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Arraignment of Chinese man accused of killing Nigerian ex-girlfriend stalls due to lack of interpreter

GENG QUANRONG
  • The arraignment of Chinese national Geng Quanrong in Kano, Nigeria, has reportedly stalled due to a lack of an interpreter.
  • Geng, 47, is facing a homicide charge after allegedly stabbing his ex-lover Ummukulsum “Ummita” Buhari to death on Sept. 16.
  • The hearing has been adjourned twice since Sept. 21: first, due to a Magistrate court’s lack of jurisdiction in the case, and second, due to Geng’s lack of legal representation.
  • Under Nigerian law, defendants have a constitutional right to communication in a language they understand.
  • Prosecutors have asked the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, as well as the Chinese community in Kano, to provide an interpreter on Geng’s behalf.
  • Geng will return to court on Oct. 27.

The arraignment of a Chinese man accused of murdering his Nigerian ex-girlfriend has stalled due to a lack of an interpreter, according to local reports.

Geng Quanrong, 47, is facing a homicide charge after allegedly stabbing his 22-year-old ex-lover, Ummukulsum “Ummita” Buhari, on Sept. 16. He reportedly confessed to the crime, saying Buhari broke her promise to marry him even after he had spent so much money on her.

Marijuana farmer, sister sentenced for attempted $1 million bribery of Northern California sheriff

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  • Siblings Chi Meng Yang, 36, of Montague, Siskiyou County, and Gaosheng Laitinen, 41, of St. Paul, Minnesota, were sentenced for their bribery attempt aimed at protecting family marijuana grows in Siskiyou County, California, from local authorities.
  • Yang, who was convicted of trying to bribe then-Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey back in March, was sentenced to five years and 11 months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.
  • Laitinen, who pleaded guilty of conspiring to commit bribery and conspiracy to manufacture marijuana in February, was sentenced to time served and a $50,000 fine to be followed by two years of supervised release.
  • U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez said he believed Yang lied throughout the trial and felt that Laitinen had little to do with the case.

A pair of siblings convicted of attempting to bribe a sheriff in Siskiyou County, California, received different punishments during their sentence hearing on Tuesday.

Chi Meng Yang, 36, of Montague, Siskiyou County, and Gaosheng Laitinen, 41, of St. Paul, Minnesota, were sentenced for their bribery attempt aimed at protecting family marijuana grows from local authorities.

S. Korean religious leader who claims to be the messiah arrested on sexual assault charges

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  • Jung Myung-seok, the 77-year-old leader of the controversial religious group Providence, was arrested on Tuesday over rape and molestation allegations.
  • The self-proclaimed messiah, who founded Providence in 1978, is accused of sexually assaulting multiple women and is currently on remand in jail.
  • Jung has been convicted of rape in the past and served a 10-year prison sentence for raping several female members of his sect.
  • Recent victims alleged that the cult leader returned to abusing women just months after his release in 2018.
  • Jung’s cult made headlines in 2016 after several members from Australia came forward to accuse the group of using modeling classes and bible studies as fronts to recruit young women in Australia to be his “spiritual wives.”

South Korean authorities arrested a cult leader over rape and molestation allegations on Tuesday.

Jung Myung-seok, the 77-year-old leader of the controversial religious group Christian Gospel Mission (CGM), is accused of sexually assaulting a Hong Kong woman and an Australian woman by “quasi-rape” from 2018 to 2021.

Journalist critical of Duterte and Marcos administrations shot dead in the Philippines

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  • Filipino radio journalist Percival Mabasa was shot dead in an ambush by two assailants on a motorcycle in Manila, Philippines, on Monday night.
  • Mabasa, who hosted his program “Lapid Fire” on DWBL 1242, had been a prominent critic of former President Rodrigo Duterte and the current Ferdinand Marcos Jr. administration.
  • The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the International Federation of Journalists and Mabasa’s family condemned the murder and called for justice.
  • No arrests have been made in relation to this case.

Filipino radio journalist Percival Mabasa, who had been a prominent critic of the Duterte and Marcos administrations, was shot dead in the Philippines.  

Mabasa, 63, was driving to work at the DWBL radio station when he was killed in an ambush by two assailants on a motorcycle by the gate of his residential compound in Las Pinas, Manila, at around 8:30 p.m. local time on Monday, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP)

California man charged with hate crimes for targeting South Asian women in necklace robbery spree

  • Lathan Johnson, 37, is facing robbery and hate crime charges after allegedly targeting South Asian women in a two-month robbery spree in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Beginning in June, Johnson snatched approximately $35,000 worth of necklaces off of at least 14 women in San Jose, Milpitas, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, according to prosecutors.
  • In one incident, Johnson allegedly shoved the victim to the ground and punched her husband before grabbing a $1,000 necklace off her neck.
  • Almost all of the victims were wearing a sari, bindi or other types of ethnic attire when they were attacked.
  • Johnson, of East Palo Alto, is scheduled to be arraigned today on hate crime charges.

A man has been charged with hate crimes after targeting South Asian women in a two-month robbery spree in the San Francisco Bay Area, prosecutors said on Monday.

Lathan Johnson, 37, of East Palo Alto, is accused of snatching necklaces from at least 14 women — aged 50 to 73 — and injuring some of them in the process.

Police under investigation after soccer match stampede kills at least 125 in Indonesia

  • A stampede during a soccer match at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Indonesia on Saturday evening left at least 125 people dead and 320 people injured.
  • Police officers at the scene are among those currently being investigated for their use of tear gas in an attempt to subdue Arema FC fans. 
  • Thousands of fans reportedly rushed to the pitch after their club suffered a 3-2 home loss to rival soccer team Persebaya Surabaya.
  • Panicked spectators made a dash to the exit, causing several people to get trampled on or suffocated in the process, according to reports.
  • International soccer governing body FIFA prohibits the use of "crowd control gas" at matches. 
  • Police spokesperson Dedi Prasetyo shared that the local police chief has since been transferred, nine other police officials were stripped of their positions and 28 other officers remain under investigation.

Indonesian authorities have placed members of the local police under investigation over their perceived role in a recent stampede that left at least 125 people dead and 320 people injured last week.

The police officers are facing scrutiny for using tear gas on fans who started a riot at Kanjuruhan Stadium on Saturday evening.

NYC bail reform slammed after repeat offender makes 42nd attack

  • Robert Kelley, vice president of New York City’s Transport Union, slammed the city’s bail reform on “Fox & Friends First” on Monday in protest after officials put repeat offender Alexander Wright under the new bail reform.
  • Wright, 49, was charged with assault and harassment for attacking Pelham Bay Park Station subway cleaner Anthony Nelson, 35, on Aug. 11. Wright also has over 40 prior arrests, including one for attacking an Asian woman in New York City’s Chinatown in May 2021.
  • “The new bail reform must be changed,” Kelley told “Fox & Friends First” host Todd Piro. “Time and time again, this guy [Wright] shouldn't have even been privileged to be under the new bail reform in terms of him being free. After 40 beatings, you'd think they'd lock him up and throw away the key.”
  • "I never thought I'd say this, but, at the end of the day, the MTA employees have a more dangerous job than the NYPD," Kelley added. "At least they [the NYPD] have weapons to protect themselves… our members don't."

Robert Kelley, vice president of New York City’s Transport Union, slammed the city’s bail reform on national television following a repeat offender’s attack on a “hero” subway employee nearly two months ago.

Kelley criticized the city’s bail reform during his appearance on “Fox & Friends First” on Monday, more than a month after Alexander Wright, 49, was accused of assaulting an off-duty subway worker in the Bronx in August.

NYPD asks for help after man follows woman into Chinatown apartment building and sexually assaults her

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  • Surveillance footage showed a man sexually assaulting a woman in her New York City Chinatown apartment building.
  • The attacker followed the 27-year-old woman into her building near Market Street and Madison Street on Sept. 24, the New York Police Department said.
  • In the video, the woman is seen being pinned against the wall in her vestibule before the culprit tries to kiss her and forcibly gropes her buttocks, breasts and groin.
  • The man, who police described as an adult male, approximately 160 pounds, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a medium build, medium complexion and bald, fled eastbound on Madison Street towards Catherine Street.
  • He was last seen wearing a beige New York Yankees baseball cap, a plaid collared shirt, light colored sweater, blue jeans and black sneakers.

The New York Police Department is asking the public for help in finding a man sexually assaulted a woman in her Chinatown apartment building.

The attacker followed the 27-year-old woman into her building near Market Street and Madison Street on Sept. 24, police said.

Elderly Asian woman attacked and robbed of life savings by men posing as construction workers in California

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  • A 70-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed of her life savings by three men pretending to be utility workers in Daly City, California, according to her granddaughter.
  • Surveillance footage at the elderly woman’s home showed what appeared to be a man wearing a construction worker vest, a hard hat and holding a laptop.
  • “He was pretending to be someone from PG&E, to try and trick my grandmother into letting him to the house,” Skylar, the victim’s granddaughter, said.
  • An investigation into the incident is ongoing, according to Daly City police.
  • A fundraising campaign has been created on GoFundMe for the recovery of Skylar’s grandmother.

The granddaughter of an elderly Asian woman in Daly City, California, is speaking out after her grandmother was assaulted and robbed of her life savings by three men pretending to be utility workers.

Surveillance footage at the 70-year-old woman’s home shows a man wearing a construction worker vest, a hard hat and holding a laptop.

Man arrested for racist harassment of K-pop boy group ATEEZ in Saudi Arabia

  • A man was arrested on Saturday in Saudi Arabia after harassing K-pop boy group ATEEZ with racist remarks at the airport.
  • The Saudi Gazette later reported that legal action will be taken against the man.
  • ATEEZ was in the country to perform at KCON 2022 Saudi Arabia alongside other artists such as NewJeans, Sunmi and Rain.
  • Later this month, they will perform at KCON 2022 Japan and start their world tour in Seoul. 

K-pop boy group ATEEZ were the victims of a racist verbal tirade in Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

As the K-pop act landed at King Khalid International Airport for the inaugural KCON 2022 Saudi Arabia music festival, they were greeted by fans and paparazzi.

Chicago police release details of suspects in violent robbery of elderly Asian man on Red Line train

  • Chicago police are looking for a man and a woman in connection with a Red Line train robbery that left an elderly Asian man bleeding profusely from his head.
  • The incident, which was caught in a now-viral video, occurred near the 95th/Dan Ryan stop at 15 W. 95th St. at around 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, according to police.
  • In the video, the pair of suspects can be seen asking for the victim’s ID, reaching into his pockets and ultimately bashing his head with his own wine bottle.
  • Teshaun Terry, who recorded the incident, said there was “literally no one” at the station when she rushed to ask for help.
  • Police described the suspects as Black, aged 25 to 30 and standing between 5 feet and 3 inches and 5 feet and 9 inches.
  • The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) relaunched a K-9 unit, added private security guards and installed new surveillance cameras at station booths in response to the incident.

Chicago police have released information on the suspects of a Red Line train robbery that left an elderly Asian man bleeding profusely from his head.

The incident, which was caught in a now-viral video, occurred near the 95th/Dan Ryan stop at 15 W. 95th St. at around 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, according to police.

Myanmar model sentenced to 6 years in jail by military court after posting pics on OnlyFans

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  • A woman in Myanmar has been sentenced to six years in jail for posting nude photos on OnlyFans.
  • Nang Mwe San, a model and former doctor, was convicted on Tuesday of “harming culture and dignity,” military officials said.
  • Meanwhile, Miss Myanmar 2020 Thinzar Wint Kyaw is set to face trial in October after sharing photos of herself taking part in protests online.
  • Han Lay, also known as Thaw Nandar Aung, a 23-year-old beauty queen from Myanmar, was denied re-entry into Thailand after she found that her travel documents were invalid while flying back from Vietnam.
  • An estimated 15,600 people have been detained by the military since it took over, while more than 12,000 people are still in jail and nearly 2,322 political prisoners have died.

A woman in Myanmar has been sentenced to six years in jail after posting nude photos on OnlyFans.

Nang Mwe San, a model and former doctor, was convicted on Tuesday of “harming culture and dignity,” military officials said. She lived in martial law-controlled North Dagon Township in Yangon, where the right to a lawyer is often denied to people charged with such crimes, the BBC reported.