Iñaki Urdangarin, son of King Juan Carlos of Spain, was charged in Corruption case yesterday!

Duke of Palma accused of Corruption

Duke of Palma accused of Corruption

MADRID, Dec. 30 .- Iñaki Urdangarin, son of King Juan Carlos of Spain, was charged yesterday in a corruption case for alleged irregularities by seizing public and private funds through Nóos Institute, a nonprofit foundation that I and chaired between 2004 and 2006.

Urdangarin, Duke of Palma, 43, is the husband of the Infanta Cristina, the youngest daughter of the Spanish monarch, marriage who currently resides with her four children in Washington, USA.

Spanish Judge José Castro, instructor of the case “Palma Arena” quoted for the February 6 as a defendant to Urdangarin, becoming the only member of the Royal Family investigated by a judge, legal sources said.

This decision comes after the completion of the steps and lifted the gag order, and after the Anticorruption Prosecutor Balearic pointed to a “corporate lattice” fabric Urdangarin allegedly by Diego Torres and his partner to take over public and private funds received Noosa.

The High Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands (TSJIB) Urdangarin confirmed the subpoena to testify in court on February 6, 2012.

Castro The judge will ask about the business conducted in the Spanish region of Balearic Islands and Valencia, for which “has been the recipient of public funds,” the car.

You will be asked on the implementation of the agreement with both regional governments, accountability carried out as well as by people who have participated in the facts or have received them, the fate of public funds and its treatment prosecutor, detailing the judge.

Urdangarin must go in person to the Court of Instruction No. 3 of Palma de Mallorca to testify about their activities at the Institute Nóos having been summoned as a defendant, since the law only provides the possibility to declare in writing to the witnesses.

Time to defend

Thus, the lawyer Mario Pascual Vives, who acts as spokesman for Urdangarin, said his client is “absolutely innocent” and now, once charged, will have the opportunity to “start defending their” honor.

The case on Nóos Institute, which police called Babel operation and management of which was investigated by the Royal House itself, began to rebound out its activities in the summary of the case “Palma Arena”.

This research is educated for years by Judge Castro about numerous cases of alleged corruption detected during the Baleares government of former President Jaume Matas.

The research takes place mainly by 1.2 million Nóos charged by the organization of the Balearic Islands Forum , a conference on tourism and sport, in 2005 and 2006.

Royal House expresses respect for justice

The Royal House of Spain said yesterday that there is no comment to make regarding the allocation of Iñaki Urdangarin, son of King Juan Carlos, in a corruption case and referred to its position of respect for judicial decisions.

Spanish judge José Castro, instructor Palma Arena case cited for the February 6 as a defendant the Duke of Palma, Urdangarin, after lifting the gag investigation for alleged irregularities in the Nóos Institute.

The Spanish Royal House reiterates its position of respect for judicial proceedings, which holds since two months ago, began to appear the first reports linking the husband of the Infanta Cristina, the youngest daughter of the monarch, with the case “Palma Arena “.

Legal sources reported the allegation, which occurs upon completion of the proceedings and after the Balearic Anticorruption Prosecutor pointed to an alleged “corporate network” allegedly Urdangarin tissue

Chinese national imprisoned for economic espionage to benefit Chinese government!

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WASHINGTON – Kexue Huang, a Chinese national and a former resident of Carmel, Ind., was sentenced today to 87 months in prison and three years of supervised release on charges of economic espionage to benefit components of the Chinese government and theft of trade secrets.

The sentencing was announced by Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, Assistant Attorney General for National Security Lisa O. Monaco, U.S. Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett of the Southern District of Indiana, U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones of the District of Minnesota, and Robert J. Holley, Special Agent in Charge of the Indianapolis Field Office of the FBI.

This is the first prosecution in Indiana for foreign economic espionage. Since its enactment in 1996, there have been a total of eight cases charged nationwide under the Economic Espionage Act.

“Mr. Huang stole valuable trade secrets from two American companies and disseminated them to individuals in Germany and China,” said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. “Economic espionage and trade secret theft are serious crimes that, as today’s sentence shows, must be punished severely. Protecting trade secrets is vital to our nation’s economic success, and we will continue vigorously to enforce our trade secret and economic espionage statutes.”

“The theft of American trade secrets for the benefit of China and other nations poses a continuing threat to our economic and national security,” saidLisa Monaco,Assistant Attorney General for National Security. “Today’s sentence demonstrates our commitment to detect, prosecute and hold accountable those engaged in these illegal activities.”

“The United States Attorney’s Office takes seriously its obligation to protect Hoosier businesses from economic espionage,” U.S. Attorney Hogsett said. “I thank the federal agents and prosecutors who helped bring this landmark case to a successful conclusion.”

“The Kexue Huang investigation and prosecution is an excellent example of how law enforcement and American corporations can work together to protect our corporations from economic espionage and the theft of extremely valuable trade secrets,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Holley stated. “Dow Agrosciences and the FBI cooperated extensively to make this important investigation a success. Economic espionage is a crime that undermines the competiveness of our corporations and our national interest in protecting intellectual property. The FBI will continue to work collaboratively with the private sector to aggressively investigate those individuals that seek to harm our country’s economic interests by stealing our intellectual property and thereby undermining our competitive economic position in the world.”

Huang, 46, was sentenced by the U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence in the Southern District of Indiana. On Oct. 18, 2011, Huang pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment filed in the Southern District of Indiana for misappropriating and transporting trade secrets from Dow AgroSciences LLC with the intent to benefit components of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Huang also pleaded guilty to one count of an indictment filed in the District of Minnesota for stealing a trade secret from a second company, Cargill Inc.

According to court documents, from January 2003 until February 2008, Huang was employed as a research scientist at Dow, a leading international agricultural company based in Indianapolis that provides agrochemical and biotechnology products. In 2005, Huang became a research leader for Dow in strain development related to unique, proprietary organic insecticides marketed worldwide.

As a Dow employee, Huang signed an agreement that outlined his obligations in handling confidential information, including trade secrets. The agreement prohibited him from disclosing any confidential information without Dow’s consent. Dow employed several layers of security to preserve and maintain confidentiality and to prevent unauthorized use or disclosure of its trade secrets.

Huang admitted that during his employment at Dow, he misappropriated several Dow trade secrets. According to plea documents, from 2007 to 2010, Huang transferred and delivered the stolen Dow trade secrets to individuals in Germany and the PRC. With the assistance of these individuals, Huang used the stolen materials to conduct unauthorized research with the intent to benefit foreign universities that were tied to the PRC government. Huang also admitted that he pursued steps to develop and produce the misappropriated Dow trade secrets in the PRC, including identifying manufacturing facilities in the PRC that would allow him to compete directly with Dow in the established organic pesticide market.

According to court documents, after Huang left Dow, he was hired in March 2008 by Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Huang worked as a biotechnologist for Cargill until July 2009 and signed a confidentiality agreement promising never to disclose any trade secrets or other confidential information of Cargill. Huang admitted that during his employment with Cargill, he stole one of the company’s trade secrets – a key component in the manufacture of a new food product, which he later disseminated to another person, specifically a student at Hunan Normal University in the PRC.

In the plea agreement, Huang admitted that the aggregated loss from the misappropriated trade secrets exceeds $7 million but is less than $20 million.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia J. Ridgeway of the Southern District of Indiana, Trial Attorneys Mark L. Krotoski and Evan C. Williams of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS), and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Paulsen of the District of Minnesota, with assistance from the National Security Division’s Counterespionage Section. Significant assistance was provided by the CCIPS Cyber Crime Lab and the Office of International Affairs in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

The sentence announced today is an example of the type of efforts being undertaken by the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property (IP Task Force). Attorney General Eric Holder created the IP Task Force to combat the growing number of domestic and international intellectual property crimes, protect the health and safety of American consumers, and safeguard the nation’s economic security against those who seek to profit illegally from American creativity, innovation and hard work. The IP Task Force seeks to strengthen intellectual property rights protection through heightened criminal and civil enforcement, greater coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement partners, and increased focus on international enforcement efforts, including reinforcing relationships with key foreign partners and U.S. industry leaders

expansion of Hezbollah in America! Supported by Hugo Chavez?

 

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The expansion of Hezbollah in America, encouraged by the support it receives from Venezuela‘s President Hugo Chavez, a growing concern to the United States, said today the Spanish newspaper ABC.

He said that proof of this is that U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, asked its embassies in the continent an update of the risk posed by Islamist extremism fostered by Iran.

He said that in the summer of 2010 a radical Islamist summit starring Hezbollah, also involving Hamas, took place in Caracas, at the headquarters of military intelligence.

The newspaper said it had access to several communications preparatory meeting, which involved the ambassador of Venezuela in Syria, Imam Saab Saab, and the then Iranian ambassador in Damascus, Ahmad Mousavi.

He said the second man of the Chavez regime in the Syrian capital, Lebanese Ghazi Nassereddine naturalized Venezuelan, is the most prominent of Hezbollah in Venezuela and has a close relationship with Venezuelan Minister of Interior, Tarik el-Aissami. Nassereddine and El-Aissami are designated by the Attorney of New York as the main partners of Chavez with Hezbollah and one attributed financing of terrorist operations and delivery of passports other activists of the organization.

Hezbollah, Lebanese and funding Iran and Syria’s support, has promoted numerous terrorist attacks. “Penetration in Latin America has been conducted through a growing network of Islamic centers whose function is the recruitment and radicalization of activists, as well as fundraising.

They also serve as support logistically possible money laundering and drug trafficking, which place elements of Hezbollah in the U.S. border, “he says. He said that until Chavez came to power, the main Hezbollah cells present was in the triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. “While it is true that there have been cases in which Hezbollah members have entered the U.S. illegally to carry out attacks, not sensational or alarmist to be concerned and respond with appropriate measures’ said Roger Noriega, a senior Bush Administration, in a recent lecture at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

Is China Preparing for war?

President of China speaking about War!

President of China speaking about War!

As tensions grow over local maritime disputes and U.S. influence in the South China Sea, China’s president said Tuesday that its navy should “make extended preparations for military combat,” the AFP reported.

President Hu Jintao told the Central Military Commission its navy should modernize in the interest of national security.

The Chinese navy has grown in recent years from a coastal protection force to one spanning the globe, sending ships as far as the Caribbean on goodwill missions and into the Mediterranean to escort vessels evacuating Chinese citizens from the fighting in Libya.

China said it is considering an offer from the Seychelles to host Chinese naval ships in the Indian Ocean island nation, highlighting the increasing global reach of a navy that recently launched its first aircraft carrier.

The navy also began sea trials in August for its first aircraft carrier, the former Soviet Varyag, towed from Ukraine in 1998 minus its engines, weaponry and navigation systems. China says the carrier is intended for research and training, leading to speculation that it plans to build future copies.

China’s military expansion and strong assertions of claims to disputed territory have raised regional concerns, prompting many of China’s neighbors to strengthen ties with the U.S. military that has traditionally predominated in the Asia Pacific.

While Beijing has tried to assuage those concerns, it has also asserted its claims with patrols and other physical displays, and on Tuesday dispatched its largest coast guard cutter to the East China Sea.

The 322-foot Haijian will visit Chinese rock outcroppings as well as a gas field claimed by China and Japan. There was no indication it planned to visit other islands that Japan controls but China claims.

George Little, a Pentagon spokesman, downplayed Hu’s comments, saying China has the right to develop its military, according to the report. But he went on to say China should be transparent in the process.

“We have repeatedly called for transparency from the Chinese and that’s part of the relationship we’re continuing to build with the Chinese military,” Little said, according to the report.