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Old 26-04-2014, 03:44 AM   #60
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The Browning Hi-Power is a single-action, 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. It is based on a design by American firearms inventor John Browning, and completed by Dieudonné Saive at Fabrique Nationale (FN) of Herstal, Belgium. Browning died in 1926, several years before the design was finalized. The Hi-Power is one of the most widely used military pistols of all time, having been used by the armed forces of over 50 countries...

Pistol Shooting Browning Hi-Power - YouTube

Browning Hi-Power pistols were used during World War II by both Allied and Axis forces. After occupying Belgium in 1940, German forces took over the FN plant. German troops subsequently used the Hi-Power, having assigned it the designation Pistole 640(b) ("b" for belgisch, "Belgian"). Examples produced by FN in Belgium under German occupation bear German inspection and acceptance marks, or Waffenamts, such as WaA613. In German service, it was used mainly by Waffen-SS and Fallschirmjäger personnel...The pistol was popular with the British airborne forces as well as covert operations and commando groups such as the Special Operations Executive (SOE), the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the nascent British Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment. Inglis Hi-Powers made for Commonwealth forces have the British designation 'Mk 1', or 'Mk 1*' and the manufacturer's details on the left of the slide. They were known in British and Commonwealth service as the 'Pistol No 2 Mk 1', or 'Pistol No 2 Mk 1*' where applicable. Serial numbers were 6 characters, the second being the letter 'T', e.g. 1T2345...Former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi carried a gold-plated Hi-Power with his own face on the design of the grips which was waved around in the air by Libyan rebels after his death...The Beretta Cheetah has also been marketed by Browning under the name BDA 380...The Detective is a short-slide HP produced by FM. The Detective slide group was also available without the frame, and is interchangeable with other FM and FN Hi-Power P35s. The pistol and slide group have not been available for North American sales since the late 2000s, but can be found in resale outlets.

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Soon after the killing some commentators identified the possibility of a Yugoslav connection...

At B G's first trial his defence barrister, Michael Mansfield QC, quoted from a National Criminal Intelligence Service report which stated that the Serbian warlord leader, Arkan, had ordered her assassination in retaliation for the NATO bombing of the Radio Television of Serbia headquarters on 23 April 1999, which had resulted in the deaths of several well-known Yugoslav TV presenters. Mansfield suggested that Dando's earlier presentation of an appeal for aid for Kosovar Albanian refugees may have attracted the attention of Bosnian-Serb hardliners. Dando's picture was on the cover of the Radio Times (edition 24 to 30 April 1999) in the week of her killing.

Jill Dando Death ITN Evening News 26 April 1999 ...
Jill Dando Death ITN Evening News 26 April 1999 - YouTube

The former communist regime in Yugoslavia had a history of assassinations directed against its opponents. It has been claimed that between 1946 and 1991 the Yugoslav Secret Service (UDBA) had carried out at least 150 assassination attempts against people living outside Yugoslavia. The victims were mostly Croatian émigrés, although others were targeted. The attacks were usually carried out by small teams consisting of a trigger-man supported by a spotter and were always carefully planned. The attacks were often made as targets entered or left their homes since this was the point at which they were most vulnerable and where a case of mistaken identity was least likely...The last known UDBA hit in the UK took place on 20 October 1988 when Nikola Štedul, a 51-year-old Croatian émigré, was gunned down outside his home in Kirkcaldy.

Bob Woffinden, a journalist who specialises in miscarriages of justice has stated "Claims of responsibility" are made by groups such as the IRA or ETA. In 60 years, there has not once been a claim of responsibility for an assassination carried out by East European secret services." Woffinden advanced the view that a Yugoslav group was behind the Dando killing and in various newspaper articles he contested all the grounds on which the police had dismissed this possibility...Discredited links with Yugoslavia include the case in which a West Midlands petty criminal of Serbian descent was said to have boasted of the killing in a bar in Belgrade in September 2001. A jailed former cargo aircraft captain as well as two other witnesses stated they were present in the bar at the time of the alleged confession...Slavko Ćuruvija (a Serb journalist and critic of the then Jugoslav government) was shot in the head outside his Belgrade home just 5 days before the killing of Dando. In March 2012, his widow Branka Prpa claimed that both her late husband and Dando were ‘executed’ by a Serbian hitman in revenge attacks.

'Kosovo Crisis' DEC Appeal, Jill Dando, 1999, BBC...
'Kosovo Crisis' DEC Appeal, Jill Dando, 1999, BBC - YouTube

Forensic study indicated that Dando had been shot by a bullet from a 9 mm calibre automatic pistol, with the gun pressed against her head at the moment of the shot. Richard Hughes, her next door neighbour, heard a surprised cry from Dando "like someone greeting a friend" but heard no gunshot. Hughes looked out of his front window and, while not realising what had happened, made the only certain sighting of the killer—a 6 foot (1.80 metre) tall white man aged around 40 years old, seen walking away from Dando's house...

Within six months, the murder investigation team had spoken to more than 2,500 people and taken more than 1,000 statements. With little progress after a year, the police concentrated their attention on B G, who lived about half a mile from Dando's house. He had a history of stalking women, sexual offending and other anti-social and attention-seeking behaviour...George was put under surveillance, arrested on 25 May and charged with Dando's murder on 28 May.

The late lovely Jill Dando presenting the BBC 1 Xmas news in 1990...
BBC 1 News, Christmas 1990, with Jill Dando.mpg - YouTube

George was tried at the Old Bailey, convicted, and on 2 July 2001 he was sentenced to life imprisonment.Concern about this conviction was widespread on the basis that the case against George appeared thin...Dando's family and her fiancé Alan Farthing did not ask the police to reopen the investigation. George's family and supporters were jubilant at the outcome, claiming that there had never been any worthwhile evidence against him...
Bump 11 Clicks to the Border... course you're afraid - anyone who says they're not are either lying or need to see a shrink. You want to make the biggest hole possible to hide in - you'd get your spoon out and start digging if that would help. But then the training takes over... you psych yourself up, check all your pouches are closed, your pockets don't open and your magazines are on tight..Our belt kits carried what we couldn't do without - water Ammo and Camels...

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