Category Archives: African community

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Rwandan genocide commander Desire Munyaneza

Supreme Court rejects appeal from Rwandan genocide commander 

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Desire Munyaneza led a Hutu militia during the genocide that saw more than 800,000 Tutsis slaughtered.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear the appeal of a man who was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Desire Munyaneza led a Hutu militia during the genocide that saw more than 800,000 Tutsis slaughtered.

He then fled the country, arriving in Canada in 1997, where RCMP got wind of his involvement in the genocide and launched an investigation.

He was living in Toronto when he was arrested in October 2005 and charged with seven counts under the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act.

Witnesses for the prosecution testified that as a militia commander, Munyaneza organized a large number of rapes and murders in the Butare region. Continue reading

GTA: The Black Experience Project (BEP) launching groundbreaking research study on GTA’s black communities

The Black Experience Project in the GTA

The Environics Institute, in partnership with Ryerson’s Diversity Institutethe United Way of Greater Toronto, and the YMCA of Greater Toronto, is launching a groundbreaking research study focusing on the Black community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The Black Experience Project

The purpose of The Black Experience Project (BEP) is to create the first-ever comprehensive understanding of the diverse communities that make up the region’s Black population through exploring the lived experiences and views that speak to individual and collective strengths, contributions, challenges, opportunities, capacity and resiliency. Continue reading

VAUGHAN, ON. : Prince Imalenowa charged in fraud scheme

Police uncover mail fraud scheme

  • 3:40 pm, December 10th, 2014
KEVIN CONNOR | QMI AGENCY
VAUGHAN, Ontario – More than 60 people have been swindled out of thousands of dollars in a diverted mail delivery scheme, according to police.
Canada Post investigators alerted police that mail was going to a post office box instead of the intended recipients. Police believe a significant portion of the diverted mail contained credit cards.

York Regional Police and Canada Post said they were able to determine who was receiving the mail and executed a search warrant on Dec. 3 at a home in Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto.

Police found cash, gift cards, pre-paid credit cards and fraudulently obtained goods.

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“The credit card companies are taking the losses, but the hardship for these people will be getting their credit rating repaired,” Const. Andy Pattenden said.

“Police would like to remind people as we approach the holiday season to take extra care to check your credit card statements and make sure all the purchases are correct,” Pattenden said.

“Keeping informed on what is on your credit report and credit score can help spot early signs of identity theft.”

Free services such as Equifax and TransUnion can track a person’s credit report, he said.

Pattenden also cautioned people about buying online discounted gift cards.

“If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” Pattenden said.

Prince Imalenowa, 35, of Vaughan has been charged with redirect mail, defraud the public under $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.

Canadian lenience in Nigerian scam: Chijioke Samuel Frank and Emmanuel Asuquo fraudsters asked to leave Canada

 BY HANNAH SPRAY, THE STARPHOENIX DECEMBER 9, 2014
 Two Nigerian men caught with numerous fake identity documents have one main condition to follow on their sentences: get out of Canada as soon as possible.

Chijioke Samuel Frank, 25, and Emmanuel Asuquo, 23, pleaded guilty Monday in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench to possessing other people’s ID with the intent to commit fraud.

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MONTREAL: Tunisian Nejib Belhaf-Chtioui arrested for terrorist-related comments

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MONTREAL – Quebec provincial police say they’ve arrested a man on terrorism-related charges.Police say Nejib Belhaj-Chtioui was the subject of an outstanding warrant and was arrested Sunday at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport upon returning from Tunisia.Belhaj-Chtioui is expected to appear in court in Montreal this afternoon.

Authorities say he will face two charges relating to the terrorism hoax section of the Criminal Code — conveying information and committing an act to cause reasonable concern that it is connected to a terrorist activity.

The investigation was conducted by a provincial police unit that probes extremist threats. Continue reading

OTTAWA: Eritrean couple Yassin Mender and Alem Haile were known to police

Ottawa woman’s name added to a long list of spousal murder-suicide victims

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On the same weekend Canadians marked the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, in which 14 women were murdered, Ottawans were informed of the identity of yet another woman’s death at the hands of a man.

Alem Haile was found stabbed to death in the basement of her Gloucester home early Thursday morning. Police also found the hanged body of her husband, Yassin Mender, in the house. Investigators described the deaths as murder-suicide — the city’s seventh homicide of the year. The couple, aged 51 and 60, respectively, had three children. Continue reading

OTTAWA: Yassin Mender kills wife, then hangs himself

Police confirm Beaconwood was murder-suicide, release victim’s identity

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The Ottawa police Major Crime Section confirmed Saturday night that the deaths in Beaconwood Village on Thursday morning that left three children without parents were a murder-suicide.

Police identified Alem Haile, 51, as the victim of Ottawa’s seventh homicide of 2014.

The body of Yassin Mender, 60, the husband of the victim, was also found at the scene, but foul play was not suspected in his death.

Police and paramedics were called to a townhouse at 2022 Beaconwood Dr. in a Minto-run rental neighbourhood Thursday around 6:30 a.m. after 16-year-old Ben Mender discovered his parents’ bodies in the family home. His mother had been stabbed to death and the person responsible, his father, was found hanging. Continue reading

TORONTO: Vigil planned for victims of Thorncliffe Park honour killing

Vigil planned for victims of triple murder in Thorncliffe Park

Global News - Web Producer - James ArmstrongBy Web Producer  Global News
December 2, 2014 5:15 pm
Updated: December 2, 2014 8:44 pm

WATCH ABOVE: A vigil was held Tuesday to mourn the murder of a mother and two sons.

TORONTO – Residents of a Thorncliffe Park apartment building where three people were found dead over the weekend are planning a vigil for the victims Tuesday evening.

The vigil will be at 6 p.m. in front of 85 Thorncliffe Park Drive.

Police identified the three victims as a public health nurse Zahra Mohamoud Abdille, 43, and her two sons Faris Abdille, 13, and Zain Abdille, 8.

The three were found dead inside the apartment near Don Mills Road and Overlea Boulevard on Saturday.

Police are probing a possible connection between the murders and a body found on the Don Valley Parkway the same day.

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Triple-homicide victims family of man who died on DVP

  • 4:21 pm, December 3rd, 2014

TORONTO: Man who fell to his death on DVP identified as Yusuf Osman Abdille, husband and father of woman and boys killed in their Thorncliffe Park apartment

TORONTO – Investigators now confirm the man who fell to his death on the DVP over the weekend is the husband and father of the woman and two young boys found slain in their Toronto apartment hours later.

Toronto Police say the man fell from the Millwood Bridge onto the southbound lanes of the Don Valley Parkway shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday and was struck by a Toyota Prius.

“The man suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene,” Const. Clint Stibbe said in a statement released Wednesday.

Several hours after the man fell to his death, investigators went to notify his next-of-kin at a highrise.

Zahra Abdille, 43, and her two sons, Faris, 13, and Zain, 8, were found murdered inside the family’s third-floor apartment.

The dead man has now been identified as Yusuf Osman Abdille, 50, of Toronto.

“His involvement in the homicides is still being investigated,” Stribbe said.

TORONTO: Zahra Abdille and her two sons victims of apparent “honour” killing on Canadian soil

Slain nurse moved family to women’s shelter, says its boss

Zahra Abdille, found dead with her two sons on Saturday, had fled a violent relationship and stayed in a safe house with her two young children last year, according to the executive director of Dr. Roz’s Healing Place.

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Zahra Abdille, left, and her eldest son Faris.Zahra Abdille, left, and her eldest son Faris.
By:  Staff Reporter,  Staff Reporter, Published on Tue Dec 02 2014

A slain Toronto nurse fled a violent relationship to stay with her two young sons in a safe house while she tried to gain custody of her children last year, according to abused women’s centre Dr. Roz’s Healing Place.

On Saturday afternoon, Zahra Abdille, 43, and her sons, Faris, 13, and Zain, 8, were found dead in the same East York apartment they ran from last July, the centre’s executive director Roz Roach told the Star Tuesday.

Roach said the family stayed in the centre’s shelter for three weeks while Abdille battled for the custody of her children.

During her stay at the centre, the Toronto Public Health nurse went to court twice to fight for custody, but Abdille did not qualify for legal aid and could not afford a lawyer, Roach said.

When Abdille and her sons arrived at the centre on July 10, she told staff she was running away from a long-term violent relationship, Roach, who has a PhD in health and human sciences, said.

Abdille had escaped war-torn Somalia and arrived into Toronto in the late 1990s. She had no family in Canada, Roach said.

Roach says Abdille’s file Dr. Roz’s Healing Place states that she met her partner in 1997 and the couple married a year later in Toronto. Continue reading