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Lifestyles of the Rich and Poor

A glimpse into the life of the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, a notoriously corrupt friend of South Korea's president Park:

On Thursday, the special prosecutor’s office said it was asking the authorities in Germany to detain and extradite Ms. Choi’s daughter, Chung Yoo-ra, who is believed to be there. The Foreign Ministry said Ms. Chung’s passport would be invalidated if she did not return to South Korea.

The special prosecutor is looking into allegations that Ms. Choi used millions of dollars from Samsung, South Korea’s largest conglomerate, to finance her daughter’s equestrian career and a luxurious lifestyle in Germany.

A special prosecutor in South Korea has obtained a warrant to detain Ms. Chung for questioning. She is accused of illegally enrolling in Ewha Womans University in Seoul.
- Choe Sang-Hun, South Korean Court Begins Hearings on Park Geun-hye’s Impeachment, NYT. Dec. 22, 2016



In January 2016, Ashley Olsen, a young artist from Florida living in Florence, visited a nightclub, met a Senegalese migrant there, took him back to her apartment, had consensual sex with him, and was murdered by him.

The migrant, Cheik Tidiane Diaw, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in the death of the woman, Ashley Ann Olsen, a 35-year-old from Summer Haven, Fla., whom he met at a nightclub on Jan. 7. ...

Ms. Olsen was a well-known figure in the international art community in Florence, where she had moved to join her father, an architecture and art teacher.

Investigators said Mr. Diaw and Ms. Olsen, whose body was found by her boyfriend, had consensual sex before she was killed, and the circumstances surrounding her death unnerved the city.

Investigators and prosecutors pointed to an abundance of evidence that they said proved that Mr. Diaw, 27, was the killer: Witnesses saw him and Ms. Olsen leaving a nightclub, street cameras recorded video of them returning to her apartment and traces of his DNA were found on a cigarette stub and a condom in her apartment.

An investigation into her death found that Ms. Olsen suffered skull fractures before she was strangled.

- Gaia Pianigiani and Michael Wolgelenter, Italian Court Sentences American’s Killer to 30-Year Term, Dec. 22, 2016



While the rich enjoy art and horses, poor people have trouble establishing themselves in satisfactory positions.

Not long after the revolt that overthrew Tunisia’s dictatorship in 2011, Mr. Amri left Oueslatia, a town of 50,000 and few jobs, and headed for Italy by boat with three friends.

He ended up in a center for migrants in Sicily. The Italians, too, could not deport Mr. Amri because the Tunisian government, in the tumultuous period after the revolution, did not provide relevant information, according to Italian news reports. ...

Unlikely ever to be granted legal asylum, Mr. Amri apparently grew frustrated. Nineteen at the time, he and two others set fire to the migrant center in a protest against their living conditions and the slowness of Italy’s procedures. Sentenced to four years in prison, he was bounced around six Sicilian penitentiaries for threatening fellow inmates and spurring revolts, according to a document from the Italian Justice Ministry. ...

Out of jail and avoiding deportation, Mr. Amri slipped into Germany: initially the southwestern university town of Freiburg, and then North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state. ...

Already listed as a danger to the state, prosecutors say, Mr. Amri came under special surveillance this year from March to September. Officials had received a federal tip that he might be planning a robbery to get money for automatic weapons that could eventually be used in an attack, the Berlin prosecutors’ office said in a statement.

But, despite monitoring Mr. Amri’s communications and observing him directly, the prosecutors could turn up no more than evidence that he was involved in the drug dealing scene around the city’s notorious Görlitzer Park, where he got into a fight with another dealer in a bar. ...

At some point in April, Mr. Amri applied for asylum in Germany, Mr. Jäger said. The application was rejected in June, and he was ordered deported.

Nonetheless, lacking a passport, Mr. Amri apparently tried to head for Switzerland, boarding a bus for Zurich from the southern town of Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance on July 30.

The police noted his deportation papers and detained him that weekend, but he was ordered released after 48 hours. His lack of Tunisian identity papers meant the German authorities could neither deport nor detain him. ...

“His dream was to make money and have a car and come back as quickly as possible, while his father was still alive,” she said.

But that dream, it seems, was turning sour, and Mr. Amri had talked of returning to Tunisia. ...

“He was fed up with Germany,” another sister, Hafida, 35, said. “He could not get a job, and the language was difficult, and he could not get papers.”

''- Alison Smale, Carlotta Gall, and Gaia Pianigiani, Ordered Deported, Berlin Suspect Slipped Through Germany’s Fingers, NYT. Dec. 22, 2016

Mr. Amri's frustration may have played a role in his decision to steal a truck and drive it into a crowd of German Christmas shoppers, killing 12.


Freedom of speech evidently does not extend to sexual communication with 15 year old girls:

The plea agreement ended a federal investigation into a series of sexually explicit pictures and messages that Mr. Weiner sent last year to a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

It capped the long, tortured downfall of Mr. Weiner, who ruined a once-promising career in Congress and then spoiled various attempts at resurrecting his reputation, all through his uncontrolled habit of using social media and texts to send explicit images to women.

It also cost him his marriage: His estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton, filed for divorce from Mr. Weiner on Friday in New York, according to two people with knowledge of the action.

“I engaged in obscene communications with this teenager,” Mr. Weiner said, his voice high and shaky, and his body trembling. Those communications “included sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct,” just as he had done with adult women, he said.
- BENJAMIN WEISER and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM, Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty to Federal Obscenity Charge, NYT, MAY 19, 2017


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