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Govt cancels UGC-NET exam, orders CBI probe

The University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) exam was conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on June 18…reports Asian Lite News

The Ministry of Education on Wednesday cancelled the University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on June 18 in two shifts across different cities of the country, according to an official press release issued by Ministery of Education

To ensure the highest level of transparency and sanctity of the examination process, the Ministry of Education, Government of India has decided that the UGC-NET June 2024 Examination be cancelled.

A fresh examination shall be conducted, for which information shall be shared separately.

On June 19, 2024, the University Grants Commission (UGC) received certain inputs from the National Cyber Crime Threat Analytics Unit of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) under the Ministry of Home Affairs on the Examination. These inputs prima facie indicate that the integrity of the aforesaid examination may have been compromised.

Simultaneously, the matter is being handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (C.B.I.) for thorough investigation in the matter.

The UGC-NET exam was conducted on Tuesday. The exam was attended by 81 per cent of over 11.21 lakh registered candidates for the exam in 317 cities across the country, said UGC chairman Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar.

UGC-NET is a test to determine the eligibility of Indian nationals for ‘Assistant Professor’ as well as ‘Junior Research Fellowship and Assistant Professor’ in Indian universities and colleges. The UGC-NET is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in Computer-Based Test (CBT) mode.

“Today, NTA has successfully conducted UGC – NET June 2024…The examination has been conducted at 1205 Exam Centres in 317 cities across the country for 11,21,225 candidates. Out of the total registered candidates, ~ 81 % candidates appeared for the exam. Best wishes to all the candidates,” the UGC chairman tweeted.

In a press release, regarding NEET-UG Examination, the Ministry of Education said, “The issue related to grace marks has already been fully addressed. The government will take action on the reports of alleged irregularities in the conduct of the examination in Patna. A detailed report has been sought from the Economic Offences Unit of Bihar Police in this regard.

The Government further said it is committed to ensuring the sanctity of examinations and protecting the interest of students. It is reiterated that any individual/organization found to be involved in this matter will face the strictest action. (ANI)

Congress says Centre trying to hide its ‘negligence’

Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi alleged on Wednesday that the Union government is trying to hide its “negligence” in the conduct of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET-UG) 2024 and that the party will strive to protect the future of students.

“The Central government is trying to hide its negligence. The Supreme Court has also taken cognizance of it (the exam issue). People of the country have taken cognizance of it and Congress party and the INDIA alliance will not allow the future of 24 lakh children to be ruined,” Gogoi, MP, told ANI.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday told the Centre and National Testing Agency (NTA) that if there is any negligence in conducting the NEET-UG, 2024 exam, it should be thoroughly dealt with.

“If there is 0.001 per cent negligence on the part of anyone, it should be thoroughly dealt with. All these matters ought not to be treated as adversarial litigation,” observed a vacation bench of Justices Vikram Nath and SVN Bhatti.

The bench told counsels appearing for Centre and NTA that children have prepared for the exams and “we cannot forget their labour” for preparing for these exams.

It told the counsel of NTA that as an agency which is conducting the examination, it must “act fair”.

“If there is a mistake, say yes, this is a mistake, and this is the action we are going to take. At least that inspires confidence in your performance,” the top court told NTA while adding that it expects timely action from them.

Aspirants have raised the issue of leakage of the question paper, awarding compensatory marks and anomalies in the question of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test-Under Graduate (NEET-UG) 2024.

The apex court, while hearing fresh petitions relating to alleged paper leaks and malpractices in the NEET-UG, 2024 exam on May 5 this year, issued notices and sought a response from NTA within two weeks.

It has tagged these pleas, along with several petitions pending before it and posted them for hearing on July 8.

Several petitions were filed in the apex court seeking direction to recall NEET-UG 2024 results and to conduct the examination afresh, alleging paper leakage and malpractices in the test held on May 5.

Last week, the NTA told the Supreme Court that the scorecards of 1,563 NEET-UG 2024 candidates who got “grace marks” to compensate for the loss of time suffered while appearing for the exam will be cancelled and the students will have a chance to reappear for the exam.

“Exam will be conducted on June 23 and result will be declared before June 30,” NTA had told the apex court.

The apex court had already refused to stay the counselling of NEET-UG, 2024.

The NEET-UG examination, conducted by the NTA pave the way for admissions into MBBS, BDS and AYUSH and other related courses in government and private institutions across the country. (ANI)

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Young zealots pose grave threats to minorities in Pakistan

The state, especially the army, had created and supported extremely rabid extremist outfits like Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) which has been given a free rein in running vicious online campaign against minorities, especially the Ahmadis, writes Sakariya Kareem

Pakistan’s downfall can be measured not only in terms of its economic crisis and political subjugation to the military alone but more truthfully how its young are being radicalised online by extremist groups patronised by the state.

The radicalisation of the youth has not been new to Pakistan. Ever since Pakistan turned to `jihad` as its strategic instrument of war and manipulation, the young have been brainwashed to kill innocents in the name of religion. Radicalised young became easy fodder for jihadi groups mushrooming across Pakistan during the Zia-ul Haq days. Hundreds of terrorist groups were created, during the East Pakistan crisis, the Afghan Jihad and the proxy war against India in Kashmir. These groups needed unsuspecting young men who could be sent to die in the name of religion. Radicalisation became an agenda in hundreds of madrasas set up across the country.

Ahmadi graves desecrated, anti-Ahmadi slurs inscribed

When these same radicalised men turned towards Pakistan, there was panic and quick de-radicalisation programmes became the buzzword. Copious amounts of articles, research reports and seminars were produced and trashed. Programmes were introduced across the country. But it was merely a ruse, an excuse to tap into western funding sources for such programmes. In reality, the Pakistan Army continued to support and finance extremist and terrorist groups in different parts of the country. Jihadi literature became easily available online. Special coaching classes were held to promote such vicious literature among madrasa students and rich schools.

The sordid truth became known when the state, especially the army, created and supported extremely rabid extremist outfits like Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) which has been given a free rein in running vicious online campaign against minorities, especially the Ahmadis. Of the several thousands of young men radicalised online by TLP was a young madrasa student who shot and killed two Ahamdis in Punjab’s Phalia town last week. He confessed of being influenced by what he read or saw online posted by extremist groups. He saw TLP leaders baying for the blood of Ahmadis. The Ahmadi community has complaining to the authorities about such online hate campaigns for long. Many have fallen victim to extremists in the recent past. The Ahmadi religious places have been destroyed and their graveyards dug up. Mobs, instigated by online campaigns, have even prevented burials of Ahmadis in the recent past.

But it is not only the Ahmadis who have been bearing the brunt of radical groups. Last year, Christian families and churches were set on fire in Jaranwala, Punjab, by blood-thirsty mobs influenced by online allegations of two Christian youths reportedly making blasphemous notes on Quran. Both were later found to be innocent of these charges but by then the town had been set on fire and Christians made to flee to safer areas.

The shocking aspect of the Jaranwala episode was the involvement of young men and boys as young as 14. More than half of the mob were teenage boys armed with sticks, stones, incendiary items and other weapons. The fanatical mobs attacked not only those areas where the alleged incident of blasphemy had taken place but other Christian areas. During the attack, the boys were seen smiling and laughing as they set houses on fire. The mob of young boys chanted hateful slogans which were once heard only in terrorist camps.

Many experts blame TLP for such mass scale radicalisation of young boys in Punjab. The group holds weekly gatherings, monthly religious events and anniversaries of different saints which draw a large number of youths and boys. These platforms are used to radicalise and brainwash the boys against minorities. The outfit posts highly contentious matter on Facebook and Twitter which incites young boys to attack the minorities. The shooting of two Ahmadis by the young madrasa student is merely a tip of the iceberg.

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Hunter Biden convicted on all three charges at gun trial

President Biden can pardon him, but he has said repeatedly that he will not do so if his son is found guilty….reports Asian Lite News

A US jury on Tuesday found Hunter Biden, the son of US President Joe Biden, guilty of all three crimes he was charged with in relation to a firearms case.

Biden faces a maximum punishment of 25 years but is more likely to get away with much less being a first-time offender.

President Biden can pardon him, but he has said repeatedly that he will not do so if his son is found guilty.

In a statement on the jury verdict, Joe Biden said, “As I said last week, I am the President, but I am also a Dad. Jill and I love our son, and we are so proud of the man he is today. So many families who have had loved ones battle addiction understand the feeling of pride in seeing someone you love come out the other side and be so strong and resilient in recovery.

“As I also said last week, I will accept the outcome of this case and will continue to respect the judicial process as Hunter considers an appeal. Jill and I will always be there for Hunter and the rest of our family with our love and support. Nothing will ever change that.”

This is the first time that the child of a sitting US President has been tried on criminal charges and convicted.

The Junior Biden also faces a second trial in September for tax evasion.

Hunter Biden was charged with two counts of filing false information on forms he filled to buy a firearm in 2018. He had lied that he was not using narcotics at the time. The third count refers to possessing a firearm when he was using drugs.

He was tried in a federal court in Wilmington, the family’s hometown in Delaware state. The jury took only three hours to reach the verdict after the two sides wrapped up their final arguments on Monday.

Jill Biden, the first lady and Hunter Biden’s stepmother, had attended the trial on most days and was in the court just a few minutes after the verdict was read.

Biden’s conviction follows soon after another chapter was added to US history with Donald Trump becoming the first former President to be convicted of criminal charges.

A New York jury had held him guilty on May 31 on all 34 counts of falsifying business records to conceal payments to an adult film star to not speak out about an affair they had in 2005. Trump has denied the affair.

While his sentencing date has been set for July 11, Trump completed a key pre-sentencing interview with the authorities on Monday.

The two convictions are separated not only by the crimes, but also the manner in which the two men and their families have handled them.

Trump has railed the trial calling it politically motivated and has riled against the judge, attacking him personally and his family.

The Biden family has taken it stoically and said before that they will accept the verdict, which, as the jury said, is that Hunter Biden is guilty as charged.

Politically, the conviction is likely to weaken Trump’s allegations that the Biden-led White House has weaponised the justice department to stop him from running for the President’s post.

As with everything else, Trump has a tenuous relationship with truth. The New York case was a state case, not federal. Two of the other three cases he faces are federal, and the third is a state case again. It’s the same justice department that prosecuted the President’s son and won a guilty verdict.

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FIA confiscates huge cache of smuggled diesel in Lahore

It sealed the warehouse after seizing 43,000 litres of illegal Iranian diesel….reports Asian Lite news

The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Anti-Smuggling Unit carried out an operation in Lahore on the Interior Minister’s orders and found a sizable cache of Iranian diesel that had been smuggled into Lahore, ARY News reported on Sunday.

On Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi’s orders, the FIA Lahore’s Anti-Smuggling Unit launched a search.

It sealed the warehouse after seizing 43,000 litres of illegal Iranian diesel.

The FIA sent a sample to the laboratory after the illegal diesel was discovered, and after the forensic investigation, additional action will be taken.

The FIA Anti-Smuggling Unit spokesperson noted that the operation was carried out with the help of customs officials, according to ARY News.

When law enforcement officials carried out a raid on Hub River Road in Karachi back in April, they found millions of dollars’ worth of illicit commodities, including Iranian diesel, even then as well, which highlights that the practice is not new in the country.

As per the announcement made by Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Asad Raza, five individuals were apprehended in relation to the illegal trade, and smuggled products valued at billions of dollars were taken from their custody.

According to DIG South, the seized products included cigarettes, cloth, copper, juice, and dried milk, demonstrating the wide variety of illegal goods being trafficked in the region.

The seized goods were also found hidden inside two buses and an oil tanker.

Iranian diesel is making its way into large areas of Pakistan through speed boats operating in the ocean and in Balochistan’s Dasht river.

Pakistanis are using so much Iranian diesel that the country’s own diesel reserves are going up astronomically.

In March 2023 it saw just 12,000 MT of diesel consumption as compared to 30,000 MT of consumption last year.

People are preferring to purchase smuggled Iranian diesel over their own diesel due to a big price difference between Pakistani and Iranian diesel.

But how is this diesel flowing so freely into the country? It is mostly the Baloch community living on both sides of the Pakistan-Iran border that has been smuggling the diesel into Pakistan

 Twitter user, @Callsign_Ciphar has given a detailed account with photographs, videos and routes of how diesel from Iran is brought into Balochistan from where it is further transported to Sindh and Punjab.

Thousands of speed boats from Shahrak Maskuni-ye-Gavater in Iran’s Baluchistan-Sistan province bring diesel in cans along with other Iranian goods covering about 17 kms to reach the Dasht river delta in Jiwani in Balochistan. This travel from Iran to Pakistan is done through the Gulf of Oman.

The boats enter Balochistan through the Dasht river delta and travel northwards. Over the next 5 kms, the boats drop the diesel cans along the river banks where thousands of other people are at work – emptying the diesel cans into cemented tanks on ground, transferring these into storages or drums.

From these storage areas, which also have hotels for people to stay for the night, the diesel is then transferred into pickups vans and cargo trucks, which then use road routes to transfer Iranian diesel and other smuggled items to other parts of Balochistan, south Punjab and Sindh.

With Balochistan steeped in poverty and little infrastructure in the spread-out desert and mountainous region, the Baloch people on both sides of the Pakistan-Iran border have taken to smuggling.

With the Pakistani economy creaking under poor governance, high defence budgets and political bickering, smuggling of packaged Iranian food as well as diesel has only increased.

With large quantities of diesel and other petroleum products being smuggled out of Iran, a US-sanctioned Tehran too is not complaining.

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David Cameron falls victim to hoax video call

The FCDO said it released details of the exchange publicly over fears it could be “manipulated”….reports Asian Lite News

Foreign Secretary David Cameron has fallen victim to a hoax call with someone pretending to be former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the Foreign Office (FCDO) said.

A number of text messages were also exchanged between the impersonator and Lord Cameron, who regretted his mistake, according to an FCDO spokesperson.

“Whilst the video call clearly appeared to be with Mr Poroshenko, following the conversation the foreign secretary became suspicious,” the spokesperson added.

The caller also requested contact details, after which Lord Cameron stopped responding.

The spokesperson said the “brief” call took place in “recent days” but did not elaborate on who was behind the hoax or how they were able to contact Lord Cameron directly.

The FCDO said it released details of the exchange publicly over fears it could be “manipulated”.

“Manipulation of the information environment is becoming ever more present.

“Whilst regretting his mistake, the foreign secretary thinks it important to call out this behaviour and increase efforts to counter the use of misinformation.”

Petro Poroshenko was president of Ukraine between 2014 and 2019.

During his term as prime minister, David Cameron had multiple dealings with the Ukrainian leader, including meetings at international summits.

It’s not the first time Lord Cameron has fallen victim to a hoax call.

In 2015, Downing Street was forced to review security procedures after a bogus caller was put through to him when he was prime minister.

No 10 said the caller claimed to be Robert Hannigan, who was director of government monitoring agency GCHQ at the time.

Lord Cameron ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax and no sensitive information was disclosed.

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PTI challenges notices sent by Pak investigative agency

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has pleaded that the post aimed to “encourage national dialogue” and bring the nation out of the ongoing crisis….reports Asian Lite News

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has challenged notices sent by the Federal Investigative Agency over a controversial post on the official account of former prime minister Imran Khan, Dawn News.

A joint investigation team (JIT) from Lahore visited Adiala Jail on Tuesday to interrogate former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi about the May 9 violence cases registered.

The notices issued to PTI leaders Barrister Gohar, Secretary General Omar Ayub, and spokesperson Raoof Hasan stated that an inquiry had been initiated regarding the “misuse” of Khan’s verified X account.

The three PTI leaders were directed to appear in person before FIA Sub-Inspector Muhammad Monib Zafar at the FIA Cyber Crime Reporting Centre on Wednesday to record statements, according to Dawn.

“In case of non-appearance, proceedings [under section] 174 PPC will be initiated against you,” the notice said.

The FIA notice had said that the post was “likely to cause fear or alarm in the public and may induce/provoke anyone to commit an offence against the state, state institution or public tranquillity,” Dawn reported.

Meanwhile, the post in question, shared on May 26, included a montage with a quote attributed to Khan urging the nation to “study the Hamoodur Rahman Commission report” and understand “who was the true traitor, General Yahya Khan or Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” reported Dawn.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has pleaded that the post aimed to “encourage national dialogue” and bring the nation out of the ongoing crisis.

The FIA deputy director was a complainant in the matter, and he accused Imran Khan and others of inciting the armed forces personnel to mutiny.

The petition requested that the court set aside the notices and also restrain the FIA from harassing the party’s leadership. (ANI)

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10 Dead, Soldiers Among Victims in Pakistan Outpost Attack

The latest attack occurred in the mountainous region of Khyber that borders Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province….reports Asian Lite News

Islamist terrorists attacked a Pakistani military outpost near the Afghan border, killing at least five soldiers in the ensuing fire exchange, officials said on Monday.

At least five terrorists were also killed in the gun battle that lasted for hours, local official Attaullah Shah told dpa news agency.

The latest attack occurred in the mountainous region of Khyber that borders Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the early morning attack that came a day after five militants and two soldiers were killed in a shoot-out in the same region.

The Pakistani Taliban, a group that follows the same hardline interpretation of Islam as their Afghan counterparts but has a different organisation, have been behind an uptick in violence in recent years.

The group, responsible for the deaths of about 80,000 people over years of violence, has been seeking a resurgence since Kabul fell to their Afghan counterparts in 2021.

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Rights Group condemns mob attack on Christian family in Sargodha

The victims, Nazir Masih and his son Sultan Masih, owners of a small shoe factory in Gill Wala, Mujahid Colony, were brutally attacked by a mob on Saturday.

Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) has strongly condemned the violent mob attack on a Christian family in Sargodha following false blasphemy allegations. The victims, Nazir Masih and his son Sultan Masih, owners of a small shoe factory in Gill Wala, Mujahid Colony, were brutally attacked by a mob on Saturday.

The incident began when Nazir Masih and Sultan Masih were accused of desecrating pages of the Quran and discarding them in front of their factory.

These accusations prompted individuals to incite a mob, including clerics and Islamic students, who then violently assaulted the Masih family and vandalised their business and home.

“HRFP’s fact-finding team quickly arrived at the scene to provide emergency reporting and assistance. They have highlighted that similar incidents of false blasphemy allegations against Christians are recurrent in Sargodha”, HRFP said in a press statement.

According to the victims, the Quranic pages were deliberately scattered in front of their factory, and the accusers swiftly mobilised a mob to attack.

During the mob attack, Nazir Masih, Sultan Masih, and their families were severely injured. Even as they were being transported to the hospital by ambulance, the mob attacked the vehicle, attempting to kill them on the spot. Despite this, the ambulance managed to escape.

Calling for justice for the Masih family, the HRFP said in a press statement, “HRFP is demanding protection and justice for the Masih family. Their team has gathered detailed information and evidence about the incident, visited the site, the police station, and the hospital, and interviewed involved individuals to ensure ongoing assistance.”

HRFP President Naveed Walter criticised the pattern of immediate mob violence following blasphemy accusations, questioning why the police are not called initially if a genuine offense occurs. He noted that mobs often follow the police and ambulances to inflict further violence, as seen in this case.

Walter emphasized the need for significant reforms to handle such situations before, during, and after they occur. He called for the repeal of blasphemy laws and stressed the importance of providing protection and justice for all blasphemy victims and their families, including those like Nazir and Sultan Masih who are falsely accused.

HRFP demanded immediate attention to this grave issue, calling for policy changes and the implementation of protective measures to prevent future incidents of violence against religious minorities in Pakistan. (ANI)

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Prosecution rests in Trump hush money trial

Trump’s lawyers have said they do not plan to call any further witnesses after Costello. Closing arguments are expected on May 28….reports Asian Lite News

Prosecutors rested their case on Monday in former US President Donald Trump’s trial for falsifying business records. Defence attorneys have now begun presenting their witnesses, with closing arguments anticipated next week, media reported.

The trial against Trump in connection with hush money payments to an adult film star has seen a chaotic day in which the presiding judge cleared the jury and the press from the courtroom and admonished a witness.

Judge Juan Merchan became visibly angry during the questioning of defence witness Robert Costello because he appeared to question Merchan’s authority.

Costello, who Trump’s defence team brought to the stand to attack the credibility of key prosecution witness Michael Cohen, continued to answer several questions after Merchan had already accepted the prosecution’s objection on Monday.

The judge instructed Costello, a former federal prosecutor, that he was not allowed to continue answering after an objection was sustained. In the case of one objection, that was upheld, Costello then said “Jeesh” and rolled his eyes.

Merchan then ordered the jurors out of the courtroom and asked Trump’s witness, Costello, to maintain proper decorum in his courtroom.

When Costello continued to scowl at the judge, Merchan blurted out audibly angrily: “Are you staring me down?” He then had the courtroom cleared with the help of loud and cutting instructions from the court staff.

Court transcripts reveal that Merchan forbade comments on his decisions and threatened to have Costello removed from the stand if he did not change his behaviour.

Journalists and observers were allowed to re-enter the room after a few minutes, and the questioning continued.

Trump’s lawyers have said they do not plan to call any further witnesses after Costello. Closing arguments are expected on May 28.

The public prosecutor’s office in New York accuses Trump of wanting to improve his chances of success in the 2016 presidential election by paying $130,000 to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The payment itself was not illegal. However, Trump is said to have manipulated documents when reimbursing the amount to lawyer Michael Cohen in order to conceal the true reason for the transaction, making the payments illegal campaign financing.

Trump, who is campaigning to win re-election in November as the Republican Party candidate, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges. If found guilty, he could face a prison sentence.

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Man Who Attacked Nancy Pelosi’s Husband Gets 30-Year Jail

Paul Pelosi, the husband of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked using a hammer at his California home in November 2022 and underwent surgery for a skull fracture and other severe injuries.

After over a year of violent assault on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, a federal judge sentenced the attacker, David DePape to 30 years in prison for the attack and 20 years for attempted kidnapping, reported CNN.

Paul Pelosi, the husband of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked using a hammer at his California home in November 2022 and underwent surgery for a skull fracture and other severe injuries.

Following this, David DePape was accused of entering Pelosi’s San Francisco home where he attacked the House Speaker’s husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer and was charged with one count of “attempted kidnapping of a US official.

A federal judge on Friday sentenced David DePape to 30 years in prison after he was convicted in the violent October 2022 attack, as reported by CNN.

DePape was sentenced to 30 years for assault and 20 years for attempted kidnapping, which will run concurrently.

Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley, who presided over DePape’s trial for the Northern District of California, said she had to “ensure that the sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence.”

“He broke into the home of an official and violently attacked the public official’s spouse. That act is unprecedented,” she said.

However, in November, DePape’s attorneys conceded that their client attacked the then-83-year-old Paul Pelosi, but argued that his motivation for the assault did not match the charges against him, according to CNN.

While testifying in his own defence, DePape recalled that he was looking for Nancy Pelosi, adding that her husband had not been on his list of targets.

He was “surprised and confused,” he testified when he found out that the congresswoman was not home.

“I’m telling him, ‘I have other targets, but if you stop me, I’ll go through you,'” DePape said, recalling a conversation with Paul Pelos.

DePape added that he then reacted and hit Pelosi “in the head,” because his plan was “basically ruined.”

In his testimony, Pelosi recounted how he awoke from sleep the night of the attack to see a man with a hammer in his home, CNN reported.

Later, DePape asked where his wife was. “She’s not here. She’s in Washington,” Pelosi recalled answering.

He was violently struck in the head following a struggle with DePape, Pelosi said.

Paul Pelosi stressed that his recovery has been difficult with spells of lightheadedness and headaches as he underwent surgery to repair a skull fracture and injuries to his hand and arm, reported CNN.

“I’ve made the best effort I possibly can to not revisit this,” he said at the time.

In a statement filed with the court, Speaker Emerita Pelosi said the attack on her husband “has had a devastating effect on three generations of our family.”

“The break-in and violation of our domestic tranquillity is having a long-lasting impact,” she added. (ANI)

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