New South Wales attorney general, Brad Hazzard, has requested that the victims of the Sydney siege receive terrorism compensation, as Australian victims would if the incident occurred overseas. Australians who are injured, or relatives of people who have died, in an overseas terrorism attack can claim compensation of up to $75,000 under federal law. To be eligible, the overseas attack must be validated by the prime minster, which includes the 2002 Bali bombings, 2008 Mumbai attack and the September 11, 2001 attack in the United States. “The NSW government believes that Australians who are the victims of terrorist events should have the same access to compensation regardless of where the act occurs,” Mr Hazzard said in a statement.
AirAsia Flight cockpit voice recorder recovered
The cockpit voice recorder was retrieved this morning and was taken to the navy ship, Banda Aceh. The device was located on Monday but was trapped beneath heavy wreckage. A search official, who requested anonymity, said: “The CVR (cockpit voice recorder) has been found and lifted from the sea.” The flight data recorder, reportedly in good condition, was recovered on Monday and has been flown to Jakarta for analysis. Both devices will receive lengthy analysis from a team of experts, including professionals from the aeroplane manufacturer Airbus and from France.
Man accused of murdering sex worker to apply for bail
Chungaung Piao, 27, has been charged with the New Year’s Day murder of a 25-year-old Sydney woman, Ting Fang. On January 1, Ms Fang’s body was found in a 12th floor room at the Grand Chancellor Hotel in Adelaide. Mr Piao, a married father, was arrested and charged with the sex worker’s murder on Saturday night. On Monday he pled not guilty at Adelaide’s Magistrates Court where police revealed further details of the murder. Hotel staff found the body when water ran underneath the door and into the room below, Ms Fang’s throat was slashed and police would allege that the defendant’s fingerprint was found at the crime scene. Mr Piao will remain in custody until January 19, at such time he will apply for bail.
Saudi Arabian blogger jailed and flogged
Saudi Arabia is copping global outrage as gaoled blogger, Raif Badawi, received his first 50 of 1000 lashes on Friday. The blogger is being punished for running a website committed to freedom of speech. Last May, Badawi was sentenced to 1000 lashes, 10 years imprisonment and fined 1 million Saudi riyals ($326 000). The lashes will be handed down 50 at a time over a 20 week period; he is expected to receive 50 more on Friday. A Youtube video of the flogging has emerged showing Badawi in a square outside a mosque, surrounded by eight to nine guards. A guard then appears to beat Badawi with a cane as a crowd of several hundred watch, whistle and chant “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). Saudi Arabia is one of five Arab countries in the fight against ISIS, led by the United States. Badawi’s sentencing came at a time where the world watched the bloody attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Many Arab and Muslim countries denounced the Paris attack and Saudi Arabia also condemned the attack on a French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo which killed 12 people. – Complied from internet sources by Georgina McCormack
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