41-year old Niels Hoegel, a former German nurse, confessed on Tuesday that he killed 100 patients between 2000 and 2005.
According to Washington Post, Hoegel, who had already been sentenced to life in prison after being charged with at least six murders and several more attempts, admitted to carrying out one of Europe’s most gruesome mass murder cases since World War II.
Prosecutors pushed for a new trial after details indicated that Hoegel injected 100 more victims with deadly drugs such as lidocaine and calcium chloride out of “boredom.”
The death toll may be even higher than currently assumed, because some victims — between ages 34 and 96 — were cremated. More than 130 other bodies were exhumed during the investigation.
As his trial got underway Tuesday, Hoegel admitted that the accusations were largely correct. “That’s the way it is,” he said.
His mass murder went unnoticed for years, partially because many of the patients he treated were already critically ill and because Hoegel tried to resuscitate his victims after deliberately putting them on the brink of death. In some cases, patients survived the ordeal, but records show that fatality rates regularly increased when Hoegel was on shift.
Investigators are also probing the responsibility of the hospitals where Hoegel worked. Authorities said that staff there was aware of irregularities, but failed to act. Even when Hoegel was caught administering his deadly drug cocktail to one victim in 2005, hospital officials did not immediately intervene. They only reached out to authorities after Hoegel killed yet another patient, using the same method.
The nurse has claimed that he acted spontaneously and repeatedly vowed to never kill again. In 2015, he apologized for his crimes, saying that he was “honestly sorry.”
China’s Fearsome Plot To Use COVID-19 Vaccine For Political Dominance Over Western Countries…
According to Daily Express, China has threatened to leverage a coronavirus vaccine rollout to further its political dominance over western countries, warned Tory MP Tobias Ellwood.
China Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming said on Monday that China will make a coronavirus vaccine a “public good” claiming Beijing will make it accessible to developing countries around the world. He said: “Once the vaccine is available China want to make it a public good, make it especially accessible, available, to developing countries.”
“China is now among the most advanced countries in terms of vaccine research and now we are in the phase two.
“We already have high clinical trials but we want to share with the rest of the world.
“In fact, China is also working with the UK and with other countries, including the United States.”
But Tory MP Tobias Ellwood warned the Chinese Communist Party could use the vaccine as a “leverage”.
He tweeted: “I predicted this. China will leverage vaccine rollout to further its global political influence.”
It comes amid rising tensions between China and the US over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
China said on Monday the United States was “addicted to quitting” following a US decision to leave the World Health Organisation (WHO) and said the withdrawal reveals a pursuit of power politics and unilateralism.
Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters during a daily briefing that the international community disagreed with what he described as the selfish behaviour of the United States.
“The U.S. has become addicted to quitting groups and scrapping treaties,” said Zhao.
President Donald Trump announced on Friday the United States would cut ties with the WHO, accusing the UN agency of becoming a puppet of China.
The WHO has denied Trump’s assertions that it promoted Chinese “disinformation” about the novel coronavirus, which emerged in China late last year.
Trump’s decision follows a May 18 pledge of $2billion (£1.6billion) by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the World Health Assembly – the WHO decision-making body – to help deal with the coronavirus and economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries. It was not immediately clear how much of that money would actually go to the WHO.
The EU on Saturday urged the United States to reconsider its decision.
Since taking office, Trump has questioned the value of the United Nations and scorned the importance of multilateralism as he focuses on an “America First” agenda.
He has quit the UN Human Rights Council, the UN cultural agency UNESCO, a global accord to tackle climate change, the Iran nuclear deal and opposed a UN migration pact.
Source: Daily Express UK
Trump Turns Racial War Into A Social Media Battle After Warning To Shoot George Floyd Protesters….
As the US state of Minneapolis burns during a third night of protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd, US President Donald Trump has threatened to call in the National Guard after labeling the protesters “thugs” and blaming the Mayor Jacob Frey of losing control over the city.
Trump has now turned what was a racial war into a social media war after the social media giant added a fact-check label to a pair of his tweets after blaming him for promoting violence.
Twitter said Friday that President Donald Trump violated its rules against glorifying violence when he tweeted about protests over the death of George Floyd. The company, which is already embroiled in a dispute with the president over what is acceptable on the platform, did not remove the tweet but placed a fact check label on it.
In the tweet, Trump warned protesters that he is going to send the military to calm the storm in Minneapolis and shoot rioters who have started looting.
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!,” the American President tweeted.
This tweet did not go well with twitter, they added a fact-check label to a pair of his tweets warning that he had violated twitter rules against glorifying violence.
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” a message from twitter attached to Trump’s message said.
A defiant Trump added, “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”
Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party. They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Section 230 should be revoked by Congress. Until then, it will be regulated!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
He later turned guns on twitter bosses, “Twitter is doing nothing about all of the lies & propaganda being put out by China or the Radical Left Democrat Party. They have targeted Republicans, Conservatives & the President of the United States. Section 230 should be revoked by Congress. Until then, it will be regulated!”
He tweeted, ““The President has been targeted by Twitter.” What about all of the lies and fraudulent statements made by Adam Schiff, and so many others, on the Russian Witch Hunt Plus, Plus, Plus? What about China’s propaganda? WHO’s mistakes? No flags?”
“Regulate Twitter if they are going to start regulating free speech.” Well, as they have just proven conclusively, that’s what they are doing. Repeal Section 230!!!” he said.
George Floyd, an African American man who’d already suffered the loss of his job to the coronavirus crisis, died in police custody in Minneapolis this week. Video of the incident showed he was handcuffed and restrained by an officer who dug his knee into his neck for several minutes, while Floyd pleaded, saying he couldn’t breathe.
Floyd died at the hospital late on Monday after a white police officer, knelt on the 46-year-old’s neck for several minutes as Floyd moaned and yelled: “I can’t breathe.”
A video of the incident shows Floyd pleading with police and eventually appearing motionless as the officer’s knee remained on his neck. Bystanders can be heard urging the officer to get off of Floyd.
In a news conference on Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey joined calls for the officer who pinned Floyd down to be arrested, asking: “Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?”
Medaria Arradondo, the city’s first Black police chief, swiftly fired the four officers involved, a move community leader acknowledged as “a win”, but said should only be the first step.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the FBI are both investigating the incident.
The Minneapolis Police Department said on Tuesday Floyd “physically resisted officers”.
However, another Security camera footage, obtained by CBS News, shows Floyd sitting on the ground with his hands behind his back and then walking with police out of frame.
It is unclear what happens between the time Floyd and police walk out of the frame and the time when a bystander’s video shows an officer pinning Floyd down to the ground with his knee.
WHAT DOES TWITTER SAY ABOUT VIOLENT THREATS?
According to twitter, Violence against an individual or a group of people or the glorification of violence is prohibited.
“Healthy conversation is only possible when people feel safe from abuse and don’t resort to using violent language. For this reason, we have a policy against threatening violence on Twitter. We define violent threats as statements of an intent to kill or inflict serious physical harm on a specific person or group of people,” they state.
They add, “We will immediately and permanently suspend any account found to be posting violent threats. In rare cases, we may not suspend an account immediately. For example, if the reported content is a form of hyperbolic speech. In such cases, we may require you to remove this content. We may also temporarily lock you out of your account before you can Tweet again. If you continue to violate this policy after receiving a warning, your account will be permanently suspended.”
However, even though Trump’s tweet violated the rules, his tweet fell in the category of public interest.
“Twitter generally actions Tweets that violate our rules. However, we recognize that sometimes it may be in the public interest to allow people to view Tweets that would otherwise be taken down. We consider content to be in the public interest if it directly contributes to understanding or discussion of a matter of public concern,” their policy statement states.
It adds, “At present, we limit exceptions to one critical type of public-interest content—Tweets from elected and government officials—given the significant public interest in knowing and being able to discuss their actions and statements.”
POLICE OFFICER FINALLY ARRESTED
Meanwhile, Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer shown on video putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd was arrested on Friday and faces charges of 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced.
Freeman said he anticipated more charges to come, possibly against some of the other three officers.
By Grapevine Reporters
I Want Churches And Mosques Open Now, We Need More Prayer Not Less – Trump Tells CDC That Houses Of Worship Are ‘Essential’…
American President Donald Trump on Friday announced that new Centers for Disease Control guidance will classify houses of worship as “essential,” as he called on governors to allow them to open “right now” after being closed during the coronavirus lockdowns.
Trump announced the policy for churches, synagogues and mosques, during a short briefing at the White House.
“The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to open right now–for this weekend,” Trump said. “If they don’t do it, I will override the governors.”
“In America, we need more prayer not less,” Trump said.
The announcement comes after Trump has been hearing concerns of faith leaders who are unable to hold Sunday services due to coronavirus restrictions at a time when their parishioners are grappling with the crisis. Families may be grieving the loss of loved ones from the virus or struggling with job loss but unable to seek respite in their places of worship.
“I consider them essential,” Trump said earlier Friday of houses of worship of all faiths.
On Thursday, Trump had a conference call with 1,600 pastors and faith leaders from around the country, including Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. He reassured them he wants to get churches reopened.
Trump telegraphed the decision Thursday when he announced he spoke to the CDC on finding ways to reopen houses of worship during the pandemic.
“We’ve got to get our churches open,” Trump said Thursday.
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