” then discovered emails between 17 Black and two Panama-based shell companies owned respectively by Mizzi and Schembri. The emails referred to money transfers of up to 2 million dollars for unspecified services. RSF and the Caruana Galizia family suspect that these transfers were used to pay these senior Maltese politicians for awarding this contract to Fenech, and that Caruana Galizia was murdered as a direct consequence of having drawn attention to this case of Maltese government corruption. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia MaltaEurope – Central AsiaFrance Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeImpunity Fenech was finally arrested on 15 November as he was trying to flee Malta and has been charged with complicity in Caruana Galizia’s murder. He reportedly named Schembri as the murder’s “real mastermind.” Following these developments, RSF and the Caruana Galizia family, who were assisted by the lawyer Emmanuel Daoud, discovered that Fenech owned major assets in France, including the Evian-les­Bains Hilton Hotel. Fenech also owns a race-horse stable in France that yielded several hundred thousand euros in profits from January 2015 to December 2017.  In the light of these facts, the plaintiffs think the national financial prosecutor’s officer or the Paris public prosecutor should open a preliminary or full judicial investigation. December 4, 2019 Malta: RSF files complaint in France in connection with Maltese journalist’s murder Caruana Galizia often wrote about Maltese political corruption on her “Running commentaries” blog and, in the course of investigating a public contract to build and operate a power station in Malta, she discovered the existence of a Dubai-based company called 17 Black that was being used for suspicious financial transfers. Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and close relatives of Maltese journalist DaphneCaruana Galizia filed a complaint yesterday with the French financial prosecutor’s officeand the Paris public prosecutor asking them to investigate three leading Maltese citizens onsuspicion of giving or taking bribes and complicity in Caruana Galizia’s murder. June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further News Help by sharing this information The complaint filed by the lawyer Emmanuel Daoud on behalf of RSF and the Caruana Galizia family names Yorgen Fenech, a businessman now under arrest in Malta, Keith Schembri, who has just resigned as the prime minister’s chief of staff, and Konrad Mizzi, who has just resigned as tourism minister. June 7, 2021 Find out more News “The murder of a journalist in a European Union country cannot go unpunished,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “As the assets in France of one of the probable masterminds may have been used to pay the perpetrators of this appalling crime, the French judicial authorities must investigate and help establish the truth.” MaltaEurope – Central AsiaFrance Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeImpunity After her death, a media collective continued her research and discovered that 17 Black belonged to Fenech, the owner of Electrogas Malta, the company that had just been awarded the contract to build and run this power station. RSF and the Caruana Galizia family believe that Fenech used income from assets he owns in France to bribe these two Maltese politicians in order to get a lucrative state contract – which Caruana Galizia was investigating just before her death – and to pay those who planted the car bomb that killed Caruana Galizia on 16 October 2017.last_img read more

NBA Draft 2010 : Rautins looks to adjust to NBA game, silence doubters again with Knicks

first_img Published on June 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ NEW YORK — When Syracuse was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament in March, Andy Rautins taking his game to the NBA was an afterthought.Despite leading Syracuse to its best season since the 2003 national title campaign, the consensus among most NBA Draft analysts was that Rautins was a solid college player but lacked a complete NBA skill set. On Thursday night, another opportunity for vindication presented itself for Rautins, a player who is no stranger to criticism.Hours after teammate Wes Johnson was selected by Minnesota with the fourth overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, Rautins went No. 38 to the New York Knicks, drawing more than a fair share of boos and moans from the New York-area crowd gathered at Madison Square Garden. The only ones cheering were Syracuse fans. Though Rautins wasn’t in attendance to hear the reaction, it likely won’t be the last time New York fans show their disapproval.And that may be all the motivation Rautins needs.‘This kid has always had his fair share of critics,’ Syracuse assistant coach Rob Murphy said. ‘Ever since he came out of high school at Jamesville-Dewitt, they’ve been there. He thrives on proving people wrong, and that’s something I think that’s going to carry over in the NBA.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite leading his Jamesville Dewitt squad to an undefeated (29-0) campaign and a Class A New York State championship in 2004, Rautins received little attention from Division I schools. He had offers from Providence and St. Bonaventure before finally receiving one from Syracuse. Some believed it was because his father, Leo, had once been a standout for the Orangemen. With Rautins only playing sparingly as a freshman, more doubters came out of the woodwork.Then, before his junior season in 2007, Rautins blew out his knee, tearing his ACL while playing with Team Canada in the Tournament of Americas. The injury forced him to take a redshirt and miss the entire season.‘I set lofty goals for myself throughout the whole process,’ Rautins said Friday on the Danny Parkins show on The Score 1260. ‘I knew what I was capable of throughout the entire time, you know, really worked for what I had.’During his rehabilitation process, Rautins’ dedication and motivation drove him to change his game and become more multi-dimensional.Though primary known as a shooter for his first three years at SU, Rautins spent his time in the offseason playing and practicing with Team Canada in Toronto. Coached by Leo, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard began diversifying his game to shed the ‘shooter’ label. He improved his ball-handling skills while running the point on occasion and became a standout at the top of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 defense.Though Rautins finished his college career ranked second all-time in school history with 282 three-pointers made, shooters are a dime a dozen in the NBA. To make it, Rautins understood he needed to modify his game and become a more well-rounded player. He demonstrated his leadership abilities on and off the floor as a co-captain for a Syracuse team that finished 30-5 and went to the Sweet 16 in March.‘I think his defense is what will really surprise some people,’ Johnson said prior to the draft, adding that he thought Rautins was one of the most overlooked players in the talent pool. ‘His defense, and he’s got the ability to pass the ball and make those flashy passes. His knowledge for the game is incredible. Leo taught him the game, and he’s really starting to follow in his Dad’s footsteps.’Addressing reporters Friday, Knicks team president Donnie Walsh acknowledged how Rautins’ skill set fits in perfectly with head coach Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo offensive system. Since he began coaching in the NBA, D’Antoni has made a name for himself by taking players who weren’t necessarily coveted and has fit them seamlessly into his system. For Walsh, the hope is there for Rautins.‘Rautins is a great shooter who can pass the ball,’ Walsh said. ‘He’s got a very tight game and he’ll be able to play some point guard and some off guard. … I think he will be a combo guard. He can pass, handle and plays the way we play. And he can definitely shoot.’There are no promises for Rautins in the NBA. The reality is that second rounders aren’t given guaranteed contracts and most end up either in the NBA Development League or out of the league altogether in two years.But for how far Rautins has come and for how hard he’s worked, he’s still looking for that vindication.‘Even though people doubted,’ Rautins said, ‘I still proved people everybody wrong and it’s a good feeling to be where I’m at now. But there’s a lot of work to be done, even after you’re drafted.’[email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

Harrington hoping to maintain form at USPGA

first_imgThe Dubliner shot a 65 to leap up the leaderboard to four under to stay in contention during the fourth round.Joint-leaders Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb – who are both on 9 under par – face the prospect of playing 36 holes today.Thunderstorms shut down the event yesterday before the top 10 players in the field could even hit a shot. Persistent heavy rain then left parts of the course flooded before play was finally abandoned for the day.last_img