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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Singapore: Belgian accused of killing son to be remanded another 6 weeks pending forensics report

Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart
Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart (center)
A Belgian man accused of killing his 5-year-old son in their D'Leedon condominium home in October last year will be remanded in Changi Prison for another 6 weeks, pending the completion of a forensic investigation report.

Philippe Marcel Guy Graffart appeared in court via video-link on Wednesday.

His case will be mentioned again on March 23.

The 41-year-old was charged on Oct 7, last year, with the murder of Keryan Gabriel Cedric Graffart. 

He allegedly committed the act at his 32nd-storey home at 3 Leedon Heights, the day before he was first brought to court.

He was then remanded for 4 weeks at the medical centre in Changi Prison for a psychiatric assessment.

He was subsequently remanded at the Central Police Division to assist in investigations.

Graffart worked for the Singapore investment management arm of Nordea, a company that describes itself as the largest financial group in northern Europe.

Graffart's lawyer Ramesh Tiwary told The Straits Times that he will study the forensic report once it has been completed.

Mr Tiwary also said that he has been in touch with his client, having visited him a few times in prison.

Asked about Graffart's condition, the lawyer said: "He's naturally very depressed about what's happened."

If convicted of his charge, murder with intention, Graffart faces the mandatory death penalty.

Source: straitstimes.com, Feb. 9, 2016

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Serial human trafficker executed in China after abducting 22 children

Chinese police busted two child-trafficking rings, rescuing 178 children and arresting 608 suspects in Dec. 2011.
Chinese police busted two child-trafficking rings, rescuing
178 children and arresting 608 suspects in Dec. 2011.
A man has been executed in China for the abduction and trafficking of 22 children over the space of 5 years.

China's top court, The Supreme's People's Court, announced today that Tan Yongzhi had been 'condemned to death' in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, reports the People's Daily Online.

Tan kidnapped the children between February 2008 and April 2013 from areas that stretched across south-west China's Yunnan Province to the central area of Henan.

According to the report, the court said Tan's actions and the large number of children he abducted seriously damaged children's rights, which is why he was executed.

The authorities have been unable to locate the birth parents of all the abducted children.

The exact date of the sentencing or execution has not been released.

There has always been a heavy penalty for those convicted of abducting a child in China, and the death penalty is still prominent.

The country has intensified its crackdown on trafficking of women and children in recent years.

In 2012, 1,918 abduction cases involving women and children were solved.

The Supreme People's Court said that number declined massively to 858 cases last year - a drop of almost 50 %.

The amount of people punished for abduction related charges in China declined by more than 1/2, from 2,801 in 2012, to 1,362 in 2015.

Child abduction is a major problem in the country, and finding accurate figures is extremely difficult.

A recent BBC report said that an illegal market in children has developed in the country, and it is estimated that 200,000 children are taken from their parents each year.

In some cases of extreme poverty parents are forced to choose between selling their children and paying fines for having too many, which could explain why some of the birth parents of the children abducted by Tan could never be found.

Source: Daily Mail, January 30, 2016

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