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It’s possible that Bank Leumi (TASE: LUMI), Bank Hapoalim (TASE: POLI), and Mizrahi Tefahot Bank (TASE:MZTF) are not the only Israeli financial institutions being targeted by US authorities. Already in the coming months, US authorities may open investigations into the activities of Israeli financial institutions that are not conventional banks, such as private investment houses and private or family mutual funds (including money managers for high-net-worth families), on suspicions that they helped a number of their clients – US citizens or Green Card holders – to avoid reporting financial assets and avoid making payments to the US tax authorities.

Washington D.C. based Dearson, Levi & Pantz attorney Zion Levi, who specializes in US and Israeli tax law and in representing clients in cases against US tax authorities, told “Globes” that such steps are being taken against financial institutions that are not traditional banks in other countries around the world as well.

Levi did not name the financial institutions that may be targeted in the investigation, but other industry sources said that some are names that are very familiar to the Israeli public. The institutions being targeted are those that advised customers to open accounts in tax havens that, until recently, did not report customers with US citizenship to the authorities.

Israeli-Americans (and Israelis holding Green Cards) received advice from these institutions to invest in Hong Kong, Mauritius, Singapore, and Brazil. However, the number of tax havens that challenge the US is dwindling, and these four countries recently signed cooperation treaties with US tax authorities.

“The Israeli financial institution that advised its clients to invest in these countries could find itself ensnared in a serious situation,” said one source.

Avoiding prosecution

Levi explained that the decision whether to open investigations into the activities of Israeli institutions, in addition to the three banks, will be made based on the findings of investigations are currently underway into the activities of US citizens who apparently made investments through these institutions in order to evade taxes in the US. If the name of a particular financial institution rises repeatedly in the investigations of the suspected tax evaders, it is highly likely that an investigation into its activities will be opened.

It is quite possible that some of those under investigation will prefer to provide incriminating evidence against the banks or financial institutions with which they worked, and to detail how they helped them hide financial assets from the US authorities. Such collaboration may give the suspects a way to avoid criminal charges and to receive less severe fines from the tax authorities.

In a relatively new development, which is intended to increase enforcement of US tax laws, the authorities also decided to invest resources in physically tracking down officials at financial institutions about which suspicion of helping clients evade taxes were raised. “This is a personal focus on specific people,” said Levi.

Levy says, “It’s not unreasonable to assume that investment mangers themselves will be stopped at airports in the US upon arrival, and questioned, and if there is grounds to do so, charges will be brought against them.”

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he pristine beaches of Puducherry, a major draw among residents and tourists visiting the former French enclave, are now fast disappearing due to rampant erosion.

Large parts of the beaches along the coastline have been gobbled up by the sea since 1994.

The erosion has now started spreading along the northern side of the citys coastline threatening villages such as Periyamudaliarchavady and Bommayarpalayam in Tamil Nadu.

Probir Banerjee, member, Pondicherry Citizen’s Action Network (PCAN), said: The problem started in 1989 when the Puducherry government constructed two breakwaters. Though a sand bypassing system was provided at the harbour to regularly shift the sand from south to north, this has not been done resulting in erosion along the northern side.

The sand movement along the coast is said to be one of the highest in the country. The net displacement of sand northwards has been calculated at 0.5 million cubic metres a year.

Beaches on the northern side of the coastline are now starved of sand and have started disappearing. Puducherry was losing 0.5 to 1 km of beach every year, he said.

G. Vasu, a resident of Periyamudaliarchavady and member of Repo, an Auroville community, said the rate of erosion was 20 metres a year. Instead of tackling the origin of the problem, the government started constructing groynes and sea walls, which has only aggravated the erosion towards north.

The rubble-mounted sea walls constructed along the Puducherry coast had transferred the problem to Tamil Nadu, which was now facing massive erosion. Groynes should be considered only after taking into account various factors such as wave strength, angle of the waves and shore structure, he said.

Sea currents have become tough and people living on the coast are the victims of erosion.

Due to the construction of groynes, fishermen are unable to dock their boats along the shore. However, the authorities seem to be unaware of the destruction of the coastline, said R. Nagaraj, a fisherman.

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The Chinese governments increasing efforts to influence global cyberspace rules is a further sign that internet freedom is under a sustained attack, said Amnesty International, ahead of Chinas first World Internet Conference.

The event, which takes place in the eastern Zhejiang province, between 19 -21 November, brings together senior Chinese officials and global web leaders to discuss the future of the internet. It is seen by many internet experts as part of Chinas attempt to have a greater say in the rules that govern the web.

Internet freedom is under attack by governments across the world. Now China appears eager to promote its own domestic internet rules as a model for global regulation. This should send a chill down the spine of anyone that values online freedom, said William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International.

Chinas internet model is one of extreme control and suppression. The authorities use an army of censors to target individuals and imprison many activists solely for exercising their right to free expression online.

Since President Xi came to power, hundreds of people have been detained solely for expressing their views online. The authorities continue to abuse criminal law to suppress freedom of expression, including by detaining and imprisoning activists for online posts that fall foul of the censors.

Many members of the New Citizens Movement, a loose network of activists which aims to promote government transparency and expose corruption, such as Liu Ping, have been arrested in part due to the photos and opinions that they have posted online.

In September, Ilham Tohti, a prominent Uighur scholar and founder of the website Uighur Online, was sentenced to life imprisonment for separatism in a politically motivated trial. Articles from his website were the main evidence cited by the authorities.

The Chinese authorities continue to block access to thousands of websites, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Major international news sites such as the BBC and New York Times are also banned.

Scores of phrases are censored on social media including any mention of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown or the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Business leaders going to Zhejiang should speak out for online freedom and challenge the Chinese governments shameful record. Human rights should not be the elephant in the room, said William Nee.

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Editor’s note: Rupert Abbott is Amnesty International’s Research Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN) — In April this year, people in Myanmar picked up their newspapers and saw … nothing.

Front pages across the Southeast Asian nation were completely black, in a show of solidarity for a journalist that was simply doing his job. This week, as world leaders gather to meet their regional counterparts in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw for two major summits, attendees should make a similarly firm statement about freedom of the press.

Rupert Abbott

The darkened front pages — a remarkable move in a country where just a few years before, the military government imposed blanket controls on all media — were in response to the case of Zaw Pe, a journalist with the independent Democratic Voice of Burma who had been sentenced to one year in jail. His “crime” was to investigate corruption in his home town, a story the authorities apparently did not want to see the light of day.

It was a preposterous ruling against a journalist who was just doing his job, and Amnesty International named him a prisoner of conscience — jailed solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Sadly, the move says much about the backslide in free speech in Myanmar, as the authorities re-tighten their grip on media and increasingly target peaceful critics ahead of national elections next year.

This tightening comes despite Myanmar’s supposed transition away from military rule, which began in 2011, but which is stalling as the government wrestles over how to secure the benefits of greater economic openness while controlling rising expectations of rights and freedoms that come with this. Unfortunately, its efforts to maintain control have frequently involved resorting to familiar tactics of repression and arrests.

President Thein Sein has promised to clear the country’s jails of prisoners of conscience. Yet dozens still remain behind bars, while the jailing of land rights activists, journalists and other human rights defenders has actually picked up pace in the past year.

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Editor’s note: Rupert Abbott is Amnesty International’s Research Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN) — In April this year, people in Myanmar picked up their newspapers and saw … nothing.

Front pages across the Southeast Asian nation were completely black, in a show of solidarity for a journalist that was simply doing his job. This week, as world leaders gather to meet their regional counterparts in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw for two major summits, attendees should make a similarly firm statement about freedom of the press.

Rupert Abbott

The darkened front pages — a remarkable move in a country where just a few years before, the military government imposed blanket controls on all media — were in response to the case of Zaw Pe, a journalist with the independent Democratic Voice of Burma who had been sentenced to one year in jail. His “crime” was to investigate corruption in his home town, a story the authorities apparently did not want to see the light of day.

It was a preposterous ruling against a journalist who was just doing his job, and Amnesty International named him a prisoner of conscience — jailed solely for peacefully exercising his right to freedom of expression.

Sadly, the move says much about the backslide in free speech in Myanmar, as the authorities re-tighten their grip on media and increasingly target peaceful critics ahead of national elections next year.

This tightening comes despite Myanmar’s supposed transition away from military rule, which began in 2011, but which is stalling as the government wrestles over how to secure the benefits of greater economic openness while controlling rising expectations of rights and freedoms that come with this. Unfortunately, its efforts to maintain control have frequently involved resorting to familiar tactics of repression and arrests.

President Thein Sein has promised to clear the country’s jails of prisoners of conscience. Yet dozens still remain behind bars, while the jailing of land rights activists, journalists and other human rights defenders has actually picked up pace in the past year.

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The Supreme Court is weighing in on another Fourth Amendment privacy case, this one concerning a Los Angeles ordinance requiring hotels to surrender guest registries to the police upon request without a warrant.

Thejustices agreed(PDF) Monday to hear Los Angeles’ appeal of a lower court that ruled7-4 that the lawmeant to combat prostitution, gambling, and even terrorismwas unconstitutional. The law(PDF) requires hotels to provide the informationincluding guests’ credit card number, home address, driver’s license information, and vehicle license numberat a moment’s notice. Several dozen cities, from Atlanta to Seattle, have similar ordinances.

“The Supreme Court will consider both the scope of privacy protections for hotel guests and also whether the Fourth Amendment prohibits laws that allow unlawful searches,” EPIC wrote. “The second issue has far-reaching consequences because many recent laws authorize the police searches without judicial review. Thus far, courts have only considered “as applied” challenges on a case-by-case basis.”

The appeal is the third high-profile Fourth Amendment case the justices have taken in three years.

In 2012, the justices ruled that authorities generally need search warrants when they affix GPS devices to a vehicle. And earlier this year, the Supreme Court said that the authorities need warrants to peek into the mobile phones of suspects they arrest.

In the latest case,Los Angeles motel owners sued, claiming that the law was a violation of their rights. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the motel owners in December and said the only documentsthey must disclose include a hotel’s proprietary pricing and occupancy information.

Businesses do not ordinarily disclose, and are not expected to disclose, the kind of commercially sensitive information contained in the records, Judge Paul Watford wrote for the majority. He said a hotel has “the right to exclude others from prying into the contents of its records.”

In dissent, Judge Richard Clifton wrote that neither the hotel nor the guest has an expectation of privacy.”A guest’s information is even less personal to the hotel than it is to the guest,” Clifton said.

In arguing to the justices that they should review the majority’s conclusion, Los Angeles city officials wrote(PDF), “These laws expressly help police investigate crimes such as prostitution and gambling, capture dangerous fugitives and even authorize federal law enforcement to examine these registers, an authorization which can be vital in the immediate aftermath of a homeland terrorist attack.”

Thehigh court did not set a hearing date.

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The Madras High Court has said the reservation for children of freedom fighters in MBBS should be removed to avoid confusion.

If no child of a freedom fighter eligible for admission was available in the past 15 years, they are not going to be available hereafter, Justice V. Ramasubramanian said, dismissing a writ petition.

Every year, the government reserves three seats in MBBS/BDS for children of freedom fighters.

V.G. Subramaniyan of Sembodai in Nagapattinam district said he was the son of a freedom fighter. His daughter Priyas application for MBBS was not considered because she was the granddaughter of a freedom fighter.

Counsel for the petitioner argued that 67 years had passed since Independence. Obviously, there could be no child of a freedom fighter eligible for admission under the category. He sought a directive to the authorities to admit the girl under the descendants of freedom fighters quota. In a counter affidavit, Director of Medical Education R.G. Sukumar said that for the past 15 years, the quota could not be filled for want of eligible candidates.

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Lionel Messi’s appeal was rejected on Friday Getty Images

Lionel Messi is set to face trial for alleged tax fraud after a judge rejected his appeal to have the charges dropped on Friday.

The judge ruled that Messi should have been aware of how his father was managing his financial affairs, meaning a criminal case may now proceed against the pair.

Lionel and Jorge Messi both appeared in court in the Catalan town of Gava in September 2013, in a case taken as Spain’s tax authorities maintain that “image rights” payments made to the player have been channelled through offshore tax havens, leading to the evasion of 4.1 million (3.2m) in taxes between 2007 and 2009.

At that hearing 12 months ago, the Barcelona forward said that he did not look after the details of his own finances, leaving such matters to his father. Messi senior reportedly told the court that he would take responsibility for any wrongdoing, and that the family had been misled by unscrupulous financial advisors and were now happy to make right any wrongs they had accidentally committed.

Since news of the issue broke over the summer of 2013, the Messis have reportedly paid 5m (3.9m) to the authorities, to cover money owed from the 2007 to 2009 period, plus interest. They are also believed to have paid 10m (7.8m) in taxes due on such income for the years 2010 and 2011.

It was hoped this would lead to criminal charges being dropped, and the public prosecutor’s office had reportedly supported Messi’s appeal believing this version of events. However, according to news agency EFE the judge has now ruled that it is a “subjective opinion” that Messi “was on the periphery of the financial, contractual and tax management of his income” even if his father had primary control over those matters.

If found guilty, both could be fined up to 21m (16.4m) and receive a one-year suspended prison sentence.

La Liga clubs and players have long used “image rights” to avoid paying higher income tax rates, while the Spanish authorities have regularly found this approach to be illegal, with current Barcelona coach Luis Enrique among those who have previously made a settlement.

The Spanish government has recently been cracking down particularly hard on tax evasion amid the country’s continuing economic woes, with Messi one of a number of high-profile targets against whom cases have been opened against.

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Sept. 14 (UPI) — Even though the New York Times revealed last year that the NSA had a plan to map the Internet, under the code name “Treasure Map,” new reports now show the project will be used for cyber warfare.

The report providing information on the plans was published by Germany’s Der Spiegel.

The report states:

“It aims to map the Internet, and not just the large traffic channels, such as telecommunications cables. It also seeks to identify the devices across which our data flows, so-called routers. Furthermore, every single end device that is connected to the Internet somewhere in the world — every smartphone, tablet and computer — is to be made visible. Such a map doesn’t just reveal one treasure. There are millions of them.”

Der Spiegel claims to have received its information from Snowden documents its viewed. The map is allegedly close to real-time in the information it shows, and it has been compared to a “battlefield map” for the NSA and the British GCHQ agency. Deutsche Telekom’s IT Security Chief Thomas Tschersich is looking into possible security breaches and has stated that his company has contacted the authorities about the matter.

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BERLIN: The US National Security Agency and British intelligence services are able to secretly access data from telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom and several other German operators, according to Der Spiegel weekly.

An NSA programme called “Treasure Map” gives the US agency and Britain’s electronic eavesdropping GCHQ near real-time information about the operators’ networks, right through to end users on computers, smartphones or tablets, Der Spiegel said in a report to appear in its Sunday edition.

It is the latest in a string of revelations based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

Spiegel said the tracking programme, which it dubbed “the Google Earth of the Internet”, can be used to plan cyber attacks.

The magazine said it did not receive any immediate comment from the NSA or GCHQ in response to the claims.

Satellite ground station operator Stellar, which according to Spiegel was among the German firms targeted, responded angrily to the revelation.

“A cyber attack of this kind clearly violates German law,” said Stellar boss Christian Steffen, after Spiegel presented it with a GCHQ document said to contain the passwords of some of its clients.

In response to the Spiegel report, Deutsche Telekom and regional operator Netcologne said they had not identified any data breaches.

But Deutsche Telekom’s IT security head Thomas Tschersich said: “The access of foreign secret services to our network would be totally unacceptable.”

“We are looking into any indication of a possible manipulation. We have also alerted the authorities,” he told the weekly.

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Authorities are searching for an elderly couple last seen at a Liberty County bank Thursday afternoon.

Perfecto Anselmo Gonzalez, wife, Consuelo Cabello Torres, both 78, were last seen making a transaction at Cleveland-area bank about 2 p.m.

Family members told deputies with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office that the couple, who both have medical issues, may have become confused and unable to find their way home after leaving the bank.

The couple may be traveling in a gray 2004 Ford F-150 pick-up truck, Texas license plate number AS1 9260, with a gray camper cover over the bed, authorities said. Neither has a cell phone.

Gonzales is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 165 pounds, with a gray beard, gray hair and glasses.

Torres is 5 feet 1 inches tall, 155 pounds with brown hair and also wears glasses. The couple has lived in north Liberty County for more than 15 years.

Anyone with information is asked to call lead investigator Sgt. Kenny Dagle of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department at 936-336-4500.

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PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands (AP) Authorities in the Turks & Caicos Islands intercepted a boat Monday with 82 Haitian migrants as it passed through the British Caribbean chain's waters.

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Russia will take measures against a buildup of NATO forces on its borders as regional and global security weakens with the rupture of ties between the former Cold War enemies, the country's top military commander said. The Ukrainian conflict is "practically a civil war" as the authorities in Kiev are using the army against "unarmed civilians," Valery Gerasimov, the head of the Russian military's …

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Boehner Floor Remarks on NSA Reform
Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act, to provide our intelligence community with the authorities to keep America and Ame…

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LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas –

A Liberty County man was arrested Thursday after authorities say they caught him manufacturing narcotics in the midst of a search warrant.

Decoris Rucker faces charges of illegal possession of firearms and multiple drug charges.

Authorities say they found Ecstasy, cocaine, Xanax and $2,000 in cash at Rucker’s home.

Rucker is in custody at the Liberty County Jail.

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A Liberty County man has been jailed after authorities found human remains in a barn behind the man’s home, authorities said.

Billy Ray Bennett, 44, was charged with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse, officials with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday.

Authorities went to Bennett’s house on Texas 146 after receiving information about a body behind the home, officials said. Human remains were found wrapped in a tarp in the barn, about 30 yards behind the home, officials said. The remains appeared to have been there for about six or seven months.

Officials could not immediately determine the age, sex and race of the remains, officials said.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Bennett could face other charges. He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday morning.

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etta1234 Post 405

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. = illuminati

Illuminati or religion? Does it make a difference? Each demonize the other and each wants to control man for their own interests (which are not always in the best interests of man). If the illuminati encourage education and understanding and intellectual growth then maybe they’re the good guys. Religions tell you the way it is and you dare not dispute the message or break the faith or you’re out.

I prefer reason and logic as opposed to faith. I know exactly who I am, where I came from, and what my purpose is in life and so do you if you think about it. I am a product of my parents, just as they are a product of theirs. If you go back a million generations (say, 20 million years) do you think we would look the same as we do today? I may not be able to say what we looked like then but I would bet hard cash we didn’t look like we do today. Believe it or not people, that is evolution and it is no mystery and it doesn’t need you to believe.

As to my purpose in life? There are about 7 billion people on this one planet. We are the one species that has come to dominate this precious biosphere. Our purpose is simple. Our planet has nurtured us to this point. It’s time to return the favor. Is it possible to take care of our family, community, country, world-planet all at the same time? Yes. We owe our lives to planet earth and now we have to show we are worthy of that.

All 7 billion of us, no matter our race, religion, creed, whether we know it or not, that is and must be our purpose. We owe that to earth. This should have nothing to do with politics or nationality or religious beliefs. We are all citizens of earth.

Do I believe there is a group of people around the world who wield enormous power and control a lion’s share of the wealth? Yes. Do I believe that there is evil in this world? Yes. But all this talk about symbolism, mind control, MX Ultra, gangs talking, solstice sacrifices, etc., is really up to your own opinion based on your personal beliefs.

All this talk about the Illuminati does nothing but divide us through fear and hatred. I feel it is best to live our lives and be the best possible people we can be, rather than waste our time arguing over things that might not be true and would not have any control over if they were true. We are only given so much time on this earth. Care for yourself and the ones you love, because no one else is going to do it for you.

Open your eyes. Stop watching TV and stop listening to the radio. The Illuminati wants to dominate the world. Rise up against the new world order and rebel against the Illuminati. Spread this message.

The Catholic Church has been responsible for more deaths than anyone throughout the centuries. They also make up their own rules as they go along. After the Roman Empire fell, they had to control the masses so they lied about Jesus, Mary and everything else so they could control the ignorant population. There is so much more to it, but I’m tired and don’t feel like typing.

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A photographer for Agence France-Presse is hit with a baton by a military police officer during a demonstration in Phnom Penh last month. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Cambodia’s press freedom ranking has slipped one place to 144th out of 179 countries, according to the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, released yesterday by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders.

While the Kingdom finished ahead of such ASEAN partners as the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, Benjamin Ismail, head of the Asia-Pacific desk at Reporters Without Borders, said the situation remained very worrying.

Not only has the government policy regarding press freedom, freedom of information and freedom of expression in general become stricter, but the government also shows complete disregard to the situation and security of journalists, he said.

Impunity on crimes against newsmakers and the absence of reaction from the authorities is one [of] the most worrying facts observed throughout the year.

The rankings methodology takes into account the number of journalists and netizens who were jailed, killed, arrested and attacked last year, along with issues such as self-censorship, government interference, transparency and media pluralism.

No journalists were killed in the Kingdom last year, but a number of incidents highlighted restrictions on the press.

Ahead of the July election, the Ministry of Information issued a ban on foreign Khmer-language radio broadcasts during the 31-day campaign period that was quickly rescinded following widespread condemnation, though a five-day ban remained in place.

In September, at least seven foreign and local journalists were attacked with slingshots, batons and electric cattle prods by masked men allegedly supervised by police while covering peaceful protests at Wat Phnom.

During opposition party protests at Freedom Park in December, a state TV cameraman was attacked by irate demonstrators who allegedly accused his network of being biased towards the ruling party. A recent report from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights also found that self-censorship was rife among journalists and bloggers due to fear of threats or legal action.

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Peter Greste. Photo: ABC/Twitter: @PeterGreste

Detained Australian journalist Peter Greste has released a letter vowing to fight for freedom of speech in Egypt after being jailed for reporting on unrest in the country.

The award-winning Al Jazeera reporter was arrested in Cairo on December 29 along with colleagues Mohamed Adel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

The trio had been reporting on the political turmoil in Egypt when they were accused of holding illegal meetings with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).

Egypt’s military-installed leaders declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation in December, and had previously accused Al Jazeera of pro-Brotherhood coverage.

The Al Jazeera network, however, has emphatically defended its staff’s actions, saying they were doing their job by reporting objectively.

Greste, who is being held in Cairo’s Tora prison, says Egyptian authorities are cracking down on anyone “who refuses to applaud the institution”.

Greste says he had originally planned to fight for his freedom “quietly”, in part not to risk the precious little recreational time he was given.

However, he now says acquiescence on his behalf would validate the Egyptian authorities’ “attack” on freedom of speech.

“I have sought, until now, to fight my imprisonment quietly from within, to make the authorities understand that this is all a terrible mistake – that I’ve been caught in the middle of a political struggle that is not my own,” Greste writes in the letter, which has been authenticated by his parents.

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