03/14/13

Man shoots police officer after finding him in bed with his wife

Robert Dunbar 
By: John Roberts

A man was arrested and charged with attempted murder related charges after shooting a police officer he found in bed with his naked wife, according to court proceedings in New Jersey.

Now, the Staten Island, New York man accused of shooting a New York Police Department police detective he found in the house of his estranged wife has been charged in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

A grand jury hit Robert Dunbar, 35, on charges of attempted murder for allegedly grabbing the gun of the off-duty police officer and fired several shots, including one that hit the police officer, Louis Pepe, in the back.

Dunbar’s lawyer said that the shooter found the police officer in bed with his wife, after the couple's son complained of strange men in the house located in Manalapan, New Jersey.

Dunbar came by and found his wife, Deborah, naked in the bedroom with the off-duty police officer and the two men came tried to grab the service weapon, a .38 revolver.

Dunbar’s lawyer has said that the shooting was accidental and the husband did not realize the man in the house with the gun and his wife, was a police officer.

New York woman jailed after complaining about stop and frisk

Kaylan Pedine 
By: John Roberts

A woman was arrested and detained after she complained about police stop and frisk in New York City, according to a new lawsuit filed in court in New York.

The New York Police Department stop and frisk policy is under attack and so is talking about it, the new lawsuit claims.

The social worker from New York, was handcuffed and thrown in jail for criticizing the program near passing police officers, the woman claims in her lawsuit.

Kaylan Pedine, 29, was talking about politics with her friends at Mercury Bar in Midtown Manhattan, when two officers walked by. "I would like to stop those stop and frisks," she said while the police officers were passing, the lawsuit states.

That is when officer Craig Campion ordered Pedine to turn around and handcuffed her in front of spectators, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan.

After less than an hour in a cell, she was released and issued a summons for blocking vehicular traffic but the Greenpoint resident said he never stepped off the sidewalk.

A trial is scheduled to begin next week in Manhattan federal court on a lawsuit filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights, alleging that police routinely violate the constitutional rights of minorities by targeting them illegally for questioning on the basis of race.
The city argues that "stop and frisk" battles crime in neighborhoods.

Florida lieutenant governor resigns after 60 arrested in underground gambling operation

Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) An organization operated as a charity helping poor veterans but all it did was enriching those few directors running the show, according to new charges filed this week by Florida police.

The Lieutenant Governor of Florida resigned and about 60 people were charged in the scandal involving an alleged veterans charity who authorities said Wednesday was a front for a gambling operation worth about $300 million.

The organization, Allied Veterans of the World, covers nearly 50 computer rooms with Internet-style slot machine games, which are usually legal in Florida if most of the proceeds go to charity.

Detectives said that the organization executives gave very little to veterans while spending millions on themselves, buying boats, beachfront condos, Maserati, Ferrari and Porsche cars.

Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi, called the alleged scam cruel and despicable and said it is insulting to all U.S. citizens who ever wore a military uniform.

Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll was not among the defendants, but resigned a day after she was questioned by investigators.

Her public relations firm worked for Allied Veterans. As a Navy veteran who served in the Gulf War, Carroll also appeared in a TV commercial in 2011 to promote the organization's work on behalf of veterans and their families.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Couple arrested after taking along their little children to rob bank

Wells Fargo bank branch location 
By: Sarah Weiss

A couple was arrested and charged with bank robbery related charges after robbing a bank along with their children, according to police reports in Utah.

The husband and wife team of bank robbers have been arrested in Utah after taking their two children along the ride.
Police in Utah said that the man and woman, both 27-years-old, were arrested Monday shortly after a Wells Fargo bank location was robbed. A five-year-old and a two-year-old child, were in the backseat of the getaway car.

According to a local newspaper, the couple told police they robbed the bank because they faced evictions and rising medical costs.
Employees told police that the woman entered the bank and showed the teller a note demanding money.
The woman allegedly ran from the bank to the car, which was driven by the man.

Police said they searched the vehicle and found the demand note, along with hundreds of dollars in cash. They were arrested and charged with bank robbery. Their children were placed with children services.

Main Be'er Sheva municipal building housing government offices burns down

Scene of the fire in Be'er Sheva 
By: Shifra Unger

The government of the Israeli city of Be’er Sheva is shut down after the main municipal building housing government offices burned down last night, according to fire officials in Be'er Sheva.

The building of the Be’er Sheva Municipality is shut down today, but not because of an employee strike.
Last night, around 11:00 pm there was a fire on the floor housing the offices of the deputy ministers. The floor housing the offices of the deputy mayor of the city of Be’er Sheva was completely destroyed.

Lots of smoke spread throughout the building despite the fact that firefighters extinguished the fire pretty quickly.
Renovations began immediately along with an investigation of the circumstances that led to the fire, since it is not clear how the highly secured building with numerous fire safety precautions was able to catch fire.

There were no people in the building, so no one was injured in the fire. No firefighters were injured from the fire.

15,000 Israeli police officers to watch over Obama

Heavily armed Israeli police officers 
By: David Ross

Israel is preparing a massive police force to guard U.S. president Obama during his visit beginning next week, according to a statement by Israeli officials.

About 15,000 police officers will participate in efforts to ensure the safety of U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit next week. Every Israeli police officer will participate in operational activity, canceling all vacations and days off.

More than 5,000 police officers will be involved in the protection of the presidential entourage alone, which will include more than 600 people. In Jerusalem alone, there will be 3,000 active agents.

"We are preparing for every possibility, even the most serious and threats not based on intelligence. We're taking into account all the scenarios that could develop," the head of police operations, Brigadier General Nissim Mor, said. "We're talking about a very complicated operation," he added.

Police are preparing for different scenarios ranging from an attempt to hurt the president, to the possibility of a war in the north or south. There are also agreements which were made with the Palestinian Authority and the police early next week will launch a campaign to locate Palestinians illegally residing in Israel.

Dangerous Harlem Shake motorcycle gang dance performance caught on video

Harlem Shake motorcycle style 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A group of bikers were seen doing the Harlem Shake while riding their motorcycle, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The video begins with one couple changing drivers while riding their motorcycle on high speed.

The driver was seen picking up his leg while the woman who was sitting behind him goes underneath his leg as she moves to the front of his so she can drive the bike.

At 15 seconds into the video the bikers were seen standing on their motorbikes while speeding down the freeway.

The Harlem Shake meme, is the new craze which seems to be taking over Gangnam Style dance.

Just like every popular song has many parody videos, this one is no different. Harlem Shake parodies are popping up on YouTube every day.

The Harlem Shake, is best known as the video meme with the dance done to the song Harlem Shake, by Baauer.

The Harlem Shake meme consists of a 30 second short video, which begins with one person dancing, typically wearing something that covers the head.

The person enters a room and casually bops the head to the music, while other people around go about routine business.

Then the camera shot changes and suddenly an entire crowd of people appear, as they dance along with doing silly moves. They also wave their hands while moving their feet. They may seem silly but they are actually doing the popular Harlem Shake.

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Israeli boy Invites people to his Bar Mitzvah Gangnam style

Bar Mitzvah boy goes gangnam style 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) An Israeli boy is inviting his family and friends to his Bar Mitzvah by dancing gangnam style with some hot girls.

In preparation of their son’s Bar Mitzvah, the family has released a gangnam style Bar Mitzvah video.

The boy’s proud parents are also seen dancing with him in the video.

We have brought you many interesting Gangnam Style videos that have popped up around the web, since the official PSY video was released but this is the first time an animal was seen doing the Gangnam Style dance.

“Gangnam Style" became very popular. The first Gangnam Style video was released by South Korean musician PSY.

The music video has been viewed over one billion times and is Youtube’s most watched video.
Gangnam Style was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the most "liked" video in YouTube history. It subsequently won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Gangnam is an area in South Korea, specifically a small area in Seoul, South Korea. In recent years Gangnam became famous for its wealthy residence.

Gangnam Style refers to the “new money”, wealthy culture and lifestyle that has sprung up around the South Korean region.

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Impressive dancing video of 88-year-old grandma goes viral

Dancing grandma 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) She may not be young but she still got it going on, as the video of a dancing grandmother became an instant internet hit.

The video shows an 88-year-old grandma, who is called Nana Feole, busting out some impressive moves while dancing to music on the street.

The grandma was seen coming out of her house when she started dancing on top of a fight of stairs and continued dancing as she made her way down the stairs.

Feole danced to music blaring from her granddaughter’s car nearby.

Feole danced all they way to her granddaughter’s car. When the song ended she asked her granddaughter to put it on again. "That's a good song put it on again," Feole said. "I could dance all day," she added.

The granddaughter explained: "Once a week I pick up my Nana and take her to breakfast or lunch. I open all the windows and blast the music. Nana always starts dancing when she hears music.”

“She is a sweet grandma with a youthful spirit,” she added.

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Sinkhole swallows man on golf course

People trying to rescue Mihal from the sinkhole  
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man is lucky to be alive after a sinkhole swallowed him while playing golf.

The 43-year-old man was playing golf when he suddenly disappeared into the ground.

Marcos Mihal a married father-of-two from St. Louis, Missouri, fell into a hole on the Annbriar Golf Course near Waterloo, Illinois, while playing golf with three others.

Mihal, who is a mortgage banker was playing golf with his friend Ed Magaletta, who is a real estate agent, among others when he suddenly disappeared into the sinkhole which opened beneath him without warning.

His friends ran to help him but they couldn't get to him since he fell 18 feet deep.
One man ran to get help. Russ Nobbe, who is a manager at the golf course brought a rope and a ladder to save Mihal.

The manager together with his golf partner Ed Magaletta were able to rescue Mihal from the sinkhole.
Luckily, he got out with only a shoulder injury.

"I was standing in the middle of the street, then suddenly, before I knew it, was underground," Mihal said.

Geologist Philip Moss, examined the sinkhole and confirmed that this is the first case of someone falling into a sinkhole in Illinois.

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Pope Francis seen on photos lighting the Menorah

Pope Francis lighting the menorah in Argentina 
By: David Ross

As the Christian world is rejoicing the selection of a new pope, photos are circulating on the internet showing the pope lighting the menorah during a Chanukah party, according to press reports in the United States.

The above photo is making the rounds. It shows Pope Francis, then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, lighting Chanukah candles with members of the Jewish community of Argentina.

Francis is well regarded by his approach to other religions and has been well received by the Jewish leaders around the world who are particularly grateful for his support of the Jewish community of Argentina following the 1994 terrorist attack by Iran.

Italian Foreign Minister: Israel is key to securing the Middle East

The Italian Foreign Minister 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

The Italian Foreign Minister said during a speech that Israel is the only nation who can secure the Middle East, according to press reports in Israel.

By Anav Silverman

Tazpit News Agency For
YourJewishNews.com

Italy appears to be standing strong with Israel regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

During the Herzliya Conference on Wednesday, March 13, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata told a packed audience that even if Iran acted rationally with nuclear weapons they would pose an unacceptable global threat.

“Under its own nuclear umbrella, Tehran would be free to raise and lower the volume of regional tension as best suits its national interest..." and that "with a nuclear Iran, the rules of the Middle Eastern game would not only change overnight; they would change irreversibly,” stated Terzi on Wednesday, march 13.

The Italian Foreign Minister went on to suggest that: “In the end, however ‘regional’ the trigger, a nuclear crisis will always have a global impact…Should Tehran acquire nuclear capabilities, others would follow and the Middle East - the very doorstep of Europe - would enter this new regional nuclear race.”

In addition to Iran, the Italian Foreign Minister also addressed the ongoing bloodshed in Syria at the Herzliya Conference. “We can no longer afford delays in our action. No example is better than Syria to remind us that the Assad regime and its allies do not necessarily act under similar constraints. We are witnessing the emergence of fast-rising economic and military powers, in different regions, which pursue their interest with the power of a State and the flexibility of a non-state actor.”

Terzi concluded by pointing to Israel as a regional stabilizer stating that “Israel not only lies at their geographical center. It is also at their frontline. As the dust settles, and room grows for new ideas, Israel will be the first and foremost engine of a new path towards a more secure and peaceful Middle East.”

Iran has been an important topic at the Herzliya Conference, the annual forum for addressing Israel's national agenda by bringing together Israeli and elite international policy makers.

Former US Deputy Secretary of Defense, Rudy DeLeon, also announced on Wednesday that he (the US President) is not bluffing regarding Iranian nuclear attainment. However, DeLeon emphasized that all other options had to be explored first. "Precisely because America is strong, we are not afraid to talk to our adversaries," he stated.

5,000 marchers mark third annual Jordan Valley March in Israel

Bezaleli family presenting an honor 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

Thousands of marchers marked the third annual Jordan Valley March remembering Hila Bezaleli, according to press reports in Israel.

By Chelsea Mosery

Tazpit News Agency For
YourJewishNews.com

Last Friday (March 8), marchers marked the third annual Jordan Valley March. The event attracted more than 5,000 participants from all over the Israel. Stretching along the country’s eastern border, the Jordan Valley offers tastes of Israel's variety of landscapes, wildlife and flora.

Last year’s march was postponed twice due to bad weather, and eventually only 1,500 locals participated. This year, the event’s organizers from Jordan Valley’s Regional Council anticipated 4,000 participants, and were pleasantly surprised with a turnout of more than 5,000 members of family, soldiers, locals and students.

The Jordan Valley March’s was promoted through a Facebook page that provided information and updates. More than ten buses arrived, carrying spirited high school students from Petach Tikva and Jerusalem. Representatives also arrived from Israel’s Air Industry, who marched with Israeli flags and tambourines. The march attracted secular and religious families alike from all over the country, reflecting the colorful and eclectic communities of the Valley itself.

The route of the march snaked along Israel’s border with neighboring Jordan. Whereas the previous marches had been held strictly on Israel’s side of the fence, the Jordan Valley’s Regional Council received special permission this year to cross into the demilitarized zone between the two countries for the first time since 1967. Consequently, the event was coordinated with Jordanian officials and was secured by both army and police forces.

The march began at 8 am from the Adam Bridge, and the last of the marchers reached the Tirza Reservoir at about 1:30 pm. Rest stops were stationed strategically along the 7 kilometer route, offering shade and refreshments. While resting, the marchers could listen to guides from the Valley as they pointed out various wildlife and landmarks that can be seen along the way, such as the Sartaba and the ruins of the old Allenby Bridge.

As they continued walking, marchers could read about the different blossoming communities of the Jordan Valley from posters placed along the route. Upon completing the trek, participants were welcomed with free Bedouin- style teas and refreshments and souvenir stands, and enjoyed live musical performances by popular Israeli singer Amir Benayun and other local musicians.

The first two years of the march were dedicated in the memory of Israel’s beloved Minister of Tourism Rechavam 'Ghandi’ Ze’evi, after whom the Jordan Valley's main Highway 90 is named.

This year's march was dedicated to the memory of First Lieutenant Hila Bezaleli, who had served as an IDF officer in the Medical Division of the Jordan Valley's Brigade until her tragic death 11 months ago. On the morning of Israel’s annual Independence Day ceremony, a faulty light fixture snapped and fell, killing Hila and injuring many others.

Hila’s family and friends joined the march this year. Hila’s parents presented performer Amir Benayun with a collage of pictures of Hila to offer their thanks. The soldiers and officers of the Jordan Valley Brigade all marched, donning green shirts with Hila’s picture and above it the words “Marching With You Forever”. Hundreds of soldiers from the IDF’s Medical Unit marched in Hila’s honor as well.

Judge rules Turbo Tax can make fun of H&R Block

H&R Block location 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) H&R Block sued TurboTax after a recent advertisement by TurboTax claimed that some H&R Block employees are plumbers, according to court proceedings in Missouri.

For the second time in less than two months, the District Court for the Western District of Missouri ruled against H&R Block, and refused to grant an order restraining Intuit, which is the maker of TurboTax software, from running commercials which tease the experience level of the tax preparers at H&R Block.

As they had done before, the tax preparation giant claimed that TurboTax was guilty of false advertising, since two of their recent announcements, in which it claims that H&R Block employees are doubling as plumbers, H&R Block argued that those claims were false or misleading.

TurboTax advertisements claim that H&R Block employees are not tax professionals and are experts in tax preparation, consumers using TurboTax will have their questions answered by a CPA, Enrolled Agent, or a tax attorney and that TurboTax is used by more U.S. residents to file their returns than any product or service offered by H&R Block and other important retail tax preparation service.
H&R Block denied all these allegations but a judge ruled that TurboTax claims are all true.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Illinois man killed after wearing hat leaning to the right

Jose M. Garcia and Jose Rebollar-Verara 
By: Eva Fett

Illinois police said that a man was murdered for the way he wore his hat, according to press reports in Illinois.

The man wore his hat leaning to the right when he was killed early Sunday in Zion, Lake County prosecutors said today.

Jose M. Garcia, 18, and Jose Rebollar-Verara, 24, thought the hat tilt of 19-year-old Gabriel Gonzales, meant that he was a member of a rival gang, Ken LaRue, an assistant state attorney, said.

Gonzales left the One Stop Food and Liquor Store, at 12:45 am, when Rebollar-Verara and Garcia followed him outside and started flashing gang signs, LaRue said. Gonzales tried to escape when he was shot ten times, LaRue said.

Gonzales fell down and died, LaRue said. He was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where he was pronounced dead at 1:52 am, according to a news release from Round Lake Beach Police.

Two witnesses provided information and identified Garcia and Verara-Rebollar, LaRue said. Police are searching for a third man who was with them, also flashing gang signs, but remained on the sidewalk, LaRue said.
There was no information indicating that Gonzales was in a gang, LaRue said.

Traffic police issue tickets to car despite seeing dead body inside

Jayme Earle next to his truck 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) People are angry after police officers issued tickets to a car despite the fact that a dead body was inside for days, according to press reports in Michigan.

Traffic police fined the illegally parked vehicle for two days in a row, even though there was a man dead inside.
The officers apparently did not care that the body of Jayme Earle, 26, was slumped in the passenger seat when they slapped fines on his vehicle on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It was only when a passerby called police to check the vehicle, which was parked for three days on a street in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that his body was retrieved.
Local resident Graham Foley told a television news station that the incident was ridiculous.

"When giving another ticket, police should look and check what is happening, rather than adding another ticket. Another ticket on top of the older ticket is absurd," Foley said.
Kalamazoo police said they are not sure if the the body was in the car when the ticket was given.

Police also said that there were no signs of violence and are still investigating the cause of death.
Earle, who lived with his mother and stepfather, was reported missing last Thursday after not coming to work for two days.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Ohio nun arrested and charged with voter fraud

Sister Margarita Kloos 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A nun was arrested and charged with voter fraud related charges after being caught voting several times, according to prosecutors in Ohio.

The Ohio nun was charged with election fraud for casting an absentee ballot in the 2012 presidential election that belonged to a fellow nun who had already died, authorities said.

Sister Margarita Kloos, 54, allegedly voted under her own name and under the name of Sister Rose Marie Hewitt, who had died more than a month before last November's elections.

Kloos, of Delhi Township, faces up to 18 months in prison on charges of illegal voting.
She also reportedly quit her job as dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cincinnati, Mount St. Joseph and intends to plead guilty to the charges.

Two others have also been accused of election fraud, following an investigation conducted by the Board of Elections of Hamilton County.

Glassop Russell, 75, allegedly voted for his dead wife. Longtime election worker Melowese Richardson, 58, has been charged with eight counts of illegal voting.

The Hamilton County prosecutor, Joe Deters, said: "Elections are a serious matter and the foundation of our democracy. The individual votes may not seem important, but this could not be further from the truth," before revealing three additional cases are still being investigated.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Award winning director of 'killing me softly' arrested after fathering 6 children with his daughters

Aswad Ayinde 
By: Moses Gold

An award winning director was arrested and charged with rape related charges after he was accused of fathering 6 children with his own daughters, according to court proceedings in New Jersey.

The award-winning video director was unmasked Thursday as a brutal child rapist, after he repeatedly raped his own daughters in order to create a pure bloodline, according to a statement from the suspect.

Aswad Ayinde, who won an MTV award for directing "The Fugees Killing Me Softly,” fathered six children with his daughters from the mid 1980s to 2002, and delivered the babies himself, prosecutors in New Jersey said.

Ayinde, 51, who recently lived in Paterson, New Jersey, also had nine children with his former wife, Beverly, and at least three more with two other women in Brooklyn, New york, court records showed.

"The world is going to end and it is just going to be me and my offspring because he was chosen," Beverly Ayinde testified at a pretrial hearing quoting the suspect as saying.

Also known as Charles McGill, Ayinde faces the first of five trials next month, one for each daughter who he allegedly violated, Lisa Squitieri, the Passaic County prosecutor handling the case, said.

Ayinde, is being held on $1 million bond, after he was hit with 27 charges including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, lewdness, child endangerment, aggravated criminal sexual contact and criminal sexual contact.

Woman arrested after trying to sell her kids for boyfriend's bail

Misty VanHorn 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested and charged with child trafficking related charges after trying to sell her children in order to have enough money to bail out her boyfriend from jail, according to police reports in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma mother tried to sell her two children for $4,000 to bail her boyfriend, according to police.
Misty VanHorn, 22, is accused of offering her babies, one who is 2-years-old and the other who is 10-months-old, through facebook.

The mother of the two allegedly approached a woman in Fort Smith, Arkansas, through the social networking site.
Her eldest son was listed for sale for $1,000, or the customer can have her two children for $4,000, a local newspaper reported.

The woman, concerned about the safety of the children, contacted Oklahoma Department of Human Services, who in turn notified police.
VanHorn was arrested on suspicion of child trafficking and is being held in the Sequoyah County Jail on bail of $40,000. The state has taken custody of the children.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Seven men executed in Saudi Arabia after being convicted of robbery

Saudi police 
By: Moses Gold

Saudi Arabia executed several men after they were convicted of robbery related crimes as adolescents, the Saudi government said in a press release.

A firing squad executed the seven Saudi men convicted of armed robbery in a public ceremony, despite last-minute appeals from rights groups that their lives be spared, the Home Office and a witness, said. This brings the number of people executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year to 26.

The convicts were convicted of "forming a gang that carried out several armed robberies and thefts with the help of other people," the ministry said in a statement.

The men were executed "as a punishment for them and to deter others" from carrying out similar crimes, the government said, adding that their fellow thieves were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment and whipping.

A witness said: "The execution was carried out some time ago in a public square in Abha," adding that the defendants were "shot dead" and were not beheaded.

The announcement came shortly after Amnesty International issued a statement renewing calls on Saudi authorities to stop executions.
Amnesty described the executions as "brutality".

The seven men, Al Sarhan Mashaikh, Saeed Al Zahrani, Ali Al Shahri, Nasser Al-Qahtani, Saeed Al Shahrani, Abdulaziz Al Amri, and Ali Al Qahtani, were charged with organizing a criminal group, armed robbery, burglary and entering jewelry stores in 2005. They were sentenced to death in 2009.

International rights groups protested that the men, who are now between 20 and 24-years-old, were convicted of crimes committed when they were minors.

"It's a bloody day when a government kills seven people on the basis of confessions extracted under torture and that are presented in a trial that had no legal representation or appeal, Amnesty International, said.

“The defendants’ families were also threatened,” Amnesty said.
The defendants were not beheaded because the Saudi government could not find any men who were willing to behead the criminals.


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