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President Donald J. Trump said Sayfullo Saipov, who’s been charged with killing eight and injuring 12 using a truck in New York, should face the death penalty or go to the U.S. military prison Guantanamo Bay. New York state has banned the death penalty, but the charges against Saipov are federal. Reuters reported that the FBI said it has located a second Uzbek man man, 32-year-old Mukhammadzoir Kadirov, who was wanted for questioning. The BBC reported that the attack was a year in the planning.
Catalan separatist leader, Carles Puigdemont failed to turn up to Spain’s high court to face rebellion, sedition and breach of trust charges. Puigdemont, who is now in Belgium but has denied seeking refuge, said: “This is a political trial.” Other officials of the former Catalonian regional government suspended and replaced by central control from Madrid were in court for questioning. If found guilty of committing rebellion they could face maximum 30-year jail sentences. Prosecutors could order the arrest of those who don’t go to today’s trial, including Puigdemont. WikiTribune reporter George Engels has been in Barcelona to report on the human impact of the crisis.
- Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi was in Rakhine province for the first time since violence broke out in the region in late August. As of October 23 about 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since 25 August, according to the UN. The refugees say Myanmar’s military is targeting Muslim civilians, whilst the government maintain its operations are aimed at rooting out militants, including the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa). WikiTribune reporter Charles Turner has written an analysis of why the Rohingya are described by aid agencies and humanitarian groups as the “world’s most-persecuted minority”.
What we’re reading
- British historian Simon Schama, writing in the Financial Times,has a personal account of his family’s experience of the 100-years since the Balfour Declaration which led to modern Israel as a Jewish homeland. “Jews have not been the only people to have suffered uprooting. But they have been the only people in the world eternally unable to find a place where shelter would not be given on sufferance,” he writes. (Story may be behind a paywall). – Peter Bale
What the WikiTribune community’s up to
- At least 10 members of the WikiTribune community contributed to this analysis of the book in cryptocurrency initial coin offerings (ICOs) by reporter Linh Nguyen.