Archive | November, 2013

A modern-day tale of Romeo and Juliet

24 Nov

 

A screen grab of a Facebook campaign supporting Huda and Arafat

Girl meets boy, her father disapproves. It is a story as old as time but, unlike Romeo and Juliet, a couple arrested in Yemen have sparked a major Facebook campaign.

Once upon a time, three years ago, Huda, now 22, walked into a mobile phone shop in her home village in Saudi Arabia. She met Arafat, now 25, a Yemeni migrant worker from a much poorer family. Love blossomed.Image

Arafat approached Huda’s parents to ask for her hand, but was refused, according to the couple’s lawyer. “My family wanted to marry me off to another guy,” Huda seems to have told Saudi journalists, in aclip posted on YouTube. “But I refused. I said no-one will touch me except for Arafat. That was when the thought occurred to me that I should escape.”

Huda then left home and crossed the border into Yemen disguised as a Yemeni worker. She was arrested on charges of illegal immigration. Huda’s family claimed Arafat had used “magic” on their daughter, according to reports. Arafat returned to Yemen and he too was arrested, for helping Huda.

So far, so familiar. So what is the difference between Huda and Arafat’s story, and that of Romeo and Juliet or the Arabic Laila and Majnun?

This time, there has been a huge reaction on Yemeni Facebook, with several pages and images of the couple being widely shared (one has 9,000 likes). Some of the comments have been nationalistic – with Yemenis venting anger at their wealthier neighbour’s attitudes. But others have invoked the 2011 uprising in which Yemenis demanded rights.

“The sympathy with Huda is because she rebelled against her culture,” says Fahad, a 33-year-old civil servant who is on Facebook every evening. “She stood up against a patriarchal society which told her who to marry. It highlights the need our societies have for modern states where there are freedoms and rights and where people can, for example, choose who they want to marry.” He is organising a group to protest outside Huda and Arafat’s court hearing on Sunday.

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Iran nuclear: Geneva talks ‘reach deal’

24 Nov
Switzerland's Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter (L) talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a meeting at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Geneva, on November 23, 2013 (Pool/AFP, Martial Trezzini)

Switzerland’s Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter (L) talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a meeting at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Geneva, on November 23, 2013 (Pool/AFP, Martial Trezzini)

Iran and six world powers meeting in Geneva have reached a deal on Tehran’s nuclear programme, foreign ministers say.

No details have been released about the agreement, which has been reached after five days of negotiations.

Negotiators from the UK, US, Russia, China, France and Germany want Iran to stop enriching uranium in return for a loosening of sanctions.

Iran had earlier said it insisted on a “right to enrichment” in any deal.

This deal may be the most significant agreement between the world powers and Iran for a decade, says the BBC’s Iran correspondent, James Reynolds, who is at the talks in Geneva.

Iranian and western negotiators are expected to speak at a news conference shortly.

US President Barack Obama will give a statement at 03:15 GMT.

Tehran denies repeated claims by Western governments that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, and insists it must be allowed to enrich uranium for power stations.

“We have reached an agreement,” the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarifannounced on his Twitter feed.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius also confirmed the deal.

Minutes earlier, Michael Mann, spokesman for the EU foreign policy chief Baroness Catherine Ashton, who is leading the conference, quoted her as saying: “We have reached agreement between E3+3 and Iran.”

No details have been released. The White House says the US president, Barack Obama – who is in Washington – is preparing to make a statement about the deal.

Earlier, on Saturday evening, the deputy Iranian foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, said “98% of the draft” had been agreed but that Tehran wanted a “right to enrichment” to be clearly stated in any deal.

“We are insisting on our right to enrichment, which should be clearly recognised in the draft agreement,” Mr Araqchi was quoted as telling Iranian reporters late on Saturday – the fourth day of the negotiations.

Negotiators have been working since Wednesday to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both sides.

The talks had been scheduled to finish on Friday but were extended. Foreign ministers from the so-called P5+1 group of nations joined on Saturday, amid hopes of a breakthrough.

US officials said Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in Geneva early on Saturday, had the goal of “continuing to help narrow the differences and move closer to an agreement”.

‘Vigorous inspections’

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Saturday that a deal would be done only if it was a “truly worthwhile agreement”.

Some US politicians had said they would push for more sanctions if the talks failed.

Iran's heavy water plant at Arak, file picThe fate of Iran’s heavy-water plant at Arak is one of the issues to be resolved

The Geneva meeting follows a previous round of talks earlier this month.

On that occasion, foreign ministers flew to Geneva to conclude the negotiations, but they went home empty-handed.

Analysts say a major sticking point has been Iran’s insistence on its right to enrich uranium – a process that yields material used to manufacture fuel for power stations, but can also be used in weapons.

Western diplomats are also concerned about a reactor Iran is building at Arak – an issue which disrupted the first round of talks.

President Obama has said any interim agreement would see the bulk of international and US sanctions remain, but that Iran would get sanctions relief worth between $6bn and $7bn.

The essence of the deal would involve Iran making no more advances in its nuclear programme and agreeing to “more vigorous inspections”, he said.

“Yes, Babangida Killed Dele Giwa” – Major Debo Basorun, Rtd

24 Nov
WHO KILLED DELE GIWA?

Babangida’s ex-Chief Press Secretary opens up, says ‘Yes, IBB killed Dele Giwa’ By News Express

General Babangida

General Babangida


Twenty-seven years after the brutal murder by a parcel bomb of the journalist Dele Giwa, the fog surrounding those behind his death has been substantially cleared by 70-year-old Major Debo Basorun (retd.), former Chief Press Secretary to ex-military President Ibrahim Babangida. In an interview published this morning in National Mirror, Basorun was asked: “Are you saying categorically that it was Babangida who ordered the killing of Dele Giwa?” His answer: “Yes, yes and yes.”
The septuagenarian had yesterday broken down in tears as he recalled Giwa’s dastardly murder during the launch in Lagos of his book, ‘Honour for Sale: An Inside Account of the Murder of Dele Giwa’.
In the explosive interview, Basorun also accused his erstwhile boss of bringing corruption to the highest level in the country and of committing a lot of atrocities. Please read on:

Question: What informed your decision to write a book about some salient events in the nation’s history?

Immediately I left this country for exile in United States of America in 1989, I gathered all the materials for the book. I started making jottings on long hand. By 1994 the book was ready and the transcript was given to Prof. Wole Soyinka during the NADECO struggles. But for one reason or the other, I could not put it through

Why did you go on exile?

I had to run when my life was in danger. I was then the Chief Press Secretary to General Ibrahim Babangida, the former Head of State. Since I know some facts surrounding the death of Dele Giwa, the government was uncomfortable with me, therefore they were looking for how to eliminate me.
Babangida’s government was involved in the planning and assassination of Dele Giwa. And because I was privy to that information, the government was unhappy, unsettled; it was jittery and wanted to get rid of me. It suspected that I could say the truth. When I saw the handwriting on the wall and between life and death, I ran for my life. I had to escape from the country after I took them to court. I was the only principal officer serving that will take the government to court.
Despite several injunctions, at the Lagos High Court, the military government then just refused to come to the court to present their side of the story. The court said they should leave me alone, but they were hunting for me everywhere and since my life was no longer safe, I had to leave.

What are the salient facts that you have in your custody that made you think the government was looking for you?

Dele Giwa and the letter bomb

Dele Giwa and the letter bomb


These facts are hidden in the book and if you get a copy, you will see the intrigue that was woven round the killing of Dele Giwa. You will see the role certain characters played in the murder. I was even induced with money, but I refused, that was the time I had to run away. Now I believe it is better to state the fact the way it was no matter whose ox is gored. It is better to run away than to collect money from the devil.

Are you saying categorically that it was Babangida who ordered the killing of Dele Giwa?

Yes, yes and yes.

What about the involvement of Cols. Haliru Akilu and A. K. Togun?

Yes, these guys were in the military intelligence. They were all involved. If there is any dirty job to be done, the military intelligence would do it. I am a dramatic personae in that unit, therefore there is nothing they are doing that I would not know. The bitter truth is that Dele Giwa was killed by the Babangida regime. The whole thing was surrounded by mystery of our government. It is unfortunate that nobody has been brought to book.

Are you not afraid of your life now that all those you implicated in your book are still alive?

That was then that I used to fear, I am old enough to die now. That is the reason why I wrote this book, ‘Honour for Sale’. If eventually it leads to my death, I have no regrets. Why did they tag you a rebel while in the army, especially on the issue of a strong memo you wrote to your superior officer. What happened then?
That was when I was in the army. The issue that forced me out into exile was that Babangida was the President. There were two different scenarios here. One of the things that endeared Babangida to so many troops was his sense of fairness and sense of accommodating, no matter where you come from. After I became his spokesperson in the army, I realised that most of our gadgets in the army had inscriptions written on them in Arabic.
Despite the fact that I was a Muslim, I found it offensive that English was our lingua franca and that those things ought to have been written in English. I raised a memo and sent to him. He did not want to act on it, when Akilu, who was the Director of Military Intelligence got wind of it, he was bitter with me. He called me all sorts of names and came to accuse me for initiating such a memo.

Was there any sinister move from Akilu over what you did?

Dele Giwa in portrait

Dele Giwa in portrait


He was just harassing me, but Babangida shielded me, and told me that I should lie low. There was a time he told me that I should not mind him. I was doing a good job and the image of the army, which had been battered, was being restored gradually.

Don’t you think that the society will blame you for concealing such information you are divulging now for many years?

No; they will not, against the backdrop of what went wrong then. I knew why I went to court and refused to be posted to where they can kill me. There was a precedent, they have killed people in that unit before and nothing happened, therefore I didn’t want to be killed. If I did not have my facts, I will not go to court. That was why they muzzled everybody including the court. They were very powerful and there was nothing they could not do.

Was that the reason why all the cases of glaring assassinations the country have been witnessing after the killing of Dele Giwa cannot be traced?

It is only now that the police investigate cases of assassination and other organised crimes. Those days, the police cannot investigate anything. In fact, during the time of Babangida, the police was just a toothless bull dog. They were just there at the beck and call of the powers that be, then and there was nothing the rank and file could do.

Is it true that the IBB you know can do anything to bribe his way out of any situation?

I can tell you authoritatively that Babangida was a corrupt man. He was very corrupt. Several times, I had collected bribe for him. I am not claiming to be a saint, because I was a part of that government.
It is ‘obey the last order’ in the military. I know bribery is not good, but it was a military assignment that you must carry out; it is a duty that you must do. If the society wants to blame me for that, I will take up the blame. IBB introduced a new dimension to corruption in Nigeria on a large scale.

Recently the same IBB came out to condemn corruption in the country, how do you react to that?

It is very unfortunate that he, who took corruption to the highest level, could do so. Every Head of State in this country, apart from Muritala Mohammed and Muhammadu Buhari, were all corrupt.
The idea behind the book is just to call on Nigerians that they should not allow impunity to continue, enough is enough. After Dele Giwa, a lot of people, including journalists have been killed by the powers that be, yet nobody has unravelled the killings. What that is telling us is that the media is not doing enough to come out with such investigative stories, one day nobody knows who could come next as their target.
That is the challenge I pose to them now; let them come and kill me. I no longer fear for my life. I am old enough to die now if that is the sacrifice to pay for telling the truth and exposing all the hidden facts in our past brutal political history. I don’t want to go to my grave with this heavy load on my chest, today I have children and grandchildren, so if death comes now, I have left a legacy for the next generation to ponder on. They offered me money to keep quiet, but I refused, knowing full well that a day like this will come.
In 2010, Babangida wanted to use the Chief of Army Staff as they came up with spurious charge that cannot withstand the test of time against me that I stole money in the army. I took them to court, but they could not defend it.
After that all other Chiefs of Army Staff who had sat on that chair realised that the issue was a political one and decided not to dabble into it. They did not want to dabble into it for the fear that a day like this may come where all the hidden facts will be in the open. They did all that could be done to rubbish my image and harass me publicly but it all failed.
Was there any specific attempt on your life in the course of this crisis?
When I was in exile, Babangida wanted to eliminate me, but all his attempts failed. He used the Nigerian Embassy in America to prosecute all these atrocities, he even got in touch with some corrupt US agencies to do the shady deal for him, but all failed. I was forced to go to court there before I was vindicated. Babangida was afraid of this day, when all his misdeeds of the past would be laid bare in the open to the public through my book.

As an insider, do you believe that there were few cabals that were controlling the destiny of this country?

Yes, Babangida is one of them. Let me tell you the bitter truth: all those who have been controlling the political power of this country are few cliques who are re-cycling themselves, either military or civilian. Most of them are in government by proxy; all their agents are in government.
Let me give you an example, there are some people, who were with me in Dodan Barracks and who are still in the present government. For us to move forward, let all the old brigade hands off, including myself. Let the young people take over the reins of power and run it. With all these dead woods around, former this and former that, we are not going to get anywhere.

Would you say we need revolution to make things right?

Revolution is the last resort. Yes things are not going as it ought to go, but Nigerians can endure a lot, however there is limit to human endurance. When Nigerians are pressed to the wall, revolution will come naturally. The handwriting is clearly on the wall.

My Reaction to Assam Assam Interview

23 Nov
By Eyenisong Ibibio
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Talking about primaries and imposition of candidate reminds me of PDP Governorship primaries held in 2006 at the premises of the State House of Assembly. Barr Assam Assam and Senator Anietie Okon became the centre of attraction as they put up a spectacular show to lighten the ocassion.

The cream of who is who in Akwa Ibom politics was there. Contestants, delegates, party officials, security personnel, the press and others.

Music blared from the Public Adrress System and from the speakers of the hired DJ. It was to this spot Barr Assam Assam and Senator Anietie Okon went for dancing and singing session. Did they clutch something like good wine bottles under their ampits? Let me guess.

I still remember the particular tune of music that turned on the duo. They sang in mockery and protest that night. The title of the song track was “Ukara Jehova”. The lyrics go thus: “Satan akpe anam se enye ananam, ami ndituake ibout nno enye, ukara Jehova, eye osongho ada nke nisisi”. 

You would not believe what the duo made of the lyrics as they turned them (lyrics) into protest song. To them the lyrics was made to become: “Victor Attah anam se enye ananam, ami ndituake ibout nno enye, ukara Jehova, eye osongho ada ke nsisi”. To this tune, they danced, sang and “partied” till day break.

You would think they were tired after that long night, but how wrong! Then came the visit of Gov Attah to the venue the next day. As the governor approached their booth where the DJ had evidently been asked by the duo, to do an encore of their favourite track, Barr Assam Assam and Sen Anietie Okon joined their voices in singing the tune, changed their dance steps and drew unmistakable attention of Gov Attah. They continued in their protest song using their new found lyrics “Victor Attah anam se enye ananam…..” Attah came close enough to the booth, watched the two elder statesmen as they sang on not bothered by his presence; he laughed and turned away. The laughter of a “father” who on seeing his children display “mischievous” stunts, merely got amused. No anger was shown, no reprimand and never attempted to disrupt the enjoyment of his “political sons”

It was fun. Inspite of the stress of the night, the tension ocassioned by the political situation, there was peace. People moved from point to point freely all through the night without molestation. Contestants sat together chatting away their anxiety.
This, indeed was “sport”.

There was business activities all through the night; bars at “Maitama” (Ewet Housing) sold out their stock. Emergency bars set up around the vicinity sold out whatever they had. Same went for food vendors who were under severe pressure.

But most importantly, the whole night became celebration time. This was the nomination that produced Godswill Akpabio as PDP candidate. There was no Ibibio. There was no Annang or the like. 

How come a man who emerged under this circumstace and atmosphere to become the governor turned away from the people? Where, when and why did he disconnect from the source of love and power showered on him by the people, his real asset? I keep wondering.

Now, what do you think Akpabio would have done if faced with the same scenario? Would he have indulged a little laughter like Attah did and permit what clearly was a mockery or seeming disrespect to continue in the venue?

I dont know the answer. Guess it yourself.

Barr Assam Assam sir, I cant wait to do my own “etighi” come 2014, by the special grace of God. Dont ask me the song or the lyrics to be distorted and against whom it will be directed but there will be a song.

Eyenisong, PHC, Nig.

 

Akpabio Calls for Privatization of Ibom Airport

23 Nov
Akwa Ibom International Airport

Akwa Ibom International Airport


Governor Godswill Akpabio has called for the privatization of Akwa Ibom International Airport in partnership with Federal aviation authority for greater result and productivity.

Chief Akpabio made the call Friday when a 13-member committee on the “Production of Scheme and Conditions of Service for Akwa Ibom Airport Development Authority” headed by Mrs Cecilia Udoessien, state Head of Civil Service presented the report to him at Governor’s Office, Uyo said “My suggestion is that in future, the airport needs to be privatalised in serious partnership with the aviation sector”.

He remarked “The Ibom airport is a state-owned organization, but airport business belongs to the Federal Government where all aviation agencies of the Federal Government are involved. We would have waited for the airport to be completed before we talk about the the final scheme of service for the airport. We would have completed building the airport before employing staff, but the last administration needed to engage a lot of staff because that administration was thinking of getting a work force ready that would be employed in the diffrent arms of the airport. So, we had to train our children in the technical unit abroad to acquire skills to work at the Maintenance, Repairs and Overhaul (MRO) facility so that we can have a ready market when we have an operator.

“So, due to the excess number of staff at the airport, we must agree to the scheme of service and give a brand new appointment letter, which would specify that the letter is subject to the the state government being in charge of the Ibom airport. And if a federal aviation operator comes in, the staff have to abide by the federal scheme of service and since our children were employed for a long time and are rebellious, we then wanted to ensure their career growth”.

“The State Government is giving the airport staff confidence that you won’t be left behind and would make sure your interest is protected. And while we are struggling to build the airport, we would not want you to grow old before promotion as you had already waited for five years now.

“For now, we have frozen further employment at the airport until the staff are properly placed, which some of the staff would be sent to the state civil service depending on their disciplines and some who are professionals in their field could be sent to Akwa Ibom State University”, the Governor hinted.

Governor Akpabio said with the implementation of the scheme of service, all the illegal strike actions at the airport would come to an end, disclosing that an implementation committee would be set up to start the process immediately.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Mrs. Udoessien had disclosed that one of the reasons for the scheme of service was the incessant strike action and other management conflicts at the airport, which saw the need for the state government to prepare the scheme of service which she said include conditions of service, salary structure and conduct of staff.

Udoessien explained that the scheme of service consists of eight sections that are arranged according to departments, professions and work groups to guide the management of the Ibom airport.

She explained that the report on the conditions of service is an approved guidelines pertaining to workers benefits, rights, privileges and methods of appointment, and said the committee had to review the salary structure, which had an estimate of N31.3 million monthly with additional N5.8 million or 15 per cent.

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President Jonathan Remains Hospitalized After Chronic Stomach Pain

22 Nov

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan, has reportedly remained hospitalized at an undisclosed London hospital to which he was taken early today after complaining of chronic stomach pain.

“The President woke up to get ready for the business of the day only to complain of serious stomach pain”, one presidency source said.

The personal doctor to the President, Fortune Fibresima, reportedly administered some medicines but as the pain escalated, Mr. Jonathan was reportedly rushed to a hospital. Presidency officials hoped he would be released to participate at an Investor’s Council Meeting taking place at the Hilton Hotel in Central London, about five minutes from the InterContinental Hotel where the Nigerian president is lodged. The meeting is the objective of his visit.

Several presidency sources have confirmed to SaharaReporters that the President and several government officials partied heavily into the early hours of this morning as they celebrated Mr. Jonathan’s 56th birthday.

The Nigeria leader is accompanied on the trip by several Ministers and officials, but three state governors who were invited to accompany him did not show up. They include the Governor of Delta State, Emmanuel Uduaghan, who opted to go to Poland. He was reportedly afraid the London Metropolitan Police might pull him aside for questioning concerning his role in the money laundering fraud that led his cousin and predecessor as governor, James Ibori, into jail in the United Kingdom.

Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang and his Borno State counterpart, Kashim Shettima, were also both invited on the trip both they did not show up.

Last February, during another visit to London, Mr. Jonathan came down with an intestinal disorder described as Amoebic Colitis and he underwent testing at the London Clinic on Harley Street. It is unclear if his new troubles are related to that experience.

 

President Jonathan is said to have a taste for ogogoro, a local gin that is widely-enjoyed in the riverine areas of Southern Nigeria. Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati has however denied that alcohol is served in the presidency.

-By SaharaReporters

UK cops free 3 women held captive for 30 years

22 Nov

UK cops free 3 women held captive for 30 years

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland addresses the media outside New Scotland Yard.

Three “highly traumatized” women have been rescued from a London house after being held as slaves for as long as 30 years, police say. Getty Image

Police have arrested a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman at the south London residence in relation to the allegations.

The alarm was raised by the Freedom Charity in October after a woman phoned it saying she had been held against her will for as long as three decades.  Reports said the house concerned was in the Lambeth borough area of south London.

A Malaysian woman, 69, an Irish woman, 57, and a British woman, 30, were rescued from the home, police said.

“Police were contacted in October by Freedom Charity after they had received a call from a woman stating she had been held against her will in a house in London for more than 30 years,” Scotland Yard said in a statement.

“Further inquiries by police revealed the location of the house and with the help of sensitive negotiations conducted by the charity the three women, a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman were all rescued.

“All three women, who were highly traumatized, were taken to a place of safety where they remain.”

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, from the Met police’s Human Trafficking Unit added: “We applaud the actions of Freedom Charity and are working in partnership to support these victims who appear to have been held for over 30 years. We have launched an extensive investigation to establish the facts surrounding these very serious allegations.”

“A television documentary on forced marriages relating to the work of Freedom Charity was the catalyst that prompted one of the victims to call for help and led to their rescue.”

Police said they believed the 30-year-old woman who was rescued had lived in the house her entire life against her will and had no contact with outside world that most would consider normal.

Freedom Charity is an organization that works on issues including forced marriage.

Aneeta Prem of the Freedom Charity told Sky News that the women had to make calls to the charity in secret and at set times because “they felt like they were in massive danger.”

“The ladies were absolutely terrified of these people,” she said. “They did have rooms that they could use but they were very restricted on everything they could do.”

“I don’t believe the neighbors knew anything about it at all,” Prem said. “I think you would describe it as just an ordinary house in an ordinary street that wouldn’t raise any concerns with any neighbors or anyone else.”

“I just can’t believe that human beings can treat each other that way. It’s something that’s so barbaric and so out of everyone’s imagination that anybody could treat anybody in such a way that people feel that they are slaves,” she said.

Prem said they were worried that they would not in the end want to leave.

“Obviously 30 years, being held in a very difficult situation, you become very institutionalized to a very bad way of living, so we had to ensure that when they were going to come out they didn’t then decide they were going to go back in”.

The allegations were reminiscent of a series of high-profile cases in which women have escaped after extended periods of captivity.

(L-R) Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry and Michelle Knight were held captive by Ariel Castro in his Cleveland home for years.Photo: Hennes Paynter Communications

Gina DeJesus, Amanda Berry, and Michelle Knight, were  rescued earlier this year from a home in Cleveland. They were kidnapped and forced to live in a custom-made dungeon. Ariel Castro was found guilty of their kidnappings and scores of other crimes. He was later found dead in his jail cell.

Jaycee Lee Dugard turned up 18 years after she was kidnapped at the age of 11 in California. She had been kept in a hidden backyard behind the house of her captor, Phillip Garrido, and had two children with him.

Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped in 1991.Photo: AP

Austrian Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped at the age of 10 by Wolfgang Priklopil, who held her captive in a cellar for eight years before she managed to escape in 2006. He threw himself under a train the night she got away.

Elizabeth Smart was 14 when she was taken from the bedroom of her home in June 2002 and repeatedly raped by a self-styled prophet during nine months of captivity.

Smart was rescued in March 2003 less than 30km from her home. Her abductor, Brian David Mitchell, was jailed for life in 2011.

Josef Fritzl imprisoned his daughter for 24 years and fathered seven of her children. The case came to light in 2008 when Fritzl’s daughter Elisabeth and three children were freed from the dungeon Fritzl built beneath his house. Fritzl is serving a life sentence for his crimes.

This article originally appeared on News.com.au.

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