Global Times - 01.08.2019

(Jacob Rumans) #1
Thursday August 1, 2019 9

WORLD


uUnfl inching spirit


Displaced
Iraqi children
peek from
behind a
sheet at the
Al-Khazir
camp for the
internally
displaced,
located
between
Arbil and
Mosul, on
Tuesday.
Photo: AFP

‘Cruel’ migrant policy continues


Cult leader


jailed for


beating


followers


The leader of a South Korean
doomsday cult has been sen-
tenced to six years in jail for
holding some 400 followers
captive in Fiji and subjecting
them to violence and barbaric
rituals, a court statement said.
Shin Ok-ju, founder of the
Grace Road Church, convinced
her followers to move to Fiji
in 2014, where she said they
would be safe from impending
disasters. But once they arrived
their passports were taken away
from them and many were al-
legedly beaten or subject to bru-
tal rituals purportedly aimed at
driving out evil spirits.
On Monday a court found
Shin guilty on multiple crimi-
nal charges including violence,
child abuse and fraud.
“The victims suff ered help-
lessly from collective beat-
ings and experienced not only
physical torture but also severe
fear and considerable mental
shock,” said the Anyang sub-
court of the Suwon District
Court.
“Heavy punishment is inevi-
table against illegal acts carried
out in the name of religion,”
it added in a statement earlier
this week.
Some followers who escaped
told journalists that those who
attempted to leave the church
were punished with severe pub-
lic beatings known as “ground
threshings.”
Christian-inspired cults have
mushroomed in South Korea
where more than a quarter of
the population are Protestants
or Catholics.
A cult leader who claimed to
be the messiah was sentenced
to 16 years in prison at an ap-
peal court in May for raping
multiple female followers.

AFP

The body of a billionaire Indian coff ee
magnate who went missing amid fi -
nancial troubles was found by a river in
southern India, police said Wednesday.
V.G. Siddhartha, founder of the Cafe
Coff ee Day chain that beat Starbucks
at its own game in India, was last seen
Monday next to the Nethravathi river
near Mangaluru and reported missing
soon after by his chauff eur.
Authorities launched a major search
operation, and a fi sherman found the
body on the bank of the river.
“Siddhartha’s body was found early
this morning,” Sasikanth Senthil, dep-
uty commissioner of South Karnataka
police, told AFP.
“We have sent his body for postmor-

tem analysis now and are awaiting re-
sults.”
The body will be handed over to the
tycoon’s family after legal formalities are
completed, said Sandeep Patil, Manga-
luru police commissioner.
Patil said an investigation was under-
way to determine whether Siddhartha
took his own life.
Siddhartha – whose family have been
in the coff ee business for 130 years –
opened his fi rst Cafe Coff ee Day store in
1996 and went on to become one of the
world’s biggest coff ee traders.
The coff ee chain has a total of more
than 1,700 stores, mainly in India, but
also in Malaysia, Egypt, the Czech Re-
public and Austria, employing more

than 30,000 people.
Police said Siddhartha left Banga-
lore late Monday, telling his family that
he was going to a hill resort but instead
asked his driver to take him to Manga-
luru.
He ordered the driver to stop the car
and started walking along a bridge as he
talked to someone on his phone before
disappearing.
Siddhartha married a daughter of
S.M. Krishna, a former foreign minister
and chief minister, making him one of
the country’s best-connected tycoons.
But his empire came under pressure
after tax authorities launched raids on
company offi ces in 2017. Reports said
Siddhartha was in talks with Coca-Cola

about selling a major stake.
In a letter to the Cafe Coff ee Day
board, the 57-year-old chairman had ad-
mitted mistakes in handling his fi nan-
cial aff airs.
But he said he had suff ered pressure
from lenders and harassment from In-
dian tax authorities.
“My intention was never to cheat or
mislead anybody, I have failed as an en-
trepreneur,” he said in the letter, which
was dated July 27.

AFP

Nearly 1,000 migrant children
have been separated from their
families at the US-Mexico bor-
der in the last year despite a
judge’s order for US President
Donald Trump’s administra-
tion to stop the practice, a top
rights group said Tuesday.
The American Civil Liber-
ties Union (ACLU) said in a
court fi ling in San Diego that
the administration was accus-
ing parents of minor criminal
activity – including traffi c viola-
tions – and neglect to continue
separating children at the bor-
der.
One example involved a
father whose 1-year-old daugh-
ter was taken from him because
he failed to change her diaper.
Another case concerned a
3-year-old girl separated from
her father on the grounds that
he could not prove he was a

parent. The family took a DNA
test that confi rmed paternity,
but meanwhile, the child was
sexually abused while in deten-
tion, according to the court fi l-
ing.
Another 4-year-old boy was
separated because his father
had a speech impediment that
prevented him from answer-
ing questions by Border Patrol
agents, the complaint said.
“It is shocking that the
Trump administration contin-
ues to take babies from their
parents,” said Lee Gelernt, an
attorney with the ACLU.
“Over 900 more families
join the thousands of others
previously torn apart by this
cruel and illegal policy.”
“The administration must
not be allowed to circumvent
the court order over infractions
like minor traffi c violations.”

Trump’s administration be-
gan separating children from
their parents in May of last year
as part of a “zero tolerance”
policy toward migrants who il-
legally cross the border.
But six weeks into the prac-
tice that prompted a domes-
tic and international outcry,
Trump reversed course and
announced that his administra-
tion would stop separating fam-
ilies unless the parents pose “a
risk” to their child.
A federal judge then issued
an order for an estimated 2,
children taken during that six-
week period to be reunited with
their parents.
The Trump administration
has said that it now separates
children from their parents
only if the adults pose a risk.
But the ACLU says that only
a small number of the more

than 900 children taken from
their parents since June of last
year were at risk and have de-
plored the conditions in which
the youngsters are held.
In one case, the ACLU com-
plaint says, a father was separat-
ed from his three young daugh-
ters after being diagnosed with
HIV.
ACLU added that the ongo-
ing separations involve very
young children, 20 percent of
whom are under the age of 5,
and this is one of the particular
concerns.
“The impact of separation
can be particularly devastating
for young children,” the com-
plaint said, urging the court to
clarify the standard by which
children can be separated from
their parents.

AFP

Body of missing Indian coff ee tycoon has been found by river: police


u Over 900 kids separated from parents by US govt last year


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