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UN Committee demands probe on Sisira Mendis

The UN Committee against Torture has demanded an investigation on the allegations against  former Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Sisira Mendis.Mendis was part of the Sri Lankan delegation at the last session of the UN Committee against Torture which concluded today, when Sri Lanka was examined. The Committee today said it was shocked at the presence of Sisira Mendis as part of the Sri Lankan delegation. Mendis was head of the CID under the former Government when the CID was accused of torture in a UN investigations report. In a detailed report on Sri Lanka released today, the UN Committee against Torture called on the Government to provide detailed information on the role Mendis played when the allegations of torture were raised against the CID. (Colombo Gazette) Full report: read more

Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy

by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2016 12:32 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Gawker founder Nick Denton filed for personal bankruptcy Monday in the aftermath of a Florida jury’s awarding $140 million to Hulk Hogan in a privacy case revolving around a sex tape posted on Gawker.com.As a result of the verdict, which is being appealed, Gawker’s parent company has gone into bankruptcy and is up for sale.Denton’s bankruptcy filing Monday says he owes $125 million to Hogan, a former professional wrestler. Filing for bankruptcy helps him keep Hogan from collecting.Overall, Denton’s filing says he has $100 million to $500 million in liabilities and that his assets are worth $10 million to $50 million.Denton tweeted on Monday that it was a “bitter day” for him but that New York-based Gawker Media, home to blogs including women’s site Jezebel and the tech-themed Gizmodo as well as the snarky Gawker, would “thrive” under new owners. An auction is scheduled for mid-August.Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled the lawsuit filed by Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, against Gawker. That raised concerns about the wealthy using their power to bring down media outlets.“I am consoled by the fact that my colleagues will soon be freed from this tech billionaire’s vendetta,” Denton tweeted. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website.Hogan’s attorney David Houston said in a statement that Denton’s bankruptcy “has nothing to do with who paid Mr. Bollea’s legal bills, and everything to do with Denton’s own choices and accountability. If even one person has been spared the humiliation that Mr. Bollea suffered, this is a victory.”The case stems from Gawker posting a video of Hogan having sex with a friend’s wife. Gawker has argued that its footage was newsworthy and protected by the First Amendment.Only after Hogan won the jury verdict in March did Thiel’s role come to light. FILE – In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016, file photo, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton arrives in a courtroom in St. Petersburg, Fla. Denton filed for personal bankruptcy Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in the aftermath of a Florida jury’s awarding $140 million to Hulk Hogan in a privacy case revolving around a sex tape posted on Gawker.com. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, Pool, File) Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy read more