Friday 15 December 2017

Dictator's Irish funds 'criminal'

INVESTMENT bonds worth €6.1m held in Ireland and linked to the family of the late Nigerian military dictator General Sani Abacha are the proceeds of crime, the High Court ruled.

The finding was made yesterday by Mr Justice Raymond Fullam in relation to the bonds, held at HSBC Life Europe, of Grand Canal Square, Dublin, for the benefit of the late general's eldest surviving son Mohammed Sani Abacha. In proceedings against Mohammed Sani Abacha, the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) said the bonds were obtained with money illegally taken out of Nigeria, before being laundered to Ireland via Switzerland, London, and New York.

PM Netanyahu behind in polls

Israeli politicians have been making their final appeals to voters as the country goes to the polls today to decide whether to give embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu another term in office.

The election, called by Netanyahu in December two years ahead of schedule, is widely seen as a referendum on the Israeli leader, who has governed the country for the past six years. The latest opinion polls have shown Netanyahu's Likud Party trailing the Zionist Union, with momentum shifting away from Netanyahu.

Saddam's tomb in battle zone

The once-lavish tomb of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein has been virtually levelled in heavy clashes between Islamic State (IS) militants and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit.

Fighting intensified to the north and south of Saddam Hussein's hometown as Iraqi security forces vowed recapture Tikrit within 48 hours.

Plan to outlaw skinny models

Anyone employing skinny, undernourished fashion models or "glorifying anorexia" faces fines and prison sentences under new laws tabled in France.

The amendments would would oblige models to provide medical certificates showing their Body Mass Index, or BMI, and any agency breaching limits faces penalties of up to six-months in jail and a €75,000 fine.

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