Russian Investigation Memo Show He Was Not Guilty

President Donald Trump on Saturday said a controversial memo from Republican lawmakers who accused FBI investigators of violating powers in the investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, proving he was not involved. But the Democratic Party Legislator argued otherwise.

"This memo entirely shows Trump innocent," Trump wrote in Twitter on Saturday (3/2) morning. "But the investigation to find fault continues. No Collusion, no Obstruction. It's a shame to America. "

The House Intelligence Commission on Friday released a memo outlining the accusations of Republican legislators that FBI investigators stepped over the powers in investigating Russian interference in 2016 presidential elections.

A significant portion of the document focuses on a warrant for the Foreign Intelligence Investigation Act (FISA) which allows the investigation of former Trump foreign policy adviser, Carter Page, a businessman with an interest in Russia.

The memo suggests that the document being compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele is an important part of FISA's application to Page. According to the memo, the FBI also did not mention that Steele's document was drawn up by the Democratic National Committee's fund and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and that Steele had issued anti-Trump statements. [ds/ps]

Husband-Wife in California Claimed Not Guilty on Child Torture Accusations

A married couple from California who confined their 13 children in their home near Los Angeles found themselves innocent of 30 counts of torture, harassment and imprisonment of their children.

Police were surprised to find these children Sunday (15/1), after one of these children, a 17-year-old woman, who looked like a new 10-year-old, managed to escape from the dirty house, where they were held.

Officers in Perris, California found three children chained with a padlock. They were severely malnourished, dirty, and it was not immediately known that amongst the children there were 18 and 29 years old.

"This is a case you will remember forever, haunting you," said the District Attorney Mike Hestrin of Riverside County on Thursday (18/1). "In this work we are faced with human depravity, and this is what we witnessed."

Hestrin says these children are often beaten and sometimes strangled for just washing their hands and being accused of playing with water. The victims have not been examined by doctors for the past four years, have never been to a dentist, are not allowed to play, and are fed very little.

They can only bathe once a year, should not use toilets, and should be dududk on their own shit .

Hestrin alleges that his mother's own father ate enough. Although these children seem to be educated at home, they know little about life and do not know that there is a police officer trying to save them, Hestrin said. [ps/jm]

Guilty verdict against Turkish bankers threatens US-Turkish relations

Ankara denounces an American court verdict against a Turkish banker found guilty of violating US sanctions against Iran.

Speaking to reporters at Istanbul airport Friday after a verdict against Mehmet Hakan Atilla, deputy CEO of a government-owned credit agency Halkbank, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the case was part of a "serious series of plans" against his country. Erdogan warned that a bilateral legal treaty with America has lost its validity. "If this is the way America understands justice, then the doomsday. There is no understanding of justice like this, "said Erdogan.

Earlier, Mahir Unal, a spokesman for the ruling AKP party in Turkey, also pointed directly at Washington. Through his cue, he writes, the purpose of this case in the United States is to interfere in Turkey's internal affairs. The case is a violation of international law and is a legal catastrophe, wrote Unal.

On Wednesday (3/1), Mehmet Hakan Atilla, who heads international banking in Halkbank, was convicted by a court in New York for five of six charges of sanctioning sanctions against Iran. With prosecutors filing evidence of Turkish banks involved in widespread money laundering in order to avoid the sanctions, analysts warned that the door is now open to the possibility of wider financial sanctions.

Such sanctions range from fines against Turkish banks to extensive restrictions on the ability of banks to borrow in the American financial markets. Turkey borrows an average of about 16 billion dollars a month to keep existing loans and meet its financial obligations. [uh]

Guilty Hina Court, Ex-President of Egypt Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, along with 19 other defendants, were sentenced to up to 3 years in prison for an offensive indictment of the court. Morsi was also sentenced to a fine of 2 million Egyptian pounds or equivalent to Rp 1.5 billion by the Cairo court. The other defendants on trial in the same case as prominent Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and members of parliament who are also television presenter Tawfik Okasha were fined between 30 thousand – 1 million Egyptian pounds (Rp 22.9 million – Rp 765 million).

This verdict can still be sued by the defendants, including Morsi.

In this case, the Morsi who came from the Muslim Brotherhood group was considered to make an insulting statement to the court when he was still the President of Egypt. In his remarks several years ago, Morsi called 22 judges cheating the 2005 parliamentary elections.

Morsi was Egypt's first civilian president elected through free and fair elections in 2012. He took office after Hosni Mubarak resigned in 2011. But a year later, Morsi was ousted by former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now the President of Egypt.

Al-Sisi deposed Morsi in a military coup following a massive rally protesting Morsi's leadership took place in Egypt. After the resignation, Morsi immediately arrested and snared various cases. The case of insulting this court is only one of four cases that ensnare him.

The 66-year-old Morsi is serving a 20-year sentence for instigating the killing of protesters during a massive rally in 2012. He also served a 25-year sentence for another case, spying for Qatar .

In two other cases, Morsi has been sentenced to life imprisonment and sentenced to death. He was sentenced to life in prison in an espionage case for Iran, Lebanon-based Hizbullah group and Hamas control of the Gaza Strip. But in November 2016, the Egyptian Supreme Court annulled this life sentence and ordered a re-trial.

The death sentence was handed down to Morsi in a jailbreak and violence against the police during the 2011 riots. Just as in the previous case, the death sentence for the case this has been aborted by the Egyptian appeals court as well as in November 2016. The case was also ordered for re-trial.

(nvc / adf)

Brazilian and Paraguayan Football Officials Guilty of Corruption

A jury in an American court has pleaded guilty to two South American football officials for alleged corruption. This is the first verdict in an American investigation of world football governing body or FIFA.

A federal jury in a New York court convenes for a week before issuing the decision on Friday (22/12) and will resume next week's checks on international football officials the third.

The judges found Jose Maria Marin, the former chairman of the Brazilian soccer confederation, and Juan Angel Napout, the former chairman of the Paraguayan football association doing corruption in their duties in FIFA.

The jury has not agreed on the fate of former FIFA the third accused of corruption, Manuel Burga of the Peruvian football federation.

The three men were arrested in 2015 and accused of receiving millions of dollars in bribes to allow television and marketing companies to broadcast international football matches.

American prosecutors have accused 42 officials and marketing executives involved in corruption cases b esar that shook FIFA. At least 24 of the 42 officials and former officials have pleaded guilty. [ii]