Roxana Baldetti, the former Guatemalan vice-president whose extradition has been formally requested by the United States, late Wednesday after she was indicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in February 2017 on drug trafficking charges. Baldetti was charged for distributing nearly five kilograms of cocaine from January 2010 to May 2015, knowing that it would be illegally imported to the U.S. The Depart of Justice had made it clear at the time that the U.S. would be serving a formal extradition notice to the former Guatemalan vice-president at a future date. The news that the U.S. is moving forward with the extradition request was announced by Guatemala's foreign ministry, the Washington Times reported. Guatemalan former vice-president Roxana Baldetti is pictured at a courtroom before the judge suspended the hearing in which he was to decide on whether a trial against her and former President Otto Perez Molina (out of frame) would take place, at the Supreme Court in Guatemala City, March 28, 2016. Baldetti served in former Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina's government, who was impeached over corruption charges.
NEW YORK – Bumble Bee Foods LLC, the largest North American brand of packaged seafood, filed for bankruptcy amid criminal fines and civil lawsuits stemming from a federal price-fixing case with plans for its assets to be acquired by FCF Co. for about $925 million. The canned-tuna purveyor sought creditor protection under Chapter 11 in Wilmington, Delaware, listing assets and liabilities of as much as $1 billion each, according to court papers. It has arranged an $80 million term loan from its current lenders and a $200 million revolving credit facility to keep operating while in bankruptcy, the documents showed. Bumble Bee, based in San Diego, California, and owned by London-based private equity firm Lion Capital LLC, pleaded guilty in 2017 to conspiring with Starkist Co. and Chicken of the Sea Inc. to fix and raise prices in the U.S. The company flagged its financial distress at the time of sentencing, arguing the $81.5 million fine initially levied could push it into insolvency. The U.S. Department of Justice agreed, cutting the amount to $25 million and giving Bumble Bee an installment plan over several years that required no more than $2 million upfront.
Democratic presidential candidates blame Trump for the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Fox News' Laura Ingraham didn't hold back Monday criticizing Democrats for their reacting to the tragic shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio and their attempt to link them to President Trump. "Using horrific criminal acts to condemn a sitting president and by implication his supporters wounds our body politic and just when it needs to heal," Ingraham said on "The Ingraham Angle." The Fox News host accused Democrats of using racism to deflect from issues Americans have with their policies such as the Green New Deal and illegal immigration. "They struggle to defend their own support of open borders. And that's because most Americans don't agree with them on that issue and most Americans reject the notion that you're a racist if you aren't for, I don't know abolishing ICE," Ingraham said.
New York Democrat Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) is the leading attorney general in the lawsuit. He says it was filed Tuesday in a federal appeals court in the District of Columbia to force President Donald Trump's administration to take action to ensure upwind states control pollution. Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont also are part of the lawsuit. The lawsuit stems from the EPA's denial of a petition some of those states filed in 2013 under the Clean Air Act to get the agency to add nine upwind states to a group that must work together to reduce smog pollution. An EPA spokeswoman says the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.
Saudi Arabia's human rights commission is investigating the alleged torture of women's rights activists including accusations of electrocution and waterboarding, the Wall Street Journal reported. Citing government officials and other people familiar with the activists' situation, the US publication said Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), had overseen "some aspects of the torture", threatening one of the activists with rape and death. A former adviser at the royal court, Qahtani was dismissed in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Qahtani, who directed the crown prince's media operations, was one of 17 Saudi nationals sanctioned by the US Treasury Department in connection with Khashoggi's murder. Members of the commission began questioning some of the detainees over the past month in Jeddah's Dabhan prison, including 29-year-old activist Loujain al-Hathloul. "Saud al-Qahtani threatened to rape her, kill her and throw her into the sewage," one of the sources privy to the testimony told the newspaper.