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Canadian police hunt for man who videotaped gruesome murder
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PHUKET: An international arrest warrant was issued yesterday for a Canadian man suspected of killing a man and mailing parts of his victim’s body to the Conservative and Liberal party headquarters. Meanwhile, a video believed to show the gruesome murder has surfaced online.

The investigation began on Tuesday morning when a Conservative Party employee, working at the party’s headquarters in Ottawa, called police when she noticed an overwhelming smell and blood stains while opening a package. Police found the package contained a severed human foot.

Hours later, on early Tuesday evening, workers at a Canada Post office in Ottawa discovered another suspicious package and called police. “Upon examination, it was found to contain another human body part,” Ottawa police said that evening, adding that the body part was a human hand. Officials later said the second package was addressed to the Liberal Party headquarters.

That same day, a janitor discovered a suitcase containing a torso in a pile of garbage in the Côte-des-Neiges borough of Montreal, some 165 kilometers (100 miles) east of Ottawa. Residents first noticed the suitcase last week but no one opened it until Tuesday morning when people started complaining about a stench in the air. Maggots were found crawling all over the suitcase.

But on Wednesday afternoon, the case took an unexpected turn when Montreal police issued an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Luka Rocco Magnotta and named him as the suspect in the murder investigation. Magnotta previously worked as a low-budget pornographic actor, but it was videos allegedly produced by him which made him notorious on the Internet.

The first known video to surface, published in December 2010, showed a young man placing two small kittens in a vacuum seal bag before sucking the air out of it, leaving the kittens to suffocate. Subsequent videos and photos showed the dead cats in a freezer, their corpses dismembered and the man simulating sex acts on them.

This and other videos, showing cats being eaten by a python and another being drowned in a bath tub, made Magnotta notorious among animal lovers who discovered his real name and launched an online campaign to seek his arrest and prosecution. Several rewards were issued but police seemed to have little, if any, interest in finding the person responsible.

Montreal police have confirmed Magnotta is believed to have filmed the murder, apparently referring to a so-called snuff film which appeared online last week. “[This video] is without a doubt the sickest thing you will have ever seen in your entire life,” said a posting on a website which specializes in gore videos and images. The website published the video last week and its members identified Magnotta as the likely suspect before the first package was delivered.

The video was heavily discussed in the dark corners of the Internet where websites feature such graphic content, and some visitors told Canadian media outlets they were ignored when they attempted to inform police. “It can’t be real. They have pretty good special effects these days,” a Toronto police officer allegedly told U.S. lawyer Roger Renville when he tried to report the video, according to the Toronto Sun.

The video was no longer available on the gore website, hours after Canadian police said they were attempting to remove the gruesome video, but experts believe it will be impossible to prevent it from resurfacing. The so-called Dnepropetrovsk maniacs, two Ukrainian serial killers, are also known for making video recordings of some of their murders. One of them leaked onto the Internet and remains easily available years later.

The video allegedly showing the Canadian murder shows a man, believed to be Magnotta, using an ice pick to repeatedly stab an Asian man who is tied to a bed. An analysis of the room in the video matches photos of Magnotta’s apartment, where police found a gruesome crime scene.

The nearly 11-minute video continues to show the murderer dismember his victim with a kitchen knife before sexually abusing the dismembered and decapitated corpse. One scene appears to show Magnotta eating the victim’s flesh and allowing a dog to feast on the torso. Other acts shown in the video are too disturbing to describe in this report.

The horrific events have led to a all-out national effort to find Magnotta, especially in light of a note found in one of the packages in which the killer promises to kill again. The note also indicates that up to six packages containing body parts may have been sent through the mail, although only two have been found so far.

CTV News reported yesterday that Magnotta, already subject to a Canada-wide arrest warrant, has been formally charged with 2nd degree murder and indignity to a human body. Canadian police have also issued an international arrest warrant, leading the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to issue a so-called Red Notice to its member states around the world.

Police are concerned Magnotta may have fled Canada after he carried out the killing. A June 2009 blog post on the citizen news website DigitalJournal.com was apparently written by Magnotta and provides a step-by-step guide to disappear and never be found. “For best results under normal circumstances, a minimum of four months is really necessary to successfully carry out the heroic actions necessary to leave your old life behind,” the post said.

According to the Interpol “Red Alert” the 29-year-old Magnotta is also known as Eric Clinton Newman or Vladimir Romanov, and may have traveled to another continent with the notice circulated in all four official languages, Arabic, English, French and Spanish to its 190 member countries.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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Australia sets worldwide precedent by passing pay‐to‐play legislation for social media giants

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In a landmark decision, Australia is now requiring global digital giants, such as Facebook and Google, to pay for using local news content on their websites. The move sets a precedent that many global companies have been anticipating.

The law passed yesterday after Facebook and Google reached an agreement to pay local Australian news organisations for using their stories on their websites. 1 week ago, Australians woke up to a blackout after Facebook temporarily banned local news, which included emergency notifications. The blackout was in response to the legislation being put forth for approval, with Facebook spokespeople saying it seemed to be their only choice at the time.

The new law sets the stage for other countries worldwide to gain more revenue for local media companies by making such social media giants pay to use content. Google’s “Showcase” product will now feature paid local news with Facebook showing such paid news under its “News” category.

Companies like Google and Facebook pushed back against the legislation, saying such a law could threaten their companies’ business models, with Google saying it could make their search engine website “unworkable.”

But local news organisations have rebuked the reasoning, citing that social media giants claim a large percentage of online advertisin, leaving local news companies out of the revenue game. Citing that news is gathered by reporting and fieldwork, the companies say it is unfair for social media companies to profit largely off of the work of local, smaller companies.

The law, called the News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code, aims to protect such local companies and to sustain public interest journalism. Thousands of journalists have lost their jobs over the past decade as local media outlets have seen the bulk of their advertising revenues flow to digital companies’ sites after using their content.

Australia’s competition watchdog says that for every $100 invested by Australian advertisers, $49 is sent to Google and $24 to Facebook. Now, both online businesses say they will each invest around US $1 billion in local news content globally in the next 3 years. Facebook and Google now have 2 more months to reach solid agreements before being subjected to binding arbritations.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Lady Gaga offers US $500,000 reward for stolen bulldogs

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Who knew that finding 2 french bulldogs would earn US $500,000? That is the case for the lucky person that finds Lady Gaga’s equally lucky stolen dogs. The dogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen in Los Angeles, California while out on a walk with their dog walker.

But that’s not all. The employee in charge of keeping the dogs healthy was shot and wounded by a gunman who left the scene in a car, but not before allegedly shooting another man in this 30s. That man was hospitalised according to LA police.

Asia, Gaga’s 3rd dog was luckily found by police at the scene and was taken home by the singer’s staff. It isn’t clear if the frenchies were targeted due to their owner’s famous status or if they were taken simply because they were an expensive pedigree breed that can be sold for thousands of dollars.

Gaga, however, has offered the hefty reward for their return with “no questions asked.”

SOURCE: CNN

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Former Thai PM Thaksin makes appearance on popular Clubhouse app

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Ex-PM Thaksin Shinawatra, who has been living in exile for over 10 years, has made an appearance on the new “Clubhouse” social media app, in which he discussed his battle with Covid-19. Thaksin’s appearance was confirmed by the CARE movement, as he joined a forum hosted by the organisation on Monday night.

Nation Thailand reports that also taking part in the forum were former ministers from Thaksin’s cabinet, including Surapong Suebwonglee, Prommin Lertsuridej, Chaturon Chaisang and Pichai Naripthaphan. According to a Facebook post from CARE, Thaksin appeared under the name he has been using while living abroad.

“Thaksin would appear under the name ‘Tony Woodsame’, as Tony is the name he had used while studying abroad.”

During his appearance, Thaksin confirmed he had contracted the Covid-19 virus but has since recovered. He also brought up the “30 baht cure all” policy of his former party, Thai Rak Thai, designed to deal with Thailand’s healthcare problems. Asked about the current political turmoil in Thailand and how he would deal with protesters if he was still in power, he emphasised the importance of communicating with Thailand’s youth.

“Political rallies in Thailand are caused by young people starting to become uncertain about their future. The government must communicate with these young protesters based on reason, as well as find ways to make Thailand open and free.”

The exclusive, invitation-only Clubhouse app is gaining popularity in Thailand and around the world, helped by the approval of prominent figures like Elon Musk, Kanye West, and Jared Leto. Renowned Thai academic, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, himself living in exile, is also a Clubhouse member.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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