Donald Payne
Donald Payne
Corporal Donald Payne is a former soldier of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment of the British Army who became the first member of the British armed forces to be convicted of a war crime under the provisions of the International Criminal Court Act 2001 when he pleaded guilty on 19 September 2006 to a charge of inhumane treatment. He was jailed for one year and dismissed from the army as a result of his actions.
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Donald Payne Jr. Announces Bid for Congress
Bloomfield Patch - almost 5 years
Council president would succeed his father
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Funeral set for NJ Rep. Donald Payne
Asbury Park Press - almost 5 years
NEWARK — Services are scheduled next week for New Jersey's first black member of Congress. U.S. Rep. <a class="fplink fp-406980" href="/Donald+Payne+1">Donald Payne</a> died Tuesday after battling colon cancer. He was 77.
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Congressman Donald Payne: A Strong Voice for African Policy Silenced
The Heritage Foundation - almost 5 years
U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa seldom achieves headline status except in times of most acute crisis. Yet the vast continent of one billion, with all its hope, problems, and conflicts, requires sustained, high-level U.S. attention. Given the constraints on time of the President and Secretary of State, it often falls to lower level diplomats, development experts, and Members of Congress to play an active role in keeping American attention focused on a specific geographic area and shaping effective policy. For more than 20 years, Congressman <a class="fplink fp-406980" href="/Donald+Payne+1">Donald Payne</a> (D–NJ), who died on March 6, was at the center of discussions of U.S. policy in Africa and an active participant in many efforts to build U.S.–Africa relations. Over the span of an active career, Payne worked to keep attention on African issues. Payne was personally involved in the development of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. He wrote legislation that sought to p ...
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U.S. Rep. Donald Payne dead at 77
Zap 2 it - almost 5 years
U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Donald M. Payne, a Democrat from New Jersey, has passed away at the age of 77, his Congressional office said in a statement Tuesday (March 6).
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Rep. Donald Payne Dies of Colon Cancer
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
New Jersey Rep. <a class="fplink fp-406980" href="/Donald+Payne+1">Donald Payne</a> died today of complications from colon cancer. The Democrat and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus was 77 years old.  He died  at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, N.J., according to his office. Payne was the first African American elected...
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Rep. Donald Payne, New Jersey's first black congressman, dies at 77 - San Jose Mercury News
Google News - almost 5 years
ABC News Rep. <a class="fplink fp-406980" href="/Donald+Payne+1">Donald Payne</a>, New Jersey's first black congressman, dies at 77 San Jose Mercury News By Beth DeFalco AP TRENTON, NJ -- US Rep. <a class="fplink fp-406980" href="/Donald+Payne+1">Donald Payne</a>, a Democrat known for his work on human rights and on behalf of the poor, died Tuesday. He was 77. Payne, the first black congressional member from New Jersey, died at St. Barnabas Hospital in ... NJ Rep. <a class="fplink fp-406980" href="/Donald+Payne+1">Donald Payne</a> dies at 77CBS News Congressman <a class="fplink fp-406980" href="/Donald+Payne+1">Donald Payne</a>, Advocate for Africa, DiesVoice of America Local Officials Remember Congressman <a class="fplink fp-406980" href="/Donald+Payne+1">Donald Payne</a>Patch.com Eurweb.com -Amsterdam News all 437 news articles »
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New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne dies after colon cancer battle
LATimes - almost 5 years
Rep. <a class="fplink fp-406980" href="/Donald+Payne+1">Donald Payne</a>, the first African American elected to Congress from New Jersey and the dean of that state's delegation, died Tuesday after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 77.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Donald Payne
    THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 38
    On 13 July 2009, a video reportedly showing Cpl Payne abusing Iraqi prisoners was released as part of the evidence being presented to the public inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa.
    More Details Hide Details The video reportedly shows Cpl Payne forcing hooded and bound prisoners into stress positions, pushing and shoving prisoners, and aggressively shouting obscenities at them whilst they clearly vocalise their distress. Procedures shown in the video were banned from use by British military personnel on 2 March 1972, by Edward Heath, the Prime Minister at the time, after IRA internees in Northern Ireland were subjected to similar techniques. The ban was announced the day the Parker Report was published and found them to be illegal under English law. In 1978 in the European Court of Human Rights in "Ireland v. the United Kingdom" (Case No. 5310/71) found the techniques used in Northern Ireland "amounted to inhuman and degrading treatment".
  • 2007
    Age 36
    After earlier pleading guilty to the offence of inhuman treatment of persons protected under the Geneva Conventions, Corporal Donald Payne was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, reduced to the ranks, and dismissed from Her Majesty's Armed Forces, on 30 April 2007.
    More Details Hide Details On all other charges, Cpl Payne, and the other defendants, were acquitted when the presiding judge, Mr Justice McKinnon, ruled that there was no evidence against them. Mr Justice McKinnon suggested that he believed there had been some level of covering-up with relation to the case, when he stated during the proceedings that "None of those soldiers has been charged with any offence, simply because there is no evidence against them as a result of a more or less obvious closing of ranks."
  • 2005
    Age 34
    On 19 July 2005, Attorney General Lord Goldsmith announced that Payne was being charged with manslaughter, perverting the course of justice and inhumane treatment of persons under the International Criminal Court Act 2001.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day, another ten soldiers were also charged with similar crimes, six relating to the death of Mousa and four relating to the death of another Iraqi, Ahmed Jabber Kareem Ali, on 8 May 2003. The Court Martial was held in Bulford Camp, Wiltshire, after an investigation by the Royal Military Police. It convened in the autumn of 2006, and concluded six months later in April 2007, being the most expensive Court Martial in modern British military history During the court martial, Corporal Payne admitted he "enjoyed" hearing Iraqis call out during torture, describing their cries of pain as "the choir". He was cleared of manslaughter and perverting the course of justice. Six other soldiers were cleared of any charges.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 29
    He was promoted to the substantive rank of Corporal on 30 June 2000.
    More Details Hide Details As an NCO he worked as a Provost Corporal with the Regimental Police in Catterick Garrison. He also served in Iraq, South Armagh, and the Former Yugoslavia He had earned the following decorations/awards: General Service Medal with Northern Ireland clasp, NATO Medal with Former Yugoslavia clasp, Accumulated Campaign Service Medal, The Queen's Jubilee Medal and the Iraq Medal His service career ended on 30 April 2007 when he was reduced to the ranks and dismissed from Her Majesty's armed forces for his conduct in Iraq. On 14 September 2003, a number of Iraqis were detained by British forces in raids on hotels in Basra. The detainees were taken to a three-room building in Basra, where they were questioned for 36 hours. Among the detainees was Baha Mousa, a 26-year-old employee of the Haitham Hotel in Basra, who died as a result of the interrogation. The subsequent post-mortem found 93 injuries, including fractured ribs and a broken nose. Detainees claimed that the British soldiers had held kicking competitions, competing to see who could kick the prisoners the furthest. Prisoners were also made to assume stress positions and were beaten and kicked if they failed to do so.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 17
    Donald Payne joined the British Army on 5 June 1988, enlisting with the Queen's Lancashire Regiment, which subsequently amalgamated into the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Born in 1970.
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