1) The Netherlands:
Gouda local council has given criminal Moroccan teenagers money to stop causing trouble. "We wanted to prevent matters from escalating further," said the council yesterday.Yes, you read that correctly - in The Netherlands the penalty for forming large gangs and robbing innocent people en masse is a cash grant to throw a party, plus a little something extra as a "thank you" for not committing more crime for its duration.
Some dozens of young Moroccans waylaid and robbed passers-by in December. They were 'bought off' by the municipality to keep them off the street around New Year's Eve. They received a combined 2,250 euros, shoved into an envelope, to organise a party, De Telegraaf reported yesterday.
Gouda has confirmed that it paid the troublemakers. "We wanted to prevent maters from escalating further. The youngsters themselves had presented a budget for the party. They had to say how much money they needed for hiring a disc-jockey, a bite to eat and drinks. For us, it was important that it should be quiet in the district around the turn of the year."
According to the council, it had to act quickly. "Although the money was handed over in cash, it was well-spent. Everyone was happy afterwards. We also gave five Moroccans a gift voucher for a book shop afterwards as a thank-you," says a spokeswoman.
Next time the geniuses at Gouda council feel money burning a hole in their pocket, they might like to consider that flights from The Netherlands to Morocco can be obtained for just under £200 per person - although I guess the handcuffs cost extra.
2) United Kingdom:
TWO rapists were wrestled to the cells as violent scenes erupted when they were put behind bars for a total of 17 years.
Sadiq Hussein, 20, and Abdillahi Adan, 18, hurled vicious abuse at their victim as they were each locked up for eight-and-a-half years. Hussein, of Chatsworth Drive, Edge Hill, and Adan, of Daniel Davies Drive, Toxteth, both denied rape, but were convicted by a jury.
The pair tried to jump from the dock and had to be restrained by security guards and police officers as they screamed threats and insults at their 18-year-old victim.
Liverpool Crown Court heard they had "preyed upon" their vulnerable victim and led her into Princes Park, Toxteth, after she asked for directions.
Judge David Aubrey QC said: "While you both raped her, one after the other, she was distressed, she was crying, she was crying for help and she was crying for you to stop.
"Her fear, anxiety, apprehension, trepidation is in my judgement immeasurable.
"But notwithstanding her cries for you to stop and her cries for help neither of you desisted."
I don't suppose there's any point in asking just what these two upstanding gentlemen were doing here in the first place?
Despite the judge's words, the brutality of the attack and their actions upon being sentenced (showing a violent, sociopathic disregard for everything, including authority, decency and reality), they'll both be out well before they're 30 to enrich someone else's life "beyond measure."
3) United States:
A Bosnian woman accused of trying to strangle her baby on Christmas Eve in Utica is blaming Serbs for her actions.
33-year-old Bosnian Muslim Saliha Mehmedovic told police and firefighters that she choked her baby until the baby turned blue.
Her lawyer, Patrick Marthage, says that Mehmedovic is too traumatized and mentally disturbed to ever truly explain why she choked her 2-½-month-old son Jasmin inside her home.
Marthage called Mehmedovic a “very tragic figure”.
“I think she was the victim of many atrocities in her native country,” Marthage said.
The reporters at the Observer-Dispatch were told that Serbs in Bosnia committed genocide, that Muslim women were massively raped and that Serbs victimized all Bosnian Muslims including Mehmedovic.
“Observer-Dispatch wants their readers to conclude that Serbs are to be blamed for Mehmedovic’s attempt to kill her own baby,” says a commentator.
Mehmedovic came to the US in 2000 with her boyfriend with whom she had a child that suffered a brain injury due to lack of oxygen allegedly at the hands of her boyfriends mother, also Bosnian Muslim.
The case is being prosecuted by First Assistant District Attorney Dawn Catera Lupi.