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Parole board grants escorted leave to informant who helped lock up Hells

first_imgA former biker-gang hit man turned informant whose testimony brought down Hells Angels boss Maurice (Mom) Boucher has been granted escorted leaves from prison.The Parole Board of Canada granted the temporary, police-supervised leaves Wednesday to Stephane (Godasse) Gagne, the former elite Hells Angels member sentenced for the 1997 killing of a Quebec prison guard.Gagne pleaded guilty in 1998 to the first-degree murder of Diane Lavigne and the attempted murder of a second guard. He has served nearly 21 years of his life sentence.He was also involved in the slaying of a third guard, Pierre Rondeau, but the Crown agreed to withdraw that murder charge in exchange for Gagne’s testimony against Boucher.Boucher, convicted in 2002, ordered the killings of the prison employees in an attempt to send a message and destabilize the justice system.Gagne appeared for his hearing at a location that cannot be disclosed in order to ensure his safety. He called his crimes “disgusting” and said he would be cautious but not paranoid if granted leaves.Prison officials consider Gagne to have made progress and judge his risk of reoffending to be acceptable, the two commissioners hearing his request were told. The commissioners nonetheless told Gagne they consider his file troubling.Gagne, 48, told them that after nearly 21 years in prison, he was suffocating behind bars. He said he would assume responsibility for his release and is very conscious that his safety and that of his family would be at risk.For security reasons, details of the length, time and place of his first release were not disclosed.Gagne was initially not eligible to apply for parole until he had served 25 years, but in 2015 he won the right to seek an earlier release under the now-repealed faint hope clause.This was Gagne’s second attempt at securing the leave, following an unsuccessful bid in 2016.The Hells Angels were at the centre of Quebec’s decade-long biker wars, which claimed more than 160 lives.(Cogeco Nouvelles)last_img read more

244 new CCTV cams to be set up to bolster security at

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to further intensify security in the state secretariat Nabanna, a step has been taken to install 244 more CCTV cameras.With installation of the new CCTV cameras, the total number of CCTV cameras will increase to around 400. At present, there are 150 CCTV cameras installed in and around the state secretariat. Sources said that the work to install the 244 cameras has started and will be completed at the earliest.According to a senior officer, the step to set up the new CCTV cameras has been taken to bring each and every place in and around the state secretariat under the coverage of surveillance cameras. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe CCTV cameras will be installed both inside and outside the building. More CCTV cameras will be installed in most of the floors of the state secretariat. At the same time, some of the cameras will also be installed at the area where cars of different officials are parked. The number of CCTV cameras in the area where cars of visitors are parked will also be increased. An official said that the work will be carried out at such a pace that it gets completed as early as possible. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNabanna houses the office of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and some of her cabinet colleagues. Offices of senior officers of the state government including the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Director General of Police, are also in Nabanna. Several VVIPs from across the world also visit Nabanna regularly. So, the step of strengthening the security arrangement has been taken. The concerned officials had surveyed the building and identified the places where the CCTV cameras need to be installed. Based on the survey, the work of installing the CCTV cameras will be carried out. Hundreds of people visit the state secretariat every day over various work and meet key government officials. It may be mentioned that a decision was also taken to set up separate dog squad, especially for security of the state secretariat. With setting up of the dog squad, there will be a separate team for the security of Nabanna.last_img read more