The Education Ritual Killers Need, Fifth man arrested in north Wales care homes child abuse inquiry, US formally seeks extradition over child abuse images, Commonwealth v. Daniel Vital, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Plymouth

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Nigeria: The Education Ritual Killers Need
15 August 2013
editorial

The news of the recent arrest of an ostensibly struggling Nigerian herdsman who beheaded his 5-year-old son for money-making ritual purposes has broken many hearts. The bizarre incident happened because the obviously mad man thought it was the fastest means to get his business back on track. He is not alone: The media are filled with one ritual-related cold-blooded murder of Nigerians, especially children, hunchbacks, albinos and young women for the purpose of harvesting their body parts that the criminals consider efficacious for money-making or election-winning rituals…. http://allafrica.com/stories/201308150161.html

Fifth man arrested in north Wales care homes child abuse inquiry
The 62-year-old man was arrested under Operation Pallial investigation for alleged offences against two boys in 1980s
Josh Halliday
theguardian.com, Thursday 15 August 2013
A fifth man has been arrested under the Operation Pallial investigation into historic abuse at care homes in north Wales.

The 62-year-old man was arrested in Wrexham, north Wales, on Thursday morning on suspicion of buggery and indecent assault on two boys in the 1980s.

The offences are alleged to have taken place when the boys were 14 and 15 years old, police said. The man has been taken to a police station in north Wales, where he will be interviewed.

He is the fifth arrest under Operation Pallial, the police investigation ordered by David Cameron last year into allegations of abuse at care homes in north Wales. One man has been charged under the inquiry….

The Crown Prosecution Service said last month that 187 people were now speaking to investigators about alleged abuse…. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/15/fifth-man-arrested-north-wales-child-abuse

US formally seeks extradition over child abuse images
15 August 2013

The Four Courts in Dublin, home to the Irish Supreme Court, High, Circuit and District Courts The accused appeared before the High Court in Dublin

The US has formally requested the extradition of an Irish man described by the FBI as the “largest facilitator of child porn on the planet”.

Eric Eoin Marques, 28, of Mountjoy Square in Dublin, is wanted on four charges linked to website images.

He appeared before the High Court in Dublin on Thursday.

The court heard a formal request for extradition has been received from the US and a certificate granted by Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

Patrick McGrath, senior council for the Irish attorney general, said the accused – who has Irish and US citizenship – was wanted in connection with the advertising, distribution and conspiracy to advertise and distribute child pornography.

The charges date from July 24, 2008 to July 29, 2013. He was arrested in Dublin on 31 July.

He is accused of being the sole administrator of a hosting server where multiple websites were held and where it is alleged pornographic images were shared http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23713578

Sexual Violence Legal News Online
Commonwealth v. Daniel Vital, Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Plymouth
No. 12 P 845.
Nature of the case:
Indecent assault and battery on a child and violation of an abuse prevention order.

Facts and Issues on Appeal:
Defendant, a friend of the victim’s grandparents, molested the victim in her home while staying there. The defendant subsequently went to his pastor, who knew the defendant, the victim, and the victim’s family. The defendant asked the pastor to tell the victim’s family that he was sorry and did not intend to hurt anyone. He claimed that he was not taking his medication and blamed the abuse on his confusion with pornographic material on television. The defendant also requested that the pastor try to convince the family to resolve the sexual abuse issue through the church and not take it to court. After multiple requests, the pastor eventually relayed the defendant’s messages to the family, who had already reported the crime to the police and obtained an abuse prevention order for the whole family against the defendant. At trial, the pastor testified about his communications with the defendant, to which the defendant did not object. The defendant was convicted.

On appeal, the defendant argued that the pastor violated his priest-penitent privilege by testifying in court about his confessions and communications requesting that the priest communicate with the family on his behalf. The court disagreed….

Privileges must be strictly construed and the priest-penitent privilege only applies to communications where the penitent seeks religious or spiritual counseling. The privilege does not apply when a penitent requests that his conversations be shared with a third party. Thus, because the defendant on multiple occasions requested that the pastor disclose their communications to the victim and her family, the privilege did not apply…. http://www.nesl.edu/centers/clsr_svln_online.cfm?SVID=763

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