News Receive email alerts Joint letter to Mozambique’s president about journalist’s disappearance The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa MozambiqueAfrica Reports Mozambique: Case of missing Mozambican journalist referred to UN April 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News to go further MozambiqueAfrica May 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Son of former head of state charged in Cardoso murder case News Organisation July 3, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Mozambique Reporters Without Borders welcomed as an “important signal” the decision to put Nyimpine Chissano, older son of ex Mozambican president, Joachim Chissano, under investigation in connection with the inquiry into the November 2000 murder of Carlos Cardoso. The step will allow the justice system to probe the possible implication of the former head of state’s son in the murder of the country’s best known investigative journalist, editor of the daily Metical, who was investigating a massive financial scandal at the time of his death.”This first judicial step, intended to allay doubt, is an important sign, which means that the Mozambican judicial system has decided to see to it that all possible light is shed on the murder of Carlos Cardoso,” the press freedom organisation said.“We hail this progress and urge the magistrates to continue their work in a spirit of fairness and independence. The impunity enjoyed by the killers of journalists – of Norbert Zongo in Burkina Faso, of Deyda Hydara in Gambia, to quote only two of them – is a phenomenon that blights Africa. Mozambique must continue to demonstrate that it has decided to become an exemplary exception,” it added.The Mozambican public ministry on 9 May 2006, put Nyimpine Chissano under investigation for having allegedly been the “moral authority” behind the murder of Carlos Cardoso, for “collusion” and “various economic crimes”.The office of the prosecutor has sent the charge sheet to the high court in Maputo. A judge will now question the relevant parties before deciding whether the son of the former head of state should appear before a court.Carlos Cardoso was murdered on 22 November 2000 on Avenue Martires de Machava, in Maputo. He was being driven in his car by a chauffeur when two men blocked the road and opened fire. Cardoso, who was hit by several bullets in the head, died instantly. His driver was seriously injured.At the time the journalist was investigating the country’s biggest financial scandal since independence, the embezzlement of a sum equal to 14 million euros from the Commercial Bank of Mozambique (BCM). He had named highly influential businessmen, the Satar brothers and Vicente Ramaya in his articles.On 20 January 2006, the head of the commando, Anibal Antonio dos Santos Junior, known as “Anibalzinho”, was sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison. During the trial of the main defendants, in January 2003, three of them accused the son of the head of state at the time, of having ordered the murder.Nyimpine Chisssano, who was called as a witness in the Anibalzinho trial, denied having any dealings with the head of the commando. He also denied any relationship with the Satar brothers. However, it has been established that Momade Assif Abdul Satar, known as “Nini”, one of those sentenced for instigating the killing, was in possession of several cheques signed by Nyimpine Chissano just before and just after the murder. Help by sharing this information
By Dialogo February 26, 2009 Syrian trafficker Monzer Al Kassar, and Chilean Luis Felipe Moreno Godoy were sentenced to more than 20 years’ in prison by a U.S. court by agreeing to the illegal sale of weapons to FARC guerrillas, according to the federal Attorney in Manhattan. Al Kassar was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and his Chilean partner received 25 years imprisonment, reported the source. Al Kassar, known as the “Prince of Marbella”, was convicted last November 20 for arms trafficking with his Chilean partner. The Syrian businessman, who has outstanding warrants by the Justice Department in Argentina, was arrested in Madrid in 2007 after falling into a trap in which several people posed as members of the guerrilla group and were interested in buying 12,000 weapons to attack U.S. agents in Colombia. Al Kassar was prepared to sell the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) shipments worth millions of dollars in land-air missiles, grenade launchers, tons of explosives, thousands of machine guns and heavy ammunition, according to a statement by the Prosecutor’s Office. ”Al Kassar also promised to provide a thousand men to fight with the FARC against U.S. military in Colombia and provide training camps in his country (Syria) to the FARC,” he added. The detainee, who was extradited and sent to New York last June, said he and Moreno Godoy were legal owners of a company that sold weapons internationaly and believed that the treatment given before the arrest was also legal. The Syrian citizen who claimed he was unaware that the weapons were for the FARC because “had he of known, he would have reported them immediately,” he explained in 2007 in Spain, where he even said to have consulted with a police inspector, who he claims told him that there was no problem. As part of the extradition process, the U.S. assured the Spanish government would not ask for life imprisonment for the Syrian businessman. Before his extradition, Al Kassar asked not to be handed over because he was convinced that the United States would not guarantee a fair trial “for being Arab.” He maintains he did not commit “any crime” and calls it “political revenge” because of statements he made in an interview criticizing U.S. president George W. Bush. In Argentina, Al Kassar was accused of committing irregularities in the processing and acquisition of that country’s citizenship, which he obtained in just 24 hours. The Manhattan federal prosecutor, Lev Dassin, thanked the collaboration and cooperation of the Spanish police and Romanian Customs authorities rendered to the U.S. authorities in this case.
As the reopening continues in the county, Kaufman says the health department is ready to go. Between two days of tracing before symptoms, and waiting seven to ten days for the results, public alerts can end up delayed. While four alerts in one day sounds like a lot, it’s not much of a surprise for the health department. However, the positive case at a church service happened on July 5. The public was notified of the exposure on July 16, 11 days after the event had happened. (WBNG) — With four public health alerts of positive COVID-19 cases in public locations, the Broome County Health Department is sharing their response as the county continues reopening. “It’s taken anywhere at times from seven to ten days to get test results back. We contact trace 48 hours before symptoms happen,” said Broome County Health Department Director Rebecca Kaufman. “We knew as we opened up the community, we would have to be making more public health alerts because people are going more places,” said Kaufman. “We started with a small team, then we grew it to ten, and then up to 50, and we’re currently not only using health department staff, but other county employees,” said Kaufman. The four alerts coming from Topper Eatery and Saloon in Endicott, Pete’s Legacy Diner, Manni’s Donuts and Diner, and Church of the Holy Family in Endwell. If you feel ill, the health department asks you to contact your medical provider. If you have to get tested for the coronavirus, health officials want you to stay home until you have received your results. “I definitely expect these will continue,” said Kaufman. “We do this just so everyone has the knowledge they were potentially exposed at one of these events or restaurants, or whatever it may be.” The growing number of cases has lead to a constantly growing contact tracing team. Tioga County also reported an exposure Thursday, citing a wedding on July 11 at Cornerstone at W&W in Apalachin.
Wolk added that these discussions will help Johnson & Johnson determine pricing for its vaccine, which the US drugmaker intends to sell on a not-for-profit basis during the pandemic.”The more demand we have the better and lower that cost would potentially be,” Wolk said.The company aims to begin manufacturing the vaccine later this year, depending on its success in clinical trials, he added.In its Thursday earnings call, J&J said it plans to start its first human trials of its COVID-19 vaccine on July 22 and could kick off late-stage studies as soon as September.Topics : The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would focus on allocating any vaccine it acquired to developing countries, Wolk added. Reuters previously reported that J&J is also in talks with the European Union.”Nothing has been finalized yet. We continue to have those discussions,” Wolk told Reuters. “People from the countries and the organizations we mentioned want to lock in a certain minimum level of capacity that they would get.”Wolk said that the “general construct” of the discussions is likely to take a form similar to AstraZeneca Plc’s deal with the US government, which provided $1.2 billion in drug development aid to the U.K. drugmaker in exchange for locking in a delivery of around 300 million doses for fall 2020.AstraZeneca has also signed a contract with France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands for up to 400 million doses of its potential vaccine. It has also partnered with non-profits to ensure distribution to developing countries. Johnson & Johnson is in talks with the government of Japan and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation about locking up allocations of its potential COVID-19 vaccine as it prepares to kick off human trials, the company’s Chief Financial Officer Joseph Wolk told Reuters in an interview.More than a hundred vaccines are under development to try and stop the COVID-19 pandemic, and drugmakers including J&J are working to ramp up supply for their vaccines in the face of unprecedented demand.J&J has already agreed to prioritize an allocation to the United States as part of its funding agreement with the US government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Wolk said.