Abdul Quader Molla (Bengali: আব্দুলকাদেরমোল্লা; 14 August 1948 – 12 December 2013) was a Bangladeshi Islamist leader, writer, and politician of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, who was tried and sentenced to death by the International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh set up by the government of Bangladesh and hanged. There have been objections from the United Nations, the governments of several countries, and international Human rights organizations but on the other hand there was widespread support from the general people of Bangladesh for the execution.
He was convicted on five of six counts of crimes against humanity and war crimesat his trial at the Bangladeshi International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), on 5 February 2013. A member of the Al-Badarmilitia during the liberation war, Molla was convicted of killing 344 civilians and other crimes. He was sentenced to life in prison. As a direct result of the sentence the 2013 Shahbag protests began with the protesters demanding capital punishment for all those on trial. The protest spread from Dhaka to other parts of the country. Protesters called for those convicted of war crimes to be sentenced to capital punishment, and also to ban Jamaat-e-Islami. Jamaat-e-Islami started a violent counter-protest in the country, demanding the release of its convicted and accused leaders. On 17 September 2013, after an amendment to the ICT law which allowed the government, complainant, or informant to appeal an order of acquittal or order of sentencing, the Bangladesh Supreme Court found Molla guilty of murders and other war crimes, and converted his life sentence to a death sentence. He was scheduled to be executed by hanging on 11 December. Due to more legal challenges, the execution was suspended and then upheld; he was executed on 12 December. He was the first person to have been executed for crimes committed during the Bangladesh Liberation War.
Quader Molla had unsuccessfully stood for parliamentin 1986 and 1996, contesting the seat Faridpur-4 for Jamaat-e-Islami.
Execution: Jang Song Thaek, with his hands tied with a rope, is shown being dragged into a military court shortly before his execution for treason yesterday. Once powerful, he was the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un
Although the precise extent of Jang Sung-taek's power and position during his life cannot be confirmed, in 2008 South Korean government officials and academic North Korea experts suggested that he had taken on de factoleadership over North Korea while Kim Jong-il's health was declining and when Kim subsequently died. Jang was vice-chairman of the National Defence Commission, a position considered second only to that of the Supreme Leader. He is believed to have been promoted to four-star general around the time of Kim Jong-il's death as his first appearance in uniform was while visiting Kim lying in state. Jang was considered a "key policy adviser" to Kim Jong-un.
In December 2013, Jang was abruptly accused of being a counter-revolutionary and was stripped of all his posts and expelled from the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). His photos were removed from official media and his image digitally removed from photos with other North Korean leaders. On 13 December, North Korea state media announced he had been executed. There have been external reports that many members of his family have also been killed.
The Reich Chancellery meeting of 12 December 1941 was a meeting between Adolf Hitler and the highest-ranking officials of the Nazi Party. Almost all important party leaders were present to hear Hitler declare the ongoing destruction of the Jewish race, yet it remains less known than the later Wannsee Conference.
If the world of international financial Jewry, both in and outside of Europe, should succeed in plunging the Nations into another world war, the result will not be the Bolshevization of the world and thus a victory for Judaism. The result will be the extermination of the Jewish race in Europe.
With the entry of Japan and the United States into the Second World War on 7 December 1941 and the resulting declaration of war on the US by Nazi Germany on 11 December, the war, especially in regard to the above statement, had become truly a World War. Hitler announced this declaration of war on 11 December in the German Reichstag, a speech also broadcast on radio. On 12 December 1941, he had a meeting with the most important Nazi leaders.
A Jew is for me an object of disgust. I feel like vomiting when I see one. Christ could not possibly have been a Jew. It is not necessary to prove that scientifically - it is a fact. I do not need to prove this with science or scholarship. It is so! – Joseph Goebbels
On the afternoon of 12 December, Hitler ordered the leading members of the Nazi Party to a meeting in his private rooms at the Reich Chancellery. Because the meeting took place in private rooms rather than Hitler's office, no official record of it exists. However, entries in the diaries of Goebbels and Frank confirm it.
Joseph Goebbels made the following entry in his diary for the 12th December:
Bezüglich der Judenfrage ist der Führer entschlossen, reinen Tisch zu machen. Er hat den Juden prophezeit, daß, wenn sie noch einmal einen Weltkrieg herbeiführen würden, sie dabei ihre Vernichtung erleben würden. Das ist keine Phrase gewesen. Der Weltkrieg ist da, die Vernichtung des Judentums muß die notwendige Folge sein.
With respect of the Jewish Question, the Führer has decided to make a clean sweep. He prophesied to the Jews that if they again brought about a world war, they would live to see their annihilation in it. That wasn't just a catch-word. The world war is here, and the annihilation of the Jews must be the necessary consequence.
Apart from the fact that the European war had turned into a world war, another reason for this shift must be seen in the fact that the entry of the United States into the war meant that the Jewish population had lost its value for Hitler as hostages deterring the United States from becoming an active member of the Allied coalition, and he was finally free to act according to his long-term plans.
The much more well-known Wannsee Conference in January 1942, marked the next step in the Nazis' plans to exterminate the Jews. However, unlike this meeting, it was mostly attended by senior bureaucrats. It also undermines claims that Hitler was ignorant of the Holocaustand that it was carried out by subordinates without his knowledge. [bad citation]
The meeting marked a turning point in the Nazi regime's attitude towards the Jewish people. It was part of a shift from propaganda, intimidation and attacks to outright and planned extermination. The latter step had already been taken in some parts of Eastern Europe as early as August 1941.
Attendance in this meeting was obligatory for Nazis in high party offices. No official list of the people who attended this meeting exists, but the following leaders of Nazi Germany, out of the about 50 present, are known to have been there:
On this date, December 14, 1993, Nathan Dunlap shot dead 4 people at the Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant in Aurora, Adams County, Colorado, USA. Please go to this previous blog post to learn more about him.
While Monis had a warrant out for his arrest in Iran, he sought political asylum in Australia in 1996, which was granted in 2001. Monis variously promoted himself as an Iranian intelligence official, a political activist, a spiritual healer and expert in black magic, an outlaw bikie and a Muslim cleric. He told a psychiatrist who diagnosed him with schizophrenia that he had to change his name for "security reasons," variously calling himself "Michael Hayson Mavros", "Sheikh Haron", and "Ayatollah Mohammed Manteghi Boroujerdi".
Monis ran a "spiritual healing" business, telling some women that they needed to submit to sexual molestation to receive treatment. In 2014, Monis was charged with accessory to murder of his ex-wife, as well as over 40 counts of sexual assault. At the time of his death he had recently converted from Shia Islamto Sunni Islam, and attended Islamist rallies promoting conspiracy theories about Australian security agencies. While on bail, and facing a likely lengthy imprisonment, he declared allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Sydney siege inquest: Elite police sniper ‘did the best he could’ during 17-hour siege
A police sniper has recounted the moment he saw Lindt café manager Tori Johnson on his knees before being executed, and how hours earlier believed he did not have the authority to shoot Man Haron Monis despite having him in his sights.
The senior constable, who is the first sniper to give evidence at the inquest into the December 2014 siege of the Lindt Cafe, became emotional as he recalled seeing a muzzle flash and Mr Johnson then falling forward.
The elite marksman, known as Sierra 3-3, told the court he saw Mr Johnson fall forward.
He said it was a matter of 30 seconds to a minute between the moment he observed Mr Johnson on his knees and the muzzle flash, believed to be the moment gunman Man Haron Monis executed the cafe manager at about 2.13am on December 16, 2014.
"I was trying to look for Monis at the time as there'd been a shot fired," he said, referring to the escape of six hostages 10 minutes earlier, which had prompted the gunman to fire off a round from his shotgun for the first time.
"My focus was drawn on what I thought was Tori.
"It appeared to me he'd taken a lower profile because I could only see him from the waist up which made me think he was on his knees.
"I saw what I thought was a muzzle flash then I saw Mr Johnson fall forward.
"I couldn't see him after that."
Police stormed the building after Mr Johnson was killed, bringing an end to the siege.
At various times during the more than 17 hours of the stand-off, snipers at the Westpac and Channel Seven buildings directly opposite the cafe observed Monis through windows but could never be "100 percent" about having a clear shot.
Sierra 3-3 also doubted whether he had legal authority, and recounted the severe risks involved.
"Having two mediums of glass to get through, the potential hazards that would cause if the shot was missed, the risk to those inside; all of those things greatly reduced our confidence," he said.
He also said he had doubts on the identity.
“I was quietly confident it was him, but not 100 percent confident.”
Asked about the legal justification for taking a shot, he said: "I'm no more justified in firing my firearm than a general duties officer on the street".
Police stormed the cafe after Mr Johnson's death initiated the police Emergency Action plan, the triggers for which were death or serious injury or imminent death or serious injury.
Asked by counsel assisting the Johnson family, Gabrielle Bashir SC, why Johnson being ordered to his knees by a man who had sworn allegiance to Islamic State did not represent an imminent threat, Sierra 3-3 said he could not see Monis at that time.
"At no time could I see anyone posing an imminent threat to (Mr Johnson)."
Monis was killed by police, while hostage Katrina Dawson died after being hit by fragments from police rounds.
Erich Friedrich Wilhelm Ludendorff (9 April 1865 – 20 December 1937) was a German general, the victor of the Battle of Liège and the Battle of Tannenberg. From August 1916, his appointment as Quartermaster general (Erster Generalquartiermeister) made him the leader (along with Paul Hindenburg) of the German war efforts during World War I until his resignation in October 1918, just before the end of hostilities.
From 1924 to 1928 he represented the German Völkisch Freedom Party in the German Parliament. Consistently pursuing a purely military line of thought, Ludendorff developed, after the war, the theory of “Total War,” which he published as Der Totale Krieg(The Total War) in 1935. In this work, he argued that the entire physical and moral forces of the nation should be mobilized, because, according to him, peace was merely an interval between wars. Ludendorff was a recipient of the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross and the Pour le Mérite.
On this date, December 24, 2012, William H. Spengler, murdered 3 people before shooting himself in Webster, New York. He had already spent 17 years in prison for murdering his grandmother in 1980. Another embarrassing moment for Abolitionist! There is no need to fight for him anymore to stay alive, he killed himself!
Killer: William Spengler had previously served 17 years in prison for killing his elderly grandmother.
The Dinhing Dapita Sadya (DDS) is a vigilantegroup active in Davao City in the Philippinesthat is rumoured to exist. The group is allegedly responsible for summary executions of individuals suspected of petty crimes and dealing in drugs in Davao. It has been estimated that the group is responsible for the killing or disappearance of between 1,020 and 1,040 people between 1998 and 2008.
A team from Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), a human rights group, and investigators from the Commission on Human Rights(CHR) discovered killing fields where skeletal remains of victims of the death squads were dumped. Human Rights Commissioner Dominador Calamba II has indicated that local executives and the police knew the militants but were "seemingly tolerating" them. Human rights groups said the killings have become an unwritten government policy to deal with crime due to an ill-functioning criminal justice system and lack of due process in the way authorities administered justice.
The group of 21 were members of a Daesh cell that was broken up in March during a security operation in the northern town of Irbid.
A court in Amman on Wednesday sentenced to death five Jordanian members of a dismantled cell linked to the Daesh group for "terrorism".
The state security court also handed jail terms of between three and 15 years to another 16 Jordanians in the same case.
They were found guilty of deadly "acts of terrorism", the manufacture of explosives and "possession of weapons and ammunition for use in terrorist acts" and recruiting people for "terrorist organisations".
The group of 21 were members of a Daesh cell that was broken up in March during a large-scale security operation in the northern town of Irbid, near the border with Syria.
Seven suspected militants and a member of the Jordanian security forces were killed during that operation.
The authorities announced later that they had foiled Daesh attacks in the Kingdom, which had already been hit by deadly attacks over the past year.
On December 18, 10 people including a Canadian were killed in a shooting rampage the popular tourist destination of Karak, in an attack claimed by the Daesh group.
Two days later, the authorities arrested a man suspected of funding the attack, in a raid on a house in Karak province.
Jordan is part of the US-led military coalition against Daesh and has carried out air strikes targeting the militants group. It also hosts coalition troops on its territory.
Five members of ISIS were sentenced to death by a Jordanian court on Wednesday for terrorism.
The five men were found guilty of terrorism, manufacturing explosives, recruiting terrorists, and the possession of weapons for the use of terrorism.
The terrorists were part of an ISIS cell that was dismantled in March during a security operation in Irbid, which is near the Syrian border.
During the operation, a member of the Jordanian security forces was killed.
Jordan is part of a coalition of nations fighting ISIS, and has carried out numerous air strikes against the Islamic State. In 2015, Moaz al-Kasaesbeh, a pilot in the Jordanian air force, was captured by ISIS and burned alive in a videoreleased by the terrorist organization.
Jordan’s King Abdullah II intensified his attack on ISIS following the brutal death of the Jordanian pilot saying, “It is our war. It has been for a long time,” in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.
This year, Jordan has been attacked by jihadis four times.
The five ISIS members will receive death by hanging.
AMMAN // A Jordanian court sentenced five members of an ISIL cell to death by hanging on Wednesday for acts of terrorism.
The state security court in Amman also handed jail terms of between three and 15 years to another 16 Jordanians in the same case.
They were found guilty of deadly “acts of terrorism”, the manufacture of explosives and “possession of weapons and ammunition for use in terrorist acts” and recruiting people for “terrorist organisations”.
The group of 21 were members of an ISIL cell that was broken up in March during a large-scale security operation in the northern town of Irbid, near the border with Syria.
Seven suspected militants and a member of the Jordanian security forces were killed during the operation.
Imprisoned Islamist militant Adel Habara was executed Thursday morning, following the Cassation Court’s upholding of his death sentence, state media reported.
According to Al-Ahram, his body was transferred to the Zeinhom mortuary. The execution was approved by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and the justice minister.
Habara received several death penalties in different cases. According to Al-Ahram, he was mainly punished because of the “Rafah massacre.” Habara was convicted in the “second Rafah massacre” of August 2013, killing 25 police conscripts in an ambush on a police convoy in the Abu Tawila region, along the Al-Arish-Rafah Road in Sinai, for which he was sentencedto death.
A copy of the court’s reasoning behind the verdict published by Al-Ahram said that authorised recordings of Habara’s phone calls revealed that he formed a cell that later pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS). The court said Habara not only admitted in those recordings that he killed the police conscripts, but also “rejoiced their murder,” Al-Ahram reported.
In December 2015, Habara was sentenced to death by the Zagazig Criminal Court on chargesof forming a takfirigroup, communicating with IS militant group and targeting police officers and army personnel.
On Monday, the Cassation Court upheldthe death sentence for Habara on charges of killing a police officer in 2012 in Sharqeya.
Habara, also known as Adel Mohamed Ibrahim, was arrested in August 2013 while hiding in North Sinai’s Al-Arish city. In June 2014, Habara reportedly attempted to escape detention while in a transportation vehicle from court to prison.