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A married couple have wept in court as they faced money laundering charges linked to an international drug smuggling plot worth an estimated £15m.
Yifan Zhao, a university lecturer living in England, and his wife, Guo Huimin, both appeared at Newtownards Magistrates Court, County Down.
Police alleged the pair laundered more than £750,000 for a gang who smuggled "skunk" cannabis into Northern Ireland.
The couple, from Longleat Court, Milton Keynes, were remanded in custody.
'National Crime Agency'The 35-year-old lecturer and his 34-year-old wife cried uncontrollably throughout the 20 minute hearing in Newtownards.
Advertisement They are jointly charged with four offences including possessing criminal property, converting criminal property - namely cash - entering a criminal arrangement to acquire criminal property and cheating the public revenue.
The offences are all alleged to have taken place between 18 April 2013 and 25 March this year.
A detective constable told the court that the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have been working in conjunction the National Crime Agency (NCA) in an operation that began last February.
The joint operation has resulted in multiple arrests and searches in Northern Ireland and Italy, and the seizure of various items, including financial documents.
'Lawful business'The office said police had seized documents that indicated a total of £760,000 had been put through the couples' bank account, with many lodgements coming from across the UK.
The lecturer claimed their money had come from his university salary and from lawful business ventures including the buying and selling of cosmetic products.
A defence solicitor said his clients could be safely released if their bank accounts and assets were frozen and their passports surrendered, claiming they had made "proper tax returns".
However, the detective constable said police disputed the accused's claims that they had obtained the money lawfully and alleged they were "benefitting from this smuggling operation".
He said police were "strongly opposed to bail" as there was a serious risk the couple would flee the UK.
To date, nine other people who were accused of involvement in the international drug plot have been charged with a range of offences including conspiracy to smuggle class B cannabis and money laundering.
The smuggling charges arose after PSNI officers recovered £800,000 of strong cannabis, known as skunk, along with cash during searches in Belfast, Greenisland, Bangor, Newtownards and Ballywalter.
Eight other suspects have also been questioned in Italy following raids on three cannabis factories in the Prato and Bologna areas.
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New regulation of Private Investigators to be introducedFrom:Home Office and The Rt Hon Theresa May MP History:Published 31 July 2013 Part of:Helping the police fight crime more effectively and Crime and policing The Home Office is to introduce a new system of regulation for private investigators to protect the public from unscrupulous activity.
Operating as an unlicensed private investigator will become a criminal offence, Home Secretary Theresa May announced on Wednesday (31 July).
The current arrangements, under which the system is not regulated, allows anyone to work as a private investigator, regardless of their skills, experience or criminal convictions. This presents a high risk of rogue investigators unlawfully infringing on the privacy of individuals.
New regulationThe Home Office is introducing new regulation of private investigators to put a stop to this and help ensure the public is protected against unscrupulous activity.
All investigative activities that are carried out for the purposes of publishing legitimate journalistic material will be excluded from regulation.
The Home Secretary said:
It is vital we have proper regulation of private investigators to ensure rigorous standards in this sector and the respect of individuals’ rights to privacy.
That is why I am announcing today the Government’s intention to regulate this industry, making it a criminal offence to operate as a private investigator without a licence.
Anyone with a criminal conviction for data protection offences can expect to have their application for a licence refused. Journalists will be excluded from regulation to allow them to carry out legitimate investigations in the public interest.
SIA to grant licencesLicences will only be granted by the Security Industry Authority when an applicant has successfully:
New regime to begin next yearThe regulation of private investigators will be introduced as quickly as possible and the new regime will begin next year.
The maximum penalty for working as an unlicensed private investigator or supplying unlicensed investigators will be a fine of up to £5,000 and up to six months in prison.
The Home Office’s Command Paper response to the Home Affairs Select Committee report on private investigators can be found here.
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Government launches two inquiries into Westminster child sex scandal... neither led by judge The PM sent his Home Secretary Theresa May into the Commons to declare the inquiry will not be led by a judge who has the power to summon witnesses and seize papers
Inquiry: Leon Brittan, Theresa May and David Cameron David Cameron today pledged any investigation into claims of child sex abuse in British institutions would leave no stone unturned in its hunt for the truth.
But the PM then sent his Home Secretary Theresa May into the Commons to declare the inquiry will not be led by a judge who has the power to summon witnesses and seize papers.
Critics said that means suspected paedophiles would not be forced to co-operate with the investigation.
And while Mrs May’s announcement of a sweeping inquiry sent shock waves through the establishment some insisted it did not go far enough.
It will look into claims of child sex abuse within political parties, the Church, the BBC, police and security services.
And she also revealed a separate probe into claims the Home Office covered up allegations of assaults for two decades.
Her announcement came as former Tory Cabinet minister Lord Brittan confirmed he had been quizzed by police over claims he raped a 19-year-old student at his London flat in 1967.
Conservative MP Mark Reckless led the criticism of Mrs May’s inquiry. He said: “I think many MPs would like to see a judge-led inquiry. It could subpoena witnesses, and require documents, and that’s a big difference.
“Certainly people who are looking at criminal prosecutions, I don’t think anyone would expect them to co-operate, or would be surprised if they did.
“The particular concerns people have I think go to Westminster and whether there’s been an establishment cover-up. That we have to get to the heart of.”
Labour MP Michael McCann added: “We need a judge-led inquiry, not a half-way house announced today.
“Why when there is so much evidence of vile abuse taking placed are we having this half-way house? Theresa May should be showing leadership.”
AFP British Home Secretary Theresa May speaks to the House of Commons
Labour’s Rob Flello said: “I don’t understand why the Home Secretary is not launching public inquiry straight away into child abuse.”
Mr Cameron had for months rejected calls for an inquiry.
But a Mirror investigation into claims a rising Labour star allegedly abused youngsters at a children’s home in Lambeth, South London, during the 80s, sparked a flood of demands from MPs for a probe.
The PM said: “I am absolutely determined that we are going to get to the bottom of these allegations.
“We’re going to leave no stone unturned to find out the truth.
“It’s important the police feel they can go wherever the evidence leads and they can make the appropriate arrangements to investigate these things properly.”
The inquiry will be the biggest ever into child sex abuse claims within our institutions. A panel of experts in law and child protection will form a Hillsborough-style panel to look at the scale of the alleged attacks.
This could be upgraded into a full public inquiry if the chairman – who has yet to be chosen – demanded. Mrs May said the panel would have access to government papers, including those from MI5.
And it will look at claims that party whips – MPs responsible for discipline in Westminster – covered up sex abuse claims in the 70s and 80s.
Labour MP Lisa Nandy quizzed the Home Secretary about those allegations, made in the 90s by former MP Tim Fortescue,.
She said: “He told how the whips office routinely helped MPs with scandals, including those ‘involving small boys’.”
Mrs May replied: “It is not my intention that political parties should be outside the scope of the inquiry.”
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The move is expected to lead to a wave of fresh complaints from victims and witnesses.
Speaking of the years of abuse by Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, jailed last week, Mrs May said: “We have seen appalling cases of organised and persistent child sex abuse.”
She insisted there would be “maximum transparency” in the inquiry – but only if it did not interfere with police probes.
She said: “Wherever institutions and individuals have failed to protect children from harm we will expose those failures.”
The report will not be ready before the 2015 general election – though it will update Parliament before May.
Children’s Society Chief Executive Matthew Reed welcomed the inquiry.
He said: “There is mounting evidence that the very authorities in place to protect children from child abuse have often failed to do so.”
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Labour MP Simon Danczuk added: “There will be Parliamentarians worried about where this inquiry is going.”
NSPCC boss Peter Wanless will investigate claims the Home Office failed to act on claims of child sex abuse in a dossier handed over in the 80s.
Lord Brittan said he welcomed that probe as he broke his silence over the rape allegations.
He said: “It is true I have been questioned about a serious allegation made against me. This is wholly without foundation.”
A Home Office review had ruled the peer handed the sex abuse dossier to officials before it vanished. But he said claims he failed to deal with the situation properly are “completely without foundation”.
Lord Brittan spoke as Tory grandee Peter Bottomley warned he would sue over a smear campaign linking him to a London guest house at the centre of VIP paedophile claims.
He said: “It’s a place I have not been to.”
The threat came as former leader of the Paedophile Information Exchange claimed he stored its vile material at the Home Office.
Steven Smith, jailed in 2011 for possessing indecent child images, worked there in the 70s and 80s.
He said: “PIE’s material was stored in locked cabinets there, where no police raid would have found them.”
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I talked with a gentleman recently about this subject of terrorist financing. Actually I had tried on numerous occasions to get him to grant me a telephone or email interview and about gave up hope, until out of the blue he sent me an email indicating his willingness to grant me a brief interview. Because he holds a very senior level in government, and various other privacy and security concerns he didn’t want me to use his name, location or reveal any contact information. As a journalist I have to honor such requests, otherwise I would never be granted the interview to begin with.
We started off by talking generally about the subject and I made note of the following:
1) The primary currency used in the “terror economy” was the US dollar, specifically the 100 dollar note. That was sort of shocking to me.
2) Most of the money generated by terrorists come from criminal and illegal activities, including “extortion, kidnapping, counterfeiting, credit card fraud and human trafficking”, just to name a few.
See article: Drug trafficking and the financing of terrorism http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/drug-trafficking-and-the-financing-of-terrorism.html
See also: Growing links between crime and terrorism the focus of UN forumhttp://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37780#.U4nmKmJdXfI
3) About 75% of all monies generated by terrorists were those derived from legitimate businesses and donations from businessmen. Other funding sources include mosques, charitable organizations & institutions, non governmental organizations.
See article: Islamic charity officials gave millions to al-Qaeda, U.S. says http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/islamic-charity-officials-gave-millions-to-al-qaeda-us-says/2013/12/22/e0c53ad6-69b8-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html
See also: A Financial Profile of the Terrorism of Al-Qaeda and its Affiliates http://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/index.php/pot/article/view/113/html
4) That most of the money generated from those criminal and illegal activities were “laundered” into US dollars, much of it inside the United States by the way, where it is then moved to places like Europe through shell banks and offshore facilities.
See article: HSBC Exposed U.S. Financial System to Money Laundering, Drug, Terrorist Financing Risks http://www.hsgac.senate.gov/subcommittees/investigations/media/hsbc-exposed-us-finacial-system-to-money-laundering-drug-terrorist-financing-risks
5) Terrorists financing is a highly dynamic, complex phenomenon, which constantly changes all the time.
6) Other funding sources include governments such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Palestinian Authority and the United States – yes I said the United States (which funds terrorism and terrorist groups in Syria fighting against the Assad regime).
See article: USA Admit to Funding Terrorists http://friendsofsyria.co/enemies-of-syria/usa-admit-to-funding-terrorists/
See video: US funds terrorism – giving guns to al-Qaeda in Syria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4urs0dwoUak
See article: American Tax Dollars Pay Palestinian Terrorists’ Salaries http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/11/author-american-tax-dollars-pay-palestinian-terrorists-salaries/
See article: US is the largest funding source to the Taliban in Afghanistan http://groundreport.com/us-is-the-largest-funding-source-to-the-taliban-in-afghanistan/
See article: US funding terrorists and seeking to undermine Syrian government http://www.examiner.com/article/us-funding-terrorists-and-seeking-to-undermine-syrian-government
See article: US funding the bad guys in Syria http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981925802
See article: US helping to train and arm Islamic mercenaries to fight in Syria http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/global-intelligence-files/161/us-helping-to-train-and-arm-islamic-mercenaries-to-fight-in-syria/10595/
See video: Tackling terrorist financing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-KaYs4XOy4
See video: ASF 2011: Financing terror http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaTrnbmBUMg
Investigators employed by Wilsons Consultancy Private Detectives Agency based in their office in South West London were crucial in investigating Rolf Harris
The Internet has made dating so much easier. Match.com and the likes are raking in the cash!!!! As people are getting married, so are people getting single. In fact, the divorce rate has tripled in the last decade. Thanks to the 7 years itch and other numerous factors, relationships and marriages are falling apart. (Hopefully that wouldn’t be you) lol!
Have you ever done a background check on anyone you were dating or had him/her flowed by a private detective only to come up with nothing? Sometimes you even find close family and friends helping you out with this without your consent. What if you thought he/she was having an affair only to discover that they are innocent? I personally will feel completely stupid!! Now you can deal with your emotions but when your significant other finds out, it’s a different story completely. You have no control over the other person’s reaction. He/She might leave or stay, throw the biggest fit ever, anything can happen. Once they find out, it usually opens the door to insecurities. Then questions arise “Don’t you trust me?” then the big question, “Why are we even together if you cant trust me?”
Truth is no matter how hard you try to explain, it still wouldn’t sit well with the other person. It takes a very logical person to understand the basis for your actions. If when there is no basis for it. And yes, you will have to go through the long and painful process of apologizing, asking for forgiveness, and pulling all the stops to make the person feel special. This could cost more than the amount you spent on hiring a private investigator!!
Now lets flip the script, shall we? What would you do if you discovered that your significant other had you followed and investigated by a private detective? Would you end the relationship? How would you react?
Everybody wants a fresh start. And I mean every single soul. Just think about it. You wish could always do something better. Be it relationships or any other part of life, there is always something that you could have done a tad bit better. If you had the opportunity to go back in time you would do and undo. Some people want a new start in life and completely erase their identity. They change their name and every thing about them. Some even go as far as Birthday date change, Falsify birth certificates and other things all in the bid to erase their pasts. For many it has helped them transition in life successfully.
In a relationship, I personally prefer complete honesty. Let me know before I find out. Some people believe what you don’t know wont kill you. I disagree but hey that’s my opinion.
Now my big question or wonder is this -Is it right to keep your past from your spouse? A lady who once was a junkie (drug addict) and a prostitute was trying to start over. She changed her name, changed location and started a brand new life. She met this great guy and as most love stories go, they fell in love and got married. The most interesting thing about this was that she didn’t tell him about her past. Rather, she went as far as telling lies to cover up her past. Many years past, she had a beautiful daughter.
One day she dropped of her daughter in school, her old pimp came under a disguise and cunningly kidnaped her daughter. Now no one knew (not even her) who had done such a thing. Her husband wondered what was going on. He had never offended anyone and to the best of his knowledge so did his wife. He always thought he had a great family, very active in the community and at church. There was no reason for him to be a victim of such. After many investigations, the truth came out. His saint of a wife was not always a saint. The truth was finally out in the open. His now church going, beautiful wife was formerly a notorious prostitute and junkie. She had even done jail time for drug possession.
His heart was broken! How could she lie to him? What other lies has she told? Is there even a truth to anything she had said to him? This nearly ended their home. Now we all know how difficult it is for men to stomach such shocking news. He blamed his wife for the kidnap of their daughter. He threatened to kill her if their daughter doesn’t show up alive. The mere sight of her disgusted him. At a point, he nearly raped her in one of his drunken episode. The “bottle” became his comfort.
Sometimes nosey relatives and in-laws hire private investigators to snoop around the Childs spouse’s past. They don’t like you and they looking for every possible way to get out their son or daughters life so they start snooping around for dirt. And boy do they find out a lot. Criminal Records, Changed identity, secret children, and others. Rather than lose everything to a lie isn’t it wise to just tell the truth? I’ve heard of lies to protect. I’ve never seen a lie help anyone but hey the floor is open what do you think? Do you think its wise to lie in a relationship, just to protect? Please share your opinions below i'd like to know.
Cheating is such a cliché these days. I bet that private investigators make a lot of money from spouses spying on one another for the truth. Private Investigators see a lot of things when employed in a relationship dilemma. Name it and the have seen it. The secretly gay husband, (check), the lover of prostitutes (check), the bigamist (check) etc. They’ve seen it all, Most especially those who have been long in the private detective business. Once hired, they uncover a whole lot of rubbish that would stun you. Now one of the most common mysteries they uncover is the cheating husband and the other woman or women.
Lets create a scenario, shall we?
A married man with the perfect family, very beautiful and loving wife and wonderful children. He earns £100,000 a year. Life is going good for them. They look like the perfect family. He seems madly in love with his wife. (Lets call them the Smith family). Mrs. Smith believes her husband can do no wrong. Asides from the little disagreements that is normal in every relationship. All is well in paradise. Mr. Smith Rushes off to work one fateful morning and leaves his phone behind. Mrs. Smith sees it and tries to call him back but he is too far gone to hear. She walks in the house and here comes a message on his phone. Out of curiosity, she opens it up. She sees a picture of a naked woman in sexually provocative position. She is shocked and too weak to stand up. She is weak to the knees so she takes a seat. She can’t believe it!! She decides to go through his phone and text messages. WOW! Pandora’s box was indeed opened. Full of inappropriate texts messages, nude photos, dirty sex talk and everything that goes against fidelity in a relationship. Could this be a dream? She hires a private detective to dig deeper for her and she gets more than she ever bargained for. Now she knows the truth about her "beloved" husband.
She decides to confront Mr. Smith and of course, he denies it. Then she presents the evidence. Phone records, Credit Card Bills, Pictures, Text Messages and even e-mails. Now Mr. Smith has no other defense mechanism. He breaks down and starts pleading for forgiveness and confesses that he is a sex addict. That he would try to make things better. He begins to say how much she means the world to him and yadyayadyada . Too many women face this everyday. This is just a titbit of what they experience.
Now this is my question? Are there really Sex Addicts out there or do men use this to cover their cheating ways?. I mean its quite weird to see that after a man has been caught he uses the sex addict card. So I’m just wondering is it really a diagnosed illness or is it just a lie people use to cover up their tricks.