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Afghanistan dispatch: Taliban house-to-house searches raise privacy concerns and fear in those still trying to leave – JURIST

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Law students and lawyers in Afghanistan are reporting with JURIST on the situation there after the Taliban takeover. Here, a JURIST staff correspondent in Kabul reports on house-to-house searches carried out by Taliban authorities in Kabul and several provinces in Afghanistan. For privacy and security reasons, we are withholding the name of our Correspondent. The text has only been slightly edited to respect the author’s voice. The Taliban are carrying out house-to-house searches in Kabul, Kapisa, Parwan, Panjshir and different provinces in Afghanistan. House-to-house searches began on Thursday last week and continue to this day in major areas of Kabul and other provinces. The Taliban have confirmed the searches and say they are looking for illegal military equipment and criminals such as kidnappers and thieves. In particular, they called it a “clean-up operation” without further details on how and what locations will be searched and/or investigated. They have not provided any details on how the house-to-house searches are not violating privacy. They indicated that the operation is being carried out by the Ministries of the Interior, Defense and the Intelligence Department of the government led by the Taliban. The Taliban earlier issued an order stating that no government authority has the right to violate people’s privacy, especially when entering places. where the families live. However, it seems that none of the above is taken into consideration by them at this time. In addition, some families have complained that the Taliban did not have any women in the group come to search their houses, but the Taliban have rejected this. Some local media have also reported that the Taliban are searching the phones, laptops and anything else of people they see during the door-to-door search. People are worried, especially many who worked for US or NATO contractors. The Taliban have promised that there will be no revenge for anyone, not even those who worked for foreign forces in the country, but the reality is otherwise. Recently, a letter from the Ministry of the Interior to the Border and Airport Police Departments states that they must prevent anyone who has worked for foreign forces in Afghanistan from leaving the country. In particular, the letter states that, according to the instructions of the Vice Ministry of Security, the departure of Afghans who worked for NATO and US forces will be prevented and none of the aforementioned persons will be released. The Charter is issued to the Border Police which includes a prohibition for people to leave the country by air and land. No one is reported to have been evacuated and/or prevented from leaving Afghanistan due to the previous Taliban letter, but the letter has significantly spread fear among those wishing to leave the country.

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Trump Affiliated Businessman Sentenced to 20 Months in Prison for Political Donation Crimes – JURIST

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The Justice Department said Wednesday that Lev Parnas, a businessman involved in the Trump-Ukraine affair, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on multiple counts related to soliciting donations from a foreign national. Parnas was convicted on charges of “conspiring to make political contributions of a foreign national in conjunction with soliciting and aiding and abetting the making thereof, conspiracy to make fictitious donations, participation in a wire fraud conspiracy, and making false statements and falsifying records. Parnas will also pay more than $2 million in restitution. The charges of making political contributions by a foreign national stem from events that occurred in March 2018. Parnas and other associates wanted to launch a business to obtain retail marijuana licenses in the US. The group turned over hundreds of thousands of dollars in political contributions before the 2018 election to curry favor with anyone who could help Parnas and his associates obtain these licenses. Parnas and an associate made a donation of $325,000 and falsely claimed that the donation was from Global Power Producers (GEP). Parnas also lied about the fact that he was receiving bogus donations and the contributions were not his own money. The fraud guarantee charges are from between 2012 and 2019. Parnas planned to defraud several people by convincing them to invest in his company. He said the contributions would be used solely for his business. Instead, the payments were withdrawn in cash, placed in personal bank accounts, and used for personal expenses. Damian Williams, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, stated: “Parnas also defrauded the American public by pumping Russian money into US elections and lying about the origin of funds for political contributions. My office will continue to aggressively prosecute those who put their personal and financial benefit above their country and their investors.” The office’s Public Corruption Unit is handling the Parnas case.

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Indonesian parliament passes law to create more provinces in Papua amid fears of government crackdown – JURIST

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The Indonesian People’s Representative Council on Thursday approved legislation to establish three new provinces in the Papua region. The decision was made during the 26th plenary session when all members unanimously agreed to pass three bills that established the new provinces. Currently, the easternmost region of Indonesia is divided into two regions, Papua and West Papua. However, it will now be divided into five provinces. The three new provinces have been named, South Papua Province with Merauke as its capital, Central Papua Province with Nabire as its capital, and Papua Mountains Province with Jaya wijaya as its capital. Ahmad Doli Kurnia Tandjung, Chairperson of the Council Commission, stated that: The purpose of partitioning Papua is to speed up equitable development, speed up the improvement of public services, speed up community welfare and uplift the dignity of the indigenous people of Papua. Papua. Taking into account political, administrative and legal aspects, socio-cultural unity, human resource preparation, basic infrastructure, economic capacity, future developments and aspirations of the Papuan people. Veronica Koman of Amnesty International Australia expressed concern about how the legislation would affect Papuans. She said that by “cutting and dividing Papua into smaller administrative units, [the Indonesian government] hopes to divide and conquer Papuan identity and resistance.”

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German court sentences 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard to 5 years in prison – JURIST

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Germany’s Neuruppin Regional Court in Brandenburg on Tuesday convicted a 101-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard of 3,518 counts of accessory to murder and sentenced him to five years in prison. Former SS guard Josef Schuetz was indicted for his involvement in the “execution by firing squad of Soviet prisoners of war in 1942” and for operating the gas chambers at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Josef denied all the alleged charges and claimed that he worked as a farm laborer near Pasewalk in northeast Germany. However, the court began the trial last year in October. Judge Udo Lechtermann noted that the defendant “voluntarily supported mass extermination” in his role. He further said: The court is satisfied that you worked as a guard in the concentration camp for about three years, despite your claims to the contrary. You saw how deported people were cruelly tortured and killed there every day for three years. Sachsenhausen saw 200,000 people imprisoned, with at least 30,000 deaths. Joseph is considered the oldest person to be convicted of Holocaust crimes. Previously, a 93-year-old former guard was convicted of 5,232 murders and a 95-year-old former field secretary was charged with 10,000 counts of accessory to murder, rulings pending. Joseph can appeal his sentence to the Federal Court of Justice within a week.

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