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Controversial British firm wins EU security job in Gaza
EU Observer | 30 April 2013
> The EU diplomatic service has confirmed that British company Page Protective Services (PPS) will guard its people in Gaza and the West Bank despite the firm's poor track record.
No framework to regulate private security agencies, says Supreme Court
IBN Live India | 30 April 2013
> The government on Monday told the Supreme Court that there were no guidelines or rules to regulate the working of private security agencies and an offence by a private security guard would be individual in nature and no liability could be attributed to their agency.
Seeking Corporate Accountability for Crimes at Abu Ghraib
Truthout | 29 April 2013
> Lesser known than the torture at Abu Ghraib is who was running it. As military investigations and court martial records have shown, private civilian contractors expressly instructed soldiers and civilian interpreters to "soften up" prisoners - code for torture and abuse.
Private Armed Security in the Gulf of Guinea
The Maritime Executive | 29 April 2013
> At a Counter Piracy Conference in Hamburg, Port 2 Port Maritime warned Ship owners operating in the Gulf of Guinea of the dangers of using unlicensed private security companies to deter maritime crime and piracy.
Comoros protests against anti-government plot, mercenary involvement
Reuters Canada | 27 April 2013
> Politicians and civil society groups on the coup-prone Indian Ocean archipelago of Comoros on Saturday protested against an attempt to destabilize the government and warned that people linked to an infamous mercenary were at the heart of the plot.
Chad says Libya not tackling 'mercenaries'
Al-Jazeera | 27 April 2013
> Idriss Deby, the president of Chad, has accused neighbouring Libya of not doing enough to stop Chadian "mercenaries" he says are being trained in western Libya. Speaking to Al Jazeera on Saturday, Deby said the fighters had set up a training camp in Benghazi from where they could seek to destabilise his country.
Security sector in a row over fee hikes
The International Online | 27 April 2013
> The Private Security Industry Regulatory Association will next week head to court where it will defend its controversial annual fee increases.
A Bet on Peace for War-Torn Somalia
Wall Street Journal | 26 April 2013
> In an unusual twist of the war business, the 36-year-old American is deeply involved in the conflict itself. In addition to being a real estate developer, his company also helps train Somalis in modern military techniques.
Malta: New legislation introduces first scheme for private maritime security licensing
International Law Office | 24 April 2013
> Transport Malta has begun to allow the carriage of arms on board Maltese-registered vessels on a case-by-case basis, provided that the proper protocol is applied.
Experts: West Africa Piracy Takes Root in Nigeria
ABC News | 20 April 2013
> The piracy targeting the coast of West Africa takes root in the oil-slicked creeks of Nigeria's southern delta, where militants steal millions of dollars of crude with the apparent help of security agencies, experts said Saturday.
HC refuses to quash complaint against bank for violating Act
Business Standard | 19 April 2013
> The Bombay High Court has refused to quash or set aside an order of a city Magistrate who had issued process (summons) against top officers of Bank of Baroda for violating Maharashtra Private Security Guards Act.
Private guards disallowed on airport premise
The News International | 18 April 2013
> The Airport Security Force (ASF) has said that squads of armed and uniformed private guards are disallowed entry into the airport premises across the country as the airports have been declared a weapon-free zone.
IMB advises continued vigilance as maritime piracy attacks decline
ICC Commercial Crime Services | 15 April 2013
> In the first three months of 2013, four vessels were hijacked, 51 vessels were boarded, seven were fired upon and four reported attempted attacks. Seventy five crew members were taken hostage, 14 kidnapped and one killed.
Piracy Pays: Inside the Lucrative Fight to Foil High-Sea Hijackings
Fox Business | 10 April 2013
> The growing number and improving quality of private maritime security providers was at the heart of a 33% decline in pirate attacks in 2012, to 297 from a high of 445 in 2010, according to the International Chamber of Commerce. The ICC predicts an even greater decline to just 47 in 2013.
Second Royal Decree Concerning New Belgian Law on Piracy
Belgian Decree | 10 April 2013
> The second Royal Decree concerning the new Belgian Law on Piracy was published. The Royal Decree regulates all the reports that a shipowner and/or operator of a ship must file when he wants to use a maritime security company.
Private security firms attempt to fill a gap left by a weakened security apparatus
Egypt Independent | 09 April 2013
> A monopoly on force is, according to some thinkers, the defining feature of the state, but in the country's increasing chaos, Egyptians are relying even less on the police for direct security than they did before the revolution. Private security actors — either in the form of trained guards or hired muscle — are increasingly filling this vacuum.
VPDs: States' Maritime Security Failures
Maritime Executive | 09 April 2013
> At the states' level, the response towards modern piracy was the deployment of 'Vessel Protection Detachments' (VPDs)...On the other hand, private security providers enable governments to avoid oversight, external (and internal) legitimisation requirements, parliamentary inquiries or political cost.
U.S. security firm awarded $48.6 million to advise Haitian police
The Haitian Sentinel | 09 April 2013
> A U.S. private security company that provided bodyguards for former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide upon his return to Haiti in 1994 following the coup has been awarded a $48.6 million task order contract to advise the Haitian National Police.
Military To Mercenary Trend Growing – Analysis
Eurasia Review | 06 April 2013
> Private contractors are not the only ones fighting missions for pay and thrill around the world—national missions often have nothing to do with patriotism or the protection of person and home.
Effective Private Security Crucial To Local Investment
The Guardian Nigeria | 06 April 2013
> Chief Executive Officer of Proton Security Services Limited and distinguished intelligence expert, Capt. Ayodeji Bamgbose (rtd), has tasked the government to initiate measures that support the development of private security practice in the country.
National Security Gets A Little Less
The Jamaica Gleaner | 05 April 2013
> Minister of National Security Peter Bunting has been allotted just under $44.8 billion from the 2013-2014 Budget to marshall his forces in the fiercely contested battle against crime and violence.
Government to let ships carry armed guards
The Japan Times | 05 April 2013
> The government is set to submit a bill to the Diet that would permit armed guards on Japanese ships after their presence on other vessels in waters off Somalia led to a sharp fall in piracy.
Private security boat impounded off Sinai coast
Egypt Independent | 04 April 2013
> The Navy impounded a speedboat with a Togolese flag and weapons and ammunition 12 nautical miles north of Sinai's Ras Mohamed on Thursday, said Army spokesperson Ahmed Ali. The boat reportedly belonged to a private security service company.
Egypt seizes ship carrying arms, questions crew - navy
Reuters | 04 April 2013
> Egyptian navy forces seized a ship carrying heavy weapons as it entered Egyptian territorial waters in the Red Sea late on Wednesday, a military spokesman said on Thursday.
Kucuk's security company still active
Global Post | 04 April 2013
> A security company belonging to retired Gen. Veli Kucuk, a prime suspect in the trial against the Ergenekon terrorist group, is still running. Prosecutors had previously obtained documents as part of the investigation that suggested that private security companies would be established by members of Ergenekon and that those companies would "serve as an armed power" for the terrorist group.
German shipowners seek government action on key issues
Marine Log | 04 April 2013
> Shipowners also want to see regulations issued covering the deployment of private security teams on board German-flagged ship.
The scourge of domestic violence
The Jerusalem Post | 03 April 2013
> Another study on Israel's security industry, which came out in December 2011, revealed that between 2002 and 2010, security guards in possession of a weapon murdered 12 women and 11 men. The study showed that security companies do not follow the law obligating them to collect weapons from their employees at the ends of their shifts.
Afghan mercenaries may appear in CSTO states - Organization chief
PanArmenian.net | 03 April 2013
> The Collective Security Treaty Organization Secretary General doesn't rule out Afghan mercenaries' appearance in the CSTO member states.
Ex-Blackwater Contractors Must Arbitrate Retaliation Claims
Law360 | 01 April 2013
> An arbitrator can decide if two former Blackwater Worldwide contractors must arbitrate their allegations that the private military contractor fired them after they testified in a False Claims Act case, a Virginia federal judge ruled Friday.
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