Posts Tagged ‘Arrest’

Last Saturday’s brutal assault has refocused attention on the safety of visitors to Rio de Janeiro as the city gears up to receive the millions of foreigners expected to visit for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day this July, football’s World Cup final next year and the summer Olympics in 2016.Last Saturday’s brutal assault has refocused attention on the safety of visitors to Rio de Janeiro as the city gears up to receive the millions of foreigners expected to visit for the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day this July, football’s World Cup final next year and the summer Olympics in 2016.

 

Police in Rio de Janeiro have arrested a third man in connection with the brutal gang rape of a foreign student in the city last Saturday.

The US woman and a French companion were taking an illegal van service from the Copacabana beachside neighbourhood towards the centre when the driver and two other men in the van forced out other passengers after robbing them.

The men then drove off with the two foreigners. The 21-year-old woman was raped repeatedly as the men took turns driving the van. Her male travelling companion was tied up and beaten during her ordeal.

The two were held for six hours as the three attackers used their credit cards to withdraw money and buy drinks in petrol stations. Images recorded at the stations helped to identify the three men.

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Egypt’s public prosecutor on Saturday ordered the arrest of a popular television satirist on charges that included insulting President Mohamed Morsi and denigrating Islam, a state news agency reported, a move that amplified criticisms that the Islamist government is moving aggressively to silence its critics and stifle freedom of expression.

The satirist, Bassem Youssef, who hosts a widely watched show modeled on “The Daily Show,” has been the subject of numerous legal complaints filed by Islamist lawyers and citizens who took umbrage at Mr. Youssef’s skewering of Egypt’s political class, including Mr. Morsi, his loyalists and the opposition.

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