UNRWA offices targeted in attempted fire by “Israeli extremists”

UNRWA offices targeted in attempted fire by “Israeli extremists”
UNRWA offices targeted in attempted fire by “Israeli extremists”

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India: opposition leader released from prison, released on bail by the Supreme Court

Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi and one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s main opponents, walked out of prison to cheers on Friday in New Delhi, released on bail by order of the Indian Supreme Court to be able to participate in the ongoing legislative elections “We must save this country from dictatorship,” the opponent told more than a thousand supporters as he left Tihar prison, in the Indian capital. Mr. Kejriwal had been detained in March, accused in a financial crimes case. Judges Sanjiv Khanna and Dipankar Datta had just granted him bail until June 1, the last day of a six-year ballot. weeks, according to an AFP journalist present in court. “There is no doubt that serious accusations were made, but he was not convicted,” they indicated in their judgment. “He “has no criminal history. He does not pose a threat to society”, they assert. Crowds immediately gathered in front of the headquarters of the Aam Aadmi (AAP, Ordinary Man’s Party) which Mr. Kejriwak co-founded in 2012 to celebrate his impending release, by distributing sweets as is customary.- Supreme Court ‘to the rescue’ – “The Supreme Court came to the rescue of our constitution and democracy facing an assault by the BJP,” Atishi Marlena Singh, a minister in Mr. Kejriwal’s government, told reporters. His release was conditional on his undertaking not to make any public statement on the accusations against him, not to interact with witnesses of the affair and not to visit the government offices in Delhi. Nearly a billion Indians were called to take part in the vote from April 19 until June 1, to choose a new government, in the most great democratic exercise in the world. Many analysts consider Mr. Modi’s victory acquired, in particular because of the popularity of his Hindu nationalist policy, the country’s religious majority. Arvind Kejriwal, 55, is one of the leaders of the alliance opposition party INDIA – with Rahul Gandhi at the head of the Congress party – formed to compete with Mr Modi in these elections. He was arrested and detained in March on March 21 by India’s main anti-government agency. financial crime.- “Targeting opponents” -Mr Kejriwal’s government is accused of having received bribes in the awarding of alcohol sales licenses to private companies .But according to his supporters, the arrest of Mr. Kejriwal, who denies the accusations against him, aims to sideline the Prime Minister’s opponents. One of them described this affair as a “political plot” orchestrated by the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Rallies in support of Mr Kejriwal took place in many major Indian cities following his arrest. Chief minister of Delhi for almost a decade , he had shown himself to be a fervent defender of the fight against corruption. He had resisted several summons to be questioned as part of the investigation.Mr. Kejriwal is one of several opposition leaders to be the subject of a criminal investigation. Like Rahul Gandhi, 53 – whose father, grandmother and great-grandfather have all been prime minister – who was briefly removed from Parliament last year after being convicted of defamation. He accuses the government of a certain democratic backsliding and castigates its support for India’s majority faith, to the detriment significant minorities worried about their future, including 210 million Muslim Indians. On the other hand, the release on bail of Hemant Soren, former chief minister of the state of Jharkhand (east), arrested for corruption in February in a separate case, was refused on Friday by the same two Supreme Court judges who granted it to Mr. Kejriwal. Rights activists and the opposition accuse Mr. Modi’s government of exploiting justice for political ends and are concerned about the shrinking democratic space in India. According to the American think tank Freedom House, the BJP “has increasingly used government institutions to attack political opponents”.burx-gle -lth/cab/ybl

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