Three arrests in reopened Zongo murder investigation

first_img French reporter says he has been kidnapped in northeastern Mali News May 5, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News The three suspects arrested and charged on 12 December are former members of the Presidential Security Regiment (RSP), which protected President Blaise Compaoré until his fall from power last year.“These arrests send a strong signal of the new authorities’ determination to combat impunity,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The justice system must keep going and must do whatever is necessary to unmask those behind this murder. After 17 years, the leading suspects have died and the instigators have yet to be identified.” The editor of the weekly L’Indépendant, Zongo was found murdered in December 1998, shortly after he had begun investigating the death in detention of David Ouédraogo, who was the driver of François Compaoré, the then president’s brother and adviser.The investigation into Zongo’s murder was reopened in March, four months after President Compaoré’s departure, but had made little progress until now despite a 5 June ruling by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights calling on Burkina Faso to resume the investigation.RSF has closely followed the investigation from the outset. Ever since the creation of an initial commission of enquiry six day’s after Zongo’s death, RSF had repeatedly criticized the Compaoré administration’s interference in the judicial process. In 2001, RSF filed a complaint against President Compaoré in France, accusing him of torture, but the French judicial authorities closed the case without taking any action. After the Zongo murder investigation was closed in Burkina Faso in 2006, RSF tried unsuccessfully to get it reopened by submitting new evidence.Burkina Faso is ranked 46th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Receive email alerts Burkina FasoAfrica June 7, 2021 Find out more Burkina FasoAfrica News Help by sharing this information December 21, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Three arrests in reopened Zongo murder investigation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails the arrests of three suspects in the newly revived investigation into journalist Norbert Zongo’s murder in 1998 and urges Burkina Faso’s judicial authorities to press ahead with their investigation and, in particular, to identify the murder’s instigators. to go further News Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Follow the news on Burkina Faso Organisation last_img read more

Environmental signals in a highly resolved ice core from James Ross Island, Antarctica

first_imgThe accumulation, isotopic and chemical signals of an ice core from James Ross Island, Antarctica, are investigated for the interval from 1967 to 2008. Over this interval, comparison with station, satellite and reanalysis data allows for a detailed assessment of the environmental information preserved in the ice. Accumulation at James Ross Island is enhanced during years when the circumpolar westerlies are weak, allowing more precipitation events to reach the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula. The stable water isotope composition of the ice core has an interannual temperature dependence consistent with the spatial isotope‐temperature gradient across Antarctica, and preserves information about both summer and winter temperature variability in the region. Sea salts in the ice core are derived from open water sources in the marginal sea ice zone to the north of James Ross Island and transported to the site by strengthened northerly and westerly winds in the winter. A strong covariance with temperature means that the sea salt record may be able to be utilized, in conjunction with the isotope signal, as an indicator of winter temperature. Marine biogenic compounds in the ice core are derived from summer productivity within the sea ice zone to the south of James Ross Island. This source region may have become significant only in recent decades, when the collapse of nearby ice shelves established new sites of open water with high summer productivity. These findings provide a foundation for interpreting the environmental signals in the James Ross Island ice core, which extends though the whole Holocene and represents the oldest ice core that has been recovered from the Antarctic Peninsula region.last_img read more

OPM Chocolate,

first_imgOPM Chocolate, the division of OPM that supplies solutions for the confectionery industry, and represented in the UK by Hänsel UK (Peterborough, Cambs), has introduced an electronic piston-type forming machine for depositing fat, cream or sugar-based chocolate.Made from stainless steel, it has a double jacket to allow water circulation and an easily removable horizontal mixer.last_img