In 2016, Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab was arrested for overseeing a massive money laundering scheme and evading sanctions with Iran... Zarrab testified that he was attacked by another prisoner wielding a knife who said he was told to kill Zarrab for cooperating with prosecutors. Former CIA employee Joshua Schulte, 30, who is accused of leaking highly classified information to Wikileaks was being held at MCC when it was discovered that he managed to have multiple cell phones in his cell, including one that was heavily encrypted. He reportedly maintained multiple emails and had communicated with third parties outside the jail. In January, former MCC security guard Victor Casado was sentenced to three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to taking more than $25,000 in bribes for smuggling contraband like cell phones to Zarrab. Another correctional officer at MCC, Dario Quirumbay, was arrested last year for smuggling contraband into the jail in exchange for bribes.
A hulking ex-cop facing the death penalty on federal murder and drug charges was reportedly Jeffrey Epstein's cellmate at Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center — and an official says Epstein feared might've the former police officer, who was questioned after the disgraced financier's apparent suicide attempt last month and who was transferred out of Epstein's cell shortly before the 66-year-old died early Saturday.
Nicholas Tartaglione, who'd been a Briarcliffe Manor cop in Westchester County, N.Y., was charged in 2016 with the deaths of four men stemming from an alleged cocaine drug conspiracy. Epstein was housed at the MCC federal lockup with the 51-year-old former cop after his July arrest for sex trafficking, Tartaglione's attorney told Fox News on Monday.
Tartaglione was transferred out of Epstein's cell in the facility's Special Housing Unit — a heavily secured part of the MCC that separates high-profile inmates from the general population — after Epstein was placed on suicide watch, Tartaglione's attorney, Bruce Barket, said. It was not clear why he was transferred.
The most recent inmate assigned to Epstein's cell was transferred on Friday, just hours before his death, a source said.
Wasserman Schultz, whose southern district is less than an hour from Epstein’s Palm Beach estate, said in a Sunday letter obtained by the Washington Examiner that a probe into Epstein’s apparent suicide was not sufficient because “it will not provide true independent accountability to those who survived his horrific crimes.” Wasserman Schultz said an inspector general investigation into Epstein’s death “may only quell the irresponsible conspiracy theories President Trump peddles” but lamented it wouldn’t provide true accountability against everyone who dropped the ball regarding Epstein’s criminality.
Bill Cosby's effort to erase his conviction for sexual assault goes before a Pennsylvania appellate panel Monday for a hearing expected to focus on whether the trial judge made prejudicial errors or properly allowed testimony about Cosby's "decades-long pattern" of sexual misconduct... The hearing will be before a three-judge panel and it could be short: Typically, each side gets about 15 minutes to make its case – but that counts the questions the judges may ask. Interruptions can be expected, shortening even more the time each side has to argue.
Speaking to Reuters shortly before being declared victor, the conservative Giammattei said he wanted to see what could be done to improve the deal that outgoing President Jimmy Morales agreed to stem U.S.-bound migration from Central America. Giammattei will not take office until January, by which time Guatemala may be under severe pressure from the deal that effectively turns the country into a buffer zone, by forcing migrants to seek refuge there rather than in the United States.
“I hope that during this transition the doors will open to get more information so we can see what, from a diplomatic point of view, we can do to remove from this deal the things that are not right for us, or how we can come to an agreement with the United States,” Giammattei, 63, said in the interview.
Ghislaine Maxwell was last night reported to be ready to co-operate with the American authorities in their ongoing investigation into Prince Andrew’s late friend Jeffrey Epstein... ‘They are going to want to hold somebody to account and there is going to be enormous pressure on Maxwell as she has been accused of being heavily involved with Epstein,’ he said. ‘I would imagine she is petrified’... The suggestion that Miss Maxwell, 58, will assist the criminal case presents a further dramatic twist in a story which threatens to do yet more damage to the Royal Family’s public image. It was Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah, who first introduced him to ‘Good Time Ghislaine’, as her friends called her... But, she and the Duke of York were not in a romantic relationship. Indeed, as his new found confidante and social fixer she was far, far more important to him than that.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government set aside about $100 million to purchase to weapons when they pushed through legislation in April to ban military-style semi-automatic weapons. The bill passed after the March 15 shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 52 people... The buyback program launched in mid-July. A total of 10,242 firearms have been handed into police...
South Korea said Monday that it has decided to remove Japan from a list of nations receiving preferential treatment in trade in what was seen as a tit-for-tat move following Tokyo's recent decision to downgrade Seoul's trade status amid a diplomatic row.
It wasn't immediately clear how South Korea's tightened export controls would impact bilateral trade. Seoul said some South Korean companies exporting to Japan will be able to receive exceptions from case-by-case inspections that are normally applied on sensitive shipments to nations with lower trade status and go through the same fast-track approval process that they currently enjoy.
He spent almost three decades behind bars for a rape and robbery he didn’t commit — but now Mark Denny has nearly 10 million reasons to celebrate. Comptroller Scott Stringer has quietly agreed to approve paying Denny a $9.75 million settlement — avoiding a potential $50 million lawsuit against the city and the NYPD that would have alleged cops framed the now-cleared ex-con, according to records obtained by The Post through the Freedom of Information Law.