Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 21st 2014 Contents The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular was
to appear in court yesterday charged over his death
amid questions about how long the little boy lay
dead before being found.
Rosie Kular, 33, was arrested after police discov-
ered her son's body in woodland behind her former
home, some 30 miles from where initial reports sug-
gested he had gone missing.
Miss Kular, a beauty therapist who also has four
other children, told police that she last saw her
young son when she put him to bed in her flat in Ed-
inburgh at 9pm on Wednesday last week.
He was apparently unwell and had slept on his
own that night in the bedroom he normally shared
with his twin sister, Ashika.
His mother said he was missing when she went to
get him up at 7.15 am the next morning, and officers
stressed that he would have been capable of putting
his shoes and coat on and leaving the building by
After the case provoked tens of thousands of
posts on social media sites, police in Derbyshire and
Hampshire arrested two men aged 26 and 19 for al-
legedly posting racist tweets about the case on
Twitter, after other Twitter users in Edinburgh com-
plained to police.
Derbyshire police said their suspect, 26, was ar-
rested for a racially aggravated public order offence.
Both men were released on bail.
More than 70 police officers searched fields,
shrubbery, a golf course and neighbours' homes for
Helicopters used thermal imaging cameras to
scan the countryside, lifeboats trawled a nearby
coastline and 50 neighbours joined the effort as it
again became bitterly cold.
A Child Rescue Alert was sent out to all forces in
the UK, which is used only in "exceptional circum-
stances" and usually when abduction is feared.
Soon after his disappearance was reported, police
appeals for help sparked a huge search of surround-
ing buildings, streets, parkland and coastline, with
several hundred members of the public volunteering
to help during two days of increasingly desperate ac-
tivity. Several hours after police disclosed on Friday
evening that by then they feared Mikaeel was the
victim of a "criminal act" and were intensifying that
part of their investigation, his body was found.
His father, of Pakistani origin, has never met the
boy but was said to be helping police with their in-
quiries. Officers are also thought to have spoken to
Kular's former husband Omotoso Adekoya, 36, a
Nigerian taxi driver. (BBC)
In an unusual move, US ambassa-
dor to Japan Caroline Kennedy has
expressed deep concern over the tra-
ditional dolphin hunt in western
Japan, where local fisherman corral
the mammals into a secluded bay
before killing many for meat.
The annual hunt currently under
way in Taiji in western Japan has long
been a source of controversy and was
the topic of The Cove, an Oscar-win-
"(I am) deeply concerned by inhu-
manness of drive hunt dolphin killing,"
Kennedy tweeted at the weekend,
adding that the US government oppos-
es drive hunt fishing.
Every year the fishermen of Taiji, in
Wakayama prefecture, drive hundreds
of dolphins into a cove, select some
for sale to marine parks, release some
back into the sea and kill the rest for
Sea Shepherd, one of the animal
protection groups that monitor fish-
ermen in Taiji, said more than 200
dolphins had been rounded up into the
secluded bay. (Reuters)
Credit card info on 20 million
South Koreans stolen
Credit card details from almost half of all South Kore-
ans have been stolen and sold to marketing firms.
The data was stolen by a computer contractor work-
ing for a company called the Korea Credit Bureau that
produces credit scores.
The names, social security numbers and credit card
details of 20 million South Koreans were copied by the
The scale of the theft became apparent after the con-
tractor at the centre of the breach was arrested.
Managers at the marketing firms which allegedly
bought the data were also arrested.
Early reports suggest that the contractor got hold of
the giant trove of data thanks to the access Korea
Credit Bureau enjoys to databases run by three big
South Korean credit card firms. The contractor stole the
data by copying it to a USB stick.
The three bosses of the credit card firms involved
made a public apology for the breach.
In a statement the Financial Services Commission,
Korea's national financial regulator, said: "The credit
card firms will cover any financial losses caused to their
customers due to the latest accident." (BBC)
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Sister Roxana Rodriguez, 33, was rushed
to San Camillo de Lellis hospital in the
town of Rieti, 50 miles north of Rome, late
last Tuesday with acute stomach pains---
apparently unaware that she was preg-
A few hours later, a baby boy, weighing
nearly nine pounds, was born and Sr Rox-
ana named him Francesco in honour of the
The father of the child is believed to be
in El Salvador.
"I will definitely take care of my baby be-
cause he is a gift of God," Sr Roxana told
social worker Anna Fontanella. "I called
him Francis in honour of our South Ameri-
can pope. However, I am very worried
about the commotion that this has stirred
up. They are talking about this, not only in
Italy but in my own country and I am
afraid to return there."
The baby's birth has provoked an outcry
in the Catholic Church since Sr Roxana
took a vow of "poverty, chastity and obedi-
ence" when she became a nun in Septem-
"How do I feel? More like a mum than a
nun," she said after the birth of the baby.
Father Benedetto Falcetti, head of the
regional branch of the Catholic charity Car-
itas, said Sr Roxana appeared to have be-
come pregnant when she returned home
to renew her passport.
The head of the convent, Sister Erminia
Pusceddu, said: "She did not know how to
resist temptation." (Irish Independent)
Nun gives birth, names baby after Pope
Vietnam to execute 30
over drug smuggling
A court in Vietnam has sentenced 30 people to death
over heroin smuggling in what is said to be the largest
such trial ever held in the country.
The trial, over the smuggling of nearly two tonnes of
heroin, began in Quang Ninh province in early January.
Dozens of others were also given prison sentences
from two years to life.
This is the largest-ever drug trial in Vietnam in terms
of the number of defendants and the death sentences
A total of 89 defendants, including the 21 men and
nine women who were sentenced to death, were ar-
rested last year on various charges.
They belong to different drug rings accused of smug-
gling the heroin from Laos through Vietnam and China
since 2006, state media report.
Punishments for drug-related crimes in Vietnam are
relatively harsh, but this trial shows the immensity of
drug trafficking problems in the country. At least 86
people were sentenced to death in 2012, with more
than 500 on death row in Vietnam, rights group
Amnesty International said in its 2013 report. (BBC)
Protesters continue to
battle police in Kiev
UKRAINE---After a night of vicious streets battles,
anti-government protesters and police clashed anew
yesterday in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Hundreds of pro-
testers, many wearing balaclavas, hurled rocks and stun
grenades and police responded with tear gas.
The violence has seriously escalated Ukraine's politi-
cal crisis, which has been marked by two months of
largely peaceful protests.
The European Union is urging Ukraine to scrap new
laws that are viewed as curtailing fundamental rights
such as freedom of expression and the holding of
The 28-nation bloc's foreign ministers said yesterday
the laws rammed through Ukraine's Parliament last
week under "doubtful procedural circumstances" must
The laws are widely seen as an attempt to silence the
protests---but new rallies over the weekend drew tens
of thousands of people and turned violent. (AP)
Fishermen in wetsuits hunt dolphins at a cove in Taiji, western Japan,
yesterday. REUTERS PHOTO
Mother charged as
boy, 3, found dead
GENEVA --- A last-minute UN invita-
tion for Iran to join this week s Syria
peace talks threw the long-awaited Gene-
va conference into doubt yesterday, forc-
ing UN chief Ban Ki-moon to rescind
his offer after the opposition threatened
With the invitation withdrawn, the
main Western-backed Syrian opposition
group said it would attend the talks, which
it said should aim to establish a transitional
government with full executive powers
"in which killers and criminals do not
The surprise invitation, extended Sun-
day by the UN secretary-general, set off
a flurry of diplomatic activity to salvage
the talks. The US said the offer should be
rescinded, and the opposition threatened
to skip the event entirely.
The conference is set to begin tomorrow
in the Swiss luxury resort city of Montreux,
with high-ranking delegations from the
United States, Russia and close to 40 other
countries attending. Face-to-face nego-
tiations between the Syrian government
and its opponents --- the first of the upris-
ing --- are to start Friday in Geneva.
The uproar over Iran s invitation threat-
ened to scuttle the entire event.
The Syrian National Coalition, which
had voted late Saturday to attend after
months of rancorous debate, issued an
ultimatum, saying that Iran must commit
publicly within hours to withdraw its
"troops and militias" from Syria and abide
by a 2012 roadmap to establish a transi-
tional government. Otherwise, the group
said, the UN should withdraw its invitation
for Tehran to take part.
The confusion surrounding the Iranian
invitation underscored the tenuous nature
of diplomatic effort to end the bloody
conflict, which has morphed from peaceful
protests to a vicious civil war with outside
powers backing rebels who are fighting
not only the government but rival insur-
gents as well. (AP)
UN withdraws invite to
Iran to attend Syria talks
Mikaeel Kular and his mother Rosdeep. AFP PHOTO
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