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Priti Patel on Friday night hit back at attempts by 82 black public figures to halt the deportation of up to 50 Jamaican criminals next week, saying she was "unapologetic" about removing people who posed a risk to the public. The 82, including Naomi Campbell, the historian David Olusoga and actors Naomie Harris and Thandie Newton, have written to airlines urging them not to carry the Jamaicans the Home Office wants to deport. They claimed that if next week's and other similar flights went ahead there was a risk of the unlawful removal of people who have the right to remain in the UK. However, Ms Patel's department issued a breakdown of the 50 Jamaicans' criminal records, which comprised a combined total prison sentence length of 294 years including two life sentences counted as 20 years each. The 50, whose offences included murder, rape drug dealing, child sex, grievous bodily harm, firearms possession, importing drugs, manslaughter and attempted murder, had an average sentence length of eight years and two months. The Home Office disclosed that a number of individuals had already been removed from the manifest due to appeals by specialist legal firms. Ms Patel said: "These dangerous foreign criminals have no place in our society, and I will not compromise the safety and security of the British people by letting them stay in our country. "The British public rightly expect foreign national offenders to be removed from our country. These people have violated our laws and values, and I am unapologetic in my determination to remove these convicted foreign rapists, murders, and child sex offenders from our country." Since April, the Home Office has run more than 30 enforced returns and deportation charter flight operations to countries including Albania, France, Germany, Ghana, Lithuania, Nigeria, Poland and Spain. One per cent of enforced returns in 2019 were to Jamaica. A spokesman said: "The Home Office is working to ensure these routes to Europe, Africa, and elsewhere in the world including Jamaica are more regular, sending a clear message to dangerous foreign criminals – if you break our laws, you will be removed."
The trial of an Iranian diplomat accused of plotting to bomb an opposition rally outside Paris has begun in Belgium in a case that has stoked tensions between Tehran and several European countries. The case shines another uncomfortable light on Iran's international activities, just as Tehran hopes for an easing of tension with the United States over Iran's nuclear programme.In June 2018, Belgian authorities thwarted what they said was an attempt to smuggle explosives to France to attack a meeting of one of Iran's exiled opposition movements.Later that year, the French government accused Iran's intelligence services of being behind the operation, a charge the Islamic Republic has furiously denied.Assadollah Assadi, a 48-year-old Iranian diplomat formerly based in Vienna, faces life in prison if convicted.The National Council of Resistance in Iran (NCRI), which includes the People's Mojahedin of Iran or MEK, organised a rally in Villepinte outside Paris on 30 June 2018.Several well-known international figures, including former US and British officials and Franco-Colombian former senator Ingrid Betancourt, and NCRI leader Maryam Rajavi were to attend.Explosives and a detonatorOn the same morning, Belgian police intercepted a Belgian-Iranian couple driving from Antwerp carrying half-a-kilo of explosives and a detonator.According to a report in Belgian newspaper The Standaard on 24 November, “Assadollah Assadi brought the explosives from Iran to Austria on a commercial flight,” quoting a letter from Belgian state security.The arrested couple, 36-year-old Nassimeh Naami and 40-year-old Amir Saadouni, join Assadi in the dock, alongside another alleged accomplice, Mehrdad Arefani, aged 57.All four are charged with attempting to carry out a terrorist attack and taking part in the activity of a terrorist group. All face life sentences.Assadi was arrested while he was travelling through Germany where he had no immunity from prosecution, being outside the country of his diplomatic posting.Arefani, an Iranian poet who had lived in Belgium for more than a decade, was arrested in France in 2018 after Belgium issued a European arrest warrant.What was the target of the alleged attack?The alleged bombing was aimed at a gathering organised by the National Council for Resistance in Iran (NCRI), the political wing of the People's Mujahedeen, or Mujaheddin-e-Khalk, MEK. The MEK was founded in 1965 by Massoud Rajavi, as a militant opposition group fighting the Shah and organised around a strict Marxist-Leninist hierarchy.Initially the group aimed to link up with Ayatollah Khomeini, but the religious leader banned them instead after he successfully overthrew the regime of the Shah in 1979.The MEK reacted with a massive, nationwide bombing campaign, which Tehran answered with waves of arrests and executions.The group then found refuge in Iraq where they were trained by troops of Saddam Hussein who put tanks and military equipment at their disposal.After Saddam’s demise, they eventually moved to a camp in Albania, funded using €17 million of US money intended to be used to “de-radicalise” the group's 3,000 members.MEK in FranceMeanwhile, the political wing of the MEK, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) found shelter in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small town outside Paris, where they have a walled compound.The group's current leader is Maryam Rajavi, wife of the founder Massoud Rajavi who disappeared in 2003. It is not known if he is still alive.In its fight, the group also targeted Americans and was on the State Department’s list of terrorist organisations from 1997 and on the EU terrorist list.But things had already started to change in 2002, when the MEK revealed Iran’s nuclear programme.The revelations, based on satellite pictures, triggered a massive international response resulting in calls for sanctions that were eventually imposed against Iran.During subsequent years of intensive lobbying, the NCRI managed to get itself off EU (2009) and US (2012) terrorist lists, presenting themselves as a democratic alternative to the current regime in Iran.Iran’s reactions to the trialOn 9 October, Reuters news agency reported that Assadolah Assadi had warned Belgian authorities of “possible retaliation by unidentified groups if he is found guilty,” quoting a police document. Iran Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh rejected the report as “shallow fabrication”.In a statement on 15 October, he protested Assadi’s arrest and extradition as “a move that is basically unlawful and in blatant violation of international practices and the contents of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations”. The Iranian state-controlled press did not directly react to the trial.The trial is scheduled to take two days. A ruling is not expected before early next year.
Some shoppers were turned away without a PlayStation 5 after waiting for hours in line at a GameStop in Marietta, Georgia, which had two of the new gaming consoles in stock for Black Friday.Alma Pearson-Redhead said she arrived at the Marietta GameStop at 4:30 am with plans to get her child a PS5, but she left at 6:45 am when employees announced the store was sold out of its inventory of two.Pearson-Redhead said she was the 25th person in line, adding that there were about 50 people waiting behind her. Credit: Alma Pearson-Redhead via Storyful
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A Brexit breakthrough on fishing could be close, with the EU set to formally recognise British sovereignty over UK waters, The Telegraph can reveal. Brussels has also accepted a British proposal for a transition period on fishing rights after January 1, but there is no agreement on how long it should last or how it should work. A fishing transition period would give Britain time to build up its fleet to catch its increased quota and EU fishermen more time to adapt to a smaller share of the fish in UK waters. Senior Government figures believe that tentative compromise is a prelude for the EU to cave to other British demands on fishing in the coming week of intensified negotiations in London. France, whose fishermen stand to lose most, heaped pressure on Michel Barnier, the Eu's chief negotiator, to stand firm. Clement Beaune, the French Europe Minister, said there would be no trade deal "without respecting European fishing interests". Mr Barnier warned that there were "significant" differences between the two sides on fishing, the "level playing field" guarantees and the deal's enforcement. He arrived in London on Friday, a week after a member of his team tested positive for coronavirus.
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