MONTREAL — A Quebec court judge stayed charges of fraud and bribery against former SNC-Lavalin executive Stephane Roy Tuesday, ruling his right to a trial within a reasonable time had been violated. MONTREAL — A Quebec court judge stayed charges of fraud and bribery against former SNC-Lavalin executive Stephane Roy Tuesday, ruling his right to a trial within a reasonable time had been violated. She added that prosecutors failed to show they tried to avoid unreasonable delays in the case, which began when Roy was first charged in 2014. Compagnone said the bribery charge against Roy stemmed from an allegation that he had plotted with a fellow SNC-Lavalin executive, Riadh Ben Aissa, to smuggle someone out of Libya. Bebawi is still facing charges including fraud and bribery in connection with his former company's dealings in Libya.
February 19, 2019 21:07 UTC
CARACAS (Reuters) — Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters slammed an upcoming “Live Aid”-style concert to raise funds for humanitarian aid for Venezuela, calling the event a U.S.-backed effort to tarnish the socialist government in a video circulating on Tuesday. Latin singers Alejandro Sanz, Nacho, Luis Fonsi and Maluma have so far confirmed they will perform in the concert, which has evoked comparisons to Irish rock star Bob Geldof’s 1985 global “Live Aid” concert to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. “It has nothing to do with humanitarian aid at all,” the 75-year old Waters said. During a concert in Brazil ahead of presidential elections there last year, Waters spoke out against then right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who is now president. Maduro’s government this week announced two concerts on Friday and Saturday just across the border from Cucuta to rival Branson’s “Aid Live” show.
February 19, 2019 19:52 UTC
The headquarters of the Libyan municipal guard in Benghazi has been attacked by an armed group, leaving one staffer with serious injuries due to which he was sent to hospital. Sources from Benghazi said the attack came after a joint patrol by the municipal guard in certain shops which violate health standards, thus shutting them down, saying the attackers could be related to the owners of the closed shops. Al-Tajouri was sent to Al-Jalaa Hospital and was lodged at the Intensive Care Unit. This isn't the first time a security headquarters gets attacked in Benghazi by people wearing military outfits and driving military vehicles. Earlier, police stations and security posts were attacked by armed persons loyal to brigades commanded by Khalifa Haftar's sons.
February 19, 2019 19:41 UTC
French website Mediapart revealed that French judges arrived in Tripoli earlier this month as part of their investigation into the suspected funding by the Gaddafi regime in Libya of Nicolas Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential election campaign. The website explained that the judges questioned, for the first time face-to-face, Gaddafi’s former spy chief, and brother-in-law, Abdulla Senussi. Mediapart said it had gained access to extracts from the statements provided by Senussi, who detailed to the French judges how he oversaw the payment of 7 million euros for Sarkozy’s campaign, as ordered by Gaddafi. "The deal to buy spying devices was done and the mediator Ziyad Taqi Al-Deen got 4 million euros for it. Then, Sarkozy's lawyer visited me with some families of the victims of the bombing.
February 19, 2019 19:07 UTC
The UNSMIL said Monday that its Head Ghassan Salame had discussed in Benghazi the resuming UN activities in eastern Libya. UNSMIL said on Facebook that Salame met with Benghazi mayor and other officials and told them about the resumption, reviewing important issues that need coordination between the UNSMIL and local authorities. Salame also met with House of Representatives' members and discussed the political process and the way forward for Libya. The UN envoy arrived in Benghazi on Monday and met with Khalifa Haftar in Rajma, going over security in the southern region, according to UNSMIL. Salame's visit comes amid criticism by the east-based Interim Government and the HoR of his statements that the easterners say are biased to Al-Sirraj government in Tripoli.
February 19, 2019 19:07 UTC
Libya Build construction exhibition announced for October 2019By Sami Zaptia. London, 19 February 2019:Libya Build, Libya’s biggest construction exhibition, has been announced for October this year. Maged Mahfoud, Managing Director of the Libya Build organizer, ATEX International Exhibitions, spoke today exclusively to Libya Herald. Libya Herald asked why did Atex think 2019 was the right time to resume the popular construction exhibition ? What are the signals on the ground in Libya that encouraged Atex to resume the exhibition?
February 19, 2019 17:48 UTC
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said Tuesday that Canada cannot claim to be a country based on the rule of law if the Prime Minister's Office is dictating the course of justice. "The prime minister has kept her silent in order to protect himself," Scheer alleged. The prime minister normally stops to speak to reporters on his way into weekly cabinet meetings but walked by without saying a word. Several cabinet ministers who did stop reflected briefly on Butts's contribution to the government. Some cabinet ministers also seem to want to know more about what happened between the Prime Minister's Office and Wilson-Raybould.
February 19, 2019 16:41 UTC
The Guidry Group based in the U.S. will build the strategically placed 'Port of Susah' on the above development site in Libya. U.S. investment firm The Guidry Group today outlined strategic reasons for American investment in Africa. After decades of calculated infrastructure investment, China has swiftly and intentionally risen to become Africa's largest trade partner. The Port of Susah project will create significant job opportunities for hundreds of Libyan nationals in highly efficient, productive and technologically advanced cargo-handling facilities. The Guidry Group is advised by ADN Capital Ventures, Inc. an international infrastructure finance and PPP advisory firm at http://www.adncapitalventures.com, as well as energy and infrastructure consultant and lawyer Christopher Clement-Davies.
February 19, 2019 15:00 UTC
A court was told this morning how a man’s attempt at evicting a guest from his home ended with him in the dock and the guest nursing a knife wound. Bin Husayn had been giving the guest shelter as he was homeless but at a point had asked the man to leave, he said. An argument erupted and the accused had inadvertently caused a knife wound to the guest’s thigh, slightly injuring him. Before magistrate Rachel Montebello, Inspector Robert Vella exhibited the knife, which the accused had handed in to the police. He was also placed under an obligation not to approach the victim for 1 year or pay a penalty of €1,000.
February 19, 2019 13:07 UTC
It doesn’t make sense for me to take an American, or plop a journalist with a generous salary in a foreign bureau. “The AP was a symbol of independent news gathering for Americans by Americans,” says John Maxwell Hamilton, author of Journalism’s Roving Eye: A History of American Foreign Reporting. Unlike US-based staffers, who are protected under a union contract, AP’s foreign correspondents are not covered by any one contract, although some are covered by foreign union contracts. In Yemen, reporting by AP correspondents prompted an investigation by international and local aid groups into the humanitarian crisis. The AP is also the only international wire service with a North Korea bureau, where Eric Talmadge, as the AP bureau chief in Pyongyang, regularly reports from inside North Korea.
February 19, 2019 11:48 UTC
Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui expressed his satisfaction at the release of 14 Tunisians who were abducted by a group in Al- Zawiya city since last Thursday for the exchange with a Libyan prisoner held in Tunisia. "The Tunisian foreign ministry was in constant contact with its Libyan counterpart, who paid close attention to the incident and pledged to make every effort in order to secure their safety and return, Tunisian foreign ministry stated. The Security Directorate of Zawiya announced yesterday its completion to all legal procedures for the return of the freed Tunisians to their country.
February 19, 2019 11:26 UTC
A court in Malta ordered a release on bail of a Libyan national imprisoned for hijacking an aircraft belonging to Afriqiyah Airways in 2016 and forcing it to land in Malta. The detainee was released after having spent the maximum period allowed in prison without trial. The lawyer of the accused, "Musa Shaha" said his client has the right to leave prison in accordance with Maltese law, on the expiration of the maximum period of 30 months in the pre-trial detention period provided by law.
February 19, 2019 11:26 UTC
Sameh Shoukri was spotted planting a tree in the “Grove of Nations” at Farmleigh Estate – Press PhotoCAIRO – 19 February 2019: Egypt's foreign minister was spotted planting a tree in the Grove of Nations at Farmleigh Estate on the second day of his visit to Ireland, marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Egyptian Embassy there.During his visit to Dublin, Sameh Shoukri held a panel discussion with members of the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA) on Monday, where they discussed the latest developments in the Middle East and the Egyptian vision concerning regional issues, Ministry spokesman Ahmed Hafez said.The minister discussed the current challenges facing the Middle East at the political, security and economic levels, which are by nature trans-boundary challenges that extend to many countries and regions of the world, Hafez said.The minister also reviewed regional developments,including the Syrian crisis, and the situation in Libya and Yemen, according to Hafez. Shoukri stressed Egypt's firm stance that is based on preserving the unity of the Arab countries and pushing forward political solutions.Egypt's stance aims at achieving peaceful settlement of all crises in the region and meeting the legitimate aspiration of the Arab peoples, Shoukri said. He also highlighted efforts to combat terrorism.Furthermore, Shoukri stressed the centrality of the Palestinian cause to the Arab people, and the importance of achieving stability in the entire region through reaching a comprehensive and just peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis based on the two-state solution, Hafez continued.The minister, in this regard, affirmed Egypt's fixed stance toward supporting the legitimate and longstanding rights of the Palestinian people. He also referred to Egypt's continuous efforts to unify the Palestinian factions and alleviate the suffering of the Palestinians, Hafez added.A mini-consultative meeting of a number of foreign ministers is scheduled for Tuesday to discuss the latest developments in the Middle East peace process.On Sunday, Shoukri held talks with Simon Coveney, the Irish foreign minister and deputy prime minister, to discuss means of boosting bilateral relations.During the meeting, they both reviewed the most prominent aspects of the economic and trade relations between Egypt and Ireland, which have witnessed a remarkable enhancement over the past four years, according to an official statement.Shoukri referred to promising opportunities for cooperation in many fields such as medicines, information and communications technology, renewable energy, milk and meat, the statement added.The meeting also highlighted the importance of declaring a direct flight between Cairo and Dublin, especially since Egypt has regained its status as one of the most prominent destinations for European tourists in 2018.Shoukri met on Friday with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, United Nations under-secretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference 2019.According to a Friday statement, Shoukri and Lacroix discussed the situation in several African countries, including Mali, Congo, South Sudan and Central Africa.Lacroix praised Egypt’s “vital role” in peacekeeping and supporting "Action for Peace" initiative supervised by the United Nations. He added that the initiative still needs more support from the UN members in order to reach more effective results.Lacroix also affirmed the importance of the continuing communication between Cairo and the UN, especially after Egypt received the chairmanship of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government for 2019.The Foreign Ministry’s statement pointed out that Egypt will continue its regional and international efforts to enhance peace and security in the entire African continent.
February 19, 2019 09:33 UTC
French Ambassador to Libya Beatrice de Helene congratulated the Libyan people on the eighth anniversary of the 17 February Revolution, expressing her hope that this year will be the year of growth and economic development for the country. The French ambassador reiterated during her meeting with the Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Council (PC), Ahmed Maiteeq, Monday, her country's support to the PC's government and increased prospects for mutual cooperation between the two friendly countries in various fields, as described.
February 19, 2019 09:11 UTC
OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top advisor quit on Monday amid allegations of political interference in the criminal prosecution of engineering giant SNC-Lavalin. In a statement, Butts “categorically” denied accusations that he personally applied undue pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould for an out-of-court settlement with the firm. The political crisis deepened last week with Wilson-Raybould’s surprise resignation, and the launch of an investigation by the independent ethics commissioner. But Wilson-Raybould refused to ask prosecutors to settle with the company, and the trial is set to proceed. Butts became close friends with Trudeau in university and over the next two decades would help chart Trudeau’s political future.
February 19, 2019 00:34 UTC