SYDNEY， Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- One of Australia's longest running murder trials ended Thursday， as a jury delivered a guilty verdict convicting Robert Xie， 53， of murdering all five members of the Lin family in their home in Sydney in 2009.
Xie pled not guilty to murdering his wife Kathy Lin's relatives in their North Epping residence on July 18， 2009.
After seven years， and four different hearings， Xie is facing life in prison after the New South Wales Supreme Court jury handed down its decision in one of Australia's longest ever murder trials.
In their arguments， the prosecution said Xie was fuelled by resentment at his inferior status within the Lin family， sedated his wife in the early hours of the night， crept 300 meters to their home， and turned off the electricity， before bludgeoning Min Lin， 45， Yun Lin， 44， Yun Bin Lin， 39， Henry Lin， 12， and Terry Lin， 9， to death.
Throughout the trial， Xie maintained his innocence， with his defence team insisting that it would have been impossible for one man to have committed the crime， and questioning the Crown's DNA and witness evidence.
The jury， unable to reach a unanimous verdict， returned with an 11-1 majority determination.
As the judgement was handed down， Xie stood up and rejected the verdict as the jury was dismissed.
"I did not murder the Lin family，" Xie said. "I am innocent."
WASHINGTON puma velvet creepers uk , July 24 (Xinhua) -- Turkey has agreed to allow U.S. manned and unmanned warplanes to launch air raids on the Islamic State (IS) extremist group from airbases on Turkish soil, according to U.S. media reports on Friday.
The agreement, which would allow U.S. warplanes to engage in anti-IS campaign from the Turkish bases of Incirlik and Diyarbakir, was sealed late Wednesday after a phone call between U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The New York Times quoted anonymous U.S. officials as saying.
The new pact would facilitate the U.S. bombing of IS targets, as the two airbases are located much closer to the Syrian border than Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan, where U.S. air raids on the IS were currently launched.
A statement from the White House on Wednesday after the phone call just said that the two leaders discussed deepening cooperation in the fight against the IS, as well as efforts to " bring security and stability to Iraq and a political settlement to the conflict in Syria." It didn't mention any agreement on the use of airbases in Turkey.
The New York Times report also said that the United States would not openly talk about the pact until the Turkish government "acknowledged it publicly."
Describing the pact as a "game changer," U.S. officials reportedly said that recent IS attacks on Turkish targets had played a vital role in Turkey's decision to play a more direct and aggressive part in fighting the extremist group.
by Neil Madden
STRASBOURG, July 19 (Xinhua) -- Britain's laws governing the mass surveillance of citizens and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) came under attack last week.
Following revelations that the UK security services monitoring agency GCHQ had spied on a number of civil liberties and human rights groups, including Amnesty International, Liberty and Privacy International, Amnesty wrote a letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron demanding an independent inquiry.
The surveillance was ruled unlawful under the UK's Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), an independent judicial body which hears complaints about surveillance by public bodies, including the security services.
The IPT found a breach of article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) on account of the fact that the intercepted communications of Amnesty were retained for a longer period than envisaged under GCHQ's internal policies.
On July 14, Dutch politician Pieter Omtzigt, rapporteur on mass surveillance for the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), joined the call by Amnesty International for an independent inquiry into the surveillance of human rights organizations.
"Neither Amnesty International, nor any other serious human rights organisations, can by any stretch of the imagination be considered as a terrorist threat to national security, which is the excuse the (American) NSA and their allies have used to justify mass surveillance of innocent people all over the world," he said.
"The work of (human rights) groups is vital for the functioning of our democracies and their interlocutors, who are often victims of serious human rights violations, and are particularly vulnerable," said Omtzigt.
In April 2015, the PACE adopted a report by Omtzigt condemning the mass surveillance practices disclosed by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden and called for an intelligence code of practice banning, among other things, untargeted mass surveillance and spying among allies.
"The Prime Minister needs to explain why the UK government is subjecting law-abiding human rights organizations to surveillance," said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's secretary-general. "This revelation makes it vividly clear that mass surveillance has gone too far. We must have proper checks and balances."
Kate Allen, Amnesty UK's director, added: "It's absolutely shocking that Amnesty International's private correspondence was deemed fair game to UK spooks (spies), who have clearly lost all sense of what is proportionate or appropriate. A key measure of a free society is how it treats its charities and NGOs. If Amnesty International is being spied on, then is anyone safe."
One problem seems to be that laws governing surveillance have not kept pace with technology. A report released last week by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a think tank, highlighted key technical 'blind spots' in current GCHQ . Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Online Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Cheap NBA Jerseys Wholesale College Basketball Jerseys Cheap Authentic Soccer Jerseys