Britain's Counter-terrorism Police Chief to Retire

Britain's top anti-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley. Reuters file photo
Britain's top anti-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley. Reuters file photo
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Britain's Counter-terrorism Police Chief to Retire

Britain's top anti-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley. Reuters file photo
Britain's top anti-terrorism officer, Mark Rowley. Reuters file photo

Britain's top counter-terrorism police officer Mark Rowley will retire in March, the Metropolitan Police Service said, after a 31-year career in which he led efforts to curb a rise in militant attacks.

According to Reuters, Rowley was the public face of the police's counter-terrorism operations as attacks in Britain soared to their highest ever level last year, and he spearheaded the response to deadly incidents such as the London Bridge attack and the Manchester concert bombing.

Interior Minister Amber Rudd thanked Rowley for "his commitment to tackling the terrorist threat" during his time as national policing lead for counter-terrorism, a role he has held since 2014.

Rowley joined the police in 1987. Before becoming Britain's counter-terrorism chief, he had responsibilities for tackling organized crime and sexual violence.



Iran Top Court Overturns Rapper Toomaj Salehi’s Death Sentence, Lawyer Says

People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)
People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)
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Iran Top Court Overturns Rapper Toomaj Salehi’s Death Sentence, Lawyer Says

People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)
People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)

Iran's supreme court has overturned Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi's death sentence on charges linked to the country's 2022-23 period of unrest, his lawyer wrote in a post on the X social media platform on Saturday.

"The death sentence of #Toomaj_Salehi was overturned and based on the appeal decision ...of the Supreme Court, the case will be referred to (another) branch for consideration," attorney Amir Raisian wrote on X.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the ruling.

Salehi's songs supported protests sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish Iranian woman arrested for allegedly wearing an "improper" hijab.