YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsDetained


December 13, 2009 | Times Wire Services
The Cuban government has arrested a U.S. contractor working for the United States Agency for International Development who was distributing cellphones and laptop computers to Cuban activists, State Department officials and congressional sources said Saturday. The contractor, who has not been identified because of federal privacy rules, works for Development Alternatives Inc., based in Bethesda, Md. Jim Boomgard, company president and chief executive, said in a statement that his firm was awarded a government contract last year to help USAID "strengthen civil society in support of just and democratic governance in Cuba."
April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Mexican federal authorities have detained the interior minister of Michoacan state after determining that he has "possible contacts with criminal organizations," according to a statement released by prosecutors Saturday night. The aggressive action against Interior Minister Jesus Reyna, is a sign that the federal government, which has struggled for months to control the drug-plagued state, is considering the possibility that the influence of narcotics trafficking has spread nearly to the pinnacle of state government.
August 3, 2000
"Not Having a Nice Day" (photos, July 29) shows LAPD officers with drawn guns prepared to board a bus in search of two riders who reportedly had threatened to harm the driver. The officers detained all of the passengers with their hands over their head as if they were all criminals. Clearly, these photos illustrate the need for LAPD reforms. The indiscriminate detention of these bus-riding citizens regardless of constitutional rights must not be allowed. Bring in the feds. Pleeease!
March 4, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Authorities detained and then turned away a San Francisco-based political activist after she arrived in Egypt with the intention of traveling to the Gaza Strip, Egyptian officials said Tuesday. The activist, Medea Benjamin, boarded a return flight to Istanbul, where her organization said she planned to seek medical treatment for injuries suffered while in Egyptian custody. Benjamin is a co-founder of Code Pink, which describes itself as a grass-roots social justice movement.
September 23, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
On the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations, the families of three young UC Berkeley graduates detained in that country while hiking pleaded for their release. "This is not a political situation at all, it's totally humanitarian," Patrick Sandys, cousin of detainee Sarah Shourd, said Tuesday. "We don't want it to get mired in the already difficult political situation between the U.S. and Iran. We just want our family members home." Shourd, 31; Shane Bauer, 27; and Joshua Fattal, 27, have been in Iranian custody since they allegedly crossed into the country July 31 while hiking through a mountainous area of Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.
September 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico City police said they have detained five suspects in the kidnapping and killing of a 14-year-old boy, a crime that prompted protests across the nation. Officials said kidnappers dressed as police and set up a fake checkpoint on a busy street to snare victim Fernando Marti, revealing the complexity and sophistication of Mexico's organized crime gangs. City prosecutor Miguel Mancera said the suspected ringleader, Sergio Ortiz, posed as a well-heeled society type to move among the wealthy and collect information on potential victims.
August 15, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella
Six days ago, a Pakistani journalist on the run from Taliban militants landed in the United States holding a valuable key to sanctuary: a visa granting him the right to work for the Voice of America radio service for one year. But today Rahman Bunairee is in an immigration lockup in Virginia after being detained upon his arrival at Dulles International Airport. "We are concerned and upset" about the detention, said Joan Mower, a spokeswoman for the VOA, which is funded by the U.S. government.
November 16, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Iran detained 10 spies carrying $500,000 in cash who had entered the Islamic Republic illegally from neighboring Pakistan, state television said. Modern espionage cameras and maps of sensitive regions in Iran were found when the group was detained in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province, the report said.
November 5, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
A Woodrow Wilson High School student was stabbed multiple times on campus, and a classmate was detained for questioning, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. The attack about 1:30 p.m. prompted school officials to lock down the campus for more than an hour as police searched for the assailant. Police said the assailant came up from behind the victim, 17, while he was eating lunch and stabbed him in the face with a screwdriver. Police said the attack may have stemmed from a gang rivalry.
June 9, 1989 | From Reuters
Security police detained about 120 people as they left a Protestant church after protesting the results of East Germany's local elections, church officials said Thursday. Uniformed and plainclothes officers dragged the civil rights activists to three waiting buses and drove them away Wednesday night, the church aides and witnesses said. Police told church leaders those detained will be freed once their names have been taken but it was not immediately clear whether this had happened.
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Four people who allegedly tried to elude capture Wednesday by climbing onto the roof of a building in Long Beach after being served with a search warrant were detained, authorities said.  Detectives served a narcotics search warrant on the 4100 block of East 10th Street in Long Beach early Monday, and during the execution of the warrant four people fled to the roof, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Aerial television news footage showed one of the suspects smoking a cigarette while others conversed as deputies cordoned off surrounding streets and put the building on lockdown.
February 12, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An Egyptian employee of the U.S. Embassy has been detained by police since Jan. 25, an embassy spokesman said Wednesday. The jailed staffer was identified as Ahmed Eleiba. Associates said his work involved monitoring developments concerning political Islam in Egypt -- a sensitive subject in the wake of the popularly supported military coup that deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. The incident reflected an increasingly aggressive stance by the Egyptian police and judiciary toward anyone suspected of even a tangential connection with the Muslim Brotherhood or any other Islamist group.
February 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Team USA may not be getting its Chobani Greek yogurt any time soon as a shipment containing 5,000 cups of the protein-packed snack is snagged in a trade dispute between U.S. and Russian authorities. While some athletes appear to be shrugging off the lack of Chobani, the conflict has become a punch line of late night television, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on Russian authorities to free the "yogurt trapped in a holding pattern at Newark Airport" in New Jersey.
January 31, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
People sure are smelling a lot of stuff around Justin Bieber lately: The pop singer's private plane was detained and searched at a New Jersey airport Friday after authorities thought they smelled marijuana smoke onboard, according to various reports. Customs and Border Protection agents began a search shortly after the plane arrived at Teterboro Airport from Toronto around 3 p.m. Friday, ABC News sources said. A canine team gave the whole aircraft the sniff test, but no drugs were found onboard, according to the New York Daily News . The flight was crossing the border after Bieber on Wednesday turned himself in to Toronto police for booking on suspicion of assault on a limo driver back in December.
January 10, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Police detained a woman for questioning Friday evening after two men were shot and wounded in a Hollywood apartment building. Shortly before 5 p.m., police were called to the building in the 1600 block of North Fuller Avenue just south of Hollywood Boulevard. Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Richard Gabaldon said one man suffered a graze wound to the head and the other was shot three times in the leg and torso. Both were taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and were in stable condition, he said.
December 27, 2013 | By Maeve Reston
KAILUA, Hawaii - Four U.S. military personnel were detained and then released by the Libyan government Friday. The circumstances of their detention were not immediately clear in a region that has been gripped by violence. Shortly after 6 p.m., as President Obama was headed to dinner with his family, a U.S. official said that  the service members were no longer in the custody of the Libyan government. A few hours earlier, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki had said U.S. officials had been in touch with Libyan government representatives to discuss the situation.
February 2, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A lawyer for an Iranian activist says police detained the woman while she was campaigning for equal rights for women in marriage, divorce and inheritance. The lawyer says Nafiseh Azad was detained Friday while collecting signatures. Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh said collecting signatures is not illegal. Over the last three years, however, Iran has detained many women seeking equal rights.
March 9, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
An American journalist detained in Iran showed no signs of physical torture during a visit from a lawyer, her father, Reza Saberi, said in Fargo. The Iran Foreign Ministry has said Roxana Saberi, 31, was detained because she continued working after the government revoked her press credentials in 2006. She has reported for National Public Radio and other media. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for Saberi's release.
December 6, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old war veteran from Palo Alto who was arrested in October on suspicion of committing hostile acts against North Korea, was released from Pyongyang and on his way home Saturday. Newman, a retired tech executive, had been pulled off an airplane about to leave the capital on Oct. 26 at the end of a 10-day tour, after speaking to his North Korean guides about his service in a clandestine anti-communist army unit during the 1950-53 Korean War. "I'm very glad to be on my way home," Newman was quoted by Japanese media as saying at the Beijing airport.
Los Angeles Times Articles