‘A mistake and error’: Prince Andrew denies witnessing Epstein sex crimes

London: Prince Andrew on Saturday witnessing any sex crimes during the time he spent with US financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Andrew has faced weeks of scrutiny over his friendship with Epstein, who took his own life in a Manhattan jail cell earlier this month while being held on sex-trafficking charges.

Andrew, who is the second son of Queen Elizabeth, issued a lengthy statement saying he wanted to "clarify the facts" around his relationship with Epstein.

"At no stage during the limited time I spent with him did I see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction," Andrew said.

British media including the Daily Mail have published a picture which they said showed Andrew waving goodbye to a woman from inside a Manhattan mansion owned by Epstein.

The Mail said the picture had been taken in 2010 – two years after Epstein pleaded guilty to a Florida state felony prostitution charge and registered as a sex offender.

US court papers have previously shown that Epstein had socialised with Andrew and other high-profile figures, including US President Donald Trump and former president Bill Clinton.

Andrew, 59, said it was a "mistake and error" to see Epstein in 2010 after he pleaded guilty to paying a teenage girl for sex.

He said that he first met Epstein in 1999, saw him once or twice a year and stayed in a number of his properties.

"His suicide has left many unanswered questions and I acknowledge and sympathise with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure," said Andrew, the Duke of York.

"What I thought I knew of him was evidently not the real person, given what we now know."

His statement on Saturday was issued just days after Buckingham Palace issued a statement in which Andrew rejected any suggestion that he had participated in any alleged sex crimes linked to Epstein.

Epstein first came under investigation in 2005 after police in Palm Beach, Florida, received reports he had sexually abused underage girls in his mansion there.

By 2007, Epstein was facing a potential federal indictment for sexually abusing dozens of girls between 1999 and 2007. Epstein struck a deal, however, to plead guilty in 2008 to the Florida state felony prostitution charge, and register as a sex offender.

Epstein, 66, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of girls as young as 14.


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Global disputes set to jolt G7 summit in French resort

BIARRITZ, France (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in France on Saturday for what promises to be a fraught meeting of major industrialized nations, with friction over trade, climate change and Iran likely to snarl the talks.

The three-day Group of Seven meeting in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz takes place amid sharp differences over a clutch of global issues that risk further dividing a group of countries already struggling to speak with one voice.

Summit host French President Emmanuel Macron wants the heads of Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States to focus on the defense of democracy, gender equality, education and the environment and has invited Asian, African and Latin American leaders to join them for a global push on these issues.

However, in a bleak assessment of relations between once-united Western allies, European Council President Donald Tusk acknowledged it would be hard to find common ground, denouncing “senseless disputes” between G7 capitals.

“This is another G7 summit which will be a difficult test of unity and solidarity of the free world and its leaders,” he told reporters ahead of the Biarritz gathering.

“It is increasingly difficult, for all of us, to find common language and the world needs more of our cooperation, not less,” he said, adding: “This may be the last moment to restore our political community.”

A grim array of disputes and problems await the leaders, with a trade war between China and the United States deteriorating, European governments struggling to defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran, and global condemnation growing over illegal fires which are ravaging the Amazon.

Trump’s history of pugnacity at multilateral gatherings, which brought last year’s G7 summit to an acrimonious end, means there is scant hope for substantive agreements.

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Macron was exploring holding a joint news conference with Trump at the summit’s close, a French diplomatic source said, but has already decided that, to avoid another failure, there will be no final communique.

Trump’s fireworks at the Charlevoix summit in Canada last year prompted foreign policy analysts to dub the Group of Seven nations the G6+1.

U.S. officials said Trump would tout his policies of tax cuts and deregulation and press allies to follow his example to stave off problems with the global economy.

Hours before leaving for Biarritz, Trump reacted angrily to China’s move to impose retaliatory tariffs on more U.S. goods, even saying he was ordering U.S. companies to look at ways to close their operations in China.

Trump also took aim at France’s new tax on big tech companies, threatening to tax French wine “like they’ve never seen before”. Tusk warned that the European Union would respond in kind if Washington took aim at the digital tax.

China’s President Xi Jinping is not among the Asian leaders invited to the Biarritz summit.


Adding to the unpredictable dynamic between the G7 leaders are the new realities facing Brexit-bound Britain: dwindling influence in Europe and growing dependency on the United States.

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson will want to strike a balance between not alienating Britain’s European allies and not irritating Trump and possibly jeopardizing future trade ties. Johnson and Trump will hold bilateral talks on Sunday morning.

Even so, diplomats played down the likelihood of Trump and Johnson joining hands against the rest, citing Britain’s close foreign policy alignment with Europe on issues from Iran and trade to climate change.

“There won’t be a G5+2,” one senior G7 diplomat said.

Johnson said ahead of the summit that Britain would not retreat from its responsibilities on the world stage after Brexit, nor sacrifice its belief in the global order.

The remarks were a riposte to those who say leaving the European Union will diminish Britain’s influence on the global stage and force a pivot toward Trump’s unorthodox and often confrontational approach to diplomacy.

Anti-G7 demonstrators kicked off a colorful protest in Hendaye on the nearby French-Spanish border but were kept away from Biarritz by more than 13,000 police officers, backed by soldiers.

“The top capitalist leaders are here and we have to show them that the fight continues,” said Alain Missana, 48, an electrician wearing a yellow vest — symbol of anti-government demonstrations that have rattled France for months.

“It’s more money for the rich and nothing for the poor. We see the Amazonian forests burning and the arctic melting.”

EU leaders on Friday piled pressure on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Macron said Bolsonaro had lied in playing down concerns about climate change at a G20 summit in Japan in June, and threatened to veto a trade pact between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc of South American countries.

A French diplomatic source said advisers to the G7 leaders were working on concrete initiatives to respond to the fires.

“Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produce 20 percent of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire,” Macron tweeted in the run-up to the summit.

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World War 3: The West is ALREADY at war with Russia and China – warns John Pilger

Journalist and filmmaker John Pilger made the unnerving conclusions on RT Underground as the G7 conference, from which Russia was uninvited, begins in Biarritz. Mr Pilger explained: “What are these talks about excluding two of the most interesting developing or developed powers of the world: Russia and China? The truth is, what no one is talking about, is that there is a world war.

“It’s not a shooting war but it could easily become a world war.

“There is a war already on China.

“There has been a war of attrition against Russia for some years now.

“Breaking up the Russian Federation is an American objective.

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“Maintaining US supremacy in all areas of human affairs is what, particularly this regime in Washington, is committed to.

“It’s now reaching a head because they see a challenge in China.

“And, undoubtedly, it’s an economic challenge but it’s not a military challenge.

“This 19th century view of the world that permeates Washington and has returned to the UK has now created a war situation with China.

“Very few know that China has now changed its nuclear posture from low alert, that is separating the warheads from missiles, to high alert – that is putting them together, the same as the US.

“That’s something China didn’t do for many many years, but they’re clearly worried there now.”

A think tank has warned that China could win ‘World War 3’ before the US even has time to respond should conflict take place in the Indo-Pacific region.

The University of Sydney’s United States Study Centre has warned the US has lost its military presence in the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean, and the seas connecting the two in the general area of Indonesia, also known more commonly as the Indo-Pacific.

In a report called “Averting Crisis: American strategy, military spending and collective defence in the Indo-Pacific”, the document claims “America no longer enjoys military primacy in the Indo-Pacific and its capacity to uphold a favourable balance of power is increasingly uncertain”.

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The report warns that although Donald Trump’s military is still an amicable force in the waters, the “combined effect of ongoing wars in the Middle East, budget austerity, underinvestment in advanced military capabilities and the scale of America’s liberal order-building agenda has left the US armed forces ill-prepared for great power competition in the Indo-Pacific”.

The same report also warns that China would be able to use the US lack of reach to launch a colossal military attack against President Trump’s regional allies.

This would see China achieve victory before the US even has a chance to respond, NewsWeek reports.

The report said: “Having studied the American way of war — premised on power projection and all-domain military dominance — China has deployed a formidable array of precision missiles and other counter-intervention systems to undercut America’s military primacy.

“By making it difficult for US forces to operate within range of these weapons, Beijing could quickly use limited force to achieve a fait accompli victory — particularly around Taiwan, the Japanese archipelago or maritime Southeast Asia — before America can respond, sowing doubt about Washington’s security guarantees in the process.”

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Father choked to death in Thailand ‘sacrificed life to save family’

Devastated wife of British father, 34, choked to death in Thai noise row says he ‘sacrificed his life’ to save both her and their toddler son

  • Amitpal Singh Bajaj, 34, complained about noise in the hotel in Phuket, Thailand 
  • He was allegedly choked to death by Roger Bullman, 53, in the fight Wednesday
  • Martial arts expert Bullman went after Bajaj ‘when he stabbed him with a knife’
  • Mr Bajai’s wife Bandhna, 34, said her husband told her to leave and save their son
  • She ‘hid under a tree’ with two-year-old Veer and called reception to ask for help 

The wife of a Briton killed in a confrontation with a Norwegian martial artist has described him as ‘my hero.’

Bandhna Kaur Bajaj, 34, said her husband Amitpal screamed for her to take their two-year-old son Veer to safety as he was choked to death.

Mrs Bajaj said the alleged killer Roger Bullman, 53, barged into their hotel room at the resort of Karon in Phuket, Thailand after a row over noise.

She said: ‘He just started charging at my husband. And we wanted to make an exit but he just came running, hitting my husband.

Bandhna Kaur Bajaj, 34, has said her husband Amitpal, pictured together, is her ‘hero’ after he ‘sacrificed his life’ to save her and their two-year-old son Veer. Mr Bajai was choked to death in Thailand on Wednesday morning

‘My husband tried to block the man and move me and my son away.

‘As the man was kicking, punching and just, beating him up, my husband told me to please leave and save our son. He said, “Please just go, go, save Veer”.

She said as she took their young child, she saw her husband fall to the ground.

Mrs Bajai said: ‘I knew that my life was in danger and my baby’s life was in danger. So I hid under a tree.

‘I called the reception, and I asked the reception to please make sure someone attends to my husband. I said “Please give him some medical help, I’m very scared, I’ve escaped.” I could still hear him screaming. I didn’t want to be attacked.’

Police found her husband had been choked to death and arrested Bullman.

She added: ‘My husband sacrificed his life to save my son’s life and mine. He will always be our hero.’

Norwegian Roger Bullman, 53, (right) in custody on Wednesday morning, has been charged with ‘causing harm resulting in death’ and was bailed

Mr Bajaj, from Southall, London and his wife were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. Mr and Mrs Bajaj met when they were 18 at a friend’s wedding.

Police said hotel security visited the room of Bullman, but his uproarious balcony singing is said to have grown louder.

Mr Bajaj then allegedly grabbed a steak knife from his room and decided to confront Bullman at 4am on Wednesday.

But Bullman, who was allegedly drunk, refused to lower his noise and continued yelling and singing. They started quarrelling before the row turned into a fight.

The suspect told police that Mr Bajaj first stabbed him in his left shoulder before he used his martial arts skills to grip the British man in a choke-hold and continued choking him to death as Mrs Bajaj looked on. 

Mr Baja, pictured, died at around 4am on Wednesday. His wife said she hid under a tree with their son and could hear her husband screaming from inside the hotel room

Bullman was arrested at Karon police station. He told the police that he acted instinctively and was not intentionally trying to kill him.

Police Major Ekkachai Siri, of the Phuket Tourist Police, said that the Norwegian has been charged for ‘causing harm resulting in death’.

The police chief said: ‘Mr Bullman was drunk and causing so much noise that hotel security came to warn Mr Bullman twice.

‘Mr Bajaj carried a steak knife into Mr Bullman’s room. They started fighting and Mr Bajaj stabbed Mr Bullman in left shoulder.

‘Bullman has been released on bail by the Phuket Provincial Court. He now must remain in Thailand until the charge against (him) has been heard in court.’

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Hong Kong police use tear gas to try to disperse protests

(Reuters) – Hong Kong police used tear gas on Saturday to try to disperse anti-government protests on the eastern side of the Kowloon peninsula, across the harbor from Hong Kong island.

The protesters marched in the gritty Kwun Tong industrial district of the Chinese-ruled city. It was the first use of tear gas in about 10 days amid protests that have persisted for nearly three months.

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Amazon rainforest fires: Is anyone putting out the Amazon fires? Are they being put out?

European leaders on Friday threatened to tear up a trade deal with South America as a record number of fires in the Amazon rainforest intensified. Brazil has been forced to declare a state of emergency over the raging fires, with more than 74,000 declared so far in 2019 alone – a massive 83 percent increase on the whole of 2018. The Amazon Rainforest is typically in its dry season in August – but it’s not the sweltering heat that has caused these fires.

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Fires are often started to clear out the land for cattle farming or ranching – a practical which, while illegal, is supposedly endorsed by the President.

In contrast, Jair Bolsonaro has publicly lashed out at non-governmental organisations (NGOs), blaming them for setting the fires in retaliation to funding cuts.

He later denied ever accusing NGOs for the blazes, when asked if he had evidence for his sensationalised claims.

Protests have now broken out across the globe over Bolsonaro’s role in the unfolding environmental crisis. 

As well as failing to crackdown on illegal cattle ranching, the President has also failed to do much to stem the raging infernos.

Bolsonaro had previously said he would send in just 40 firefighters to tackle the blaze. 

But as the EU and other world leaders piled on their condemnation, his administration have launched a major charm offensive.

Bolsonaro has now pledged to mobilise the army to help combat the blazes. 

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  • Thousands of acres have been burned and destroyed by the numerous wildfires sweeping Brazil
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  • Since Thursday, 9,500 wildfires have been detected
  • According to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) satellite data showed an 83 percent increase in fires this year

Bolivia has proved more hands-on during the escalating crisis. 

Bolivia’s president Evo Morales contracted a Boeing 747 “Supertanker” – capable of flying with 115,000 litres of water – to help extinguish the fires.

Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro expressed concern about the fires devastating Brazil and Bolivia and offered aid to help extinguish them.

Venezuela’s Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs said: ”Venezuela expresses its deep concern about the gigantic and terrible fires that devastate the Amazon region in the territory of several South American countries, with very serious impacts on the population, ecosystems and biological diversity of the are.”

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The Amazon Rainforest generates more than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen and is home to some 3million plants and animal species, and 10 percent of the world’s known biodiversity.

Referred to as “the lungs of the planet”, the Amazon is crucial to life on Earth.

Now, however, the size and sheer of the rainforest has been reduced dramatically.

And in a 48-hour period, leading up to Thursday, there were more than 2,500 active fires in the Brazilian rainforest – where you could even see the smoke from space.

Satellite images show fires in the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Rondonia, Para and Mato Grosso.

It’s not just the deforestation that is problematic, however.

The World Meteorological Organisation, the United Nation’s weather arm, tweeted: “Fires release pollutants including particulate matter & toxic gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides  and non-methane organic compounds into the atmosphere.”

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Chinese ship inches closer to Vietnam coastline amid South China Sea tensions

HANOI (Reuters) – A Chinese survey vessel on Saturday extended its activities to an area closer to Vietnam’s coastline, ship tracking data showed, after the United States and Australia expressed concern about China’s actions in the disputed waterways.

The Haiyang Dizhi 8 vessel first entered Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) early last month where it began a weeks-long seismic survey, triggering a tense standoff between military and coastguard vessels from Vietnam and China.

The Chinese vessel continued to survey Vietnam’s EEZ on Saturday under escort from at least four ships and was around 102 kilometers (63 miles) southeast of Vietnam’s Phu Quy island and 185 kilometers (115 miles) from the beaches of the southern city of Phan Thiet, according to data from Marine Traffic, a website that tracks vessel movements.

The Chinese vessel group was followed by at least two Vietnamese naval vessels, according to the data.

Vietnam’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

A country’s EEZ typically extends up to 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers or 230 miles) from its coastline, according to an international UN treaty. That country has sovereign rights to exploit any natural resources within that area, according to the agreement.

Vietnam and China have for years been embroiled in a dispute over the potentially energy-rich stretch of waters and a busy shipping lane in the South China Sea.

China’s unilaterally declared “nine-dash line” marks a vast, U-shaped, expanse of the South China Sea that it claims, including large swathes of Vietnam’s continental shelf where it has awarded oil concessions.

On Friday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Australian counterpart expressed their concern about China’s activities in the South China Sea, known in Vietnam as the East Sea.

Earlier in the week, the United States said it was deeply concerned about China’s interference in oil and gas activities in waters claimed by Vietnam, and that the deployment of the vessels was “an escalation by Beijing in its efforts to intimidate other claimants out of developing resources in the South China Sea”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, in response to the U.S. statement, said Washington was “sowing division and had ulterior motives”.

“The aim is to bring chaos to the situation in the South China Sea and damage regional peace and stability. China is resolutely opposed to this,” Geng told a daily news briefing on Friday.

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Grandmother, 81, is latest victim of hospital listeria food scandal

Pictured: The grandmother, 81, who was one of six to die in hospital listeria food scandal after eating NHS sandwiches and salads

  • Brenda Elmer, 81, died after eating contaminated food at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex
  • Doctors listed her cause of death as listeriosis, pneumonia, renal failure and also breast cancer
  • Sandwiches from a supplier in the Midlands were withdrawn from 43 NHS trusts 

Brenda Elmer, 81, has been named as one of six patients who died after eating NHS sandwiches and salads

A ‘much-loved’ grandmother was named yesterday as the latest victim of the hospital food scandal.

Brenda Elmer, 81, is one of six patients who died after eating NHS sandwiches and salads – an outbreak which has prompted a ‘root and branch’ review of catering in hospitals.

She had eaten a contaminated sandwich at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex.

But the former clerical assistant was not diagnosed with listeria until she was admitted to Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Kent.

Blood tests showed the mother of two, from Chevening near Sevenoaks, had been infected with the same strain of listeria which Public Health England and the Food Standards Agency later linked to sandwiches.

Her condition deteriorated and she died on July 17, an inquest was told.

Boris Johnson vowed on Thursday to end the hospital food scandal and appointed Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith to lead a review with the aim of setting strict new national standards.

Yesterday a former health chief blamed the listeria outbreak which began in April – and also included three non-fatal cases – on ‘systematic failings’ by the Government. 

Professor John Ashton criticised Public Health England for failing to spot the outbreak earlier and alert the public to the danger.

Mrs Elmer (third figure from the right) was a keen churchgoer and had been a member of a bell-ringing group for many years

An online obituary said Mrs Elmer – who had been married to husband Alec, 80, for almost 58 years – had battled her illness with bravery.  

A keen churchgoer, she was a member of a bell-ringing group. 

A post by the Kent County Association of Change Ringers said: ‘Brenda Elmer sadly passed away after a short illness borne with courage and good humour.’

The inquest into her death opened at West Sussex Coroner’s Court earlier this week. It heard: ‘On June 2 Brenda Elmer was admitted to hospital with pyrexia [fever], increased lethargy, confusion and weakness.

Mrs Elmer died after eating a contaminated sandwich at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, West Sussex

‘She was treated initially for sepsis of unknown origin and then treated for listeria meningitis following blood test results. Sadly her condition deteriorated in hospital and she died on July 17.’

A doctor gave her cause of death as listeriosis, pneumonia and renal failure, and also breast cancer.

It is not clear when Mrs Elmer became infected by listeria or what she was being treated for at St Richard’s.

Sandwiches from a supplier in the Midlands were withdrawn from 43 NHS trusts following the outbreak

But Public Health England revealed on August 1 that her death was one of the nine confirmed cases, and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust confirmed a patient at St Richard’s had been infected.

Other victims are thought to include former nurse Beverly Sowah, 57, and retired chemist Enid Heap, 84.

On May 25 sandwiches from a supplier in the Midlands were withdrawn from 43 NHS trusts.

But it was not until June 7 that Public Health England revealed details of the outbreak after tracing the bacteria to fillings supplied by North Country Cooked Meats, based in Salford.

Public Health England declined to comment last night.

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Paris prosecutor opens inquiry into whether Epstein committed crimes in France

PARIS (Reuters) – The chief prosecutor in Paris has opened a preliminary inquiry to determine whether late U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein committed any sex crimes on French territory or against any underage French victims, prosecutor Remy Heitz’s office said on Friday.

Epstein was arrested on July 6 in New Jersey after his private jet landed on a flight from Paris, where he had a residence on Avenue Foch, one of the French capital’s most exclusive addresses in the 16th District near the Arc de Triomphe.

He pleaded not guilty to U.S. charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14. Epstein died on Aug. 10 in his jail cell in Manhattan at the age of 66. An autopsy report concluded he had hanged himself.

Lawyers who represented Epstein in his U.S. criminal case could not immediately be reached for comment on the French move. A spokesman for federal prosecutors in Manhattan declined to comment on the French investigation.

The French prosecutor’s office gave no details about any possible charges against Epstein, but the French arm of “Innocence in Danger”, a movement against sexual abuse of children, said it had more information that it would share with investigators.

“Innocence in Danger will reserve for the judicial authority the content of the information and testimonies it has received in recent weeks so as to enable investigators to carry out all investigations necessary to uncover the truth,” it said in a statement.

Epstein’s death at the federal jail triggered multiple investigations. It prompted U.S. Attorney General William Barr to criticize “serious irregularities” at the facility, and to remove the acting chief of the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Barr has said that the criminal investigation into any possible co-conspirators of Epstein would continue.

Earlier this month, French gender equality minister Marlene Schiappa had called on authorities to open an investigation.

Epstein, a registered sex offender who once socialized with President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton, pleaded guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of unlawfully paying a teenage girl for sex. He was sentenced to 13 months in a county jail, a deal widely criticized as too lenient.

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Mother screams ‘I don’t want to die’ after being stabbed by ex-husband

Horrifying moment a blood-soaked mother screams ‘I don’t want to die’ as her 10-year-old daughter begs her to stay alive after being fatally stabbed by her ex-husband in a cafe in Turkey

  • Emine Bulut was reportedly stabbed in the neck by her ex-husband at a cafe
  • Her 10-year-old daughter witnessed the killing and begged her to stay alive
  • She was heard screaming ‘I don’t want to die’ in a horrifying video posted online
  • Fedai Veran reportedly told police he killed Bulut with knife over a custody battle

The murder of a Turkish woman by her ex-husband in front of her daughter sparked outrage in the country today after a video of the attack was published online.

‘I don’t want to die,’ Emine Bulut, covered in blood, is heard screaming to her 10-year-old child. Her tearful daughter says: ‘Mum, please don’t die.’

The 38-year-old was stabbed to death in a cafe on August 18 by her former husband by Fedai Veran in the central Anatolian city of Kirikkale.

Bulut, who divorced her killer four years ago, later died in hospital. 

Horrifying footage shows a Turkish woman (left in both images) screaming ‘I don’t want to die’ after being stabbed by her ex husband. Her daughter pleaded for her to stay alive

Emine Badegül Bulut pictured with her daughter. She was knifed to death by her ex-husband in a cafe in Kirikkale, Turkey on Sunday 

Veran told police he killed Bulut with a knife he always carried with him over custody of their child, Turkish broadcaster NTV reported.

The mother brought her daughter to the cafe to meet her ex-husband where he attacked her, according to local media. 

Varan previously told a court hearing: ‘After she insulted me while talking about the custody of our child, I stabbed her with the knife I brought along.’

Bulut’s name was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter and ‘I don’t want to die’ (#olmekistemiyorum) was widely quoted on social media, with users calling for harsher measures to tackle domestic violence.

Officials, including Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul, were quick to condemn the murder after the video was published, along with celebrities and football clubs such as Besiktas.

‘We expect the murderer to be punished in the most severe manner’, tweeted presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.

Bulut (far left) with her daughter and another relative. In a horrifying video clip posted on social media she can be heard screaming ‘I don’t want to die’

The murder of Bulut (right) sparked a wave of outcry and calls on social media and from Turkish politicians to tackle violence against women

Omer Celik, spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party, said after a party meeting today that ‘we have to shake the earth’ to halt violence against women. 

The government said a team of psychologists was caring for the child. 

Turkey has struggled to contain rising violence against women. 

In the first six months of 2019, 214 women were killed by men, while 440 women were killed last year, according to the women’s rights group We Will Stop Femicide.

That was up from 409 women in 2017 and 121 in 2011.

While the government acknowledges the issue of violence against women, critics say not enough is being done to provide shelters and to address the broader problem of gender inequality which permeates through society.

Turkey has ratified the Council of Europe’s 2011 Istanbul Convention – the world’s first binding instrument to prevent and combat violence against women – but activists say more needs to be done to put the laws into practice.

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