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Jeffrey Epstein Death Ruled ‘Suicide By Hanging’

Jeffrey Espstein

Epstein was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges when he was found dead in his cell

 

 

Jeffrey’s Epstein’s death in a Manhattan jail cell has officially been ruled a suicide by hanging, according to the New York medical examiner.

The well-connected financier, 66, was found dead on Saturday while awaiting federal trial for sex trafficking.

The US Bureau of Prisons had already called his death an “apparent suicide” but that did not stop conspiracy theories from swirling.

President Donald Trump had suggested there may have been foul play.

The Department of Justice has launched an investigation into how Epstein was able to die in New York’s highly secure Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).

Attorney General William Barr said officials have uncovered “serious irregularities” at the jail, which has housed other high-profile detainees such as Mexican drug baron El Chapo and fraudster Bernie Madoff.

He has also promised that Epstein will continue to be investigated in order to bring to justice any other possible conspirators.

Earlier this week, two prison guards were suspended and a warden temporarily reassigned from MCC amid widespread reports that 30-minute checks, required within Epstein’s unit, were not carried out properly.

Epstein was discovered on the floor of his Special Housing Unit cell at about 06:30 (10:30 GMT) local time on Saturday.

A general view of the Manhattan Correctional Center
Epstein was also supposed to have a cellmate, but did not at the time of his death, according to reports

 

 

It came after an earlier suicide attempt on 23 July that saw Epstein temporarily transferred to the special suicide watch wing of the jail.

On Tuesday the New York Times reported that guards in the Special Housing Unit had allegedly fallen asleep on the night of Epstein’s death.

One guard was working a fifth straight day of overtime shifts, it was reported, while another was forced to work mandatory overtime that night.

Why is he being sued?

On Friday, Epstein estate was sued by two new unnamed accusers who claim they were offered “hundreds of dollars” for massages that included “unwanted touching”.

This is the second lawsuit filed against Epstein’s estate, which is estimated by federal officials to be worth $500m (£410m).

On Wednesday, Jennifer Araoz, 32, sued Epstein’s estate, his longtime girlfriend and three members of staff who she said helped prepare her for Epstein’s abuse.

What was Epstein accused of?

Epstein pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges last month and was being held without bail.

He was accused of paying girls under the age of 18 to perform sex acts at his Manhattan and Florida mansions between 2002 and 2005.

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Police arrested him last month after he landed in New Jersey on his private jet.

Epstein avoided similar charges in a controversial secret plea deal in 2008, and instead pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Myanmar Landslide Death Toll Rises to 59

Aerial footage shows submerged houses in south-eastern Myanmar

The death toll from a landslide in south-eastern Myanmar has risen to 59, authorities say.

The landslide occurred in Mon state on Friday following days of torrential rain. Rescue efforts have been hindered by mud and downpours.

Seasonal monsoon rains have caused widespread flooding in Myanmar, submerging homes and crumbling bridges.

More than 80,000 people are sheltering at evacuation sites across the country, the UN says

Rescuers are continuing to search for victims of Friday’s landslide, which destroyed 27 homes in one village in Paung township.

Landslide in MyanmarRescuers in Myanmar have vowed to continue the search for victims

 

Many states in Myanmar have been affected by the floods but Mon appears to have been the most badly hit.

Vice President Henry Van Thio visited the area on Monday and pledged that more boats would be deployed in rescue efforts.

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Nigeria Football Federation Marks 30th Anniversary of The Death of Samuel Okwaraji Who Died At The National Stadium During A Match

Nigeria Football Federation marks?30th anniversary of the death of Samuel Okwaraji who died at the National Stadium?during a match

The Nigeria Football Federation marked the 30th anniversary of the death of footballer, Samuel Okwaraji who died at the National Stadium, Surulere on the 12th August 1989, during a match.

 

The NFF shared a video in memory of the late football player where the NFF president, Amaju Pinnick was quoted as saying, “We still feel and respect the labours of our heroes past, and we want to say today, being the 30th year that Late Okwaraji passed on while playing, we still feel the sacrifice and patriotism that he showed, playing for this great country. And we have learnt great lessons from that patriot, even as we continue to use his attitude to guide young talents.”

 

Okwaraji was born on May 19, 1964.  Apart from being a professional footballer, who played for Nigeria, Okwaraji was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.

Jeffrey Epstein: How Conspiracy Theories Spread After Financier’s Death

Jeffrey Epstein, pictured here in 2004, was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday aged 66

 

 

Just hours after the high-profile financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead on Saturday, unsubstantiated theories about his death began to gain traction online.

Epstein, who was set to stand trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges, killed himself in his jail cell in New York, prison officials said. He was accused of running a “vast network” of underage girls for sex, and pleaded not guilty to the charges last month.

The 66-year-old was known to court famous friends and acquaintances. President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and the UK’s Prince Andrew all had ties to him. Some of his powerful associates have been embroiled in the allegations against him, which has only served to fuel the conspiracy theories and misinformation.

Many rumours have centred on what politicians may have known about Epstein’s alleged crimes and whether some may have wanted him dead. There is absolutely no evidence to suggest this was the case. And yet, the hashtag #EpsteinMurder trended worldwide on Saturday.

Joke images and memes – suggesting everything from a faked suicide to an orchestrated hit-job – were shared thousands of times throughout the day. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were rife with unfounded theories about what may have happened to the financier.

This wild speculation was not confined to a fringe minority – far from it. Politicians and high-profile journalists also stoked rampant speculation at a time when little information was publicly available. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tweeted:

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was “way too convenient” that Epstein could no longer incriminate others.

“What a lot of us want to know is, what did he know?” he told reporters. “How many other millionaires and billionaires were part of the illegal activities that he was engaged in?”

Questions like these alluded, without evidence, to a malevolent conspiracy and fed the feverish speculation on social media.

Further rumours centred on how a man who was found semi-conscious and with injuries to his neck just weeks earlier was able to take his own life. Initial reports said Epstein was placed on suicide watch after that incident in July, which led many people to ask how he could have died while being so closely monitored.

“What does the word watch mean in the phrase suicide watch?” tweeted President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giulani. “Who was watching?” He then said it was “inconceivable” Epstein could have taken his own life under those circumstances.

But prison officials later said Epstein had actually been taken off suicide watch prior to his death. Conspiracy theories then began to focus on why this decision was made, rather than how he was able to take his own life.

The speculation, as was the case throughout Saturday, appeared to shift and change with the few concrete details that were released.

Jeffrey Epstein (left) pictured with US President Donald Trump in 1997
Jeffrey Epstein pictured with US President Donald Trump in 1997

 

Perhaps the most far-fetched conspiracy theories were pegged to the hashtags #ClintonBodyCount and #TrumpBodyCount, which both trended on Twitter over the weekend.

The first was primarily used by conservatives to suggest that former “first couple” Bill and Hillary Clinton were linked to Epstein’s death. The latter, perhaps predictably, was used by liberals who speculated that Mr Trump was somehow involved. Neither side had any evidence to work with.

The baseless theory of the Clinton’s involvement harks back to a long-running conspiracy that originated in the 1990s and claims the couple secretly kill their enemies. This was roundly and methodically debunked at the time by the fact-checking website Snopes.

“There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest an outside person ordered Epstein’s death, and certainly no evidence whatsoever that Bill Clinton was that person,” Dylan Matthews wrote in Vox this week.

“[Mr Clinton] knows nothing about the terrible crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in New York,” his spokesman, Angel Ureña, said.

But Mr Trump was quick to pour fuel on the flames. He shared a tweet from Terrence Williams, a comedian and Trump supporter, that alleged Epstein “had information on Bill Clinton & now he’s dead”. There is no evidence to support this, but the tweet has since been shared more than 55,000 times.

Prince Andrew, left, and Jeffrey Epstein in New York's Central Park
Prince Andrew, left, seen with Jeffrey Epstein in New York

 

Other theories and tidbits of misinformation have been easier to disprove.

For example, a photo that appeared to show Mr Trump kissing the head of his daughter, Ivanka, while standing next to Epstein has been exposed as a fake. “The 1993 photograph… has been manipulated to include Epstein,” the Associated Press reported last month.

Similarly, after Epstein’s arrest on 6 July, some social media users shared a false claim that prosecutors had struck a secret plea deal with the financier under the administration of President Barack Obama in order to protect his fellow Democrat Mr Clinton. That theory resurfaced on Saturday.

But the deal, which allowed Epstein to plead guilty to lesser charges, was actually finalised before Mr Obama took office under the administration of President George W, Bush. Labour Secretary Alex Acosta resigned over his role in the deal last month.

Meanwhile, some politicians and journalists have urged people to exercise caution given the sheer quantity of misinformation online.

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“The immediate rush to spread conspiracy theories about someone on the ‘other side’ of [the] partisan divide illustrates why our society is so vulnerable to foreign disinformation,” tweeted Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

CNN presenter Jim Sciutto, reflecting on his time working in the Middle East, said: “Remember this is about… partisan politics. When I was [there]… folks didn’t trust authorities so assumed a plot behind every event.”

SHOCKING!! 2 Brothers Strangle Father To Death In Kano

Two brothers, identified as 27-year-old Rabiu Adamu and Auwal Adamu 26, who allegedly strangled their father, Adamu Gamji to death, have been remanded in prison.

A Kano Chief Magistrates’ Court ruled that the two brothers be kept behind bars until November.

The 55-year-old Gamji was killed in Sumaila Local Government Area of Kano.

Chief Magistrate Muhammad Jibril, who gave the order, said the accused should remain in prison until next date of adjournment.

The brothers are facing a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide punishable under Section 97 and 221 of the Penal Code, Laws of Kano State.

Police prosecutor, Pogu Lale had told the court that a good Samaritan reported the case at Sumaila Police Station on Sept. 30.

He told the court that on Sept. 24 at 6.00 p.m., the accused conspired with six other brothers now at large to kill their biological father, Adamu Gamji.

Lale said that the accused suspected that their father was behind the death of three members of their family and the sickness of another brother, Sale Adamu.

The court has fixed Nov. 16 for the mention of the case.

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