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AUSTRALIA
ASSASSINATION OF A COMPLETE WITNESS FAMILY.
A disgruntled Jehovah's Witness whose family was killed in the Margaret River massacre has spoken of his children going to a "new system" after his tragic death.

The bodies of the four autistic children of Aaron Cockman, Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Arye, 10 and Kadyn Cockman, eight, were found on Friday at the family farm in Osmington, in rural western Australia.

The youngsters, as well as Katrina, a separated couple of Mr Cockman, 35, and his mother Cynda, 58, are believed to have been shot dead by the children's grandfather, Peter Miles, 61.

"My whole family has remained strong, we were all seated last night and it was not tears or tears ... it all smiled, laughed and joked," said Mr. Cockman, according to The West.
Aaron Cockman, a Jehovah's Witness whose family was killed in the Margaret River massacre, spoke of his children going to a "new system" after their tragic deaths.

https://en.mogaznews.com/World-News/902523/Margaret-River-massacre-Jehovahs-Witness-father-speaks-about-his-children-.html

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I am so happy that this dear brother has a solid faith to believe that he will see his children in the New System. I can tell from the article that they didn’t believe it and thought it was strange. for him to say that.

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Not sure if the entire family were JWs, the articles I've read don't mention that 

 

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Inside the mind of a mass murderer: WAS RELIGION THE REASON? - the Australian Margaret River murder-suicide

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Inside the mind of a mass murderer

Was religion the reason for the shocking way a "wonderful" farmer murdered his family?

The Sunday Telegraph (Australia), Sunday, June 3, 2018 - pages 78 & 79

Peter Miles was by all accounts not a man of religion — even if the way he ended seven lives, including his own, carried some of the hallmarks of cult-driven evil.

In the community of Margaret River, three hours south of Perth, those who knew Miles, 61, call him a "wonderful" man.

But how does a wonderful man murder his wife, his daughter and his four grandchildren?

Did Miles plan to send his family to a peaceful afterlife destination? Or did he break down, finding this material plane too painful to endure? Did he think he was doing them a favour?

The motive behind the murders on the 12ha hillside property on Osmington Rd, a 20-minute drive from Margaret River, is known only to police — if they know it at all.

"IÂ’m angry at the suggestions Peter was mad," one of MilesÂ’ neighbours said. "ThatÂ’s why I wonÂ’t talk to the media."

The media has not called Miles "mad"; rather, the restraint is extraordinary, given the magnitude of the atrocity — one of Australia’s worst massacres. The media exercised similar restraint in 2014, when Raina Thaiday’s sudden-onset psychosis caused her to stab to death seven of her children and a cousin in their Cairns’ home. In the name of God.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson listened to MilesÂ’ two-minute goodbye message to triple-0, made at around 5am on May 11, just before he took his own life. He has chosen not make the details public. However, two comments by Dawson stand out: one was that no other party was involved and, second, that police may never understand why.

Miles, a registered gun owner, somehow managed to execute his daughter Katrina, 35, and his grandchildren Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Ayre, 10, and Kayden, 8, as they slept in their beds in an outhouse; and his wife, Cynda, 58, in the main home.

It was the deepest part of night but the fact the kids were supposedly found "peacefully" in their beds, it was as though they had been drugged - or Miles had moved with purposeful and brutal efficiency.

The common explanation is that Miles was taking a course of antidepressants that did not suit him and his mind had begun misfiring. ItÂ’s the answer most people prefer: it blames an external cause rather than the man himself.

It has been reported that the day before the killings, MilesÂ’ wife, Cynda, sent a Facebook message to a friend saying his condition was getting "worse and worse".

One person who does not accept this is Aaron Cockman, MilesÂ’ son-in-law, the father of the four children and ex-husband of Katrina. "He has thought this through," Cockman said. "He has not snapped."

Miles had been a dairy farmer most of his life. In 2000, when deregulation hit the industry, he - like a lot of small-scale farmers - was forced off his farm southeast of Margaret River. He did not sell up, but leased his share to bigger interests.

At the same time, he fell out with his older brother, Shirl, due to disagreements over the succession plan for the property - a problem that destroys many farming siblings. Peter and Cynda - herself from a longstanding southeast Western Australian farming family - bought a house in Margaret River township in 2001. They would soon be hit by grief when a son, Shawn, committed suicide by gunshot.

Ross Woodhouse, a former teacher and now one of the area's biggest dairy farmers, knew Miles all his life. For years they shared a fence and he'd taught Katrina ("lovely kid") and Shawn. Woodhouse said town life did not suit Miles. "I think his right place was on the farm. Deregulation didn't help - it took the boy out of the bush."

Miles taught agriculture at the local high school and was known to students as "Farmer Pete". Cynda was a founding member of a local society dedicated to growing organic produce, believing that good food could help her grandchildren.

This was especially important to Cynda given that her daughter Katrina's four children were autistic. The older kids had some minor early interaction at the local school but due to their special circumstances, Katrina had begun to homeschool them from 2009.

Shelley Cullen, who knew Cynda through the organic network, said the four children were "intelligent and well-liked. They were much loved by Peter and Cynda. They wanted to feed them organic food.

"They had some difficulties at school and they were helping Katrina with the homeschooling. They really were beautiful and not noticeably different to other kids. But the school system they found hard - they were very sensitive to sounds and stimuli and it was felt they were better in a quiet environment."

Miles nursed deep worries. According to Aaron Cockman, his oldest son Rylan was not expected to live beyond middle-age. Miles had already lost Shawn and now another son, Neil, was facing renal failure and needed a kidney transplant. Added to this, KatrinaÂ’s relationship with Cockman had disintegrated. Miles had taken over responsibility as the main male figure in the childrenÂ’s life.

In late 2014, Miles activated the dream he shared with Cynda to get back to the land. He sold the farm for $1.35 million and put the Margaret River house on the market, which later sold for $560,000. They bought the Osmington Road property in December 2014 for $820,000 and quickly set about planting fruit trees.

Friends dispute that Miles was deliberately isolating the family. They say he wanted the grandkids to have peace - and to provide an escape for Katrina. In October 2014, just before she moved out to the farm, Katrina posted a poem on Facebook, telling of the fear of hearing a car arriving, of being hit and humiliated in front of her children.

Aaron Cockman referred to his family-law troubles in his extraordinary media appearance 48 hours after the massacre. He said he had never visited the kids on the new farm. "I have had so much anger ever since I was cut off from my kids, so much anger," he said. "That was due to Peter and Cynda making sure I was cut off from my kids."

Katrina, meanwhile, felt the farm was working for the kids. She reported to a homeschooling site that one of her sons, who had issues with fine-motor co-ordination and visual tracking, was making "amazing" progress. She said she was "just so proud of his achievements".

Cockman said an independent psychologist's report had allowed a court order to be recently varied so he could see his kids again, under supervision; and he refuted "accusations I was abusive and all that".

The comments were both confusing and revealing - and caused a lot of conjecture. Cockman called Miles "an awesome man" who before the bitterness was "like my best friend".

And there was this about Miles: "He didn't snap, he knew what he was doing. He did it really well. If someone was going to do it, I trust he did it right and he did it right."

There was no suggestion of Cockman's involvement - Commissioner Dawson had said: "I wish to strongly emphasise police do not believe any other person is involved with these crimes."

Cockman was raised by Jehovah's Witnesses and though not an adherent, he maintained some of the beliefs (local Witness leader Ian Horner said Cockman attended the local Kingdom Hall only occasionally and "Katrina had a look many years ago but took it no further").

Faith might explain why Cockman came across as both inconsolable yet accepting of the deaths, which he didn't see as deaths at all.

He said that "the kids went to sleep and now they are nothing. But to them they are already in a new system."

The New System is a belief held by Witnesses that there will be an Armageddon followed by a resurrection in which the good will rise from their tombs and live forever, while the bad will be judged and damned again.

Only the Witnesses will survive the end-times annihilation (the date of which they have wrongly foretold on several occasions). Those who have already left this life — such as the four Cockman children — are asleep in an emptiness without pain or pleasure. They will, according to the belief, live again.

Cockman had such limited contact with Miles in recent years, he was not in a position to truly know what was going through his mind. Of many questions that remain, you are left wondering whether there was any forethought in the decision to name this pretty little hillside property "Forever Dreaming".

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https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/margaret-river-murdersuicide-who-was-peter-miles/news-story/38fd27cbb4f34d6ed9913fb430bbf1df

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      On Thursday, the family prayed together and released a handful of biodegradable lanterns into the sky above the lake to show they won't forget Miranda — or the unknown killer who remains free.
      Olga Davis, Miranda's cousin, said his mother, Maria Miranda, moved to Florida shortly after his death because she "couldn't stand it to live here anymore" after the pain of losing her son.
      She hasn't returned since, and she wasn't present at the vigil Thursday night.
      "I'm a mother, and if something happened to one of my babies like that, I don't know how I'd push on," Davis said. "It's a kick in the stomach; I can't breathe. I can't rest at night knowing his killers are still out there, breathing and walking around, not paying for the injustice that's been done to us."
      Jack Padro, Miranda's brother, said he wishes he could thank him for all that he did for him. He said he still struggles to suppress anger and negative frustration.
      "I was always with him," Padro said. "He was a good person and helped me through the hard times. But now I can't even say thank you to him anymore."
      The family still lives around the corner from where the shooting happened. Every year, the they meet at the scene to celebrate Miranda's life.
      Davis praised York City Police for making arrests in recent shootings, but notes the status of her cousin's case.
      "The police have been doing a great job tracking the current shooters doing all these terrible things in York, but Erik's case is still cold," she said.
      Davis also praised local community organizations for their efforts to stop gun violence, but added the community is doing less to help grieving families such as hers.
      Raul Miranda, left, and Olga Davis watch lanterns float over Kiwanis Lake in memory of Erick Miranda, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Miranda was murdered Sept. 20, 2015 in a drive-by shooting. His case is one of only a few cold cases in York City. John A. Pavoncello photo (Photo: The York Dispatch)
      "I don't know what can be done to stop it, and I don't know how they're going to stop it," Davis said. "York is just tired. We're sick of shootings; we're afraid to walk to the store."
      Although Davis said knowing who the killer is won't take all of the pain away, it is the closest thing to closure the family can hope for.
      York City Police Chief Troy Bankert explained in an email the process of handling unsolved homicide case.
      "Homicides do not have statute of limitations, therefore they remain open," the chief said. "When a homicide is unsolved, we review the case as needed. However, typically, new evidence is presented which is then immediately followed up on. We do the initial investigation until all evidence is reviewed and all witnesses are questioned."
      Anyone with information is asked to call police at 717-846-1234 or text "yorktips" and then the message to 847411.
      https://www.yorkdispatch.com/story/news/local/2018/09/21/three-years-day-since-unsolved-killing-york-family-holds-vigil-erik-miranda/1371116002/
    • By Jack Ryan
      Mike MartindaleUpdated 6:11 p.m. ET Feb. 16, 2018 Keego Harbor Â— A quiet residential street became a horrific crime scene Friday with news that four people — a couple and their adult children — died in what police are describing as a triple murder-suicide.

      By late afternoon, some yellow police crime scene tape remained around the two-story wood frame bungalow in the 2300 block of Cass Lake Road where police were sent about 8:10 a.m. on a welfare check after a relative became worried about the family, Keego Harbor Police Chief John Fitzgerald said.
      One of four bodies is removed from the home of the 2300 block of Cass Lake Road. (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News)
      “A relative had concerns and asked us to look into it,” said Fitzgerald. “It’s tragic and our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
      Inside the house officers found four bodies who neighbors identified as Daniel Stuart, 47, his wife, Lauren, 45, and their children, Bethany, 24, and Steven, 27.
      Fitzgerald said the “perpetrator” was among the dead but would not provide details other than to stress “we think we know what happened here and there is no danger to neighbors.”
      Fitzgerald said police have recovered what is believed to be the murder weapon but would not elaborate. He said all the deaths remain under investigation.
      Keego Harbor Police Chief John Fitzgerald briefs the media on the murder-suicide. (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News)
      Neighbors John and Jackie Tristani said they awoke Friday to learn police were outside the victimsÂ’ home.
      “My son said police were repeatedly calling out ‘Lauren, come outside,’ " said John Tristani. “When she didn’t respond they (police) went inside. A few minutes later, they came back outside, shaking their heads.”
      Tristani said he had been watching television late Thursday night and never heard anything from the Stuarts' home.
      Sources close to the investigation said the family pet, a dog, was also slain by the killer. Investigators also found a note which may help explain what led up to the deaths. They would not discuss its contents.
      The deaths puzzle the Tristanis, who knew Lauren Stuart as a “hard-working” neighbor who could often be seen working in her yard and remodeled the house largely on her own.
      “She would often come over and borrow tools – a saw, a pickaxe – whatever,” said Tristani. “She was always doing something.”
      The Tristanis said in one of their first meetings with Lauren Stuart a few years ago she attempted to “recruit” them into the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      “I said we were Catholics and weren’t interested,” he said. “She accepted the answer and it was the end of that.”
      Lauren Stuart worked at an area gym, he said, and her husband was involved in some form of medical business in the Ann Arbor area.
      Darlene and Dennis Buck, who live a block away on Cass Lake Road, said they were enroute home from a trip to northern Michigan when they learned of the murder-suicide.
      “We have lived here since ’74 and nothing like this has ever happened in our neighborhood — not even close,” said Darlene Buck.
      Jackie Tristani said she found it all “scary” – not just the deaths but that something might have been going on in a neighbor’s home without her knowledge. She had tried to get Bethany a job at her workplace and her son knew both Bethany and Steven. There was never any mention or indication of trouble inside the home, she said.
      “I would hope that if there was a problem inside there someone would have reached out, we would have tried to help,” she said, her voice quaking. “Maybe we could have done something.
      “But you never really know everything there is about your neighbors, do you?”
      http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/oakland-county/2018/02/16/4-dead-keego-harbor-murder-suicide/345756002/
    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      (New news ....)  A MONTANA Judge Orders Jehovah’s Witnesses to Turn Over Internal Documents Related to Childhood Sexual Abuse
      April 12, 2018
       
      On April 5, 2018, Judge James Manley of Sanders County, Montana ordered the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization to produce documents and testimony related to internal reports and investigations into the childhood sexual abuse of NPR’s two clients.
       
      In this case, the two Plaintiffs were sexually abused as children by a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Elders in the local Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Thompson Falls, Montana were aware of the abuse and failed to report it to the police, choosing instead to handle the reports and investigations internally pursuant to Jehovah’s Witness guidelines. Their decision not to report the abuse to authorities allowed the perpetrator to remain in the congregation and continue to abuse one of the Plaintiffs.
       
      Throughout this case, and similar childhood sexual abuse cases across the country, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have refused to produce documents related to their internal handling of reports of sexual abuse and related investigations and disciplinary actions claiming that the information is protected by the clergy-penitent privilege and the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
       
      Through briefing to the court, NPR convinced the Judge that Defendants’ privilege claims were unsupported and improper under the law. The Court agreed that Defendants could not blanket everything related to their investigations in secrecy and that they must turn it over to the Plaintiffs. Often, this is the very evidence that can win or lose a case like this against a religious institution.
       
      The case of Nunez, et al. v. Watchtower Bible & Tract Society of New York, et al.  is set to go to trial in September of 2018.
      The plaintiffs in this case are represented by NPR partner D. Neil Smith and associate Ross E. Leonoudakis.
       
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      A Jury of 12 held in public view ... or a tribunal of three held in complete secrecy.
      Which would YOU choose,  to get Justice?
       
    • By Bible Speaks
      Our congregation of 40 publishers in Victoria, Australia, listening to our young ones appreciation for Sophia & Caleb during the ‘Forgive FreelyÂ’ part.  thank you

    • By Srecko Sostar
      Newcastle Herald senior journalist, Joanne McCarthy.
      Catholic, Anglican, Uniting and some others with WT-JW in the same pot. This prove how JW are not so different as religion/organization who claim to be only true and only one religion with highest moral standards above all others.
      Catholic church and JW looking at child molestation as a sin, moral failure. According to recommendation they need to change that view on issue. GB changed many past "truths" and replaced "firmly bible based teachings" with "new teachings" giving same explanation - this new teachings is also "firmly established on Bible" :))). Will they change "two witness rule" in cases of child molestation? Until now they said "firmly" NO.  But future can/might give "new clarification" on this matter :)) And all members will see that new instructions as "proper food in proper time". hehe
       
      "Jehovah's Witnesses accused of failing to adopt abuse inquiry recommendations"
      Posted Fri 10 Mar 2017,  http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/worldtoday/jehovahs-witnesses-accused-of-failing-to-adopt/8343354  
       
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Australia’s parliament has legislated for marriage equality, passing a bill almost unanimously to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry.
      On Thursday the House of Representatives passed a cross-party bill after an unprecedented national postal survey gave unstoppable momentum to legislate the historic social reform.
      Australia, which changed the law in 2004 to say that marriage is only between a man and a woman, now becomes the 25th country to recognise same-sex marriage.
      Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/07/marriage-equality-law-passes-australias-parliament-in-landslide-vote
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      "Estamos viviendo un momento histórico".
      Esas fueron las palabras que pronunció este viernes Jay Weatherill, el primer ministro de Australia Meridional, estado del sur de Australia, cuando anunció la puesta en marcha de una enorme batería de iones de litio producida por Tesla, la más grande del mundo.
      El sistema fue activado cerca de Jamestown, un parque eólico al norte de la ciudad de Adelaida, la capital regional, y contribuirá a evitar los apagones y mejorar el suministro eléctrico de la zona, que sufre problemas de energía desde hace tiempo debido a las constantes olas de calor.
      Leer más: http://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-42195321
       

    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Un hombre de la Costa Central que violó y torturó a una sucesión de mujeres durante más de dos décadas fue condenado a por lo menos 27 años de cárcel. El hombre de 53 años, que no puede ser identificado por razones legales, fue declarado culpable de 55 cargos relacionados con el abuso físico, sexual y psicológico de mujeres con las que vivió entre 1988 y 2014. El hombre, que era miembro de los Testigos de Jehová, fue acusado de violar a las mujeres con objetos domésticos y detenerlas. La naturaleza sádica de las ofensas incluía atacar y violar a las mujeres por no doblar correctamente el lavado, hacer que comieran del piso, encerrarlas en armarios y atarlas y colocarlas boca abajo en una bañera llena de agua. Algunas de las mujeres han sufrido lesiones físicas permanentes derivadas del abuso. Una de las mujeres conocidas como JF fue encerrada en un armario después de llamar a su hermana que contactó a la policía. Cuando la policía visitó la casa, el delincuente dijo que había salido. En la declaración de impacto de su víctima, JF dijo que "es difícil comprender el miedo a menos que haya vivido con él", y que "con frecuencia creía que no estaría viva al día siguiente". Al entregar la sentencia en el Tribunal del Distrito de Downing Center, la jueza Sarah Huggett dijo que el hombre usó "crueldad gratuita ... diseñada para enfatizar la impotencia y la impotencia de la víctima". "Cuando una víctima encontró la fuerza para escapar, encontró un reemplazo", dijo. "No tengo dudas de que había previsión, premeditación y planificación". El juez Huggett dijo que el grado de violencia era una consideración relevante en la sentencia y que el delincuente "asustaba, controlaba y socavaba la sensación de seguridad de cada víctima". El tribunal escuchó mientras estaba bajo custodia, el hombre había sido verbalmente agresivo hacia los visitantes y el personal de enfermería. El hombre será elegible para libertad en 2041.
       
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      A Central Coast man who raped and tortured a succession of women over more than two decades has been sentenced to at least 27 years in jail.
      The 53-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of 55 charges relating to the physical, sexual and psychological abuse of women he lived with between 1988 and 2014.
      The man, who was a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, was accused of raping the women with household objects and detaining them.
      The sadistic nature of the offences included bashing and raping the women for not folding washing correctly, making them eat off the floor, locking them in wardrobes and hog-tying them and placing them face down in a bathtub full of water.
      A number of the women have suffered permanent physical injuries stemming from the abuse.
      One of the women known as JF was locked in a cupboard after calling her sister who contacted police.
      When police visited the home, the offender said she had gone out.
      In her victim impact statement JF said "It's hard to understand the fear unless you have lived with it," and that she "frequently believed she wouldn't be alive the following day".
      In handing down the sentence in the Downing Centre District Court, Justice Sarah Huggett said the man used "gratuitous cruelty ... designed to emphasise a victim's powerlessness and helplessness".
      "When one victim found the strength to escape, he found a replacement," she said.
      "I have no doubt there was foresight, premeditation and planning."
      Justice Huggett said the degree of violence was a relevant consideration in the sentence and that the offender was "frightening, controlling and undermining each victim's sense of security".
      The court heard that while in custody, the man had been verbally aggressive towards visitors and nursing staff.
      The man will be eligible for release in 2041.
      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-13/man-who-tortured-women-jailed-27-years/9046326
    • By The Librarian
      A man who is accused of murdering an electrician as he was working at a Jehovah's Witness hall is to be moved to hospital for a psychiatric assessment.
      Keith Beviss, aged 54, of Woodhayes Drive, Honiton, is currently on remand at Long Lartin Prison but is likely to be transferred shortly.
      He is due to be tried at Exeter Crown Court on November 27 for the murder of 55-year-old Philip Ryan at the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall in Dowell Street, Honiton, on Tuesday June 6.

      Mr Ryan, a married electrician from Westward Ho!, North Devon, was found with fatal stab wounds. He had run Ryan Alarms and Electrical Services with friend Chris Ley for 30 years after moving to Devon from Henley on Thames.
      Beviss appeared at Exeter Crown Court by video link from Long Lartin and spoke only to confirm his name.
      Mr Simon Laws, QC, prosecuting, said a report has been received from consultant psychiatrist Dr John Sandford, who examined Beviss on behalf of the defence.
      He said the Crown hope to obtain their own report from a second consultant psychiatrist, Dr Philip Joseph, who hopes to interview the defendant after he has been transferred from jail to a psychiatric hospital.
      Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned the case for a further hearing on November 3, when the arrangements for the trial will be finalised. He remanded Beviss into custody.
      http://www.devonlive.com/news/devon-news/man-accused-murdering-jehovahs-witness-517994
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Los Testigos de Jehová: epidemia de casos
      Monica Doumit señala el caso de los Testigos de Jehová: sin clero, sin colegios ni orfanatos ni órdenes religiosas, y con 1.006 casos admitidos de miembros denunciados por abusos sexuales (la tabla RMIT Cahill-Wilkinson hablaba solo de 137 casos). Teniendo en cuenta que los Testigos en Australia son apenas un 0,4% de la población (muy lejos del 25% de australianos que son católicos) asombran esas cifras. De nuevo, la comisión les dedicó apenas una mañana, no tres semanas como a los católicos. 

      Cahill y Wilkinson atribuyen la mala gestión de los abusos en ambientes de Testigos de Jehová a su lectura literal de Deuteronomio 19,15, que pide dos testigos del acto de abuso, por la que los responsables de las comunidades dejaban impunes a los abusadores y sin tratar las denuncias.
      http://www.religionenlibertad.com/celibato-confesion-favorecen-abuso-sexual-hay-59386.htm
    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      An Iranian illegal immigrant who faked a homosexual relationship and claimed he had torn up the Koran and become a Jehovah’s Witness has had his application for asylum rejected in Federal Court.
      The man, known in court documents as “CVS16”, came to Australia by boat in May 2013. He was granted a bridging visa in March 2014, but the visa was revoked four months later when he was charged, and later convicted, with one count of reckless wounding.
      In September 2015, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton invited the man to apply for a protection visa, and in February last year, following an earlier incomplete application and interview with a departmental dele­gate, he applied.
      In a statement attached to his application, he claimed to “fear persecution on the basis of his membership of the particular social group comprising homosexuals, and his conversion in 2013 to Christianity and adherance to the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith”.
      The man’s application was rejected by the department in July. Mr Dutton then referred the case to the Immigration Assessment Authority to be reviewed, as mandated under the Migration Act.
      The authority comprehensively upheld the department’s decision, finding that although the man had attended some Jehovah’s Witnesses services and participated in some Bible study groups, they did not accept he had converted to Christianity or had a “genuine interest” in the religion.
      They also “did not accept to be credible” the man’s claim to be homosexual, nor his claim he “had set up a homosexual relationship and tore up the Koran”.
      The authority ultimately rejected the applicant’s claims “to fear serious harm for being a failed asylum-seeker or for having departed Iran unlawfully”, and rejected his visa application.
      The man made a final appeal to the Federal Court, arguing the Immigration Assessment Authority had not adequately considered extra documentation sup­plied. Judge Rolf Driver rejected the appeal on Friday, saying the man had “failed to establish” the authority’s decision had been affected by jurisdictional error.
      The man is in Western Australia’s Yongah Hill centre.
      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/wouldbe-refugees-gay-claims-not-credible/news-story/ee7fe3d67e7d8d7578f5119142571e6e
    • By Jack Ryan
      A former member of the Jehovah Witness congregation will appear in court next week after he was charged with sexually assaulting four boys.
      The charges stem from ongoing investigations linked to the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual offences.
      Police allege between 1993 to 2013, the 44-year-old man sexually assaulted four boys aged between 14 and 16 at the time of the offences.
      READ MORE: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/former-wa-jehovah-witness-charged-with-alleged-historic-child-abuse-offences-20170512-gw37yd.html
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