Helping police

April 24, 2008

Metropolitan Police inspector Mat Shaer is the new chair of the Jewish Police Association.

Inspector Shaer wants to raise the profile of the association within the force and the wider community and make potential members feel “they have something to gain from belonging, whether from support, networking or socialising”. He is particularly keen to attract officers and civilian staff from other forces.

He transferred to the Met in 2003 after 10 years in Thames Valley force.


Israeli, 81, on drug charges

April 18, 2008

Three Israelis, one in his 80s, have been remanded in custody charged with importing cannabis into Britain. Moshe Kedar, 81, Mordechai Hersh, 66 and Yehezkel Srebro, 56, appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on Friday. They were charged with another six defendants after arrests in connection with drug trafficking. All nine were remanded to appear at the same court on May 8.


Man held over Tube 'frauds'

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

Police investigating a series of frauds on the London Underground said this week that they had arrested a man.

A 58-year-old from Hackney has been charged with three sample counts of fraud by false representation at Finsbury Park Tube station in November 2007 and at King’s Cross Tube station in March and April 2008.

Israel Aharonovitz, of Seven Sisters Road, Hackney, is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in Horseferry Road today.


Academic resigns in art restoration row

By Rachel Fletcher, April 18, 2008

A professor embroiled in a row over finders’ fees for locating Nazi-looted art has resigned from a prominent post at his Holocaust-studies centre in California. Professor Jonathan Petropoulos has denied that his resignation had anything to do with the row, but sources in the art world are convinced that it led to his standing down.

Prof Petropoulos has resigned as director of Claremont McKenna College’s Centre for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights, just outside Los Angeles, though he remains a history professor at the college.


Germany seeks to bring wartime killer to justice

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

A dogged German prosecutor has charged an 86-year-old man with three wartime murders of which he was originally convicted almost 60 years ago.

Dortmund prosecutor Ulrich Maass told a news agency that he has charged Heinrich Boere with the murders in 1944 of three Dutch civilians when Boere was a member of a death squad code-named Silbertanne (Silver Pine).

Boere was convicted of the same murders in 1949 in the Netherlands. A death sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment but he has managed to stay out of prison ever since.


Parents face a further legal battle over son’s ‘avoidable’ murder

By Leon Symons, April 17, 2008

A couple who have fought for five years for justice for their murdered son will have to face the full might of the government at a House of Lords appeal next month.

Irwin and Corinne Van Colle have already won two judgments against Hertfordshire Police in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. On both occasions, judges decided that the police force had failed to protect their son Giles, who was murdered by one of his former employees in November, 2000.


Man accused of flashing

April 17, 2008

A 33-year-old man was due to appear before Salford Magistrates yesterday (Thursday) in connection with a string of sex offences.

Avraham Avraham, who lives at an address in Higher Broughton, Salford, was expected to face seven charges of indecent exposure. The offences were alleged to have taken place between September last year and January of this year.

Six of the offences were alleged to have occurred in the Broughton Park area of Salford, and one in Whitefield.


Masonic pair 'ran a six-year loans fraud'

By Lynda Roughley, April 17, 2008

A Manchester businessman was involved in a huge international “advance fee” fraud, a court heard.

Michael Rashman and fellow Freemason Carl Montlake are said to have created and operated a number of businesses, beginning in 1990.

The traded in the sub-prime mortgage market for both residential and business properties. Some businesses traded at the same time.

The prime vehicle for the fraud was a company called Alliance International Ventures, which was formed after 1997 to offer funding for foreign commercial projects ranging from $1m to $120m, the court was told.


Abducted boy goes to gentile dad

By Ruth Eglash, April 17, 2008

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that an eight-year-old boy being raised here by his mother as an Orthodox Jew must be returned to his estranged non-Jewish father, under the terms of the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.

French-born Ronite Biton, who has been fighting for custody of her son for the past six years, was ordered to return the boy to Belgium, where a local court will determine whether she or her ex-husband, Vincent Georis, will raise him.


Prisoner wins payout

April 17, 2008

A former prison inmate in Vermont, Gordon Bock, 53, is to receive $25,000 (£12,500) in compensation after complaining that he had been denied Pesach food and festival items during his prison term in 2004 and 2005.