University of Limerick researchers help Brazilian police combat distribution of child…

first_imgIs Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? A GROUP of researchers at the University of Limerick have teamed up with federal police in Brazil to combat the distribution of child pornography on the dark web.The research, recently published in the Nature’s Scientific Reports journal, details the results of applying network analysis to assess the effectiveness of Operation Darknet – a Brazilian Federal Police crackdown on one of largest paedophile online forums hidden by the Tor browser.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The police operation, carried out between 2014 and 2016, led to the arrest and identification of 182 users – 170 of which were distributors – and the rescue of six children. 766 of the more than 10,000 users were sharing content.The team of researchers from the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) and the Centre for Social Issues Research, both based at UL, subsequently investigated how effective the operation was in disrupting the distribution of the content.The research team, which included a federal police officer from Brazil, used the analysis to suggest the best ways to target individuals to maximise the effect of this disruption.“Network analysis has previously been applied to drug trafficking networks and terrorist networks to identify structural weaknesses and key figures in these illicit networks,” explained Dr Pádraig Mac Carron, a postdoctoral researcher who worked with Dr Bruno da Cunha, Kleber A. Oliveira and Professor James Gleeson on the research.“Initially the police investigation was highly effective, quickly arresting those responsible for more than half the content provided. However, subsequent targets were less optimally selected. This analysis should lead to more efficient police interventions,” he added.The team believe the collaboration to be a first between Brazilian law enforcement and Irish mathematicians. Brazilian Justice Minister Sergio Moro, mentioned the UL research in a recent interview, outlining that “one should invest in intelligence methods to enrich police work” and that “the publication is an index of the quality of the scientific know-how of the Brazilian Federal Police”.The research was partly funded by Science Foundation Ireland and by the European Research Council.by Tom [email protected] Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 WhatsApp Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Previous articleLimerick entrepreneurs encouraged to plan for short and long-term successNext articleDouble for Billy Lee and all this weeks Racing News Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email TAGSBrazilCrimeeducationLimerick City and CountyResearchUniversity of Limerick Twitter Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsCrime & CourtEducationUniversity of Limerick researchers help Brazilian police combat distribution of child pornographyBy Staff Reporter – February 17, 2020 458 Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past yearlast_img read more

Parole Is A Reformative Process; Cannot Be Denied On Apprehension Of Absconding: P&H HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesParole Is A Reformative Process; Cannot Be Denied On Apprehension Of Absconding: P&H HC [Read Order] Akshita Saxena7 Sep 2020 12:05 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court has reiterated that parole is “reformative process” and the same cannot be denied to a convict merely on apprehensions that he shall abscond or commit further offences. “It cannot be disputed that the purpose of release is to make sure that the prisoner as such meets with his family members and the general public. It is a reformative process, whereby a convict…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Calcutta High Court has reiterated that parole is “reformative process” and the same cannot be denied to a convict merely on apprehensions that he shall abscond or commit further offences. “It cannot be disputed that the purpose of release is to make sure that the prisoner as such meets with his family members and the general public. It is a reformative process, whereby a convict is reintroduced to normal life and, thus, by declining the said benefit on an application… would come within the vice of irrationality and perversity, in spite of the settled position of law,” observed the Bench of Justice GS Sandhawalia. The Court further clarified that in terms of Rule 3(2) of Punjab Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Rules, 1963, release of a prisoner on parole can be declined only in case his release is likely to “endanger the security of the State” or “the maintenance of public order”. It held that mere ‘likelihood of committing a crime’ while on parole would not be a sufficient ground to decline temporary release on parole. It said, “Mere likelihood of committing crime is not to be taken as apprehension of a threat to the security of the State or the maintenance of public order. xxx The word ‘Security of the State’ and maintenance of ‘public order’ is intended to prevent grave public disorder, which is not the same as maintenance of law and order and a distinction had to be made. Every breach of peace does not lead to public disorder and an act which disturbs the even tempo of life of the public at large affects the maintenance of public order.” Reliance was placed on Bansi Lal v. State of Punjab, 2016 (4) RCR (Criminal) 1017. The observations were made during hearing of a criminal writ petition, challenging the order of the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Magistrate, Kapurthala, whereby the Petitioner’s case for grant of parole for a period of six weeks was rejected The Petitioner had been convicted and sentenced for offences under the NDPS Act. He had sought to be released on parole to meet his family and get treatment done of his ailing wife. The request was denied by the Magistrate, citing apprehensions that the Petitioner may resort to the business of sale of intoxicants as 4 more cases of similar nature under the NDPS Act were pending against him. Disagreeing with this stance, the Court held that the statutory power to release a prisoner on parole or furlough is to be exercised objectively, keeping in view the intention of the legislature and the purpose of admitting a prisoner to parole or furlough. It observed that as per Rule 3(2) “It is apparent that the petitioner’s case as such does not fall under the two exclusions, whereby there is danger to the security of the State or is prejudicial to the maintenance of public order.” Case Details: Case Title: Manga v. State of Punjab & Ors. Case No.: CRWP No. 4593/2020 Quorum: Justice GS Sandhawalia Appearance: Advocate Prateek Pandit (for Petitioner); Addl. AG Hitten Nehra (for State) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more