Posts tagged ‘family’

July 11, 2011

Mathers family ‘unhappy’ with HET

Joanne and Shane Mathers Joanne Mathers and her son Shane The DUP MP Gregory Campbell has said he has written to the Historical Enquiries Team, calling for a review into the investigation of the murder of Joanne Mathers in Londonderry in 1981.


The mother-of-one was shot dead by the IRA as she collected census forms.


Mr Campbell said her family are unhappy with how the investigation is being handled.


The HET said it does not comment on the specifics of individual cases.


It had launched a fresh investigation into the killing in March after Lowry Mathers made a public appeal for his wife’s case to be reopened.


Mr Campbell said the family had asked him to write to the HET to express their concerns.


“The HET had several meetings with the family and they put forward a series of questions, hoping to get some clarification,” he said.


“They wanted to know if there was any attempt to get exhibits from the time of the shooting.


“They wanted to know were certain people questioned. The answer was no.


“The family said they would be prepared to go on a public platform and appeal for information, they were told ‘we don’t do that’.


“It was a very negative approach on all fronts.”


Mr Campbell said the family also want the HET to ask Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness if he has knowledge that could help identify her killers.


The HET said it works with families on a confidential basis and at the conclusion of the review process, provides a comprehensive report detailing its findings.

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July 11, 2011

Family admits drowned boy neglect

 Daniel Marshall Rees-Smith Daniel drowned in the pond in his grandmother’s garden in Hanham A mother, father and grandmother have pleaded guilty to neglect after a toddler drowned in a garden pond.


Daniel Marshall Rees-Smith was found dead at his grandmother’s home in Hanham, near Bristol, in June 2010.


Grandmother Hilary Rees, 44, and mother Charlotte Rees-Smith, 19, pleaded guilty to child cruelty and neglect from April 2009 until June 2010.


Father Andrew Marshall, 21, pleaded guilty to neglect relating to the death.


Rupert Lowe, prosecuting, said: “The pleas offered represent responsibility taken by all three defendants who the Crown says bear responsibility for what happened to Daniel Rees-Smith.”


Mr Lowe said the pleas were accepted after discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service and the police.

‘Unnecessary suffering’

The prosecution dropped manslaughter charges against all three family members.


Ms Rees, of Mount Hill Road, Hanham; Ms Rees-Smith of Hicks Court, St George, Bristol, and Mr Marshall from Wrington, Somerset, spoke only to enter their pleas and confirm they understood proceedings.


The charge alleged the trio “neglected, abandoned, or exposed Daniel Rees-Smith in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health”.


Daniel was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital after emergency services were called to the house on Mount Hill Road at 2245 BST on 4 June 2010.


Doctors were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead.


The three members of the family are due to be sentenced at a later date.

June 30, 2011

All About Lifestyles Summer-2010 exhibition

KARACHI, June 24: The Dawn Media Group’s “All About Lifestyles Summer-2010” exhibition opens at 3pm on Friday at the Karachi Expo Centre. The family-only event will continue on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 10pm. According to the organisers, the exhibition brings over 200 exhibitors of the finest brands and more than 300,000 visitors together every year. Spread over six halls and the entire complex of the Expo Centre, this year’s event will have the added attraction of Faces & Places, a photographic exhibition displaying works by Tapu Javeri, Owais Yakub, Imran Awan, Shah Murad and Zain Mankani, they said in a press release. Lifestyle Exhibition is biggest Exhibition Till now in Expo Centre Karchi. This 3 day Exhibition is Starting from Friday 25 June 2010 in All Halls of Expo Centre. Visitors have chance to get free gifts & discount rate products. Local, National & multinational companies stalls will sell & promote their products. There is no Entry fee neither Passes. Free entry with families. Event will start 11:00 Am on 25th June & End on 27th June at 08:00 PM.

June 30, 2011

Bin Laden son seeks to free family in Pakistan

Omar bin Laden requested that Pakistan should help the children of Osama bin Laden to go wherever they want to go. PHOTO: REUTERS

DOHA: A son of Osama bin Laden said he is working with the United Nations to obtain his family’s release from Pakistan after the US raid that killed the former al Qaeda leader in May.

Omar bin Laden, who has written an autobiographical book, also said he doubted if his father was dead after US President Barack Obama decided not to publish photographs from the raid.

“I want to send a message to the leaders of Pakistan: they should help the children of Osama bin Laden to go wherever they want to go. The Pakistani government should protect them, because they are just innocent children and women,” Omar bin Laden told Reuters.

Omar, who is said to bear little resemblance to his father, said he has been based in the Qatari capital for a year to start his own property development company, Qatar bin Laden Group.

The bin Laden family amassed fortunes in construction and real estate, wealth that enabled Osama to fund and plan attacks against the United States and its ally Saudi Arabia, which he accused of going against the principles of Islam.

After the attacks in New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden was the subject of a massive manhunt that forced him into hiding.

At his last hiding place, a compound north of Islamabad, one of bin Laden’s widows Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, along with two other wives and several children, were among 15 or 16 people detained by Pakistani authorities. He is believed to have about 20 children from several wives.

Pakistan has blamed intelligence lapses for a failure to detect bin Laden, while Washington has worked to establish whether its ally had sheltered the al Qaeda leader, a charge Islamabad vehemently denies.

Omar said all of his relatives except for his sister Fatima and her husband have left Iran, where several of Osama bin Laden’s children with his first wife Najwa fled in 2001.

“Thank god all except one have gotten out,” Omar said.

He added that he was not convinced his father was killed in the US military operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May. He was also unsure whether his father had lived for five uninterrupted years at the compound where the raid took place.

“Why hasn’t the US shown the photos? If we haven’t seen the body, we can’t be completely sure,” he said.

US authorities say they decided not to release pictures because of the potential to incite violence and be used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.

Omar said, however, that he was sure his brother Khalid was killed in the raid: “I saw the picture, and knew it was him.”

Osama bin Laden’s fourth-eldest son, Omar broke with his father in 2001 after living in Afghanistan for much of 1996 to 2001.

In “Growing up bin Laden,” a book written by US author Jean Sasson with Omar bin Laden and his mother, Omar said he wanted to tell his story to show the damage done by war.

June 30, 2011

Bin Laden son seeks to free family in Pakistan

Omar bin Laden requested that Pakistan should help the children of Osama bin Laden to go wherever they want to go. PHOTO: REUTERS

DOHA: A son of Osama bin Laden said he is working with the United Nations to obtain his family’s release from Pakistan after the US raid that killed the former al Qaeda leader in May.

Omar bin Laden, who has written an autobiographical book, also said he doubted if his father was dead after US President Barack Obama decided not to publish photographs from the raid.

“I want to send a message to the leaders of Pakistan: they should help the children of Osama bin Laden to go wherever they want to go. The Pakistani government should protect them, because they are just innocent children and women,” Omar bin Laden told Reuters.

Omar, who is said to bear little resemblance to his father, said he has been based in the Qatari capital for a year to start his own property development company, Qatar bin Laden Group.

The bin Laden family amassed fortunes in construction and real estate, wealth that enabled Osama to fund and plan attacks against the United States and its ally Saudi Arabia, which he accused of going against the principles of Islam.

After the attacks in New York and Washington on Sept. 11, 2001, Osama bin Laden was the subject of a massive manhunt that forced him into hiding.

At his last hiding place, a compound north of Islamabad, one of bin Laden’s widows Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah, along with two other wives and several children, were among 15 or 16 people detained by Pakistani authorities. He is believed to have about 20 children from several wives.

Pakistan has blamed intelligence lapses for a failure to detect bin Laden, while Washington has worked to establish whether its ally had sheltered the al Qaeda leader, a charge Islamabad vehemently denies.

Omar said all of his relatives except for his sister Fatima and her husband have left Iran, where several of Osama bin Laden’s children with his first wife Najwa fled in 2001.

“Thank god all except one have gotten out,” Omar said.

He added that he was not convinced his father was killed in the US military operation in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May. He was also unsure whether his father had lived for five uninterrupted years at the compound where the raid took place.

“Why hasn’t the US shown the photos? If we haven’t seen the body, we can’t be completely sure,” he said.

US authorities say they decided not to release pictures because of the potential to incite violence and be used as an al Qaeda propaganda tool.

Omar said, however, that he was sure his brother Khalid was killed in the raid: “I saw the picture, and knew it was him.”

Osama bin Laden’s fourth-eldest son, Omar broke with his father in 2001 after living in Afghanistan for much of 1996 to 2001.

In “Growing up bin Laden,” a book written by US author Jean Sasson with Omar bin Laden and his mother, Omar said he wanted to tell his story to show the damage done by war.