Harsher Penalties for Extortion, Microtrafficking and Roadblocks in Colombia

first_img Colombian Minister of National Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón, submitted to Congress a bill that seeks to strengthen the fight against extortion, micro-trafficking, smuggling, illegal mining, and roadblocks, and includes measures to guarantee the protection of minors that break the law. The bill intends to adopt measures and provide tools for authorities, with the aim of disrupting the funding sources of terrorist and criminal organizations. If the bill is approved, extortion would cease to be considered an economic crime, and it would be linked to an aggression against personal autonomy, hence stiffening penalties against offenders that perpetrate crimes of this sort. According to this measure, if extortion is aimed at funding terrorist activities or affecting the economic capacity of the victim, the penalty for this crime will be increased. Moreover, any attempt to engage in this sort of conduct will be considered a criminal offense. In regards to micro-trafficking, the project includes new aggravating circumstances to punish this offense and seeks to protect minors, preventing their manipulation into drug trade. This measure will facilitate the prosecution of criminal organizations operating in this field. Aggravating circumstances include micro-trafficking perpetrated by simulated addiction or carrying drugs for personal consumption near or inside schools, as well as under covered illicit trade or street sales. In the case of roadblocks, the bill includes instruments that reinforce penalties and punish individuals that promote, direct, and provide means and violent actions against public safety and the normal activities of citizens, as it was experienced in a recent arrest. The bill also includes aggravating circumstances regarding the use of elements that prevent the identification of individuals participating in criminal actions, such as hoodies, and the recruitment of minors and the elderly. Furthermore, the bill intends to offer penal and administrative tools against illegal mining to authorities, in order to increase controls in all phases of this criminal activity. The regulation suggests categorizing illicit mining exploitation as a source of money laundering, since this is one of the main funding sources for illegal organizations. The Adversarial Criminal System in Military Criminal Justice Another project submitted by Minister Pinzón is related to the Military Criminal Justice legislative reform, a historical government effort aimed at consolidating an efficient, agile, specialized and independent jurisdiction. On September 12, the Ministry introduced regulation that contemplates performance requirements for positions in that judicial stage, establishes Law Enforcement and Military Criminal Prosecution, organizes its Technical Investigation Corps, and adopts the provisions for proceedings towards the adversarial system of criminal justice. In addition, it includes stages and mechanisms aimed at total independence and neutrality to the jurisdiction. For this purpose, the creation of a special administrative unit stands out as an organization that guarantees legal, labor and budgetary independence for the Military Criminal Justice and an autonomous body, as well as a particular career system for members of the jurisdiction, with independent evaluation, disciplinary and promotion programs for the commands of the Military Forces and the National Police. The Ministry of Defense assigned $25.6 billion from special resources, to Military Criminal Justice in order to finance all this effort. By Dialogo September 13, 2013last_img read more

A river-change might be the answer for downsizers or first home buyers

first_imgThis bargain of the week sold for $178,000.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago This home sitting on 506sq m of land sold yesterday for $178,000 with three-bedroom, two-bathrooms and plenty of vintage character.With rear sun rooms, formal lounge, separate dining, airconditioning and established gardens to grow your own vegetable’s, it’s easy to see that buying your own house is possible in this Queensland city. Maryborough is the city to pick up some bargain house buys.IF you’re looking to downsize and retire or are trying to break into the property market and fancy a river change then Maryborough might be the answer for you.Sitting on the Mary River and only a two and a half-hour drive north of Brisbane, this hidden property gem is spinning out the bargain house buys. This week’s bargain of the week home has its own vegetable crop.Known as a heritage gem, Maryborough has some of Queensland’s richest history and heritage architecture and has been voted one of Queensland’s “Must Do” experiences.It’s also next door neighbours to the tourist hub of Hervey Bay where thousands of people flock every year to do some whale watching.If a bargain family home for under $200,000 and a lifestyle change is on the cards then here are three more homes up for sale in the city that might just appeal: 117 Ariadne Street is having an open house tomorrow, Saturday March 11 at 10am and is on the market for $199,000 with three-bedrooms, beautiful polished floorboards, a modern kitchen and bathroom and light airy paintwork. 291 Pallas Street is on the market for $185,000 offering two bedrooms, a brand new modern kitchen and beautiful Queenslander fretwork. 14 Park Street is asking $175,000 and open for inspection tomorrow, Saturday March 11 at 10:30am, the original colonial style home has two-bedrooms and an updated bathroom.last_img read more

Police Blotter 02-05-2020

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Duncan Cran Science Fair showcasing local talent

first_img“We do sometimes have grade 3s participate – I think we had one grade 3 participate – but usually it’s for intermediate students,” says organizer of the Science Fair Allison Finter.Finter is a kindergarten teacher at Duncan Cran but also holds a degree in biology – which she says has her coming back for the Science Fair year-after-year.“I like to see kids that didn’t know that they were interested in science all of the sudden become interested in science,” says Finter. “A lot of these kids will go on and they will compete at the regional level multiple times – because once they’ve done it, they try to up themselves for next year.”- Advertisement -One of these multiple Science Fair competitors is 11-year-old Kaiven Olson – a grade 6 student and gold medal winner from last year’s regional competition.Olson’s project for 2015 is entitled Hidden Rocks.“It’s about 3 types of rocks; shale, sandstone and limestone,” explains Olson. “And I have 2 liquids; water and olive oil [to] see which one absorbs the fastest.”Advertisement “Usually the winning projects are the students who have chosen something they’re passionate about, done their extra research, and can explain the science behind it,” Finter concludes.The winners of this year’s Science Fair at Duncan Cran Elementary will be released February 27, 2015. Olson adds, “The conclusion was – it was sandstone that absorbed it the most.”Olson says his fascination with extracting oil from rocks comes from his dad – which sparked his interest at a young age.“It was interesting how you can find new ways of oil with cars and stuff like that,” Olson goes on to say. “So I just wanted to take a gander and try this project.”Finter says the winning students are those who are genuinely engrossed in their project and its findings.Advertisementlast_img read more