After three weeks with no formal charges Japanese police says they will issue a fresh arrest warrant accusing him of pocketing $2.6 million worth of Bitcoin deposits, which was mainly spent on buying software rights, but also includes $48,000 for a luxury bed. Police are also reportedly interested in questioning Karpeles about the disappearance of 850,000 coins worth 48 billion yen last year. They were valued at around $480 million at the time of the disappearance, and $387 million at current exchange rates.
Muchinguri, Zimbabwe’s environment minister, says the process to extradite Palmer from the United States is underway.
Unfortunately, it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin. We are appealing to the responsible authorities for his extradition to Zimbabwe so that he be made accountable. This must be condemned in the strongest possible terms by all genuine, animal-loving conservationists who believe in sustainable utilization of natural resources.
She also says Palmer’s use of a crossbow and arrow to shoot the lion before he was eventually shot and killed with a gun had breached Zimbabwe’s hunting rules.
Zille wins a five-year legal battle to obtain the so called “spy tapes”. The phone-taps are the basis of a 2009 decision by prosecutors to drop the charges against Zuma, saying there was political involvement in decision to press charges, just before the election in which he became President. Zille, who asked for the tapes so that the decision can be re-assessed, walks out of the High Court in Pretoria with a “tamper evident security bag” containing transcripts of recordings and a memory stick. Zille:
South Africa’s democracy depends on this case. No-one is above the law.
Zuma denies the charges, insisting he is the victim of a “political conspiracy” hatched by his opponents in the governing ANC to prevent him from becoming president.
By requesting an Interpol Red Notice, Kenya has activated a global ‘tripwire’ for this fugitive. Through the Interpol Red Notice, Kenyan authorities have ensured that all 190 member countries are aware of the danger posed by this woman, not just across the region but also worldwide.
Red Notices contain details about identification and judicial information. They request that member countries arrest the individual pending extradition.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issues a warrant (document) to seize money from Mt. Gox’s US subsidiary’s account with payment processor Dwolla. The warrant suggests the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an investigative branch of the DHS, feels the subsidiary, which should have been licensed by the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), has been operating as an unregistered money transmitter in the United States.
In order to accept funds in dollars, Mt. Gox opened a Wells Fargo business account for Mutum Sigillum LLC (Mt. Gox’s American subsidiary). The company had to complete a document that states whether it provides money services or not. The warrant reads: “That document was completed on May 20, 2011, and identified Mutum Sigillum LLC as a business not engaged in money services.”
In particular, Karpeles answered no to two important questions: “Do you deal in or exchange currency for your customer?” and “Does your business accept funds from customers and send the funds based on customers’ instructions (Money Transmitter)?”
Kenyan authorities reveal that they have charged Lewthwaite with possession of acetone, hydrogen peroxide, ammonium nitrate, sulfur, lead nitrate, batteries, a switch and electrical wire, as well as charging her with conspiracy to cause an explosion. They claim that she, Jermaine Grant and another radicalized Briton named Habib Saleh Ghani planned Christmas 2011 attacks on luxury tourist hotels along Kenya’s coast. As part of a terrorist cell, the three allegedly rented several houses in Mombasa, including at least two close to resorts. Raids on the houses in late December and January found bomb-making equipment as well as an assault rifle, ammunition and plastic bags stuffed with cash. Kenya’s assistant director of public prosecutions says:
Samantha Lewthwaite was charged in absentia and a warrant of arrest issued against her. She is still at large.
Kenyan police issue a warrant for the arrest of Natalie Faye Webb. Investigators say that the woman is using three separate identities and one of them is Samantha Lewthwaite. An anonymous police source in Nairobi says:
We have had some positive feedback from publishing her picture, and I can say the dragnet is closing. I can give no details, but suffice it to say that we believe she is not a small fish. She is among several Britons that our intelligence service is aware of in relation to terrorists’ plans to attack us.
Guzman is indicted on drug smuggling and money laundering charges as a result of an investigation in the Pocono mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.