Law

300% hike in salary of judges is nominal: Govt

The government on Tuesday said that the 300% hike in salaries of high court and Supreme Court judges was just a "token increase" and a "nominal" hike considering the "dignity of the office of judiciary".

After the parliament approved the High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2008, law minister Hans Raj Bhardwaj had said that the services of judges should not be measured in terms of the pay they get. 


SC refuses to stay HC Godhra order

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refrained from staying a Gujarat high court order that upheld the Central Pota Review Committee's (CPRC) recommendation that charges framed under the anti-terror law in the Godhra train fire case be withdrawn.

After sustained litigation by Citizens for Justice and Peace, an NGO headed by Teesta Setalvad, the Supreme Court held that the CPRC's decision would be applicable and those who the committee feels were wrongly charged under the terror law would now be tried under ordinary law.


SC seeks justification from Tamil Nadu Govt. on Madras HC violence

New Delhi, Feb 25: The Supreme Court has asked the Tamil Nadu Government to justify the entry of police into the Madras High Court premises on February 19. It has directed the State Government to assess the damage done to the lawyers'' cars and the high court building in the police-lawyers clash and announce compensation for the injured lawyers by Thursday.

The apex court also condemned the lawyers for going on strike and creating a huge hue and cry inside courtrooms.

However, it has asked the government to respond to it by Thursday.

The violent clash between the police and the advocates in the Madras High Court on February 19 left over 50 lawyers, a judge and several policemen injured.


Corporator in cop custody till Feb 27

The Bhiwandi court, on Tuesday, extended the police custody of Santosh M Shetty, NCP corporator from Bhiwandi, along with three accused till February 27, for allegedly assaulting a cable operator on Wednesday. 

According to police records, Kantibhai Jain, 45, a local cable operator in Bhiwandi, was attacked last Wednesday by four people and his office was ransacked. NCP corporator Santosh M Shetty, his brother Rajesh Shetty, Shetty's body guard Ranganath Tripathi and rickshaw driver Sallauddin Ansari were arrested for alleged involvement in the assault. Shetty also runs a cable network and, it seems, the two had a disagreement over the areas of cable connections.

DNA Correspondent/ DNA-Daily News & Analysis Source: 3D Syndication


I'm gonna get you: DG to criminals on Day 1

Ensuring peaceful general elections is top on the agenda for Khandwawala

Courteous to his boots, new director general of police, Shabbir Hussain Shekhadam Khandwawala, 58, charmed his way into his new position and office on the first day amid greetings that poured on him from peers, subordinates, junior officers as well as others.

However, what belied the glib surface was a toughened cop's determination about the several agendas that he has already lined up for action in the near future.


Maya, Patel get HC notice on SIT's 'cancel bail' plea

HC takes up SIT pleas against anticipatory bails to Guj minister, VHP leader on Tuesday

Justice DH Waghela of the Gujarat high court has issued notices to Maya Kodnani and Jaydeep Patel. The court on Tuesday heard the applications moved by the SIT against the order of a lower court granting anticipatory bail to the leaders in the Naroda Patia and Naroda Gaam cases. The matter will come up for further hearing on March 2.

Kodnani, the minister of state for higher education and woman and child welfare, and VHP leader Patel had been granted anticipatory bail by the city sessions court on February 5. Kodnani had sought bail in the Naroda Patia and Naroda Gaam cases, while Patel had sought the same in the latter case.


'Should FBI be told to guide our cops?'

37 cars imported fraudulently, but cops have seized none

"We thank Sushmita Sen for blowing the lid of this (racket)," said Justice JN Patel on Tuesday. He and Justice VK Tahilramani was hearing the case regarding duty evasion by the actor for the import of a Land Cruiser. Investigations into the case have led to the city police stumbling upon 37 foreign cars fraudulently imported into India.

However, the judges were irked by the fact that none of those cars had been seized so far. "Such a network (for import of cars) can be used by terrorists. In 1993 (Mumbai) blasts, existing smuggling network was used to smuggle in RDX," Justice Patel said. "Do you want the FBI to come and guide you in this case?" 


Singapore taxi driver must pay maximum fine for public pee

Singapore taxi driver must pay maximum fine for public peeSingapore - Giving in to a natural urge in public proved costly for a Singapore taxi driver. The cabby was fined the maximum 1,000 Singapore dollars (655 US dollars) Wednesday for urinating on a road in June, a news report said.

The driver had alighted his taxi and urinated behind an electrical box, the online edition of the Straits Times newspaper said. He ignored shouts by another car driver and his companions to stop.

Eventually, the other driver took down the registration number of his taxi and reported it to authorities. (dpa)


Separated, woman turns down custody of minor kids

A woman, who has separated from her husband, has refused the custody of her three children.

The couple have three children, a 12-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy while the youngest is a seven-year-old girl.

The woman has asked the court to allow her to keep her younger daughter, who is studying in standard II, till she completes her final examinations.

The woman’s counsel Sunita Jangam said that her client has refused custody of the three children as she will be living with her father in a small, two-room apartment, which is also occupied by her married brother and his family.

According to Jangam, her client gave a purasish (voluntary submission) to the court saying that she does not want custody of her children.


Court: Abuse by BIL is domestic violence

Admitting that the physical and verbal abuse of a widow by her brother-in-law is a case of domestic violence, a city court on Tuesday forbade him from entering her house. The order also restrained him from communicating with her.

The victim, a 39-year-old woman, residing in Pashan, is the dean of the undergraduate programme of a city-based business school.

The victim's lawyer, Rajendra Anbhule, said that she had married a state government veterinarian on August 10, 1993.

After a son was born on July 19, 1996, their relationship soured and the husband began harassing her.


Missing cop surrenders to SIT

Municipal councillor Bipin Patel & ex-councillor Chunilal Prajapati arrested

Former second inspector of the Naroda police station, VS Gohil surrendered before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Wednesday. The move came after metropolitan magistrate GM Patel rejected an application submitted by him, saying he wanted to surrender before court.

In his application, he said Gohil had reported an excellent performance as a police official, that he had not gone absconding, but had been on sick leave, and that his mobile phone had been switched off since February 6. Gohil further submitted that he had filed the application fearing he would be declared an absconder.


Motion against scam accused

Samiti meeting will be held to decide on move

A no confidence motion has been moved against deputy speaker of Khed panchayat samiti Raju Jawalekar, who is an accused in the Ajit Cooperative Bank scam.

The court has issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against him.

Eight members of the panchayat samiti have submitted the motion at district collector's office. According to an official, a special meeting would be organised within a week to decide on the motion.

Jawalekar is a member of the Congress Party and those who have moved the motion are mostly members of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). In Khed panchayat samiti, Congress and NCP have eight members each.


Two held for abusing judge

In a case of road rage, two city-based scooterists allegedly abused and threatened an Ahmednagar-based judge near Nilayam theatre recently.

The Dattawadi police have arrested the duo, who were later released on bail by a city court.

Police inspector Ashok Kshirsagar told DNA that a complaint was lodged by judicial magistrate (first class) Ajay Ashok Bhatewara (28) of Ahmednagar.

According to the police, the judge and his wife were heading towards Ganesh Kala Krida Manch at Swargate from Mhatre Bridge near Nal Stop for a programme.

Bhatewara was driving the car. After reaching Lal Bahadur Shastri Road, the couple reached the chowk near Nilayam theatre.


Congress corporator carries a gun inside BMC house

Security continues to be lax at the BMC headquarters near CST, despite experts warning that it is a soft target for terror attacks.

On Wednesday, Congress corporator Aziz Abdul Barudgar allegedly managed to carry a gun inside the corporation house. The corporator from Santa Cruz was neither stopped nor questioned by security officials posted at the entry of the headquarters. Even the guards posted outside the corporation house on the first floor of the building did not stop him.

BMC rules disallow carrying a weapon inside the civic headquarters building without permission from senior authorities.


Chitralekha Urs murder case trial gains momentum

Two important witnesses, a photographer and videographer, deposed before the First Fast Track Sessions Court in Chitralekha Urs murder case on Wednesday.

Videographer Syed Amin (sub-inspector) and photographer Gopal Shetty were the witnesses. The third phase of the trail had to be adjourned by a day on Tuesday, owing to the absence of three witnesses. The video evidence of the finding of Chitralekha's body was also produced before Justice Savithri Vinayaka. Chitralekha's body was found at Shirdi Ghat in March 2004, two months after she had disappeared from Bangalore.


Road rage case set for climax

A fast track court in the city is likely to pass its judgment on a two decade old road rage death case on March 3.

The accused in the case is Ashok Fernandez, son of former IAS officer and historian Praxie Fernandez. The case has been dragging on for the past two decades.

The First Fast Track Sessions Court judge Justice Savithri Vinayaka, who heard the case, has posted the judgment for March 3.

According to the prosecution, on January 11, 1990, Ashok, owner of a leading photo printing unit, allegedly shot at two motorcycle riders, Murali and his friend. While Murali died, his friend escaped with injuries.


Singapore man fined for tying up sex worker

Singapore man fined for tying up sex workerSingapore  - A Singapore court fined a restaurant manager 500 Singapore dollars (326 US dollars) Thursday for tying up a sex worker who subsequently fell to her death from a window of the man's ninth-floor flat, a news report said.

Edmund Peter Anthony had taken the 27-year-old Thai woman home and had sex with her on October 15, 2007, the online edition of the Straits Times newspaper reported. Before he went to the bathroom, he tied her hands and ankles with neckties.


Singapore court confirms life sentence for Indonesian maid

Singapore court Singapore - The Singapore High Court confirmed on Thursday a life imprisonment for an Indonesian maid who killed her employer's 75-year-old mother in 2005, media reports said.

The maid, who was identified as Barokah, 29, pushed Wee Keng Wah from their ninth-floor flat after the elderly woman scolded her for sneaking out to meet a man. In 2007, the maid was sentenced to life imprisonment and appealed.

However, a re-hearing into the case did not change the judge's mind, the online edition of the Straits Times newspaper reported. The second hearing was ordered to evaluate if the life sentence was appropriate.


17 lion killers get 5 yrs in jail

For the 1st first time in India’s history of wildlife crime, all accused — 37 in this case, dating to 2007 — have been punished

In a landmark verdict, 17 accused in the lion poaching case of 2007 — involving 20 others who have already been indicted — were sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by a chief judicial magistrate of Bhavnagar, on Thursday.

The magistrate, AI Sheikh, also imposed a penalty of Rs2,000 on each accused. This marks the conclusion of all cases relating to the poaching of Asiatic lions at the Gir wildlife sanctuary.


Rioters still a maya

One certainty: Those missing since 2002 have been declared dead

It is now seven years since a train compartment caught fire at Godhra on February 27, 2002, and riots erupted across the state in its aftermath. The special investigation team (SIT) set up by the Supreme Court to investigate some of the riot cases, has arrested some people who allegedly played ‘key’ roles in three massacres that occurred in the city on February 28, 2002.


Missing riot victims are legally ‘dead’

The source explained that, very often, the accused is from the same locality as the victim but the victim knows him just by his first name. “Unfortunately, this is not sufficient to establish the identity of the accused,” he said.

SIT officials believe that almost all the victims who have been missing since 2002 can now, under law, be presumed to be dead. The law says that any person who has been missing for seven years should be declared as dead.


HC gives state a week to mark silence zones

The Bombay high court on Thursday directed the state government to issue a notification for demarcation of silence zones in the city in a week.

As per the Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules 2000, areas within 100 metres of educational institutions, courts, hospitals and religious places have to be demarcated as silence zones.

The order was passed on a public interest litigation filed by Awaaz Foundation on non-implementation of noise pollution reduction measures. Nine years have passed but silence zones have not been demarcated, petitioner's lawyer DJ Khambata told the court.


Lawyers reject decision

The agitating lawyers of Tamil Nadu rejected the SC decision. “The Supreme Court decision is an eyewash, transferring officers is routine. We will not call off our protest till stringent action is taken against police officers involved in the assault,” they said. 

Leaders of lawyers’ associations are away in Delhi, where an SC bench comprising chief justice KG Balakrishnan and justices P Sathasivam and JM Panchal heard their petition on constituting an inquiry committee headed by a sitting judge.


Godhra accused can hope for bail

SC's refusal to stay the transfer of case to Godhra sessions court means they will be able to file for bail

The people accused in the 2002 Godhra carnage case see hope of securing their release on bail in view of the Supreme Court and Gujarat high court giving the nod to the recommendations of the Central Pota Review Committee to conduct the trial of the accused sans the charges under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota).

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to extend the stay order on the transfer of the case papers of the Godhra carnage incident from the designated Pota court to the Godhra sessions court, issued by the Gujarat high court.


Notice to state on freedom of religion bill

A division bench of Gujarat high court comprising justice M S Shah and Justice Akil Kureshi has issued notice to the state government while admitting a petition challenging the constitutional validity of the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act of 2003 and Rules of 2008.

The state government had enacted the act, which made prior permission of district magistrate mandatory before performing any ceremony of conversion or participating in such ceremony and requiring any person converted to give intimation to the district magistrate. The act came into force in 2008.


Two medicos get 10-yr RI for raping junior

A special court in Kottayam sentenced on Thursday two medical students to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment for ragging and raping their junior in 2005.

Renjith Varghese, 24, and Sherin Shamsudeen, 25, the first and second accused, have also been imposed a fine of Rs20,000 each. The third accused, 24-year-old Shafeeq Yusuf, has been sentenced to three years in jail.

The court had acquitted six of the nine accused, including three former members of the School of Medical Education, Kottayam, on Wednesday.

The three accused — SME former principal KM Mariam, former director KN Muraleedharan Nair and former psychiatry HoD Saibunneesa Beevi — were charged with conspiracy and destruction of evidence.


SC stalls Rs10k-cr Green India project

The Centre's Rs10,000-crore Green India Programme (GIP) for wildlife protection and afforestation suffered a major setback on Thursday when the Supreme Court (SC) stalled transfer of money raised by states to the national exchequer.

About Rs9,000 crore is lying with the ad hoc compensatory afforestation fund management and planning authority (Campa). A bench headed by chief justice KG Balakrishnan asked states to submit within four weeks site-specific schemes on utilising the money.

GIP involves locating at least one acre of degraded forest or other land for planting trees using money collected by states and union territories (UTs) and deposited with Campa under the ministry of environment and forest.


Chennai High Court lawyers continue boycott

Chennai High Court lawyers continue boycottChennai, Feb 27: Protesting Chennai lawyers, who are boycotting the High Court, are on fast and observing a black day on Friday.

They are condemning the violence in the High Court and demanding immediate action against police officials who carried out February 19 baton charging on lawyers in the Madras High Court premises.

The courts are however, are functioning and there are no report of any untoward incident.

Earlier, the apex court has asked the Tamil Nadu Government to justify the entry of police into the Madras High Court premises on February 19.


Illegal structures built on Dahisar mangroves razed

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally taken note of the indiscriminate destruction of mangroves along the New Link Road near Dahisar. On Thursday, a BMC demolition squad razed illegal sheds constructed over the green space.

A Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) skywalk contractor and two BMC road contractors were among those whose illegal sheds were removed by the BMC.

DNA had carried a series of reports in January highlighting how these units were destroying the green cover.


SC adjourns hearing in Sun Dew Apartment case

It was built by ex-CM Manohar Joshi's son-in-law after changing reservation

The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of a petition challenging the Bombay High Court order to demolish the controversial Sun Dew Apartment on Prabhat Road.

The multi-storeyed commercial complex is owned by Girish Vyas, the son-in-law of former chief minister Manohar Joshi.

A division bench comprising Justice RV Raveendran and Justice Markenday Katju adjourned the hearing by six weeks to enable the parties to explore the possibility of finding an amicable solution to the issue.


TMC razes 11 illegal villas on Yeoor Hills

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) demolished 11 bungalows (the count obtained when the reports last came in) of the 19 illegal bungalows, on Friday.

The action came in the wake of a notice issued recently by the Bombay High Court, seeking the status report of the action taken against illegal bungalows at Yeoor Hills within a week.The notice was in response to a writ petition filed by local tribal leader Chandrakant Jadhav at the High Court.

BG Pawar, additional municipal commissioner (anti-encroachments), said, "The court has sought a report from the TMC regarding the action taken against illegal structures in Yeoor Hills which falls under the Vartak Nagar jurisdiction. The TMC will soon conduct a survey of the entire area."


Karthik Somaiah gets bail, finally

His car was involved in an accident that killed four men on Indiranagar 100-Feet Road in January

A fast track court on Friday granted bail to Karthik Somaiah, whose car had fatally mowed down four men on Indiranagar's 100-Feet Road on January 26.

While granting bail, the court ordered Somaiah not to threaten witnesses and to report to the investigation officer every week.

Somaiah's lawyers will receive the release order on Saturday.

The accused had applied for bail before a sessions court as the police have registered a case under culpable homicide not amounting to murder, which can only tried before a trial court.


BIAL to refund UDF if verdict goes against it

Petitioner alleged that UDF collection by BIAL is illegal as only AAI can collect a fee

The Karnataka High Court on Friday ordered that the collection of user development fee (UDF) by Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL) from domestic passengers is subject to the final order of the court.

A division bench headed by Justice Deepak Varma disposed the application challenging the collection of UDF and stated that if the court judges in favour of the petitioners, then BIAL will have to refund UDF to all passengers who have made the payment till date.

BIAL also voluntarily accepted the court’s decision.


Dissolve Nanavati panel: JSM

Civil rights organisation the Jan Sangharsh Manch (JSM) has demanded that the Justice Nanavati Commission be dissolved and that IPS officer Rahul Sharma be appointed as part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Briefing the media on Friday, JSM convenor Mukul Sinha said, “The Supreme Court and the Gujarat high court have upheld the opinion of the Central Pota Review Committee that there had been no conspiracy involved in the burning of coach S-6 of the Sabarmati Express and that the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) could not be invoked in the case. The Supreme Court also refused to grant a stay on this judgement of the Gujarat high court.”


Notices issued to MSRDC, govt

Thane resident P Sarnaik nails Ghodbunder Road toll impropriety

Authorities behind the toll collection at Ghodbunder Road in Thane were issued notices by the Bombay High Court on Thursday.

Justice Swatanter Kumar in this notice has asked the parties to submit the reports of concerned account within 15 days. Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), Ideal Road Builders (IRB) and the state government have been held accountable in this petition.

Earlier this year, Shiv Sena leader Pratap Sarnaik had petitioned the high court to stop the collection of toll and also recover the excess amount from IRB.


Australian not guilty of cling film murder

Australian not guilty of cling film murderSydney  - An Australian woman accused of suffocating her father with a pillow after binding him to his bed with cling wrap was exonerated by a Sydney court Monday.

Daniela Beltrame, 55, was found not guilty of murdering her 70-year-old father despite testimony from her daughter.

Romina Beltrame, 29, told the court that when she tried to free her grandfather her mother said: "What are you doing? It's taken me hours to Glad Wrap him."


New licence will be more user-friendly

The state government’s new licence initiative will be a people friendly one. Sources in the state government claimed that the new system will help reduce the time it takes a licence holder to pay fines and various taxes and fees such as the fee for renewal of licence. The new digital licence will have a microchip which will contain all relevant information about the licence holder. This information will be made available online to various traffic authorities such as the police and the RTO.


SC backs the death penalty

In a setback to opponents of capital punishment, the Supreme Court has enlarged the scope of the penalty, saying killing of more than one innocent or killing through organised crime could attract the sentence.

"A murder committed due to deep-seated mutual and personal rivalry may not call for death penalty. But an organised crime or mass murder of innocent people would call for imposition of death sentence," a bench of justice Arijit Pasayat and justice Mukundakam Sharma said.

The judges scrapped a verdict of the Allahabad High Court reducing to life term the death sentence given by a trial court to two persons for killing six members of a family in 1994.


Court orders maintenance for 2nd wife

A Lok Adalat on Sunday ruled that even a second wife has the right to maintenance for herself and the couple's child. The court dealing with pending matrimonial cases asked a Delhi police constable to pay his second wife Rs4,000 per month as maintenance.

The court also asked him to include the name of his second wife's daughter in his official documents, including the Central Government Health Scheme, so that the child can avail of the medical facility.

The policeman had married the woman in 2003 even though his first marriage was alive. He has three children from the first marriage.

"The court decided that my wife will keep her and I will pay her Rs4,000 a month. I am happy with the decision," he said.


'Lawyerlessness' to continue in TN

Advocates to decide next step after SC hearing

Advocates of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry have decided to continue their agitation till March 4 though retired Supreme Court judge justice B Srikrishna, who is inquiring into the February 19 incident, requested them to call off the strike.


Severe punishment must in crime against women: SC

The Supreme Court widened the scope of death penalty, saying killing more than one innocent people or killing through organised crime could attract capital punishment.

The apex court said this while reversing the verdict of the Allahabad high court, which had reduced the death sentence of two men in the case of alleged murder of six of a family in 1994.

The two men were part of a six-member group that had entered a house and murdered the inmates due to a family feud.


SIT submits report to Supreme Court

Will continue investigation, apex court wants further report

The Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was set up by the Supreme Court to reinvestigate the 2002 post-Godhra riots, submitted its report before the apex court on Monday.

The SIT, headed by former CBI director RK Raghavan, is investigating nine cases, including the Sabarmati Express carnage incident and the subsequent Naroda Patia, Naroda Gaam and Gulbarg society massacres. The team submitted its report before a bench comprising justices Arijit Pasayat, P Sathasivam and Aftab Alam.


Accused cop seeks bail

VS Gohil files application in sessions court, hearing deferred till Wednesday

Former second inspector of the Naroda police, VS Gohil, applied for bail in the city sessions court on Monday. The metropolitan court had earlier sent Gohil to judicial custody after rejecting an application submitted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) seeking his remand.

The SIT had sought Gohil’s remand on the ground that, though he was a responsible police officer, he had not fired at the mob when riots had broken out in the area on February 28, 2002.


SC succour to hubbies in dowry-related cases

The Supreme Court has ruled that a court hearing a dowry-related case cannot force a man to pay alimony to his estranged wife as a pre-condition for anticipatory bail.

The judgment is significant as it cautions trial and high courts across the country against unnecessarily harassing husbands and their parents in dowry cases. Such conditions are "onerous and excessive", a bench headed by justice RV Raveendran said.

The apex court quashed a Delhi high court's two-year-old order directing a man to pay Rs12,500 in maintenance to his wife as a condition for anticipatory bail.


Police officer father, sons in Hong Kong on wrong side of law

Police officer father, sons in Hong Kong on wrong side of law Hong Kong  - A Hong Kong cop convicted of mugging a woman is the third police officer in his family to be arrested for a serious crime, a news report said Wednesday.

Senior constable Leung Wai-hung, 44, pleaded guilty to theft after grabbing a 53-year-old woman's handbag and punching and kicking her as she lay on the ground in July
2008.

Leung, who committed the robbery because of his heavy gambling debts, appeared Tuesday in court and will be sentenced on March 18, the South China Morning Post reported.


Psychiatric test ordered for student charged with stabbing teacher

Psychiatric test ordered for student charged with stabbing teacherWellington  - A 17-year-old Korean student was ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination when he appeared in court Wednesday charged with stabbing a teacher during a class at an Auckland college, news reports said.

A judge in the Auckland District Court remanded Tae Won Chung in custody until March 18 on a charge of wounding Japanese language teacher David Warren, 49, with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, on Tuesday.


UoP’s asst registrar sent to police custody

UoP’s asst registrar sent to police custodyJudicial magistrate (first class) AK Mandavgade on Tuesday remanded University of Pune’s (UoP) assistant registrar MS Gaikwad (53) of Sus Road in police custody till Saturday.

The Chatuhshrungi police had arrested Gaikwad and produced him in the court on Tuesday. They also arrested section officer of the administration department RH Attar of Sangamner.

The university had registered a First Information Report (FIR) with the Chatuhshrungi police on Monday in connection with the recruitment examination for class III and class IV non-teaching posts on February 14.


HC upholds bail of Vijit Singh

In a second successive triumph, Vijit Singh, the former Jaipur royal got a major relief when the Rajasthan high court declined to cancel his bail in the hit-and-run case on Tuesday.

A day earlier a city lower court granted him bail in another police case related to the same accident in which a college student from Kota was killed and her four colleagues were injured in December last. Singh is accused of causing the accident while driving a high-end car in a highly inebriated state.


Sadhvi speaks of jail food 'conspiracy'

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, the accused in last year's Malegaon blast case, alleged on Tuesday that she was being served non-vegetarian food by jail officials, which goes against her religious beliefs.

A 'pure vegetarian' since birth, Thakur said she has been leading a pious life and attaches a lot of religious importance to the food. She claimed she was served boiled eggs with cooked cabbage last Sunday.

In an application seeking permission to receive home food, Thakur stated that the presence of worms and non-vegetarian food was causing her mental agony.


Security in city court slackens

An unidentified thief entered the premises and broke open three locks last saturday

A month-and-a-half ago the city police had assured chief justice of the Bombay high court Swatanter Kumar to provide round-the-clock security on the district and sessions court premises.

But a recent incident where an unidentified thief entered the court premises and broke open three locks has revealed that the assurances have fallen flat.

The court authorities on Monday have written a letter to police commissioner Satyapal Singh reminding him about the unfulfilled promises, and demanding 24X7 security on the court premises.


Accused in custody spoke toTV channel

How can an accused lodged in a jail give an interview to a television channel? That is the question Bombay High Court wants the state government to answer regarding an interview given by a prime accused in the 2005 murder of Jalgaon Congressman VG Patil while in custody.

VG Patil's wife, Rajni, filed a petition in HC in 2007, alleging that GN Patil, brother of President Pratibha Patil, had conspired to kill her husband on September 21, 2005, owing to political rivalry. Police made two arrests — Raju Mali and Raju Sonawane — but Rajni alleged that the mastermind, GN Patil, was being shielded because of his political clout.


Waghelas file plea for summon to Asaram

They want him cross-examined in the case of kids'mysterious death

The fathers of Dipesh and Abhishek Waghela, two students at the Asaram ashram run gurukul, who had died under mysterious circumstances in July last year, have filed an application before the justice DK Trivedi Commission formed to probe the deaths, to summon Asaram Bapu in connection with the case.


Rs10 lakh penalty on BMC for stolen baby

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the BMC to pay compensation of not less that Rs10 lakh to Mohan and Mohini Nerurkar, whose three-day-old child was stolen from Sion Hospital on January 1.

Justices Bilal Nazki and AR Joshi said the Nerurkars must be compensated for the mental trauma they went through and told the BMC to state the amount on Thursday.

For the Nerurkars, the ruling did not bring much cheer. "We are happy about the action the court is taking against the erring officers, but we want the police to find our little boy," Mohan said.

"We came here for our child, not for the money," Mohini said.


Magistrate's 'promotion' puts doctor in the dock

The promotion dreams of a Nashik magistrate has perhaps turned to dust after the Bombay High Court took suo motu action to revise an order passed by her, acquitting an ayurvedic doctor charged with causing death by negligence.

The order, passed by judicial magistrate first class RR Randive, was sent to the HC for assessment as she was being considered for a promotion. However, after going through the order, justice Bilal Nazki said, "Prima facie, I feel the judgment needs to be revised."


Probe officer lands in court, forgets to carry case diary

The city sessions court on Wednesday deferred the hearing on the revision application filed by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) till Thursday after investigating officer, assistant commissioner of police PL Mal, forgot to bring the case diary of the Naroda case to court. The application had been filed against an earlier order of the metropolitan court sending former second inspector of the Naroda police, VS Gohil, to judicial custody. “Mal forgot the case diary at the Gujarat high court during a hearing. Because of this, he could not bring it to court today and the sessions court deferred hearing in the case till Thursday,” a highly placed source said.


High court likely to get more judges

The number of judges in Bombay High Court may soon rise to 68, with the Centre on Wednesday informing the court that the four names recommended by the Chief Justice (CJ) for elevation to the post of judges are "in the advanced stage of consideration".

The HC has a sanctioned strength of 75 judges. Currently, it has 64 serving judges. Senior lawyer MP Vashi had filed a PIL for filling up vacant posts of judges and a review of the sanctioned strength of judges.


'Jail food is not fit for humans'

'Jail food is not fit for humans'Prisoners complain meals are so unhygienic one loses 10kg a month

It is not just Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur. People who have served sentences in Arthur Road and Byculla jails also say that the food served to convicts and undertrials is "unpalatable" and "not fit for human consumption".


Explain custody death in Prez's bro case: HC

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked the state government to explain how one of the accused in the September 2005 murder of Jalgaon Congressman Vishram Patil, in which President Pratibha Patil's brother Vishram Patil is also allegedly involved, died in custody.

The court had asked the police to explain how the same accused gave an interview to a TV channel while in custody. Additional public prosecutor Aruna Kamat-Pai told the court that Mali had given the interview while he was in the hospital, without permission from the jail authorities. Pai said that the constables in-charge were suspended and denied two increments.


Registration plates probe gathers steam

The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has collected the documents pertaining to the tender process of high security registration plates (HSRP) or number plates for vehicles. The bureau has started its probe after a special anti-corruption court directed the ACB director-general to initiate an inquiry into the alleged corruption in the Rs400-crore tender for HSRP in February end.

Ajit Singh, additional director general of ACB, said, "An SP-rank official has been appointed as the investigating officer in the case and the probe has begun. The court has directed to complete the investigation and present the report on April 21.


HC raps cops for failing to trace 'kidnapper'

Mumbai police can't be that helpless, says court

The Sion police, in their investigation reports submitted to the high court on February 24, stated that they examined 33 women in two weeks but were unable to trace the 'kidnapper' of Mohan and Mohini Nerurkar's child allegedly stolen from Sion Hospital on January 1. The court, however, seemed far from impressed.

Additional public prosecutor KV Saste told the court that the police were putting in "serious efforts" to locate the child and the woman suspect who allegedly stole the newborn. Justice Nazki, however, remarked, "We have heard that before. Even a clerk could have made a report like that."


Social security cell can file cases under PITA

The Act is meant to stop trafficking of girls and prostitution in city

The social security cell of the city crime branch has been delegated with the powers to file cases under stringent norms of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 (PITA), meant to stop prostitution and trafficking of females across the city.

Earlier, it was only the assistant commissioner of police of the crime branch who was vested with powers to file the cases. Under the new rule, the police inspector heading the social security cell will be able to file cases under the PITA.

Every year, the city police rescue around 400 women and minor girls forced into prostitution by the brothel keepers, massage centre operators and others under the special act.


Lahore High Court disposes off Hafiz Saeed’s wife’s petition

Lahore High Court disposes off Hafiz Saeed’s wife’s petitionLahore, Mar. 5: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has disposed off a petition filed by Jamaat- ud- Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed’s wife, Memoona Saeed, challenging the government’s decision to detain Saeed without valid reason.

Saeed’s wife said the government had detained her husband only to please the US and India without giving any valid reason.


Kheduts to move SC over land deal

The Gujarat Khedut Samaj has decided to approach the Supreme Court after Gujarat High Court dismissed its plea opposing sale of a large tract of land used for cotton research for a commercial project.

The land in question is a vast tract of land, measuring around 65,000 sq mt, in the heart of the city near Ghoddod Road. The land, belonging to Navsari Agricultural University, is in the possession of Cotton Agricultural Research Centre, and has been used for research for decades.


High Court relief for Bombay Dyeing

High Court relief for Bombay DyeingIn a major relief for Bombay Dyeing, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday told the Bombay High Court that the stop-work notices issued to the textile firm, which is redeveloping two mills, are premature. The HC disposed of the petition filed by Bombay Dyeing after BMC lawyer assured the court that the two notices would be withdrawn by the state-appointed monitoring committee in its next meeting on March 16.

As per Development Control Rules (DCR), when a mill is redeveloped, proportionate areas of land have to be handed over to BMC and Mhada.


Irretrievable breakdown no ground for divorce, says SC

The Supreme Court rejected a man's divorce plea on Wednesday, as the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, does not recognise "irretrievable breakdown" as a ground for divorce.

A bench of justices Markandey Katju and VS Sirpurkar rejected the husband's divorce plea saying, no court, including SC, is empowered to issue a decree for divorce on this ground, as it would amount to amending the Hindu Marriage Act, a job that is vested with the legislature alone.

A law can be amended only by legislature and not by judicial verdict, judges said. Section 13 of the Hindu Marriage Act provides several grounds for granting divorce such as cruelty, adultery, desertion, but irretrievable breakdown of marriage is not one, the judges noted.


Teacher skirts jail after sex with pupil

Teacher skirts jail after sex with pupilSydney  - A Melbourne teacher found guilty Thursday of having sex with a 15-year-old pupil was sentenced to 150 hours of community work.

Noel McNamara of the Crime Victims Support Association decried the sentence handed to 25-year-old Nazira Rafei as too lenient.

"I think they seem to be mainly in most cases female judges who hand down these sentences and think that it is OK for female teachers to interfere with young boys," he said. "We don't know what the end result is going to be with this lad."


Singapore man jailed three months for hitting schoolboy in bus

Singapore man jailed three months for hitting schoolboy in bus Singapore man jailed three months for hitting schoolboy in bus Singapore  - A Singapore court sentenced a 35-year-old man to three months in jail Thursday for hitting a schoolboy who accidentally stepped on his foot in a packed bus, a news report said.

Ismail Atan punched the boy three times on his forehead in a public bus in September, the online edition of Straits Times newspaper said.


Indonesian illegal immigrant caught after 28 years in Hong Kong

Indonesian illegal immigrant caught after 28 years in Hong KongHong Kong  - Hong Kong officials are considering whether to send home an illegal immigrant who lived undetected in the wealthy former British colony for 28 years, a news report said Friday.

Wong Shen-chee, who is now 71, arrived from Indonesia in 1981 on a 90-day visitor visa and has never left the high-rise city of 7 million since, the South China Morning Post reported.


Chinese rights activist gets four years for "inciting subversion"

Chinese rights activist gets four years for "inciting subversion" Beijing  - Human rights activist and self-taught lawyer Yuan Xianchen was sentenced to four years in prison for "inciting subversion of state power" after criticizing socialism and advocating democracy in articles and interviews with foreign media, a human rights group said Friday.


Supreme Court to hear Sanjay Dutt''s petition on March 30 to stay conviction

Supreme Court to hear Sanjay Dutt''s petition on March 30 to stay convictionNew Delhi, Mar 6 : The Supreme Court will on March 30 hear a petition filed by Bollywood actor-turned-politician Sanjay Dutt seeking a stay on his conviction under the Arms Act in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts case

A bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan issued notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and sought its reply on the plea of Dutt.

On Thursday, Dutt, who was named by the Samajwadi Party as its candidate for the forthcoming general elections, moved the Supreme Court.


Malaysian man raised as Christian but having Muslim father ruled non-Muslim

Kuala Lumpur, Mar 7: A 60-year-old man, who was raised as a Christian but has a Muslim father, was declared non-Muslim by the local Sharia court.

Mohammad Shah, who was baptised as Gilbert Freeman, carried a Malay name on his identity card. He had sent a plea to the court to remove the incorrect name.

However, the application was rejected by judge Mohd Nadzri Abdul Rahman Ibrahim, who was satisfied and did not have any doubts that Shah was a non-Muslim before.

"I believe a name does not reveal a person''s religion, although it normally provides a picture of someone''s religion," the NST online quoted Nadzri, as saying.


Five Australians freed in Indonesia's Papua

Jakarta - Five Australians jailed for immigration offenses after landing a small plane in Indonesia's eastern-most province of Papua have been acquitted on appeal, their lawyer said Tuesday.

In January, a court in Merauke district sentenced the Australians to two and three years in prison respectively after convicting them of landing a plane illegally and entering Indonesia without visas in September.

"The appeals court accepted our argument that our clients obtained permission to land," defence attorney Efrem Fangoihoy said.

Fangoihoy said his clients could leave Indonesia as early as Wednesday.

They were released from prison and put under city arrest last week pending a decision on their appeals.


Demjanjuk arrest warrant in Germany follows decades of efforts

Berlin/Washington - When a Munich court issued an arrest warrant in one of the longest outstanding cases from World War II, it signalled the resumption of an off-again, on-again prosecution that until now has led nowhere.

The court issued the warrant Wednesday for John Demjanjuk, 88, who is accused of being a brutal guard at the Nazi's Sobibor death damp, in present-day Poland.

German prosecutors claimed that from March to the end of September 1943, Demjanjuk was a guard implicated as an accessory in the murders of at least 29,000 Jews at the camp.

Wednesday's move by the Munich court could represent the first steps in paving the way for the extradition of Demjanjuk from the United States, where he currently resides.


Court to discuss prosecutorial ‘misconduct’ in Anand Jon’s case

Court to discuss prosecutorial ‘misconduct’ in Anand Jon’s caseLos Angeles, Mar 12 : The upcoming hearing in Indian-born fashion designer Anand Jon case is expected to address alleged prosecutorial and juror misconduct.

According to statements made in court by Jon''s defense team, prosecutors defied a court order and intercepted a juror.

Jon's attorneys Leonard Levine and Ronald Richards have alleged that prosecutors stopped a juror who reportedly tried to meet with the Indian fashion designer's sister before a judgment was passed, reports PRWeb


Brit Muslim MP freed from dangerous driving sentence

Brit Muslim MP freed from dangerous driving sentenceLondon, Mar. 13: A Court of Appeal has freed Labour life peer Lord Ahmed from a 12-week jail sentence that he had got for sending and receiving text messages minutes before he was involved in a fatal motorway crash in Rotherham.

Lord Ahmed, 51, who was jailed by Sheffield Crown Court on February 25 after admitting dangerous driving, was not present for the ruling by three judges in London, reports The Times.

He had served 16 days in prison and was due to be released on March 20 under the end-of-custody license scheme.


Singapore takes editor of Wall Street Journal to court

Singapore - The Singapore government is taking an editor of The Wall Street Journal to court over three articles that it said showed contempt for the city-state's judiciary, a news report said Saturday.

A judge in the High Court granted an application by the attorney general to start proceedings against Melanie Kirkpatrick, a deputy editor with the New York-based business newspaper's editorial page, the Straits Times newspaper reported.

The three articles were published in June and July in the editorials and opinion section of The Wall Street Journal Asia.


Sedition case against Sharif brother’s filed in Sindh High Court

Sedition case against Sharif brother’s filed in Sindh High CourtKarachi, Mar. 14: The former Pakistan Prime Minister and PML-N chief, Nawaz Sharif and his brother, sacked Punjab Chief Minister, Shahbaz Sharif may have garnered huge public support against the PPP led government and especially against President Asif Ali Zardari, but their voracious verbal attack on Zardari and continuous call to defy the government’s orders has now seen a case filed against them in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on charges of orchestrating a mutiny.


Chidambaram slaps legal notice against CPI MLA

Chidambaram slaps legal notice against CPI MLANew Delhi, Mar. 14: Home Minister P Chidambaram has issued a legal notice against CPI MLA Gunasekaran for alleging that he had supported allocation of 500 acres of government land to a private company in his constituency Sivaganga.

“It is a total lie to say that 500 acres of land has been gifted to a private company. Some political parties are accustomed to reeling out lies and false charges for the sake of politics. My name has been dragged unnecessarily over an issue between the government and a private firm,” said Chidambaram.


Apple faces lawsuit over ‘explosive’ iPod

Apple faces lawsuit over ‘explosive’ iPodLondon, March 14: Apple has landed in legal trouble after a mother alleged her son endured second-degree burns when the company’s iPod touch music players exploded in his pocket.

Lynette Antrobus, from Cincinnati, is claiming 75,000 dollars plus punitive damage after accusing the multinational corporation of “gross negligence and recklessness” and of behaving “maliciously and fraudulently”.


Sharia courts in other areas of province soon, says NWFP information minister

Sharia courts in other areas of province soon, says NWFP information ministerMingora (Pakistan), Mar. 16: The North West Frontier Province (NWFP) Government has announced plans to establish ‘sharia’ courts in other parts of the province.

The provincial Information Minister, Iftikhar Hussain said qazis would be appointed in other areas soon, once their appointments in the Swat region is completed.

Hussain also asked Swat Education Board officials to refund the examination fees of students in the Swat Valley.


SC issues notice to Himachal, Andhra Govt. on ragging cases

SC issues notice to Himachal, Andhra Govt. on ragging casesNew Delhi, Mar 16: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh Government, on the death of first-year medical science student Aman Kachroo due to ragging, and an attempt-to-suicide case after a female student of Bapatla Agricultural and Engineering College was allegedly forced to dance nude by seniors.

The Court has asked the chief secretaries of the two states to file affidavits on the action they have taken to implement the anti-ragging measures ordered by the court in the last two years.


Court to discuss prosecutorial ‘misconduct’ in Anand Jon’s case

Court to discuss prosecutorial ‘misconduct’ in Anand Jon’s caseLos Angeles, Mar 17: The upcoming hearing in Indian-born fashion designer Anand Jon case is expected to address alleged prosecutorial and juror misconduct.

According to statements made in court by Jon’s defense team, prosecutors defied a court order and intercepted a juror.

Jon’s attorneys Leonard Levine and Ronald Richards have alleged that prosecutors stopped a juror who reportedly tried to meet with the Indian fashion designer’s sister before a judgment was passed, reports IndiaPost. com.


Hong Kong policeman jailed for two years for mugging woman

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong policeman on Thursday began a 28-month jail term for mugging a woman to get money to clear his gambling debts.

Leung Wai-hung, 44, snatched a 53-year-old woman's handbag in July, then kicked her as she lay on the ground as he tried to get money to pay off gambling debts of more than 50,000 US dollars.

Bizarrely, Leung is the third police officer in his family to be arrested for a serious crime, according to evidence presented Wednesday at his sentencing hearing in Hong Kong's District Court.

Leung's father, a former sergeant, was charged with murder after fatally shooting his chief inspector in 1994 but was acquitted after claiming the gun went off accidentally.


Court to hear CBI petition for custody of Satyam's Raju, four others

Court to hear CBI petition for custody of Satyam's Raju, four othersHyderabad, March 19: A Hyderabad City Court on Thursday, will hear a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) petition that seeks two more days of custody of former Satyam Computers Chairman Ramalinga Raju and four other accused.

The CBI had requested custody for another two days on Tuesday after keeping all five in custody for seven days from March 10.

Besides Raju and his brother Rama Raju, the CBI is seeking to quiz the company''s former Chief Financial Officer


New Zealand backs down on copyright law

New Zealand backs down on copyright lawWellington - The New Zealand cabinet on Monday abandoned a controversial new copyright law, which was widely condemned overseas, and decided to go back to the drawing board.

Prime Minister John Key told reporters that the law, designed to counter illegal downloading of films and music on the internet, was unworkable in its present form.

It was originally to have come into effect on February 27 but the government postponed it for a month to allow representatives of New Zealand's recording industry and internet service providers to negotiate a compromise agreement.


Delhi HC to hear Varun Gandhi’s anticipatory bail plea today

Delhi HC to hear Varun Gandhi’s anticipatory bail plea todayNew Delhi, Mar 27: The Delhi High Court will today hear the anticipatory bail application of BJP leader Varun Gandhi in an alleged case of making inflammatory and communal speech while campaigning in Pilibhit constituency.

On March 20, the court had granted anticipatory bail to Varun. He has got bail on a personal bond of 50,000 rupees.

According to sources, Varun has decided not to approach the court to seek an

extension of his anticipatory bail, and instead court arrest in the district headquarters of his constituency.


Sindh High Court issues notice against Musharraf, former associates in treason case

Sindh High Court issues notice against Musharraf, former associates in treason caseKarachi, Mar. 27: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has issued a notice to former President General Pervez Musharraf, his close associate and advisor Sharifuddin, and former attorney general Malik Qayyum Pirzada while hearing a high treason petition.

The division bench comprising of Chief Justice Anwar Jamali and Justice Karim Agha while hearing a constitutional petition filed by Awami Himayat Tehreek Pakistan chief Iqbal Haider ordered the respondents to file in their reply by April 14.


Court orders life insurer to pay for man scared to death by burglar

Court orders life insurer to pay for man scared to death by burglar Taipei - The Taiwan High Court has ordered an insurance company to pay out an accidental-death policy on a man whose family claimed he was scared to death by a burglar, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

The Apple Daily said that the Taiwan High Court ruled Tuesday in the first case of its kind that the Cathay Life Insurance Co Ltd must pay 1 million Taiwan dollars (290,000 US dollars) to the family of Pan Hsu-ming, who died of apparently fright three years ago.


ATC extends judicial remand of Mumbai attack suspect by six more days

ATC extends judicial remand of Mumbai attack suspect by six more daysRawalpindi, Apr. 23 : An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has extended the judicial remand of one of the Mumbai terror attack suspect Shahid Jamil Riaz by six days.

Riaz, a Laskar-e-Taiyaba (LeT) operative, has been sent to Adiala Jail till April 28.

He was brought to the court by the FIA amid tight security, The Daily Times reported.

FIA's Investigation Officer Inspector Zahid asked the court to extend Riaz's remand for further investigations, for which the court agreed.


Judge dismisses Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Da Ali G Show’ slander lawsuit

Judge dismisses Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Da Ali G Show’ slander lawsuitLondon, April 24 : A judge has dismissed the lawsuit a woman filed against British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and his former show `Da Ali G Show.'

The woman filed the lawsuit over claims Cohen defamed her during a sketch on the show in 2004.

Throughout the legal proceedings, she was referred to only as Jane Doe but has now been named as Heddi Cundle, a British woman who lives in the U. S.

Cundle, who met Cohen 20 years ago in Israel, sued him after the comic used her name in a skit as wannabe rapper Ali G.


Italian businessman no longer on India's wanted list

Italian businessman no longer on India's wanted listNew Delhi - India's opposition parties on Tuesday strongly criticized the government's decision to strike off Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, allegedly involved in the Bofors guns payoff case, from a list of wanted persons. Quattrocchi is the lone surviving suspect in the arms scandal case from the mid-1980s when the Rajiv Gandhi government finalised a 1.3-billion-dollar deal with Sweden's AB Bofors company to supply the Indian army with 400 Howitzer Field 155 MM guns.


Law Minister denies attempt to save Quattrocchi

Law Minister denies attempt to save QuattrocchiNew Delhi, Apr 28: Union Law Minister H R Bhardwaj on Tuesday dismissed BJP leader L K Advani''s allegation that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was working at the behest of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government and clarified that no attempt has been made to save Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, the lone surviving suspect in the Bofors payoff case.


CBI’s action for letting off Quattrocchi challenged in Supreme Court

CBI’s action for letting off Quattrocchi challenged in Supreme CourtNew Delhi, Apr 28: An application was moved in the Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging the Central Bureau of Investigation’s decision to remove the name of the lone surviving suspect in the Bofors payoff case Ottavio Quattrocchi from its list of most wanted persons.

The application filed by advocate Ajay Agrawal sought the direction of the apex court to stay the operation of any withdrawal of red corner notice against Quattrocchi.


EU court: Obey Nicosia court rulings, even in north Cyprus

EU court: Obey Nicosia court rulings, even in north CyprusLuxembourg/Nicosia - European Union member states must enforce rulings by courts in the Greek half of Cyprus even if they cover property in the Turkish-controlled north of the island, the EU's highest court ruled on Tuesday. "A judgment of a court in the Republic of Cyprus must be recognized and enforced by the other (EU) member states even if it concerns land situated in the north of the island," the European Court of Justice said in a statement.


Suspects in Travolta extortion trial plead not guilty

Suspects in Travolta extortion trial plead not guiltyWashington, April 29: The two suspects accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from John Travolta have pleaded not guilty in court.

Ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne and ex Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater were alleged to have teamed up in a
25-million-dollar plot to extort money from Travolta and his wife over information related to their 16-year-old son Jett''s death.

While Lightbourne was charged with attempted extortion, Bridgewater was left facing abatement to extort charges, reports Contactmusic.


Spanish judge opens new case against US over Guantanamo torture

Spanish judge opens new case against US over Guantanamo tortureMadrid - Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon on Wednesday announced a new judicial investigation of those responsible for torture at the US prison camp in Guantanamo, Cuba.

The National Court judge based the case on complaints filed by Hamed Abderrahman Ahmed, known as the Spanish Taliban, and three others who claimed to have been tortured at Guantanamo.


Justice Department memos will have a chilling effect on US counter terrorism: Stratfor

Washington, Apr. 30 : The release of the four Department of Justice classified memos that reveal the controversial approval given by the Bush administration to torture and interrogation techniques used on GITMO detainees have had a chilling effect on US counter terrorism, believes intelligence think tank STRATFOR.

According to STRATFOR, realistically, those most likely to face investigation and prosecution are those who wrote the memos, rather than the low-level field personnel who acted in good faith based upon the guidance the memos provided, in spite of the fact that Obama has reassured that there will be no witch hunt.


New Zealander, 75, jailed for child-sex pictures

New Zealander, 75, jailed for child-sex picturesWellington - A 75-year-old New Zealand man has been jailed for two years on 27 charges of possessing objectionable images, mainly of young boys in sexual poses or acts, following a tip-off from police in Germany, news reports said Thursday.

The Department of Internal Affairs said that Edward Kent, of Christchurch, was the oldest person to be prosecuted for possessing sex pictures obtained via the internet.


Former Bangladesh premier Zia seeks withdrawal of graft charges

Turkish jets bomb Kurdish rebel hideouts in IraqDhaka - Bangladeshi former prime minister Khaleda Zia and her two sons on Thursday sought the withdrawal of graft charges brought against them.

"We have filed applications seeking withdrawal of the 21 cases," Sanaullah Mia, one of Zia's attorneys, told reporters after filing the appeal. "... These cases have no merit."


Nazi war crimes suspect unfit to stand trial, says Austrian court

Nazi war crimes suspect unfit to stand trial, says Austrian courtVienna - Nazi war crime suspect Milivoj Asner is unfit to stand trial, an Austrian court spokesman confirmed Thursday.

The court had hired a German expert to give a second opinion on a contentious previous verdict by local psychiatrists that the 96-year old Asner was suffering from dementia.

Asner, who has lived in Austria for decades, is listed as number three among the most wanted war criminals by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem.


Court to give verdict on Kasab''s age today

Court to give verdict on Kasab''s age todayMumbai, May 2 : A special court here today will give its verdict on the age of Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone survivour of Mumbai terror attacks.

Earlier, a special court had ruled that Kasab is not a minor. The court ruling was based on ossification and blood tests submitted to it. The reports claim that Kasab is aged above 20 years.

On April 24, a court had ordered an inquiry to determine the age of Kasab. The court''s order came after Kasab claimed to have been a minor at the time of Mumbai carnage.


Centre files affidavit on black money in SC

Centre files affidavit on black money in SCNew Delhi, May 2: The government of India on Saturday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on the steps taken by it on the black money stashed by Indian nationals in Swiss banks.

The Centre assured the apex court that it was doing its level best to retrieve the amount of over Rs. 70 lakh crore in black money believed to be stored in foreign banks by rich Indians.


Supreme Court notice to Chhattisgarh govt. on bail plea of activist

Supreme Court notice to Chhattisgarh govt. on bail plea of activistNew Delhi, May 4: Acting on a bail petition filed by civil rights activist Binayak Sen, in jail for the last 22 months on charges of aiding and abetting naxalite activities in the state, the Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to Chhattisgarh government.

A Bench headed by Justice D. K. Jain also directed the state government to provide medical aid to Sen, who has been suffering from heart ailments.


Wealthy German fined for theft of 300-dollar Prada bag in Hong Kong

Wealthy German fined for theft of 300-dollar Prada bag in Hong KongHong Kong - The wealthy German head of a mortgage corporation has been convicted of stealing a 300-US-dollar Prada bag from a Hong Kong hotel bar, a news report said Tuesday.

Timo Woskowiak, 43, Asia-Pacific head of Hypo Real Estate, was found guilty Monday of stealing the bag from the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong where he was staying.

Woskowiak, from Berlin, who reportedly earned 580,000 US dollars including bonuses last year and owns two properties in Germany, was fined 320 US dollars by Hong Kong's Eastern Court.


Sexting may land teens in legal trouble

Sexting may land teens in legal troubleWashington, May 7 : Police officials in Virginia have warned that sexting-a term used to describe the act of sending sexually explicit photos by cellular phones-may land teens in legal fix.

The warning comes in the wake of a recent scandal in Fairfax County, in which the police discovered a cache of images of naked girls in the mobile phone of a teenage boy.

The police said that some of the photos could qualify as child pornography, a felony in Virginia.


Supreme court upholds 50-year jail term for former monk

Supreme court upholds 50-year jail term for former monkBangkok - Thailand's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a 50-year jail sentence for a former Buddhist abbot accused of raping nine underage hill-tribe girls kept in his care.

Chamlong Polseu, 65, once a popular meditation guru who went by the clerical name Pawana Phuttho, was initially sentenced to 160 years in prison for raping and molesting the underage girls, but the jail term was reduced to 50 years.

On Thursday the Supreme Count upheld the 50-year jail sentence, which Chamlong had appealed, The Nation online news service reported.


Spanish court considers putting Somali piracy suspects on trial

Spanish court considers putting Somali piracy suspects on trial Madrid - Spain's National Court has opened proceedings to determine whether it has the authority to try seven suspected Somali pirates who were captured by a Spanish vessel, judicial sources said Thursday.

MS Marques de Ensenada, which was participating in European Union patrols against pirates in the Indian Ocean, rescued and arrested the Somalis who had fallen into the water after their boat capsized when they were trying to enter a Panama-flagged vessel on Wednesday.


Hindraf leader Uthayakumar fails in Sessions Court bid on sedition charge

Hindraf leader Uthayakumar fails in Sessions Court bid on sedition chargeKuala Lumpur, May 7: Internal Security Act (ISA) detainee P. Uthayakumar has failed in his bid to get the Sessions Court to strike out his sedition charge on grounds that the consent signed by the Attorney-General was invalid.

Uthayakumar is charged with publishing a letter with seditious contents on the Police Watch Malaysia website (http:// policewatchmalaysia. com) at Menara Mutiara Bangsar, Bangsar between November 15 and December 8, 2007.


Two immigrants get 15 years' jail on drug charges

Two immigrants get 15 years' jail on drug chargesWellington - Two ethnic Chinese immigrants were jailed for 15 years each in Auckland Friday for supplying methamphetamine, also known as ice or P.

New Zealand police say methamphetamine is responsible for the country's biggest drug problems, having led to a number of murders and other violent crimes.


Malaysia to release three Indian activists from detention

Malaysia to release three Indian activists from detention Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia announced Friday it will release 13 people detained under a strict security law, including three ethnic Indian activists accused of inciting racial tensions.

Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein said he had signed the release letters for the three leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force - P Uthayakumar, M Manoharan and K Vasantha - as well as 10 others who have been imprisoned without trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

He said all 13 are expected to be released in two or three days.


Hong Kong teacher allegedly had sex with pupil 280 times

Hong Kong teacher allegedly had sex with pupil 280 timesHong Kong - A Hong Kong primary school teacher appeared in court Friday over allegations that he had sex with a pupil 280 times over a two-year period and persuaded her to have an illegal abortion.

Chu Chi-wah, 38, met the girl, now 17, while teaching her math and physical education from primary year three to six at the Catholic school she attended.


Brisbane''s Indian origin taxi drivers hold emergency meeting on licensing laws

Brisbane''s Indian origin taxi drivers hold emergency meeting on licensing lawsBrisbane (Australia), May 8 : Indian origin taxi drivers have held an emergency meeting here to discuss a proposal to demand that the Queensland Government tighten its licensing laws to prevent new drivers from receiving a taxi permit until they have lived in Australia for one year.

The demand follows The Courier-Mail''s findings that drivers from overseas were gaining open Queensland licences without proof they had driven a car in their homeland.


UK Hindus lose court battle to have open cremation

London, May 8 : Hindus in the United Kingdom have lost their battle in court to have the right to be cremated out in the open.

A UK court has rejected the plea of Hindu spiritualist Davinder Ghai to have the right to an open cremation in the country.

Speaking to a television channel, Ghai said that though he was disappointed with the ruling, the battle has just started and would go on.

The 70-year-old Hindu residing in Britain has said that he is determined to fight a case to allow him a natural cremation on a funeral pyre as per Hindu tradition.


Gujarat High Court names nine judges for 2002 riot cases

Gujarat High Court names nine judges for 2002 riot casesAhmedabad, May 8 : The Gujarat High Court has designated nine judges for as many special fast track courts to carry out the trial in the 2002 post-Godhra riot cases being probed by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Out of the nine special courts, four will be in Ahmedabad, two each in Mehsana and Anand, and one in Himmatnagar of Sabarkantha district.


Taiwan's detained ex-president hospitalized over hunger strike

Taiwan's detained ex-president hospitalized over hunger strikeTaipei - Detained former president Chen Shui-bian was rushed to hospital Saturday due to heart problems and dehydration, two days after he began a hunger strike to protest against what he claimed was an unfair trial.

Chen, 58, has been held on charges of corruption since late December at the Taipei Detention Centre.

"He has dehydration and is weak, but he remains clear in sense," a spokesman of Panchiao Hospital said.


Wives, fiancée prepare to welcome home HINDRAF trio

Klang (Malaysia), May 9 : The wives and a fiancée of the HINDRAF trio - M. Manoharan, K. Vasantha Kumar and K. Vickneswary -- are preparing to welcome them home soon after their release by the Malaysian Government.

According to The Star, the first thing that Kota Alam Shah assemblyman Manoharan will do upon his release from the Internal Security Act is to take a ritual bath.

"I will pour water mixed with turmeric powder and flowers over his head before he enters the house to cleanse him of all the negative things that he had undergone in the last
17 months," his wife S. Pushpaneela was quoted, as saying.

The ritual bath is a Hindu custom to rid one of bad luck and unhappy experiences.


Kenyan man sues activists over sex boycott ''anguish’

Kenyan man sues activists over sex boycott ''anguish’London, May 9 : A Kenyan man has filed a suit against the activists who organised a boycott on sexual intercourse, claiming that he suffered "anxiety and sleepless nights" during the politically motivated ban.

James Kimondo is seeking damages for the agony he suffered while his wife deprived him from sex.

Women's groups had called the ban in a bid to force political leaders to put their rivalries aside to work for the common good.

Kimondo has lodged his petition for damages in the Nairobi High Court.


‘Sex sleep’ defence in rape case sees Oz legislators passing new law

‘Sex sleep’ defence in rape case sees Oz legislators passing new lawMelbourne, May 9 : When an Aussie jury found a man not guilty of rape after "sex sleep" was used as defence, the Northern Territory has decided to pass new laws.

Leonard Andrew Spencer was acquitted last May of having gotten into his 21-year-old guest's bed at his home at Nhulunbuy, northeast Arnhem Land, in the early morning of June 2007.

Spencer, who claimed he had no recollection of the event, was accused of gross indecency and sexual intercourse without consent.


Labour MP Vaz claims 75 K pounds as expenses for a flat, 12 miles from home

Labour MP Vaz claims 75 K pounds as expenses for a flat, 12 miles from homeLondon, May 9 : Senior Labour backbencher Keith Vaz has claimed over 75,500 pounds in expenses for a flat in Westminster despite his family home being a 1.15 million pounds house just 12 miles from parliament.

According to The Telegraph, his living arrangements will leave him open to the same questions asked of Tony McNulty, the Home Office Minister, who claimed for a house about the same distance away lived in by his parents.


Chinese immigrant jailed nine years for kidnapping child

Chinese immigrant jailed nine years for kidnapping child Wellington - Chinese immigrant Deqiong Deng, 25, was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison for kidnapping a 5-year-old girl outside her home and holding her for 500,000 New Zealand dollars (300,000 US dollars) ransom.

The Auckland High Court was told that Cina Ma was found bound and gagged in a wardrobe of a nearby house, four days after a balaclava- clad Deng snatched her as she played in the street in July 2008 in Albany.


Spanish judges' human rights campaign comes under pressure

Spanish judges' human rights campaign comes under pressureMadrid - More than a decade after the Spanish judiciary launched its crusade for universal justice, pressure is mounting on the government to restrict judges' scope for investigating alleged human rights crimes in other countries.

Israel has reacted angrily to a Spanish inquiry into a 2002 Gaza bombing, urging the government and judiciary to do their "utmost" to stop what it describes as a Palestinian attempt to "exploit" the Spanish judicial system.


Spanish court releases 10 Islamists over investigation glitches

Spanish court releases 10 Islamists over investigation glitchesMadrid - Spain's National Court on Tuesday acquitted 10 suspected Islamists because of irregularities in the police investigation, judicial sources said.

The court concluded that a cell formed by a total 14 accused, who were detained in 2005 in the Barcelona region, had recruited fighters to travel to Iraq for attacks.

But because the e-mail accounts of the 10 had been opened without the corresponding judicial permits, the court found it had no alternative but to acquit them.


HC dismisses PIL against land allocation for Nano project

Tata Nano plant in SingurGujarat High Court, in a major relief to the state government and Tata Motors, dismissed a PIL challenging allocation of 1100 acres of land to Tata group for shifting Nano plant from Singur in West Bengal to Sanand in Gujarat.

A division bench of the Gujarat high court headed by Chief Justice, KS Radhakrishnan said that the court found no violation of norms from government's side and questioned the standing of the petitioner, the Rashtriya Kisan Dal.


Yemen state security court jails three Shiite rebels

Yemen state security court jails three Shiite rebelsSana'a, Yemen - A state security court in Sana'a sentenced three Shiite rebels to up to 12 years in prison on Tuesday after convicting them of forming an armed gang, a judicial source said.

Court Chief Justice Muhssein Alwan convicted the three men of "forming an armed gang and resisting authorities" in order to support the Shiite rebellion in the north-western province of Saada in 2007, the source told the German Press Agency dpa.


Mrs. Whyte becomes the first Blue Chip investor to take the stand

Mrs. Whyte becomes the first Blue Chip investor to take the standIn a representative hearing, which will decide the fate of investors in three apartment buildings, saw retired Aucklander Peggy Whyte becoming the first Blue Chip investor to take the stand.

It should be noted that of 34 inventors who have targeted three property development companies Greenstone Barclay Trustees, Turn and Wave and Icon Central in a court case that is likely to last six weeks, Mrs. Whyte is also one of them.


Rights group urges China to free last 30 Tiananmen prisoners

Rights group urges China to free last 30 Tiananmen prisoners Beijing - A US-based rights group on Wednesday urged China to release the estimated 30 people still imprisoned for their role in a democracy movement that was crushed by troops 20 years ago.

The Dui Hua Foundation said it had reduced its estimate of prisoners held on charges linked to the 1989 democracy movement from 60 to 30, after concluding that about two dozen others were released over recent months.


Holocaust denier Toben sent to jail

Holocaust denier Toben sent to jail Sydney - An Australian previously jailed in Germany and Austria for declaring there were no mass killings of Jews in World War II was Wednesday sentenced to three months in jail by a court in Melbourne.

German-born former high school teacher Frederick Toben, 65, was found guilty of contempt for defying a court order requiring him to stop publishing anti-Semitic material on his website.

Toben was the subject of a civil action by Jeremy Jones, the former president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.


Unemployed German fined 900 euros for beheading Adolf Hitler waxwork

New Delhi, May 13 : A court in Germany has fined an unemployed man 900 euros after he knocked off the head of a waxwork figure of Adolf Hitler in a Berlin museum.

The incident happened just minutes after the opening of the Madame Tussauds museum took place in the German capital in July, reports the China Daily.

The 42-year-old man, who is an ex-policeman, pushed past security staff and ripped off the head, as he found the figure of the Nazi leader inappropriate to be displayed only 500 meters from Berlin's Holocaust memorial.

The waxwork of a glum-looking Hitler in a mock bunker had stirred debate in Germany even before it went on display.


DoT to select special auditors for telecom firms

Telecom IndiaThe Department of Telecom would soon shortlist auditors to carry out scrutiny of revenue books of major Indian telecom companies Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar, Idea Cellular and Tata's telecom, having multiple licenses - UASL and LND, ILD, IP and ISP.

The move came after the telecom regulator; the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) received a number of complaints against telecom firms for their alleged attempts to avoid payment of license fee to the government by hiding their revenue details.


Supreme Court to hear Varun Gandhi’s plea on National Security Act

Supreme Court to hear Varun Gandhi’s plea on National Security ActNew Delhi, May 14 : The Supreme Court on Thursday will hear Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi''s petition seeking quashing of the National Security Act (NSA) invoked against him.

The apex court will also hear the Uttar Pradesh Government petition, challenging the recent quashing of the NSA on Varun.

In its petition, the government has argued that the Advisory Board''s decision was incorrect, as it had ignored several cogent evidences against Varun.


Singapore court sentences former boss of Mitsui Oil to jail

Singapore court sentences former boss of Mitsui Oil to jail Singapore - A Singapore court on Thursday sentenced the former general manager of Mitsui Oil (Asia) to 20 weeks in jail for facilitating a scam that eventually cost his company 81 million US dollars and led to its closure, media reports said.

Takayoshi Wada, 46, admitted that he had helped his then-colleague Noriyuki Yamazaki, 37, at the subsidiary of the Japanese trading house Mitsui and Co report false prices for the petroleum product naphta to the head office to disguise Yamazaki's losses in trading.


Supreme Court revokes NSA against Varun Gandhi

Supreme Court revokes NSA against Varun GandhiNew Delhi, May 14 : The Supreme Court on Thursday revoked the National Security Act (NSA) invoked against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi for making an alleged ''hate-speech'' in Pilibhit.

Varun had challenged the imposition of the NSA by the Uttar Pradesh Government in the apex court and demanded compensation of rupees 10 lakh from Chief Minister Mayawati.

The imposition of NSA on Varun has also been termed invalid by the Uttar Pradesh Advisory Board appointed by the Allahabad High Court to go into the merits of the case.


Gujarat HC asks state govt. to pay Rs.262 crore compensation to riot victims

Gujarat HC asks state govt. to pay Rs.262 crore compensation to riot victimsAhmedabad, May 14 : The Gujarat High Court on Thursday asked the Government of Gujarat to pay a compensation of Rs. 262 crore to victims of the riots that followed the burning of the Sabarmati Express in 2002.

The High Court order said that sum was allocated for the riot victims by the Central Government in 2007, and therefore, it was only right that the state government should distribute it to the victims.


Released journalist leaves Iran, US employer says

Released journalist leaves Iran, US employer says Washington - Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, who was held for more than three months in a Tehran prison after being convicted of spying, has left the Iranian capital after her release early this week, her employer said.

Saberi departed Thursday with her parents for Austria and they plan to soon return to the United States, US National Public Radio reported, citing a friend travelling with the family.

Saberi's release on Monday came after an appeals court revised a lower court's eight-year jail sentence and converted it into a two-year suspended term.


Obama to retain military tribunals for terrorism trials

Obama to retain military tribunals for terrorism trials Washington - US President Barack Obama will continue to use military tribunals to put suspected terrorists on trial, The New York Times reported Friday on its website.

Obama will retain the military commissions first established for terrorism trials by his predecessor, president George W Bush. But Obama plans to seek congressional approval for an expansion of defendant rights under the tribunal system, the Times reported, citing officials briefed on the Obama plan.

The White House was expected to announce Obama's tribunal decision later Friday.


Man gets compensation of 1 crore by Supreme Court in a medical negligence case

supreme courtThe recent case of a software engineer created a new kind of record. Prashant S Dhananka, 39 was awarded an unprecedented compensation of Rs 1 crore by the honorable Supreme Court.

Careleness of doctors at at Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), Hyderabad left Dhananka handicapped for life. He underwent thoracotomy for removal of a benign tumour in the chest but due to negligence during the operation ten years ago, his spinal chord was damaged as a result he developed paralysis in the lower part of his body.


Police commissioner issues strict guidelines regarding hookah bars in Ahmedabad

Police commissioner issues strict guidelines regarding hookah bars in AhmedabadPolice commissioner SK Saikia has issued notification containing strict guidelines regarding hookah bars. All the hookah bars ownerswill have to adhere to these guidelines.  

The new set of regulations includes installation of CCTVs and other rules regarding sitting arrangements. Recordings made by the cameras would be submitted to the area police station periodically.


CBI unravels multi-crore scam in Tata Memorial Hospital

CBI unravels multi-crore scam in Tata Memorial HospitalTata Memorial Hospital is in news these days for two reasons. Firstly it won the prestigious Jamalal Bajaj Award for 'best professional services in the healthcare industry.' Secondly it is under CBI scanner for a multi-crore scam.

The CBI officials claim to unravel a 100 crore scam relating to smuggling of medicines. Officials claim that anti-cancer medicines from the dispensary attached to the hospital were sold to private chemists for a commission.


UN Lockerbie trial observer: Second appeal "absolutely essential"

United NationsValletta, Malta  - The United Nations' observer in the Lockerbie bombing trial has said it is "absolutely essential" that a second appeal goes ahead, despite the convicted man's ailing health, according to a report in Malta Sunday.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man serving a 27-year prison sentence for the December 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie in Scotland, which left 270 dead, was not guilty as charged, Hans Koechler told The Sunday Times of Malta.


Demjanjuk lawyer calls detention of war crimes suspect "inhumane"

John DemjanjukBerlin  - A lawyer representing John Demjanjuk, the Ukrainian-born man accused of herding Jews to the gas chambers in a Nazi death camp, said Sunday the pre-trial detention of his client, 89, in Germany was "inhumane."

In comments to appear Monday in the newspaper Tagesspiegel, Ulrich Busch said he met with Demjanjuk for five hours on Saturday in Munich's Stadelheim Prison and concluded he was suffering psychologically.

"His detention is a breach of our constitution and of human dignity," said Busch.


Sudanese rebel leader voluntarily appears before ICC

The Hague - A Sudanese militia leader is set to appear before the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges today after voluntarily turning himself in to the world body.

Bahar Idriss Abu Garda is set to appear at 3 pm (1300 GMT) in the court in the Hague on charges relating to an attack against the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) in
2007 that left 12 people dead.

His arrival in The Hague follows a closed hearing earlier in May during which the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber said there were reasonable grounds to believe he was guilty of murder and intentionally directing attacks against personnel, material and property of the AMIS peacekeeping mission and pillaging.


Akshay Kumar arrested and subsequently released in obscenity case

Akshay Kumar arrested and subsequently released in obscenity caseBollywood’s well-known actor Akshay Kumar, booked - along with wife Twinkle and the Lakme India Fashion week organizer – in obscenity case after the infamous “unbuttoning” act, was arrested and later released on bail on Monday morning, at suburban Mumbai’s Vakola Police Station.


Spanish parliament votes against courts' world human rights role

Spanish parliament votes against courts' world human rights roleMadrid  - By an overwhelming majority, Spain's parliament Tuesday evening approved a bill to curb the country's judges' controversial role in pursuing human rights cases worldwide.

The vote was 339 in favour to 8 opposed to a bill to curb the powers of the National Court's to pursue human rights violations around the world.

The reform bill stipulates that in the future, the court should only act on cases when Spanish nationals are affected.


Aung San Suu Kyi trial opens to diplomats, journalists

Aung San Suu Kyi trial opens to diplomats, journalistsYangon - Diplomats and a handful of journalists were permitted Wednesday to attend the third day of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi's trial, providing a rare opportunity for her to meet with the international community.

"I have been seeking permission to see you," Suu Kyi told about 30 foreign diplomats who attended the trial at Yangon's Insein Prison. "I hope to meet you in better days."


Hong Kong politician burned 70,000 US dollars on mystic's advice

Hong Kong politician burned 70,000 US dollars on mystic's adviceHong Kong - A disgraced Hong Kong politician burned 70,000 US dollars on the advice of a feng shui master who told him it would help him avoid jail for vote-rigging, a news report said Thursday.

Gilbert Leung told a court he was advised by the feng shui master to burn 15 1,000-Hong-Kong-dollar bills worth 129 US dollars each every night for a year if he wanted to stay out of jail - an act that would have cost him more than 700,000 US dollars, the South China Morning Post reported.


Plagiarism lawsuit inspiring me to ink better songs, says Chris Martin

Plagiarism lawsuit inspiring me to ink better songs, says Chris MartinWashington, May 22 : Coldplay's Chris Martin has revealed that a plagiarism lawsuit against the band is working as an inspiration for him to ink better songs.

The group were served with a lawsuit by musician Joe Satriani, who alleged the rockers lifted his 2004 instrumental, "I Just Wanna Fly," for the basic melody of "Viva La Vida".

Frontman Martin, who has previously disputed the claim, said on the band's website that the court case was instead driving him to produce finer tunes.


Hamas court sentences three Fatah members to death

Hamas court sentences three Fatah members to deathGaza  - A Hamas military court in the Gaza Strip Sunday sentenced three Fatah members to death after finding them guilty of killing two journalists affiliated with the Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip two years ago.

Two of accused were tried in absentia after they fled Gaza when Hamas seized control of the salient in June 2007. The third was present to hear the sentenced pronounced.


Pregnant British drugs girl puts Laos justice on trial

Pregnant British drugs girl puts Laos justice on trialVientiane, Laos - You can sense it in their agitated voices and exasperated expressions. They wish she wasn't in their prison, they wish she wasn't in their country, and they probably wish she had never been caught when she tried to board a plane in Vientiane last August with 680 grams of heroin allegedly hidden beneath her clothes.


India human rights activist to be freed on bail

India human rights activist to be freed on bail New Delhi - India's Supreme Court on Monday ordered the release on bail of human rights activist Binayak Sen who has been jailed for over two years in the central state of Chhattisgarh.

Sen, 59, has been in jail since May 14, 2007 after he was charged by the state government with having links with Maoist rebels in the state. He denied the charge.

Justices Markandey Katju and Deepak Verma ruled after Sen applied for bail on grounds of ill health. He had been suffering from a heart condition and doctors advised treatment in a hospital in southern India.


Court acquits Egyptian dissident accused of "defaming" the country

Court acquits Egyptian dissident accused of "defaming" the countryCairo - An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted Egyptian dissident Saad Eddin-Ibrahim of charges of "defaming Egypt," Cairo's official news agency reported.

Ibrahim, the founder Cairo's Ibn Khaldun Centre for Development Studies and a former professor at the American University in Cairo, had been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison last August.


Supreme Court directs Censor Board to solve Rann''s issue case within a month

Censor BoardNew Delhi, May 25 : The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Censor Board to solve the controversy over a song from a forthcoming Bollywood movie ''Rann'' within a month.

This directive was pronounced by the judges hearing a petition filed by the director of the movie, Ram Gopal Varma.


UAE ex-minister says he’s innocent

UAE ex-minister says he’s innocent Yesterday at a hearing in Dubai, Mohammed bin Kharbash, a former finance minister of the United Arab Emirates, pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement.

In the month of April, Mr. Kharbash, former chairman of property developer Deyaar, was charged by the public prosecution. He was accused to have connection with an alleged embezzlement at Deyaar, the property unit of Dubai Islamic Bank.

Furthermore, a well known UAE local Zach Shahin has also been blamed for helping the former Deyaar chief executive to seize company money.


Singapore man sentenced to hang for murdering his wife

Singapore man sentenced to hang for murdering his wifeSingapore - A Singapore court sentenced a man to hang for hurling his wife to death from the 13th floor of an apartment block, media reports said Tuesday.

Tharema Vejayan Govindasamy, 40, was found guilty of murdering his 32-year-old wife after a night of drinking and a quarrel with her at a bus stop on July 1, 2007, and was given the death penalty, the Straits Times newspaper reported.

However, his lawyer said he would appeal the court's verdict.


Myanmar junta clarifies Aung San Suu Kyi detention date

Myanmar junta clarifies Aung San Suu Kyi detention dateYangon - Myanmar's junta on Tuesday denied that opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's current detention period will expire on Wednesday, although officials claimed they had considered freeing her until a US national swam to her home-cum-prison in Yangon this month.


Myanmar junta allows only one witness for Aung San Suu Kyi defence

Myanmar junta allows only one witness for Aung San Suu Kyi defenceYangon - Attorneys for Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday were allowed to present only one witness in what has been dubbed a "show trial" of the democracy icon.

Kyi Win, an advocate for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party, was the lone witness permitted to testify in her defence against charges of breaking the terms of her detention at her lakeside home, said Nyan Win, one of her lawyers.

A special court set up in Yangon's Insein Prison rejected three other defence witnesses Wednesday.


World champion kayaker jailed for drug dealing

World champion kayaker jailed for drug dealingSydney - Former kayak world champion Nathan Baggaley was jailed for at least five years Friday for dealing in the party drug ecstasy.

The 32-year-old was sentenced to a maximum of nine years in jail with a non-parole period of five years after pleading guilty in February to manufacturing ecstasy and supplying more than 1,500 tablets.

His brother, Dru Baggaley, 27, was sentenced to a maximum of 12 years' jail after pleading guilty to the manufacture and supply of a large quantity of the drug.

The brothers were arrested in 2007.


Drunk people to be flogged by date palm’s stick: Pak Sharia court

Drunk people to be flogged by date palm’s stick: Pak Sharia courtLahore, May 29 : Declaring drinking as a bailable offence, the Federal Shariat Court in Pakistan has declared that drunk people would be flogged by date palm sticks if found guilty of creating public nuisance.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Haziqul Khairi, while hearing a petition challenging the proposed punishment for drinking, overturned the punishment of lashing and changed it to date palm stick flogging.


Veerappa Moily assumes charge as Minister of Law and Justice

Veerappa Moily assumes charge as Minister of Law and JusticeNew Delhi, May 29 : Veerappa Moily assumed charge as Law and Justice Minister here on Friday.

He was welcomed by Secretary, T. K. Vishwanathan and other senior officers of the ministry.

Immediately, after assuming charge, Moily had a meeting with all senior officers of the ministry and reviewed the status of various programmes and issues relating to it. (ANI)


US suit faced by ANZ

US suit faced by ANZAs per the media reports, a class action has been brought against ANZ and top executives by US investors on the account of misleading conduct over the failed stock lender Opes Prime.

If adhered to ANZ spokeswoman, the claim had no foundation and the bank was trying hard to have the claim terminated.

Plaintiff Legacy Solutions has alleged that risk controls of ANZ over its stock lending operations were poor.


Dubai former minister not found guilty of fraud

Dubai former minister not found guilty of fraudThursday saw a former Dubai Minister being declared innocent by an appeal court in the Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai of defrauding a Lebanese businesswoman, thus freeing him from a two-year sentence passed by a lower court.
 
Former minister Khalifa Bakhit al-Falasi and two managers at a technology company were freed from all charges by the court, said a ruling issued by the court.

As per the media reports, the three were sentenced to two years in jail in April for deceiving the businesswoman and taking over her late brother's stake in the firm.


Iran hangs three mosque bombers

Iran hangs three mosque bombersTehran - Iran on Saturday hanged three men for directing the bombing this week of a Shiite mosque in the south-eastern city of Zahedan, the official news agency IRNA reported.

The three were hanged in public near the mosque where the bombing took place Thursday, IRNA said.

Local officials and the Friday prayer leader in Tehran accused the United States of being behind the bombing, but Washington on Friday rejected the accusations and condemned the terrorist attack.


Court begins trial of 13 men charged of sabotage in southern Yemen

Court begins trial of 13 men charged of sabotage in southern YemenSana'a - A state security court in Sana'a began the trial of 13 men on Monday charged with carrying out sabotage acts and bombing attacks on police stations in southern Yemen.

Only six members of the group were present at the courtroom during the first hearing. The other seven are being tried in absentia.

The defendants were charged with "forming an armed gang to carry out sabotage acts and bombing police stations and government installations in Abyan province."


Mental patient in court for knifing death of Hong Kong boy, 3

Mental patient in court for knifing death of Hong Kong boy, 3 Hong Kong - A former mental patient appeared in a Hong Kong court Monday accused of chopping to death a three-year-old boy in front of his father in a random attack in the street.

The toddler was playing with his father outside a busy market on Friday lunchtime when the 39-year-old man allegedly ran out from an apartment block and attacked the boy with a 25-centimetre-long knife.


Gay couples want legal rights, regardless of marriage

Gay couples want legal rights, regardless of marriageWashington, June 2 : Despite the absence of right to marry, gay and lesbian couples are forming long-term and committed relationships, suggests a new US study.

However, they would get married if they could in order to secure legal rights - such as retirement and healthcare benefits.

The study found that, because these gay and lesbian couples could not marry in their state, there was no defining moment demarcating when they became "committed" in their own eyes or in the eyes of others.


Obama's Supreme Court nominee meets lawmakers

President Barack Obama And Sonia SotomayorWashington  - Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's pick to join the highest court in the United States, met leading US senators Tuesday who will help decide whether she is approved as the first-ever Hispanic judge on the Supreme Court.

Sotomayor met the top Democrats and Republicans in the chamber as well as leading members of the Senate's Judiciary Committee. She is expected to face a nomination hearing in July.


Thai parliament women speak out for Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu KyiBangkok - Twenty-two female members of Thai parliament on Wednesday petitioned Myanmar's junta to drop current charges against democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and free her immediately.

"As a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and as a longstanding democracy advocate, Daw (Mrs) Aung San suu Kyi has been an inspiration not only for women MPs in Thailand but also for all adherents and participants of democratic ideals worldwide," the 22 Thai women said in a statement.

Altogether there are 62 women MPs out of 474 total seats in Thailand's Lower House.


Thai Constitution Court OKs government's emergency borrowing

Thai Constitution Court OKs government's emergency borrowingBangkok - Thailand's Constitution Court on Wednesday ruled unanimously that the government had not breached the charter by passing an executive decree to borrow 400 billion baht (11.8 billion dollars) to jump-start the economy.

The opposition Puea Thai Party had argued that the executive decree by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejajjiva's government violated the constitution because it was not an emergency matter, but the court's ruling said the decree was necessary and concerned an urgent matter.


Daughter of Taiwan ex-leader listed as defendant in graft scandal

Daughter of Taiwan ex-leader listed as defendant in graft scandalTaipei - The daughter of former president Chen Shui-bian was listed as a defendant by Taiwan prosecutors for allegedly making inconsistent testimony seen as an attempt to cover up for her father in the graft allegations against him, a spokesman said Wednesday.

"We have found the testimonies made by Ms Chen Hsin-yu about the secret state fund case inconsistent and sometimes contradictory," said Chen Yun-nan, spokesman for the Special Investigation Task Force under the Supreme Prosecutor's Office.


Four men plead not guilty in plot to bomb synagogue

Four men plead not guilty in plot to bomb synagogue New York - Four men suspected of planning to bomb a Jewish temple and shoot down military planes in upstate New York pleaded not guilty at their arraignment Wednesday.

The four suspects were arrested in May on suspicion of terrorist activities and for allegedly plotting to blow up a synagogue in the Bronx, a borough of New York City.

They were charged on eight counts, including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction, according to media reports.


Illegal Indian immigrants convicted for biggest UK visa fraud

Illegal Indian immigrants convicted for biggest UK visa fraudLondon, June 4 : Three illegal Indian immigrants have been jailed for their role in Britain''s biggest visa fraud.

Jatinder Kumar Sharma, 44, and his two wives - Rakhi Shahi, and Neelam Sharma - helped more than a thousand illegal immigrants into the country. Out of them, only 41 have been deported, The Telegraph reports.

The trio became so confident in fooling government officials using false paperwork that Shahi, 31, even offered her services on a no-win, no-fee basis, jurors heard.


Hong Kong peeping Tom took more than 1,000 sneak photos of women

Hong Kong peeping Tom took more than 1,000 sneak photos of womenHong Kong - A Hong Kong peeping Tom caught as he snapped a picture up the skirt of a woman on an escalator with his mobile phone had more than 1,000 similar pictures, a court report said Thursday.

Police who arrested the 39-year-old found 346 pictures taken up the skirts of women and more than 700 photos showing the backsides of women wearing mini-skirts and shorts.

Chan Yung, who claimed to be a university professor, appeared in court Wednesday pleading guilty to committing an act to outrage public decency.


Khmer Rouge lawyers say documents stolen from office, left in moat

Khmer Rouge lawyers say documents stolen from office, left in moatPhnom Penh - Lawyers for a former Khmer Rouge leader said Thursday that confidential documents were stolen from their office at Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes tribunal and left in a moat outside the court's detention facility.

Michael Pestman, international co-lawyer for Khmer Rouge chief ideologue Noun Chea, said he found the documents after a visit to his client in the detention facility Wednesday.


Croatian court clears medical marijuana for troubled veterans

Croatian court clears medical marijuana for troubled veteransZagreb - Croatia's Supreme Court has ruled to allow the use of marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a disorder that afflicts thousands of the country's war veterans, the Vecernji List daily said Thursday.

Despite Croatia's harsh laws on drugs, Wednesday's verdict surprisingly acquitted a man previously sentenced to a year in prison for growing a small amount of marijuana in Virovitica, 100 kilometres north of Zagreb.


Australian skirts jail for two fatal crashes at the same spot

Australian skirts jail for two fatal crashes at the same spotSydney - An Australian motorist walked free from an Adelaide court Thursday despite being found guilty of causing two fatal accidents at the same intersection seven years apart.

Michelle Thiele, 38, was successful in her appeal against a one-month jail term for driving without due care.

She hit and killed a motorcyclist two years ago and had been given an eight-month sentence that was suspended for seven months.


Two British men given life terms for "horrific" student murder

Two British men given life terms for "horrific" student murder London - Two British men, one with a previous criminal record, were Thursday given long prison terms for the "truly horrific" murders of two French students in their bedsit in London last summer.

The murders of the two Frenchmen, both aged 23, were described as an "orgy of bloodletting" by the prosecution.

Biochemist students Gabriel Ferez and Laurent Bonomo were stabbed 244 times after being tied up in a frenzied three-hour attack, the Old Bailey Criminal Court was told.


Honeymoon killer admits to Barrier Reef-dive death

Honeymoon killer admits to Barrier Reef-dive deathSydney - Gabe Watson admitted to drowning his wife during a scuba dive while honeymooning on Australia's Great Barrier Reef six years ago.

Watson, 32, avoided a murder trial before a Brisbane court Friday by entering a guilty plea to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

A witness at the inquest said the US couple appeared to embrace 15 metres below the surface before Tina Watson, 26, sank to the bottom and her bubble-wrap salesman husband swam to the surface.


New Zealander cleared of family murder after second trial

New Zealander cleared of family murder after second trialWellington - A New Zealander who served more than 12 years in prison for the murder of his parents and three siblings was found not guilty of the mass slaughter by a jury on Friday after his second trial.

David Bain, 37, was released in 2007 after the Privy Council in London - then New Zealand's highest court - ruled he had been the victim of "a substantial miscarriage of justice" when he was first tried in 1995 and sentenced to a minimum of 16 years in jail.


Myanmar court postpones decision on more witnesses in Suu Kyi case

Myanmar court postpones decision on more witnesses in Suu Kyi caseYangon - A Yangon court on Friday postponed a decision on whether to allow more witnesses to testify in defence of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who stands accused of breaking the terms of her detention.

The Yangon Divisional Court told Suu Kyi's four attorneys that it would decide the matter Tuesday, said Nyan Win, one of the lawyers.


SEBI bans 26 trading firms from stock exchange

SEBI bans 26 trading firms from stock exchangeThe market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has banned 26 firms from any type of trading and transaction in stocks for allegedly circulating scam tainted stock broker Ketan Parekh's money in the stock market from January 2007 to February 2009.
 


US may allow Guantanamo detainees to plead guilty

US may allow Guantanamo detainees to plead guiltyWashington - The Obama administration is considering a proposed change in the law governing military commissions for detainees at Guantanamo that would allow them to plead guilty without a full trial, the New York Times reported Saturday.

The change would apply to detainees who face the death penalty, and would spare military prosecutors from having to reveal controversial interrogation techniques, the Times reported, citing unnamed sources.


International tribunal tries former spokeswoman for contempt

International tribunal tries former spokeswoman for contemptAmsterdam - The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) put its former spokeswoman on trial Monday for allegedly disclosing inside information relating to the trial of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic.

Florence Hartmann was held in contempt of the Hague-based court and charged with "knowingly and willfully disclosing information in knowing violation of an order of a chamber" following the publication of her book, Peace and Punishment, in 2007.


Aung San Suu Kyi's house is free, but she isn't

Aung San Suu Kyi's house is free, but she isn'tYangon - Myanmar's junta has dropped its guard over opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's compound in Yangon since her house detention officially ended on May 27, but she has meanwhile been transferred to Insein Prison, opposition sources said Monday.

"Daw (Mrs) Aung San Suu Kyi's house is already free from control by the authorities," Nyan Win, one of Suu Kyi's lawyers, said.


China frees beautician amid public support over killing of official

China frees beautician amid public support over killing of officialBeijing - A court in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday freed a young woman accused of killing a local official who assaulted her after she refused to provide sexual services at a beauty parlour.

In a landmark ruling, the court in Hubei's Badong county found Deng Yujiao, 21, guilty on reduced charges of "intentional assault" but did not pass any custodial sentence, state media said.

The trial of the pedicurist took place amid an outpouring of public support for her through popular websites and state media.


French prosecutor demands dissolution of Church of Scientology

French prosecutor demands dissolution of Church of ScientologyParis - The Paris public prosecutor's office has demanded that a court trying the French section of the controversial Church of Scientology for organized fraud order the dissolution of the self-styled religion, Paris media reported Tuesday.

In addition to demanding the dissolution of the headquarters of the church - the Church of Scientology-Celebrity Centre - and its bookshop, prosecutors also demanded they each pay a fine of 2 million euros (2.78 million dollars).


New law in California puts 90-day hold on housing foreclosures

New law in California puts 90-day hold on housing foreclosures Under a new law California is imposing a ninety-day standstill on housing foreclosures.

According to the new law, lenders must put off foreclosure proceedings for ninety days in situations in which they have not made an effort to work with borrowers to modify the terms of their mortgages.

Under the law, lenders are expected to try their best to modify the delinquent loans before they can begin foreclosing.


Blind Hong Kong wife pours hot congee on cheating husband's groin

Blind Hong Kong wife pours hot congee on cheating husband's groin Hong Kong - A blind Hong Kong woman who suspected her husband was cheating on her poured boiling hot congee on his groin as he slept naked, a news report said Wednesday.

Taxi driver Leung Yiu-yuen, 56, suffered second degree burns to his genitals after his wife attacked him with the congee, a form of Chinese porridge served hot for breakfast.

Earlier, Miu Tsui-fun, 58, laced his drinks with female hormones in an attempt to make him impotent when she became convinced he was having an affair, the Hong Kong Standard newspaper reported.


Indonesian president's in-law jailed in bank graft case

Indonesian president's in-law jailed in bank graft caseJakarta - An Indonesian court on Wednesday sentenced an in-law of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to four-and-a-half years in jail for his role in a multi-million-dollar embezzlement case that embroiled the central bank.

Aulia Pohan, a former deputy governor of Bank Indonesia, and three former colleagues at the central bank were found guilty by the country's corruption court of misusing
100 billion rupiah (9.8 million dollars) from a foundation run by the bank in 2003.


Bogus philanthropist faces Australian court

Bogus philanthropist faces Australian courtSydney - Charities, hospitals and sports clubs may have to return donations from a 27-year-old Australian who allegedly defrauded insurance companies by claiming he had a terminal illness.

Clint Elford faced a Sydney court Wednesday on charges that he bilked insurance companies of 500,000 Australian dollars (395,000 US dollars) and stood to gain 13 million Australian dollars through deception if multiple life insurance policies were paid out.


Myanmar Supreme Court considers more witnesses in Suu Kyi case

Myanmar Supreme Court considers more witnesses in Suu Kyi caseYangon - Myanmar's Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted an appeal by lawyers acting for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to consider allowing two more witnesses at her trial for breaking the terms of her household detention.

"They have accepted our appeal but we still need to wait for a hearing date," Nyan Win, one of the Suu Kyi's lawyers said.


China tycoon's ex-wife sees alimony cut by 47 million dollars

China tycoon's ex-wife sees alimony cut by 47 million dollarsHong Kong - The ex-wife of a Chinese telecom tycoon has had her divorce settlement of nearly 50 million US dollars slashed to just 1 million US dollars, a news report said Thursday.

Ma Lin was awarded 378 million Hong Kong dollars (48.7 million US dollars) by Hong Kong's Family Court after her divorce from 45-year-old Yang Jun, vice chairman of China Motion Telecom.

At a Court of Appeal hearing Wednesday, however, the payout was slashed to 9.97 million Hong Kong dollars (1.28 million US dollars), the Hong Kong Standard newspaper reported.


Pizza man jailed for topping rival

Pizza man jailed for topping rivalSydney - An unemployed Australian who was offered free pizza for life to burn down the pizza parlour of a rival was jailed by a Melbourne court Thursday.

Frank Foschini, 35, broke into Papa John's in July 2005, doused it with petrol and started a fire that gutted the premises and forced the business to close.

The court was told Foschini received 800 Australian dollars (640 US dollars) in cash and the free-pizza promise from an unnamed pizza restaurateur.


Screening of 26/11 CCTV footage at Kasab trial today

Screening of 26/11 CCTV footage at Kasab trial todayMumbai, June 18 : The Close Circuit Television (CCTV) footage of terrorists Ajmal Amir Kasab and Abu Ismail gunning down people at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) on November 26 last year will be screened in the special court here today.

Special public prosecutor in Mumbai terror attack case, Ujjwal Nikam has said that the CCTV footage would be screened in the presence of advocates and media personnel.

This is for the first time that CCTV footage of place of offence is being screened in the special court.


Anglo-Oz miner becomes first to hire Indian lawyers to trim legal bill by 20 pc

Anglo-Oz miner becomes first to hire Indian lawyers to trim legal bill by 20 pcLondon, June 18 : Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto has become the first foreign business group to hire a team of Indian lawyers to try to reduce its annual 60 million pound legal bill by 20 per cent.

According to The Times, Rio has recruited 12 lawyers in Delhi through CPA Global, a legal outsourcing group, to work for it on tasks such as reviewing documents and drafting contracts.


Shiney Ahuja remanded to judicial custody till July 2

Shiney AhujaMumbai, June 18 : Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, who has been accused of raping his maid at his residence on Saturday, was on Thursday remanded to judicial custody till July 2 by a local Mumbai court.

The actor is not entitled to apply for bail. This order from the Andheri court comes after he was earlier remanded in police custody for three days.

The Public prosecution had earlier said they would seek extension of the actor''s custody adding there was enough evidence to prove the actor guilty.

Earlier, medical reports had confirmed that Ahuja''s maid was indeed raped. He will undergo DNA test.


Hong Kong's most famous gangster in court on warder assault charge

Hong Kong's most famous gangster in court on warder assault chargeHong Kong - Hong Kong's most famous gangster, who is paralysed and confined to a wheelchair, appeared in court Thursday charged with assaulting a prison warder.

Yip Kai-foon, 47, serving a 36-year jail term for robbing jewellery shops with an AK-47 rifle in the 1980s and 1990s, is accused of injuring the officer on April 30.

Yip, nicknamed "King of Thieves" and once Hong Kong's most feared gangster, appeared in court in a special bed and refused a lawyer.


Woman fined 1.9 million dollars for illegal download

Woman fined 1.9 million dollars for illegal downloadWashington - A court in the United States laid down a 1.9-million-dollar fine against a Minnesota woman who illegally downloaded 24 songs from the internet, CNN reported.

The trial against Jammie Thomas-Rasset was the first case in the United States for such copyright infringement, CNN quoted her lawyer as saying.

The 32-year-old mother of four was shocked by the fine as the price tag for legally downloading the songs that would have cost 99 cents each and planned to appeal, he said.


Hong Kong coach driver jailed for crash that killed 19 passengers

Hong Kong coach driver jailed for crash that killed 19 passengersHong Kong - A coach driver who killed 19 passengers on a church outing when he crashed in Hong Kong was Friday jailed for three years and four months.

Hung Ling-kwok, 33, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death following the accident last year in which his tour bus went out of control on a hill and rolled over.

Hung was speeding at the time and using his brake to control the coach as it came down a steep hill towards a roundabout, Hong Kong's District Court was told.


Death sentence for former pilot who murdered Yemeni Jew

Death sentence for former pilot who murdered Yemeni Jew Sana'a, Yemen - A Yemeni court of appeals on Sunday sentenced a former air force pilot to death for the murder of a Jewish man, court sources said.

The court in the north-western province of Amran convicted Abdul- Aziz al-Abdi, a 40-year-old retired Yemeni Air Force pilot, of premeditated murder, the sources told the German Press Agency dpa.

Al-Abdi has confessed to shooting dead Moshe al-Nahari, a member of the Jewish minority in the north-western town of Raida last December.


Callous Kasab asked to stop laughing or face Dara Singh

Callous Kasab asked to stop laughing or face Dara SinghMumbai, June 22 : The lone surviving gunman behind the Mumbai terror attacks, Ajmal Amir Kasab, has been reprimanded by lawyers for laughing during the court proceedings, and recently a lawyer asked him to be serious or else he would call Dara Singh.

Kasab is the gunman captured alive during the terrifying three days beginning November 26, 2008, when 10 men arrived in Mumbai by boat and attacked 10 sites, killing more than 170 people. His trial, on charges of terrorism, criminal conspiracy and waging war against the state, began two months ago.


Hong Kong democracy champion targeted in gun plot, court hears

Hong Kong democracy champion targeted in gun plot, court hearsHong Kong - A would-be Chinese hit man was arrested in Hong Kong with a gun and bullets in a plot targeting pro-democracy champion Martin Lee, prosecutors told a court Monday.

A photograph and the home address of media tycoon Jimmy Lai were also found on 50-year-old Huang Nanhua when police arrested him after a routine check on a taxi last August.

Huang, who had a homemade pistol and five rounds of ammunition, later told police he had been instructed to come to Hong Kong to "teach someone a lesson," the city's High Court heard.


Jordan court decides to jail poet for slandering Islam

Jordan court decides to jail poet for slandering Islam Amman - A Jordanian court of first instance has sentenced a poet for one year in jail after finding him guilty of "slandering" Islam, judicial sources said Monday.

The tribunal also fined poet Islam Samhan 10,000 dinars (14,000 dollars), in the case that was filed in October last year by the Printing and Publication Department.

The Department accused Samhan of using sentences and quotations from the holy Koran in such a manner that involved an "insult of prophets and religious sentiments."


Australian journalist released from Singapore prison

Australian journalist released from Singapore prisonSingapore - An Australian television journalist who served a jail term in Singapore for drug offences has been released from the city-state's Changi prison Tuesday, a prison spokesman said.

Peter Lloyd, 42, a former correspondent for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in India, had been sentenced in December to 10 months in jail after pleading guilty to possessing and consuming drugs.

"He has been released and is no longer in our custody," the prison spokesman said.


Australian mother guilty of starving her child to death

Australian mother guilty of starving her child to deathSydney - The mother of a 7-year-old Australian girl who starved to death was Tuesday found guilty of murder.

The 47-year old father, who blamed his wife, 35, for the neglect that left the child weighing just 9 kilograms at her death, was convicted of manslaughter.

Doctors told the court it was the worst case of malnutrition they had seen, with one describing the emaciated child's head as a "skull wrapped in skin."


China jails Tibetan for three years over messages about unrest

China jails Tibetan for three years over messages about unrestBeijing - A court in south-western China sentenced a Tibetan tour guide to three years in prison after convicting him of "inciting separatism" by sending email and text messages about unrest among Tibetans, a US-based rights group said on Tuesday.

The Dui Hua Foundation circulated copies of two court documents for the first trial and appealed the sentence of Gonpo Tserang, 32, in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan province.


Pakistan SC rejects Sarabjit Singh''s mercy plea

Pakistan SC rejects Sarabjit Singh''s mercy pleaIslamabad, June 24 : Pakistan Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh''s review petition challenging his death sentence in his alleged involvement in the Lahore bomb attacks in 1990.

A three-member bench led by Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed dismissed Sarabjit''s review petition on the grounds of non-pursuance of the case by his lawyer.

Sarabjit''s counsel had failed to appear in court for the past few hearings, including the last one on Monday.


‘Madoff''s lawyer tells judge 12 years in jail would be fair punishment''

Bernard MadoffLondon, June 24 : Bernard Madoff''s lawyer has told a judge that 12 years in jail would be a fair punishment for the Ponzi king who swindled billions of investors'' money in one of history''s biggest frauds.

Madoff, who pled guilty to an 11-count criminal complaint, admitting to defrauding thousands of investors, faces a possible 150 years in prison and up to 170 billion dollars in restitution.

According to the court papers made public, his lawyer Ira Sorkin said that his 71-year-old client "will speak to the shame he has felt and to the pain he has caused" when he is sentenced on June 29, reports The Daily Express.


Sarabjit Singh''s review petition quashed following failure of lawyer to attend

Sarabjit Singh''s review petition quashed following failure of lawyer to attendIslamabad, June 24 : The Pakistan Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the review petition filed by Sarabjit Singh challenging his death sentence, thus maintaining the death sentence awarded earlier.

According to The News, a three-member bench headed by Justice Raja Fayyaz dismissed Singh’s mercy plea after brief hearings for two days.

Meanwhile, Singh’s lawyer, Rana Abdul Hameed has admitted to lapses in mounting the defence in his case.


China executes two for trafficking heroin from Myanmar

China executes two for trafficking heroin from MyanmarBeijing - A court in north-eastern China Thursday said it had executed two men convicted of leading a gang which smuggled heroin from Myanmar, state media reported.

Liu Fuying and Sun Yulong were convicted in China's Liaoning province last August of trafficking more than 8 kilograms of heroin on several trips from Myanmar since
2002, the official Xinhua news agency quoted court officials as saying.

The two men were executed last month after the Supreme People's Court approved the death sentences against them, the agency said.


Rights groups, activists slam China's charging of dissident

Rights groups, activists slam China's charging of dissident Beijing - Rights groups and activists Thursday condemned China's decision to charge leading dissident Liu Xiaobo with subversion, with two prominent supporters saying the government had "lost all reason."

Ding Zilin and her husband Jiang Peikun said in a joint open letter that the government had "acted in a weak, cowardly and uncertain manner," and its charging of Liu was "just a pretext to intimidate public opinion."


German minister voices concern at arrest of Chinese dissident

Frank-Walter SteinmeierBerlin - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier voiced concern Thursday at the arrest of leading Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo and urged Beijing to respect human rights.

"I call on the Chinese government to continue its course of reform and opening up of China, and to guarantee that human rights are adhered to," he said in a statement.

"Critical opinions and the legal expression of concerns and interests of citizens are a basic ingredient of a society based on law and justice and democracy," he said.


Russian top court overturns acquittals in Politkovskaya murder case

Russian top court overturns acquittals in Politkovskaya murder caseMoscow - Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the acquittals verdict on four suspects in the politically-charged murder trial of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, with the case to be retried, the Interfax agency reported.

The agency said the top court's judges agreed to the appeal submitted by the general prosecutor's office of the February 19 acquittal verdict reached by a jury in a lower Moscow court.

The jury had agreed with defence claims of insufficient evidence tying the four suspects to the crime.


Egyptian court confirms death sentence for tycoon

Egyptian court confirms death sentence for tycoonCairo - A court in Egypt on Thursday confirmed the death sentence for property tycoon Hisham Talaat Mustafa for the murder of Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim.

The court had earlier found that Mustafa had paid Mohsen al- Sukkari, a former Egyptian security officer, to murder the singer in her apartment in Dubai last July.

On May 21, the two men were sentenced to death by hanging, with the sentence referred to Egypt's Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa for confirmation. The court on Thursday said he had approved the decision.


Men at Work in court over Down Under

Men at Work in court over Down Under Sydney - It topped the charts simultaneously in Britain and the United States, is used to puff up national pride by airline Qantas and is consistently voted among the most popular Australian songs of all time.

It's Down Under, a reggae-inspired 1981 smash hit for Melbourne band Men at Work - and it's at the centre of a high-stakes court case that began Thursday in their hometown.

Lawyers for music publishers Larrikin Music argue the flute part is a lift from a song they own, Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree, which was written for a Girl Guides jamboree by Marion Sinclair in 1934.


LHC acquits Sharif in helicopter “misappropriation” case

LHC acquits Sharif in helicopter “misappropriation” caseRawalpindi, June 26 : The Lahore High Court (LHC) has acquitted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the helicopter "misappropriation" case.

A two-member division bench of the LHC declared the lower court's verdict as null and void, thus dismissing the misappropriation case against Sharif, The News reports.


Madoff's victims seek stiff punishment for financial villain

Madoff's victims seek stiff punishment for financial villainWashington - Morton Chalek is an 86-year-old veteran of the Second World War. He first met Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff in the late 1970s and agreed to invest some of his money.

Chalek was "delighted with the phenomenal returns" being reported and soon placed his entire fortune in Madoff's hands. By November of last year, he had amassed 2.3 million dollars over a lifetime of work and investments.


Law banning homosexuality might be repealed

Law banning homosexuality might be repealedNew Delhi, June 27 : Gay right activists in the country may now leave a sigh of relief with Home Ministry is appearing to favour a repeal of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) which bans homosexuality.

Home Minister Chidambaram, has called Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Law Minister Veerappa Moily and state Home Ministers for a meeting to discuss the issue.

Earlier, the Home Ministry had argued before the High Court that homosexuality is not accepted by Indian society and repealing Section 377 from the IPC would encourage more antisocial activities.


Jailed dissident sees attorneys for first time in six months

Jailed dissident sees attorneys for first time in six months Beijing - Lawyers for Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo met with the writer for the first time since he was detained more than six months ago, a rights group said Saturday.

Lawyers Shang Baojun and Ding Xikui met with Liu Friday afternoon for 40 minutes at a police detention centre in Beijing, according to Hong Kong-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD).


Malaysian judge to personally cane guilty robber in court

Malaysian judge to personally cane guilty robber in courtKuala Lumpur - A Malaysian judge surprised his courtroom by announcing he would personally carry out his sentence of 10 strokes of the cane handed down to a man convicted of armed robbery, news reports said Saturday.

Sessions Court judge Zainal Abidin Kamarudin sentenced 20-year old Muhammad Syafiq Abd Wahab to 10 strokes of the cane and 200 hours community service after the court found him guilty of robbing a teenager at knife point last November.


Scottish Muslim rights lawyer charges UK with ''criminalising minority groups''

Scottish Muslim rights lawyer charges UK with ''criminalising minority groups''Glasgow (Scotland), June 28 : A Scottish human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar has charged the British Government with criminalizing minority communities.


Former Congo vice president to appear before international court

Former Congo vice president to appear before international courtThe Hague - Congolese politician Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo is due to appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague Monday afternoon for a procedural hearing about his pre-trial detention.

The ICC's rules of procedure and evidence determine all detained suspects should be heard "at least once every year." The first year of Bemba's detention is due to expire on July 3.

The ICC has charged Jean-Pierre Bemba, 47, with five counts of war crimes allegedly committed in the Central African Republic (CAR) between 2002 and 2003.


Australian student in court accused of Hong Kong taxi driver murder

Australian student in court accused of Hong Kong taxi driver murderHong Kong - A 22-year-old Australian appeared in a Hong Kong court Monday morning charged with the murder of a taxi driver who died in a fatal crash while he was sitting next to him.

Kelsey Michael Mudd, a student at a US university who was visiting Hong Kong, was front seat passenger in the taxi which broke through a crash barrier and collided with three other cars.


Khmer Rouge prison survivor weeps before war crimes tribunal

Khmer Rouge prison survivor weeps before war crimes tribunalPhnom Penh - The first survivor of a notorious Khmer Rouge torture prison to appear before Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes tribunal broke into tears Monday as he recounted the brutal techniques used to extract confessions from his fellow inmates.

Vann Nath, 63, who is one of a handful of survivors from S-21 prison in Phnom Penh, wept as he recalled conditions at the facility where at least 15,000 men, women and children were tortured before being sent to be murdered at the Cheong Ek "killing field."


Supreme Court tells Centre to publish steps taken to protect Indian students in Australia

Supreme Court tells Centre to publish steps taken to protect Indian students in AustraliaNew Delhi, June 29 : A vacation bench of the Supreme Court comprising of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A K Ganguly, has directed the Central Government to publish all steps taken to protect Indian students in Australia.

The web sites of ministries of External Affairs, Over seas Indian Affairs, and Indian High Commission in Australia should contain this information the two judge bench said.


India's Aurobindo sues South Africa after losing AIDS drug contractJohannesburg - An Indian manufacturer of drugs to treat the d

India's Aurobindo sues South Africa after losing AIDS drug contractJohannesburg - An Indian manufacturer of drugs to treat the deadly HIV/AIDS virus is suing the South African government after failing to clinch a 400-million-dollar tender, South African media reported Monday.

Aurobindo, one of the world's biggest producers of generic life- prolonging antiretroviral treatment (ARVs), says its tender was, on average, 30 per cent cheaper than locally-manufactured products, Business Day newspaper reported.


Myanmar Supreme Court rejects new witnesses in Suu Kyi case

Aung San Suu Kyi,Yangon - Myanmar's Supreme Court on Monday refused to allow two more witnesses to appear in defence of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is facing charges of breaking the terms of her detention and a possible five-year jail sentence, her lawyer said.

Court judges rejected a request by Suu Kyi's defence team to allow Tin Oo and Win Tin, two senior opposition politicians, to appear as witnesses in the controversial case, Nyan Win, one of Suu Kyi's attorneys, said.


Ahmadinejad calls on Iranian judiciary to clarify Neda case

Mahmoud AhmadinejadTehran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the head of the judiciary Monday to clarify what he called the "mysterious killing" of female demonstrator Neda Agha-Soltan, the Mehr news agency reported.

In a letter to Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, Ahmadinejad said that the event has been widely used by alien media as propaganda and that opponents of the Iranian nation have misused the issue against the Iranian nation.


Madras HC judge threatens to write to government over Union Minister seeking to influence him

Madras HC judge threatens to write to government over Union Minister seeking to influence himChennai, June 30 : A Madras High Court judge has threatened to write to the Central government and the Prime Minister about a Union Minister seeking to influence him to release a medical student petitioner and his father, a doctor on anticipatory bail.


Fijian rugby star sentenced in absentia for Hong Kong brawl

Fijian rugby star sentenced in absentia for Hong Kong brawlHong Kong - A Fijian rugby player was sentenced in absentia to three weeks in jail for assaulting a police officer when he was in Hong Kong for a Rugby Sevens tournament, a news report said Tuesday.

The sentence overturned an earlier fine of 500 Hong Kong dollars (64 US dollars) imposed on 32-year-old Paula Maisiri for his part in a mass brawl in Hong Kong's nightclub district in March.


Prisoner cuts throat in court

Prisoner cuts throat in courtWellington - A 29-year-old prisoner cut his throat with a smuggled knife as he stood in Wellington District Court awaiting sentence on Tuesday, a news report said.

He was filmed by the TV3 channel being led from the court by police officers with blood streaming down his bare torso.

The 29-year-old, whose name had been suppressed by the court, was appearing for sentencing on charges of publishing objectionable material.

He was reported to be in a stable condition in Wellington Hospital. (dpa)


Malaysian court sentences Indonesians to hang for drug trafficking

Malaysian court sentences Indonesians to hang for drug traffickingKuala Lumpur - Malaysia's high court sentenced two Indonesians to death by hanging after they were caught carrying 53 kilograms of cannabis in the boot of their car two years ago, a news report said Wednesday.

The two men, aged 28 and 30, were found guilty of drug trafficking, which carries the mandatory death sentence under the country's tough laws.

"Only one punishment is given for this crime, so the both of you will be hanged," the high court judge was quoted as saying by the Malay-language Berita Harian daily.


Vietnamese court sentences man to death for murder

Vietnamese court sentences man to death for murderHanoi - A court in Ho Chi Minh City has sentenced a man to death for killing woman in a robbery, a court official said Wednesday.

"He admitted his crimes and asked for mercy at the trial yesterday, but his crimes were very serious, so the court sentenced him to death," said Huynh Thi Viet Tien, tribunal president, on Tuesday.

The state-run Cong An Nhan Dan on Wednesday reported that Tran Van Thanh, 27, murdered a 38-year-old woman in June last year.


Two court hearings on custody of Jacko’s kids set for July 6

Two court hearings on custody of Jacko’s kids set for July 6Washington, July 1 : Two court hearings for the custody of late King of Pop Michael Jackson's kids have been scheduled for July 6.

According to U. S. TV news show Extra, Billie Jean Jackson, the woman who alleges that she's the mother of Jackson's youngest child Blanket, had filed for the joint and legal custody of the 7-year-old child in December last year.

She had also asked for 1 billion dollars in child support as well as the opportunity to participate in Blanket''s education and gain weekend visits to him.


Decriminalise homosexuality says Delhi High Court

Decriminalise homosexuality says Delhi High CourtNew Delhi July 02 : In a landmark judgement the Delhi High Court today decriminalised homosexuality.

A two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah, and Justice S Muralidahr said the criminalisation of gay sex among consenting adults is a violation of fundamental rights.

The verdict is the first of its kind by an Indian court on a 19th century law that treats homosexuality as a criminal offence.


Petition against US drone attacks filed in Pak SC

Petition against US drone attacks filed in Pak SCIslamabad, July 2 : A petition has been filed in the Pakistan Supreme Court asking the government to table a comprehensive report on the US led drone strikes inside the geographical boundaries of the country.

The petition has been filed by one M. Tariq Asad, who claimed that only innocent tribal people are being killed in the drone strikes.


Homosexuality no longer criminal act

Homosexuality no longer criminal actThe decision by the Delhi High Court has given a fresh lease of life to homosexuals. Section 377 of Indian Penal Code has been struck off down by the court. Section 377 criminalizes "carnal intercourse against the order of nature," a phrase interpreted to ban homosexuality.

A bench of Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah and Justice S. Muralidhar said that if not amended, section 377 of the IPC would violate Article 21 of the Indian constitution, which states that every citizen has equal opportunity of life and is equal before law.


Australia to hold ''Harmony March'' in solidarity with Indian students

Australia to hold ''Harmony March'' in solidarity with Indian studentsDharamsala, July 4 : Australian lawmaker Michael Danby has said that Australia will hold a ''Harmony March'' in Melbourne in solidarity with Indian students on July 12.


J and K HC orders exhumation of Shopian rape victims bodies

Srinagar July 4 : The Jammu and Kashmir High Court today directed state police to exhume the bodies of the victims of rape and murder in Shopian for fresh post mortem.

The court also ordered that no person, including security personnel could leave Shopian without special permission. The order is binding on personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force and the Jammu and Kashmir State Police.

A two-judge division bench of the J and K High Court, comprising Chief Justice Barin Gosh and Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, issued the orders after hearing a PIL filed by the Kashmir Bar Association.

However, the court said the consent of the victims' family is required before the bodies could be exhumed.


Gujarat HC judge declines to hear case against Modi

Gujarat HC judge declines to hear case against ModiAhmedabad, July 7 : A Gujarat High Court judge has declined to hear a case challenging a probe by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) against state Chief Minister Narendra Modi and 62 others in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.

Citing personal reasons, Justice H N Devani in the High Court said: "Not before me".

The court was scheduled to hear the case as SIT officials, complainant Zakia Jafri and social activist Teesta Setalvad have already filed their replies.


Jammie Thomas seeks new trial or reduction in $1.92 million verdict

Jammie Thomas seeks new trial or reduction in $1.92 million verdictThe defense lawyers for Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who illegally downloaded 24 songs, have requested the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, either to reduce the $1.92 million damage she was asked to pay or to grant her a fresh trial.

If all that is not possible, then the court could reduce the damage award to the statutory minimum of $18,000.


Judge blasts Rita Cosby’s book on Anna Nicole Smith over gay sex video claim

Judge blasts Rita Cosby’s book on Anna Nicole Smith over gay sex video claimNew York, Jul 8 : Veteran TV news anchor Rita Cosby's book on Anna Nicole Smith has been blasted by a federal judge, who said that her claims of the late model watching a video of her boyfriend having sex with lawyer Howard K. Stern were `preposterous'.

Judge Denny Chin had made the comment as lawyers for Cosby urged him to toss out a libel suit Stern filed after the publication of her book, Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death.


Peter Andre to return to Australia after divorce?

Peter Andre to return to Australia after divorce?London, July 8 : Peter Andre may return to Australia once he gets divorce from estranged wife Katie Price a. k. a Jordan.

He told friend Vicky Lord on his Twitter page: "I miss Oz soo much."

The `Mysterious Girl' hitmaker and Jordan are embroiled in a custody battle of their four-year-old son Junior and daughter Princess Tiaamii, two, reports the Sun.

The glamour model, however, wants Andre to stay to ensure she gets regular access in case she loses in the court.


SC likely to take up plea against legalizing homosexuality

SC likely to take up plea against legalizing homosexualityNew Delhi, July 9 : The Supreme Court is likely to take up the petition filed by astrologer Suresh Kumar Kaushal challenging the Delhi High Court''s ruling to legalize gay sex.

Kaushal sought the quashing of the verdict of the Delhi High Court legalizing gay sex between consenting adults in private, which was earlier a criminal offence under section 377 of IPC.


Supreme Court issues notice to center to reply on gay sex verdict by July 20

Supreme Court issues notice to center to reply on gay sex verdict by July 20New Delhi, July 9 : A two judge bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice K. G. Balkrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam today issued notice to the Union Government, to explain its stand on a petition challenging the Delhi High Court's ruling to legalize gay sex among consenting adults.

The apex court was hearing a plea filed by astrologer Suresh Kumar Kaushal against the Delhi High Court''s verdict.


Singapore mum jailed seven years for killing her son

Singapore mum jailed seven years for killing her sonSingapore - A Singapore court on Friday sentenced a single mum who killed her son and then tried to take her own life to seven years in jail, in a case the judge described as "tragic and unfortunate," media reports said.

Found by psychiatrists to suffer from an "abnormality of the mind," Kang Ka Li, 37, suffocated her 12-year-old son to death with a towel on May 15 last year, after feeding him sedatives.


Taiwan's ex-president breaks silence over his detention

Taiwan's ex-president breaks silence over his detentionTaipei - Scandal-plagued former Taiwan president Chen Shui-bian broke his silence Friday, asking the court to release him from the Taipei Detention Centre, where he has been held since late December.

Chen, who has refused to talk and defend himself since May, said there was no need to continue to hold him, given that the court had already completed its questioning of witnesses over a series of corruption scandals.


PM says court''s verdict on Article 377 to be discussed with cabinet

PM says court''s verdict on Article 377 to be discussed with cabinetOn Board special flight, July 11 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said the matter related to the Delhi High Court''s ruling on gay sex legalization will be discussed with his cabinet colleagues to seek their views in this regard.

Addressing a press conference onboard after attending the G8-G5 Summit at L''Aquila in Italy, Dr. Singh said, "I haven''t discussed the matter with my cabinet colleagues. Therefore, when I will go back, I will seek their views as to which anything further needs to be done or said in this regard."


Malaysian High Court orders return of Hindraf leader’s passport

Malaysian High Court orders return of Hindraf leader’s passportKuala Lumpur, July 11 : A Malaysian High Court has ruled that passport of Hindraf leader P. Uthayakumar be returned to him, revising a Session Court's ruling made in December 2007.

The Court also lowered his bail to 10,000 ringgitts.

High Court Judicial Commissioner Zainal Azman Ab Aziz set aside the earlier order, which withheld Uthayakumar's passport and set a bail at 50,000 ringitts, the Star Online reports.


Bombay HC issues notice to Praful Patel on election petition

Bombay HC issues notice to Praful Patel on election petitionMumbai, July 11 : The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court has issued a notice to Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Praful Patel on a petition challenging his election from Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha constituency.

The Bench has asked Patel to file his reply by September 18 in response to a petition filed by BJP''s defeated candidate Shishupal Patle.


US attorney general considers CIA probe

US Attorney General Eric Holder Washington  - US Attorney General Eric Holder is considering whether to probe allegations of the use of brutal torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), according to a media report published Sunday.

Holder is to decide whether he will appoint a prosecutor to look into the nature of the torture of terrorist suspects since the September 11 terrorists attacks on the US, the Washington Post reported.


Supreme Court adjourns hearing of Mayawati disproportionate assets case for six weeks

Supreme Court adjourns hearing of Mayawati disproportionate assets case for six weeksNew Delhi, July 13 : The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the five-year-old disproportionate assets case against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for six weeks.

The hearing of the case was deferred at the request of the Uttar Pradesh Government.

On Saturday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had informed the apex court that it had prepared a chargesheet against Mayawati.


Prof Sabharwal murder accused acquitted by Nagpur session court

Prof Sabharwal murder accused acquitted by Nagpur session courtNagpur, July 13 : All six Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists who were accused in the H S Sabharwal murder case were acquitted by a sessions court here today.

In its verdict, the court said it was acquitting all ABVP activists as the prosecution had failed to prove their involvement in the murder.

According to the lawyer of the accused, the court further noted that the prosecution had failed to file conclusive evidence to prove that the six were present at the murder site.


Prosecution completes case against Congo's Lubanga at ICC

International Criminal Court The Hague  - The prosecution at the International Criminal Court (ICC) concluded its case Tuesday in the trial of Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, according to a court statement Tuesday.

Lubanga, 48, is standing trial at the ICC in The Hague on charges of recruiting child soldiers for the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lubanga is allegedly responsible for creating an entire infrastructure around child soldiers during the bloody Congolese civil war between 1998 and 2003.

At the opening of the trial in January Lubanga pleaded not guilty.


Malaysian court delays opposition leader's sodomy trial

Malaysian court delays opposition leader's sodomy trialKuala Lumpur - Malaysia's High Court on Wednesday once again delayed the sodomy trial of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim after the lead defence lawyer discharged himself from the case due to a prolonged illness.

The High Court was scheduled to hear a motion by Anwar, 61, to dismiss the charges, but adjourned the hearing due to the attorney's unavailability.

Anwar is facing charges of sodomising a 23-year-old former male aide, a charge he vehemently denies.

If found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison.


Hong Kong man, 81, begins jail term for attempted rape of maid

Hong Kong man, 81, begins jail term for attempted rape of maidHong Kong - An 81-year-old Hong Kong man has begun a two-year jail term for the attempted rape of his family's maid, a news report said Wednesday.

Wong Pak-sum, who was jailed after a High Court hearing on Tuesday, is believed to be the oldest man to be convicted of the offence in the former British colony.

He assaulted the 36-year-old maid after being left alone with her in the family's flat in Hong Kong's Tai Po district in October. Wong's son and daughter-in-law live in the same flat.


Guantanamo tribunals resume

US President Barack ObamaWashington - The US military resumed the controversial Guantanamo tribunals on Wednesday for the first time in months with a series of pretrial hearings.

US President Barack Obama suspended the proceedings shortly after taking office in January but announced in May that some of the cases would continue, drawing criticism from human-rights activists.

Prosecutors on Wednesday sought delays pending a review in the cases of three defendants, said Joe DellaVedova, a spokesman for the military commissions at the US naval installation on Cuba.


Pak govt. seeks adjournment of hearing of Saeed case

Pak govt. seeks adjournment of hearing of Saeed caseIslamabad, July 16 : The Pakistan government has requested the Supreme Court to suspend the hearing of the detention of Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD) chief Hafeez Mohammad Saeed for a week.

It cited the unavailability of Attorney General, Sardar Latif Khosa as the reason for the request, the Dawn reports.


Sharif credits Allah for acquittal in plane hijacking case

Sharif credits Allah for acquittal in plane hijacking caseIslamabad, July 17 : Expressing satisfaction over the Supreme Court’s verdict acquitting him in the plane hijacking case, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said he is grateful to the ‘almighty Allah’ for the decision.

“Allah has determined the truth and now I would work day night for serving the people of Pakistan,” Sharif said minutes after the apex court declared the Sindh High Court’s
(SHC) earlier verdict as null and void.


Foreign journalists arrested in Namibia for filming seal clubbing

Foreign journalists arrested in Namibia for filming seal clubbingJohannesburg - A British and a South African journalist were due to be brought before court in the south-west African country of Namibia on Friday after being arrested while filming the controversial annual seal cull, police confirmed.

Jim Wickens, a journalist with British investigative agency Ecostorm, and Bart Smithers, a South African cameraman, were arrested Thursday at Henties Bay, north of the coastal resort of Swakopmund, a Namibian police spokesman said.


India Infoline Executive Director arrested for Fraud; Scrip dips 2%

india infoThe Mumbai police has arrested Rajamani Venkatraman (42) co-promoter and executive director of India Infoline, a well-reputed domestic stock brokerage firm, on charges of allegedly cheating Aarti Gunjikar (43), a housewife from Khar.

Aarti stated in her complain that, she had deposited Rs 13 lakh in her (Gunjikar and her husband) demat account to purchase shares. But the amount has been misused by the company’s director without her knowledge, to trade to the extent of Rs 59 crore just to generate brokerage (Rs 2.66 lakh) for the company.


Judge Gary Feess releases LAPD from consent decree with US Department of Justice

Los Angeles Police Department Noting that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) had made substantial reforms, U. S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess ruled on Friday that LAPD be released from an eight-year-long consent decree with the U. S. Department of Justice - the settlement was essentially aimed at reducing corruption and police brutality.


Iran to free British embassy staffer on bail: sources

Tehran - Iran is to free Sunday the one remaining detained British embassy staffer on bail, informed sources said.

Hossein Rassam, chief analyst of the British embassy who has been detained for more than three weeks, would be released later Sunday on a bail amounting to almost 100,000 dollars, the sources said.

Rassam - and the British embassy - are suspected of involvement in the recent popular protest demonstrations against alleged fraud in the June 12 presidential election. (dpa)


Declare Ambani MoU null and void: Government to SC

Mukesh Ambani and Anil AmbaniThe government of India, through a special leave petition filed in the Supreme Court, has urged the apex court to scrap the private Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of Ambani family as it does not conform with the Gas Utilization Policy.

Both Mukesh and Anil Ambani are fighting battle since 2006 over gas from the Krishna-Godavari basin.


Rita Bahuguna gets interim bail

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president, Rita Bahuguna JoshiUttar Pradesh Congress Committee president, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who made derogatory remarks against UP Chief Minister Mayavati, has been granted interim bail by the Additional District Judge of Moradabad court today.

The development raises question of the authenticity of stringent law applied to her, apparently, for political interests.


Mavericks’ Cuban wins case against SEC

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark CubanA US federal judge dismissed the insider trading lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater said in his ruling Securities and Exchange Commission could not prove fraud and gave it 30 day to file an amended complaint.

In his ruling the Judge said, "while the SEC adequately pleads that Cuban entered into a confidentiality agreement, it does not allege that he agreed, expressly or implicitly, to refrain from trading on or otherwise using for his own benefit the information the CEO was about to share."


Supreme Court to hear plea against legalizing homosexuality

Supreme Court to hear plea against legalizing homosexualityNew Delhi, July 20 : The Supreme Court will today hear a petition challenging the Delhi High Court''s ruling to legalize gay sex among consenting adults.

On July 9, a two-judge bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice K. G. Balkrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam had issued notice to the Union Government, to explain its stand on a petition challenging the Delhi High Court''s ruling to legalize gay sex among consenting adults.


BMW hit-and-run case: HC to decide Sanjeev Nanda''s fate today

BMW hit-and-run case: HC to decide Sanjeev Nanda''s fate todayNew Delhi, July 20 : The Delhi High Court will give its verdict on Monday in the BMW hit-and-run case in which trial court had convicted and sentenced Sanjeev Nanda, to five years imprisonment.

Justice Kailash Gambhir, who had reserved the judgment in May, would pass the verdict on petitions filed by three convicts, including Nanda.

Besides Nanda, the court had also convicted Rajiv Gupta and Bhola Nath and sentenced them to one year and six months in jail, respectively for destruction of evidence.


Kasab pleads guilty to 26/11 attack in Mumbai court

Kasab pleads guilty to 26/11 attack in Mumbai courtMumbai, July 20 : Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved the terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, which claimed near 180 lives and maimed over 300, on Monday, pleaded guilty to the offence before a Mumbai court.

For the first time in his confession, Kasab said, "Mujhe mera gunha kabool hai (I plead guilty to my crime)."

Narrating the entire plot, he confessed that he came along with nine other terrorists in a boat from Karachi.


Texas firm Tsera sues 23 companies over touchpad patent infringement

In the most recent patent infringement lawsuit filed on Wednesday, in the US District Court, Eastern Texas Division, as many as 23 companies - including Apple, LG, Microsoft - have been sued by a Texas firm Tsera LLC, which claims to have invented the touchpad!

According to the complaint filed, Tsera - a business apparently named after an obsolete Native American tribe - claims that it owns "all right, title and interest in" a patent for "Methods and apparatus for controlling a portable electronic device using a touchpad." The company says the patent, which was filed in 1999, was granted to Chuang Li in
2003.


Pak SC could open Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ‘judicial murder’ case: Ahsan

Pak SC could open Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ‘judicial murder’ case: AhsanIslamabad, July 21 : Terming the case of former Pakistan Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto as a `judicial murder', former Supreme Court Bar Association president Aitzaz Ahsan has said the apex court could reopen the case.

In an interview to a private television channel, Ahsan said `exemplary punishment' should be given to those responsible for Bhutto' execution.


Malay court orders caning of Singapore model for having beer

Malay court orders caning of Singapore model for having beerKuantan (Malaysia), July 21 : A religious court in Malaysia has sentenced a Singaporean Muslim model to six strokes of the cane after she drank beer at a nightclub.

The 32-year-old part-time model from Singapore was charged with having a beer at a nightclub last year and a Shariah High Court ordered that she should receive six strokes of the rotan.

Kartika Sari Sewi Shu-karno, who pleaded guilty to consuming alcohol in public when she made her first court appearance in December, was also fined 1730 dollars.


Mumbai Judge to decide if Kasab is to be sentenced

Mumbai Judge to decide if Kasab is to be sentencedMumbai, July 21 : Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved the terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, will appear in the Special Sessions court here today.

Kasab had pleaded guilty to the offence before a Mumbai court on Monday, and now Judge Tahaliyani will decide if sentence can be pronounced or the trial should continue.

For the first time in his confession, Kasab said, "Mujhe mera gunha kabool hai (I plead guilty to my crime)."


Amazon justifies its removal of Orwell titles from Kindle

amazonThe last week saw Amazon entangled in a couple of controversies - first it faced a lawsuit pertaining to its faulty Kindle screens, and then it was widely criticized for its abrupt withdrawal of Kindle digital editions of George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm!


Ramalinga Raju''s judicial custody ends today

Ramalinga Raju''s judicial custody ends todayHyderabad, July 22 : The judicial custody of former Satyam Computers chairman B Ramalinga Raju and other accused in connection with the 7,800 crore fraud at the IT major ends today.

On July 8, a local court had extended their judicial custody till today.

The accused are Ramalinga Raju, his brother and Satyam''s former managing director Rama Raju, ex-CFO V Srinivas, former partners of Price Waterhouse S Gopalakrishnan and T Srinivas along with Satyam Computer Services former employees G Ramakrishna, D Venkatapathi Raju and Ch Srisailam.


Kasab''s trial proceedings to begin today

Kasab''s trial proceedings to begin todayMumbai, July 22 : A special court will today begin proceedings in the trial of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved the terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

On Tuesday, a court had adjourned the hearing after prosecution sought time to file its reply on Kasab''s confession.

Confessing before the court, Kasab said that he and his slain partner Abu Ismail were directed to start firing indiscriminately at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), take hostages and attack those policemen who tried to rescue the hostages.


Indian lawmakers call for Suu Kyi''s release

Indian lawmakers call for Suu Kyi''s releaseNew Delhi, July 22 : A forum of Indian lawmakers has urged Myanmar''s military junta to release incarcerated pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Gathering under the banner of the Indian Parliamentarians'' Forum For Democracy In Burma (IPFDB), the lawmakers said Suu Kyi''s release is essential for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar.

"Since she had swept the polls last year, her release from the jail would be the essential point in the process of restoration of democracy in Burma," said Sharad Joshi, convener of the forum.


Pak death row inmate Sarabjit Singh files fresh application in Supreme Court

Pak death row inmate Sarabjit Singh files fresh application in Supreme CourtLahore, July 22 : A fresh application has been filed before the Pakistan Supreme Court seeking review of its decision to dismiss the Indian death row inmate Sarabjit Singh's petition challenging his death penalty, The Daily Times reports.

The apex court had dismissed Singh's petition last month, as his lawyer failed to appear before it.

Singh's lawyer, Rana Abdul Hameed had admitted to lapses in mounting the defence in his case.


Pak Supreme Court summons Musharraf

Pak Supreme Court summons MusharrafIslamabad, July 22 : The Pakistan Supreme Court has summoned former President General Pervez Musharraf to explain the legality of imposing emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.

The apex court has asked Musharraf to appear before it on July 29 to explain his position.

Hearing the case relating to the promulgation of emergency and the appointment of judges, a 14-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry asked Musharraf to explain the reasons behind him imposing an emergency in the country suddenly.


Special court to decide on Kasab''s guilt plea today

Special court to decide on Kasab''s guilt plea todayMumbai, July 23 : The special court will give its verdict on the guilty plea of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved the terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

On Wednesday, Kasab told the court that he was under no pressure to confess.

"I was neither torture nor put under any pressure," Kasab told the court.


Kasab''s lawyer says he wants to withdraw from the case

Kasab''s lawyer says he wants to withdraw from the caseMumbai, July 23 : Senior lawyer Abbas Kazmi, who is representing Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved the terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, has said that he wants to withdraw from the case.

Kazmi told the court that his client has lost faith in him.

"My client doesn''t trust me," he said.

But the court requested Kazmi to continue being Kasab''s lawyer as he has been on the case since the beginning of the trail and had already cross examined many witnesses.


Indefinite transport strike in Kolkata begins

Indefinite transport strike in Kolkata beginsKolkata, July 24 : Private transport operators went on an indefinite strike here from today in protest against a High Court order asking to phase out all vehicles which are more than 15 years old.

The strike includes private buses, minibuses and autorickshaw operators. They went on strike after their meeting with the West Bengal Government on a High Court order failed to reach any conclusion.

People were seen waiting for state-run buses to reach the airport, Howrah and Sealdah railway stations.


Delhi HC issues notice to Gammon India on metro construction mishap

Delhi HC issues notice to Gammon India on metro construction mishapNew Delhi, July 24 : The Delhi High Court on Friday issued a notice to Gammon India, a contractor of Delhi Metro Rail project, on a petition filed by family members of victims of the July 12 mishap, seeking compensation.

Family members of four persons who lost their lives in the July 12 mishap have filed a joint petition in the Delhi High Court.

Justice Rewa Kshetrapal adjourinig the case till August 20, the Justice asked the company to fie response by then.


Gujarat riot victims hail High Court''s directive to interrogate Modi

Gujarat riot victims hail High Court''s directive to interrogate ModiSurat, July 25 : Families, which were victimised during the communal riots of 2002 in Gujarat, have expressed their happiness at the Gujarat High Court''s green signal to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to interrogate state Chief Minister Narenda Modi for his role in the riots.

Zakia Jaffrey, whose husband Ehsan Jaffrey, ex-Congress MP was killed during the Gulburg society riots along with 39 others, hailed the decision.


Musharraf’s trial ‘need of the hour’: Sharif

Musharraf’s trial ‘need of the hour’: SharifIslamabad, July 25 : Supporting the Supreme Court's decision to summon former President General Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the military ruler's trial was the `need of the hour'.

Sharif said Musharraf must be tried and punished for "breaching the constitution".

"Such a man deserves to be tried and imprisoned instead of being given guard of honour," The Nation quoted Sharif, as saying over telephone from London.


Japanese boss ordered to publicly apologise after accusing woman of stealing his pants

New Delhi, July 25 : A court recently ordered a Japanese businessman to publicly apologise to one of the woman employee he had wrongly accused of stealing his trousers in Wuhan, Hubei province..

The businessman has also been ordered to pay "spiritual damages" to the tune of 1,000 yuan to the woman.

According to the China Daily, the woman had dragged her boss to court last December after he publicly announced that she had stolen his trousers, and fined her 50 yuan, which were cut from her wages.

The Donghu Development Zone People''s Court ruled in favor of the woman.

While pronouncing its judgement, the court said that the defendant had hurt her feelings after he perfunctorily circulated the notice of criticism. (ANI)


Special Pak court adjourns Mumbai attack suspect case for a month

Special Pak court adjourns Mumbai attack suspect case for a monthRawalpindi, July 26 : The special anti-terror court (ATC) here has adjourned the hearing into the case against five terrorists accused of being involved in November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks for over a month.

The case was adjourned as formal charges against the suspects have still not been filed by the government.

The case has been adjourned till August 29, The Dawn reports.


I hope Supreme Court will do justice: Musharraf

I hope Supreme Court will do justice: MusharrafLahore, July 26 : Expressing full faith in the judiciary, former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has said he hopes the Supreme Court would do justice with him.

In an interview with a private television channel, Musharraf said: "I don't know what will come my way in the future, but hope the Supreme Court will do justice."

Musharraf, who has been summoned by the Supreme Court to explain the legality of imposing emergency in the country on November 3, 2007, said he has no personal grudge against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.


Shopian case: J- K police officers bail plea hearing today

Shopian case: J- K police officers bail plea hearing todaySrinagar, July 27 : The bail applications of Jammu and Kashmir police officers, arrested in connection with the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian, will be heard by a court in Shopian today.

On July 24, the Supreme Court had directed two arrested officers to move their bail applications before a Sessions court.


POTA court to pronounce verdict in 2003 Mumbai twin blasts case today

POTA court to pronounce verdict in 2003 Mumbai twin blasts case todayMumbai, July 27 : A special Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court will today pronounce its verdict in the six-year-old Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar twin blasts case.

On August 25, 2003, two bombs left in taxis exploded in south Mumbai - the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar in the busy Kalbadevi area, killing 52 people and wounding more than a hundred others.

The court will pronounce its judgment against three accused. They are Haneef Sayyed (46), an auto driver, his wife Fahmeeda (43) and Ashrat Ansari (32).


Musharraf may avoid returning to Pak due to ongoing court cases

Musharraf may avoid returning to Pak due to ongoing court casesIslamabad, July 27 : Former president Pervez Musharraf has been advised not to return to Pakistan as his adversaries have chalked out a plan to drag him to courts on various counts while some extremist groups are also active in the wake of speculation regarding Musharraf's return.

The retired general has been in constant contact with his old aides, serving and otherwise, and weighing the pros and cons of returning home.

He has ultimately decided not to come back this week since the apex court summoned him to appear on Wednesday.


Delhi HC orders CVC inquiry in Prasar Bharati irregular funding case

Delhi HC orders CVC inquiry in Prasar Bharati irregular funding caseNew Delhi, July 27 : The Delhi High Court on Monday ordered a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) inquiry into the financial irregularities at Prasar Bharati Corporation.

A bench headed by Chief Justice A P Shah also appointed a former judge to supervise the Board's meetings.

The court directed the Board to convene its meeting within 15 days.


SC rejects Lodha’s petition, Calcutta HC to hear case tomorrow

SC rejects Lodha’s petition, Calcutta HC to hear case tomorrowNew Delhi, July 27 : The Supreme Court on Monday refused to provide relief to Harsh Vardhan Lodha, who sought a stay on a Company Law Board interim order that barred him from chairing the Birla Corp annual general meeting (AGM).

The AGM was slated for today.

The Supreme Court also directed the Calcutta High Court to hear petition by Lodha and Birla camps on Tuesday.


Two Malay women file for divorce over husbands'' unusual sex drive

Two Malay women file for divorce over husbands'' unusual sex driveKuala Lumpur, July 27 : Two Malay women are said to have filed for divorce from their husbands on the ground that they have an unusual sex drive that is linked to black magic.

According to Metro Ahad, Syarie Lawyers Association deputy president Musa Awang said, in the first case, the couple had been married for a year.


SC rejects PIL on EVMs manipulation

SC rejects PIL on EVMs manipulationNew Delhi, July 27 : The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging susceptibility of electronic voting machines (EVM) to manipulation.

India is using the electronic voting machine from the last five years for the elections of Lok Sabha and state assemblies.

A Bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan declined to hear the PIL, filed by V. V. Rao, of Jana Chaitanya Vedika. The Bench asked the petitioner to make a representation before the Election Commission of India in connection with the matter.


Three convicted in 2003 Mumbai twin blasts case

Three convicted in 2003 Mumbai twin blasts caseMumbai, July 27 : A special Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court on Monday convicted three persons, including a woman, in the six-year-old Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar twin blasts case.

POTA Judge M R Puranik convicted Ashrat Ashrat Ansari (32), Hanif Sayed Anees (46) and his wife Fehmida Sayed (43).

The quantum of punishment will be declared on August 4.


Ram Sene Chief Mutalik’s judicial custody ends today

Ram Sene Chief Mutalik’s judicial custody ends todayMysore, July 28 : The judicial custody of Sriram Sene Chief Pramod Mutalik, who was arrested for allegedly making inflammatory speech at Kyathamaranahalli, a Mysore suburb, in April this year, ends today.

On July 25, the Sessions Court sent him to judicial custody till today.

Mutalik, who had visited Kyathamaranahalli after the communal clashes in April, had allegedly addressed a gathering of local residents in the locality. The Police had registered a case.


Ex-Guantanamo detainee to sue British government over "rendition"

Central Intelligence AgencyLondon  - Lawyers acting for a former inmate of the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay Tuesday announced legal action for compensation against the British government for its alleged role in his so-called extraordinary rendition.

Mohammed Saad Iqbal Madni, a Pakistani citizen, said he was taken on a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) flight to Egypt which refuelled on the British Indian Ocean island territory of Diego Garcia.


Government to relax entry criteria for business migrants

Government to relax entry criteria for business migrants As per the media reports, the entry criteria for business migrants is being relaxed by the Government.

A new entry standard for foreign businessmen and entrepreneurs has been released by the Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee and Immigration Minister Jonathan Coleman.

Other than this, relaxation has also been introduced in capital, language skills and business experience criteria. It was remarked by Dr. Coleman that the initial system was simply not working.


Despite ESMA, Gujarat doctors decline to call off their strike

Despite ESMA, Gujarat doctors decline to call off their strike Even though the Gujarat government invoked provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against the resident doctors of government hospital across the state, they are not ready to call off their agitation.

The state government on Sunday invoked ESMA against the doctors, who have been boycotting duty from the last five days, demanding a rise in their monthly stipend.

Earlier this year, the state government had promised the medicos that their stipend would be hiked within two months.


77-year-old woman sues over 26-million-dollar investment loss

77-year-old woman sues over 26-million-dollar investment loss Hong Kong - A 77-year-old Hong Kong woman is suing Swiss banking giant UBS AG for damages after losing more than 200 million Hong Kong dollars (25.6 million US dollars) on investments, a media report said Wednesday.

Chan Wai-yee, who was born in China and has only three years of schooling, claimed UBS was negligent and breached its professional duty after she was misled into making investments in high-risk share products, the South China Morning Post said.


Laos expects to extradite pregnant British convict next month

Laos expects to extradite pregnant British convict next monthBangkok - A pregnant British national who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Lao court in June on drug trafficking charges is expected to be extradited to the United Kingdom early next month to serve out her jail term there, a Lao official confirmed on Wednesday.

"We signed an extradition agreement between England and Laos two days ago and are now just awaiting the official request from London to extradite Samantha Orobator," Lao Foreign Ministry press division chief Bounmee Wanmanee said.


California man found guilty of making threats against Obama

California man found guilty of making threats against ObamaSan Francisco - A 47-year-old California man was found guilty of making death threats on the internet against President Barack Obama during last year's election campaign.

Walter Bagdasarian faces 10 years in jail after Tuesday's verdict in a federal court in San Diego.

He posted a tirade against then-candidate Obama on an internet forum in October, saying Obama would run the United States into the ground if elected and should be shot.

On election day in November, Bagdasarian also sent e-mails calling for Obama to be shot.


SC upholds R K Anand''s conviction, clears I U Khan in BMW case

SC upholds R K Anand''s conviction, clears I U Khan in BMW caseNew Delhi, July 29 : The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the conviction of criminal lawyer R K Anand for contempt of court for attempting to influence key witness Sunil Kulkarni in the 1999 BMW hit-and-run case.

The apex court, however, set aside the conviction of Special Public Prosecutor I U Khan, who had also been debarred by the Delhi High Court from practising for four months along with Anand.


Musharraf may escape Supreme Court’s trial : Think-tank

Musharraf may escape Supreme Court’s trial : Think-tankLahore, July 29 : Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf may escape the clutches of the Supreme Court in a case that questions the legality of his decision to impose an emergency in the country on November 3, 2007, as the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) government is not interested in following-up on it, while the Army has decided to stay away from the case.

According to Eurasia, a political risk research and consulting company, it is highly unlikely that the Supreme Court would go forward with the case.


SC gives green signal for Commonwealth Games village

SC gives green signal for Commonwealth Games villageNew Delhi, July 30 : The Supreme Court on Thursday gave the green signal for the construction of the Commonwealth Games Village in Delhi, stating that it did not violate environmental norms.

The judgment, which allows the construction to continue, has brought a great sigh of relief for the government that is trying to hasten the construction process owing to approaching deadlines.

The Games, are scheduled to be held in October 2010.


Supreme Court upholds Calcutta HC order on banning old vehicles in WB

Supreme Court upholds Calcutta HC order on banning old vehicles in WBSupreme Court upholds Calcutta HC order on banning old vehicles in WBNew Delhi, July 31 : The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the verdict of Calcutta High Court banning commercial vehicles which are 15-year-old and more in the city.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan said it would hear the petition seeking stay of the High Court on Tuesday.

Rejecting the plea seeking stay on High Court order, the apex court said that ban would come into effect from August 1.


Musharraf refuses to comment on Supreme Court verdict

Pervez MusharrafLahore, Aug. 1 : Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has refused to comment on Supreme Court's verdict declaring his November 3, 2007 actions as `extra-judicial, illegal and unconstitutional'.

Musharraf, who is currently in Italy, said he would comment on the verdict only after he himself read the apex court's judgement, The Daily Times reports.

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday declared the November 3, 2007 measures as `null and void'.


110 Pak judges to retire or revert after Supreme Court ruling

110 Pak judges to retire or revert after Supreme Court rulingIslamabad, Aug. 1 : A landmark judgement of Pakistan's Supreme court is likely to affect the position of at least 110 judges of apex court, High Courts and Federal Shariyat Court who took oath under the controversial PCO.

Following the judgement in judges' case, 110 judges, including Supreme Court judges Faqir Muhammad Khokhar and M Javed Butter, will retire or revert to their respective institutions after the landmark judgment of the apex court in the judges' case, The Dawn reports.


Ahmadinejad denies rift with “father-figure” Khamenei

Ahmadinejad denies rift with “father-figure” KhameneiJerusalem, Aug. 1 : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied reports of a rift between him and the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, saying that their relationship was "like that of a father and son."

"Some in recent days have portrayed the relationship between the leader and the administration as in doubt, they tried to imply distance and rift," The Jerusalem Post quoted him, as saying.


Pak SC indefinitely adjourns trial of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed

Pak SC indefinitely adjourns trial of 26/11 mastermind Hafiz SaeedIslamabad, Aug. 3 : Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday indefinitely adjourned the trial of Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the Mumbai terror attacks.

Despite the submission of the fourth dossier on the Mumbai terror attacks to Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner to India, Rifat Masood, Pakistan has apparently let of Saeed.


Patna HC grants bail to Shahabuddin

Patna HC grants bail to ShahabuddinPatna, Aug. 3 : The Patna High Court on Monday granted bail to controversial RJD leader Mohammed Shahabuddin in a murder case.

A bench of Justice K K Mandal accepted Shahabuddin's bail after his counsel YV Giri contended that he is not the named accused in the murder case, and he has only been charged with hatching conspiracy by the complainant in the case.

Giri further said that the main assailants have already been granted bail by the High Court whereas Shahabuddin has been languishing in jail since November 7, 2005.


Canadian citizen gets life in Ethiopia

Canadian citizen gets life in EthiopiaAddis Ababa - An Ethiopian court on Monday jailed an Ethiopian-born Canadian citizen for life after he was found guilty of belonging to a rebel group.

Judges found that Bashir Makhtal was an active member of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) - a group fighting to gain autonomy for Ethiopia's Somali region - when he was arrested in 2006.

Bashir was, however, spared the death penalty.

Rights groups have criticized Ethiopia for the way in which it detained Bashir and called the trial unfair.


Chinese student sentenced for killing woman during suicide leap

ChinaBeijing- A Chinese student was sentenced to three years in prison for accidentally killing a passerby during a suicide jump from his seventh-floor dormitory room, a local newspaper reported Wednesday.

After jumping from his dormitory in September 2007, Deng Guowang, a student at the Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, landed on a young woman who subsequently died from her injuries, the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily reported.


Zambia editor goes on trial for "obscene" photos of strike tragedy

zambiaLusaka - The trial of a leading Zambian journalist charged with circulating obscene material after distributing photographs of a woman outside a hospital giving birth unaided whilst medical staff were on strike was due to get underway in Lusaka on Wednesday.

Chansa Kabwela, 29, a news editor at the private The Post newspapers, distributed the photos of the woman giving birth in the car park outside Lusaka's University Teaching Hospital in June. The baby did not survive the birth.

Kabwela has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which carry a minimum sentence of five years.


SC declines interim stay on Calcutta HC decision of phasing out old vehicles

Calcutta HC The Supreme Court has declined to provide interim stay on the HC's decision, endorsing the judgment of the Calcutta High Court for banning 15-year-old vehicles in the city from August 1. The HC had directed the West Bengal government to implement notification dated July 17, 2008 to phase out transport vehicles for keeping the environment pollution free and to maintain mass emission standards.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, and Justices P. Sathasivam and B. S. Chauhan, declined to stay the HC's order dated July 18, 2008 and March 17,


Court to pronounce quantum of sentence to 2003 Mumbai twin blasts convicts today

Court to pronounce quantum of sentence to 2003 Mumbai twin blasts convicts todayMumbai, Aug 6 : A special Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) court will today pronounce the quantum of sentence to three convicts, who were found guilty for carrying out twin bomb blasts at the Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar in
2003.

POTA Judge M R Puranik had convicted Ashrat Ashrat Ansari (32), Hanif Sayed Anees (46) and his wife Fehmida Sayed (43).


Court to hear Sarabjot Singh’s bail plea today

Court to hear Sarabjot Singh’s bail plea todayMumbai, Aug 6 : A special court in Mumbai will hear a bail plea of National Commission for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Chairman Buta Singh''s son Sarabjot Singh today.

On Wednesday, the court rejected CBI's plea for further custody of Sarabjot and three others arrested on bribery charges. The court remanded them to judicial custody till August 12.

The other accused are Anup Begi, Dukhsingh Chouhan and Madan Solanki.

CBI alleged that Sarabjot was not cooperating with the probe and had denied his role in the crime.


German high court rejects sex education opt-out

German high court rejects sex education opt-outKarlsruhe - Parents in Germany cannot use religion as a reason to exempt children from sex education lessons, the country's high court ruled on Thursday.

The decision came in a case brought by the Baptist parents of two children from the region of East Westphalia.

The religious parents had been fined 80 euros (115 dollars) for keeping their children at home during a school theatre project on the subject of sexual abuse, and during a carnival event.


Macedonian court sentence sparks row with Bulgaria

Macedonian court sentence sparks row with BulgariaSkopje/Sofia - A diplomatic row over a prison sentence Macedonia handed to a Bulgarian national could signal growing ethnic tensions and further burden Skopje's already stalled bid to join the EU and NATO, media said Thursday in both countries.

Macedonia recently sentenced 23-year-old mother-of-two Spaska Mitrova to three months in prison over her refusal to allow her Macedonian husband child visitation rights.


Trial starts in 320-million-euro damage case against HRE

Trial starts in 320-million-euro damage case against HREMunich - Proceedings began Thursday in a 320-million-euro (461-million-dollar) damages case filed by investors at Germany's Hypo Real Estate (HRE) who claim they were not properly warned of dangers that led to heavy losses in the company's stock value.

It is the largest compensation case filed to date against the company. The plaintiffs argue that HRE had not correctly informed them about the bank's financial situation.

The trial, in Munich, is expected to last into the autumn.


Refusing to pay one yuan for bus ride costs Chinese miser 36,000!

Clinton opts to remain mum about N.Korea tripNew Delhi, August 7 : Fighting over just one extra yuan a mini-bus driver asked for his ride has cost a Chinese miser 36,000 yuan extra.

The man has been ordered by a court in Gongyi, Henan province, to pay the amount to the driver whom he beat up, after the latter asked him for an extra yuan on his fare in May.

The driver moved the court after his right ear got seriously damaged due to the beating at the hands of the passenger, reports the China Daily.


No further investigation in Politkovskaya trial; family protests

No further investigation in Politkovskaya trial; family protestsMoscow - There is no need to seek more evidence in the murder trial of Russian journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya, a military court ruled Friday to protests from the reporter's family, reported the Interfax news agency.

Attorneys for Politkovskaya's family said they will appeal the decision to Russia's highest court. Sergei Sokolov, a former colleague of Politkovskaya, called the court's decision "embarassing."


Ronnie Biggs "over the moon" about prison release

Ronnie BiggsLondon - Ronnie Biggs, the "Great Train Robber" who became Britain's best known convict, is "over the moon" about his release from prison, his son Michael said Friday.

Biggs, who celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday, relayed his elation about his freedom to him via a spelling board, his son said.

On Thursday, Justice Secretary Jack Straw agreed to Biggs' release on compassionate grounds, following medical advice which showed that the prisoner was seriously ill and that his chances of recovery were slim.


EU protests over Iran trials

EU protests over Iran trials Stockholm  - The European Union Saturday protested over the trials in Tehran of some 100 opposition supporters, expressing concern and demanding that all those bing held be freed.

The protest was issued by the current Swedish presidency of the EU Council of Ministers, which pointed to the employees of the British and French embassies being among the accused.

The protest said the EU would view any act by Iranian authorities against one of its members as an act against the whole EU, which would react accordingly. The statement made no mention of specific measures.


SC rejects consumer forum’s petition seeking Rs 5000 crore damage from Satyam

SC rejects consumer forum’s petition seeking Rs 5000 crore damage from SatyamNew Delhi, Aug. 10 : The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition seeking 5,000 crore rupees as compensation for three lakh retail shareholders in fraud-hit Satyam Computer Services.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan dismissed the petition of the Midas Touch Investor Association as withdrawn.

The Kanpur-based consumer protection organisation had earlier moved a consumer court seeking compensation for retail shareholders.


Supreme Court upholds Calcutta HC order on banning old vehicles in WB

Supreme Court upholds Calcutta HC order on banning old vehicles in WBNew Delhi, Aug 10 : The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the order of the Calcutta High Court order banning commercial vehicles which are 15-year-old and more in the city.

The order means that the ban on the vehicles will continue.

On July 31, the apex court had refused to grant interim stay on the Calcutta High Court judgement.


Rights group blasts "sham justice" for Saudi terrorism suspects

Rights group blasts "sham justice" for Saudi terrorism suspectsRiyadh - Saudi authorities have indefinitely detained more than 9,000 people in the past six years and convicted hundreds more in "sham" trials, a US-based human rights organisation said Monday.

The New York-based pressure group Human Rights Watch accused the Saudi domestic intelligence agency of indefinitely detaining thousands, including some "peaceful political dissidents," and criticized them for offering religious "re-education" instead of a judicial process.


Suu Kyi declared guilty, three year sentence commuted to 18 months'' house arrest

Suu Kyi declared guilty, three year sentence commuted to 18 months'' house arrestRangoon (Myanmar), Aug. 11 : Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to three years'' jail and hard labour by a court today, but the head of the ruling military junta commuted the punishment to 18 months'' house arrest.

The court sentenced Suu Kyi on charges of breaching the terms of her house arrest after a bizarre incident in which an American man, John Yettaw, 54, swam to her lakeside house in May this year.


`Dr. Death'' to face six charges in one trial, says Brisbane judge

`Dr. Death'' to face six charges in one trial, says Brisbane judgeBrisbane, Aug. 11 : A Brisbane judge has ruled that former Bundaberg and Indian-born surgeon Jayant Patel will face six charges in a single trial.

In the Queensland Supreme Court on Tuesday, Justice Peter Lyons ruled Patel, 59, would face the three manslaughter and two grievous bodily harm charges at the one trial.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Justice Lyons also ruled that Patel would also face an alternative charge of negligent acts causing harm during the same trial.


Former Nazi officer given life for Italian murders

Former Nazi officer given life for Italian murdersMunich - A 90-year-old former Nazi army officer was given a life sentence by a court in Munich on Tuesday, for ordering the murder of 14 civilians in an Italian village in June 1944.

Josef Scheungraber, whose case will probably be one of the last WWII war crimes trials, was convicted of ordering the death of the civilians in Tuscany in retaliation for the killing of two members of his mountain-pioneer unit by Italian partisans.

The jury gave the guilty verdict after a trial lasting nearly eleven months.


Pete Doherty slapped with £500 fine after latest brush with law

Pete DohertyLondon, Aug 12 : The Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court has imposed a fine of 500 pounds on rock star Pete Doherty.

The 30-year-old lead singer of Babyshambles was also given six penalty points for failing to identify the driver of his Jaguar in November last year, reports the Daily Express.

Doherty has already admitted to charges of possessing class A drugs and driving without a licence and insurance, though he denied the charge of dangerous driving.

Doherty appeared calm as he posed for the paparazzi and signed autographs before appearing in court in his signature black suit and trilby. (ANI)


Lockerbie bomber to go free

Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskillLondon  - The man convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, is likely to be released from prison on compassionate grounds, British media reported late Wednesday.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who is serving a 27-year prison sentence for the December 1988 bombing of the plane over Lockerbie, which killed 270 people, is suffering from terminal prostate cancer.

The decision to free al-Megrahi rests with Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who visited the Libyan in a Glasgow jail and also met with victims' families.


Gujarat government ready to pay Rs 10 Lakh to Sohrabuddin's family

Gujarat government ready to pay Rs 10 Lakh to Sohrabuddin's familyThe family of Sohrabuddin will get financial relief, as the Gujarat government has agreed in the Supreme Court to pay Rs10 lakh as interim ex gratia to the kin of Sohrabuddin, who was shot dead in a fake encounter in November 2005. Justice Tarun Chatterjee and Justice Aftab Alam have directed the Narendra Modi-led BJP government to deposit the amount in the court for disbursement.


Shiney Ahuja’s judicial custody ends today

Shiney AhujaMumbai, Aug 13 : The judicial custody of Bollywood actor Shiney Ahuja, who was arrested for allegedly raping his domestic maid, ends today.

On July 30, the judicial custody of Ahuja was extended till today.

Ahuja is presently lodged at the Arthur Road Jail.

The DNA test report of Ahuja had confirmed that he sexually assaulted the victim.

The actor has been charged under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 376 with rape, along with wrongful restraint and intimidation.

He was arrested on June 15 after preliminary medical tests on the girl confirmed sexual assault.


Chief Justices to discuss resolution of pending cases

Chief Justices to discuss resolution of pending casesNew Delhi, Aug 13 : A two-day annual conference of Chief Justices of various High Courts will begin here from tomorrow.

The meeting will be presided over by Supreme Court Chief Justice of India K. G. Balakrishnan. Justice B. N. Agrawal and Justice S. H. Kapadia, the other two senior-most apex court judges will also attend.

Issues like expediting the disposal of cases, to improve the justice delivery system and demand for more budgetary allocation for the judiciary will figure prominently at the meet.


Chief Justices to discuss resolution of pending cases today

Chief Justices to discuss resolution of pending cases todayNew Delhi, Aug 14 : A two-day annual conference of Chief Justices of various High Courts will begin here from today.

The meeting will be presided over by Supreme Court Chief Justice of India K. G. Balakrishnan. Justice B. N. Agrawal and Justice S. H. Kapadia, the other two senior-most apex court judges will also attend.

Issues like expediting the disposal of cases, to improve the justice delivery system and demand for more budgetary allocation for the judiciary will figure prominently at the meet.


Brit dog owner ends up in court for being too slow to pick up pet’s poo!

London, Aug 15 : A Brit dog owner, who was fined 75 pounds for being too slow to pick up his pet's mess, as he had to walk five yards to his car to fetch a plastic bag, took his case to court.

Christopher Lindsay tried telling dog wardens what he was doing, but they still decided he was taking too long.

He contested the penalty, and after a trial that cost 1,000 pounds, magistrates threw out the case.

"I wish the council had listened. I tried to explain but they weren't willing to budge and neither was I," the Daily Express quoted him as saying.

"It was a waste of my time and taxpayers' money. The magistrates didn't look too happy spending all that time talking about dog poo," he said.


Militants used China-made mobiles shipped to Pak in 26/11: Nokia

Militants used China-made mobiles shipped to Pak in 26/11: NokiaIn a yet another proof of Pakistan's involvement in the 26/11 militant attack on the financial capital of the country, the leading mobile manufacturer, Nokia has confirmed in the track court that militants used five China made mobile phones that were later shipped from China to Pakistan in June 2008.

Terrorists used these mobile phones for mutual conversation to carry out the destruction of historic Hotel Taj and Oberai - an attack that claimed the lives of 166 national and international citizens.


Decision to drop Lockerbie appeal smacks of "political deal"

Abdel Basset al-MegrahiValletta, Malta  - The Lockerbie bomber's request to drop the appeal he fought so hard to gain smacks of a political deal, a legal expert appointed by the United Nations to monitor the trial has told The Sunday Times of Malta.

Hans Koechler said oil interests and joint security considerations will prevent the truth of one of the worst terrorist acts of the 20th century from emerging.

The man convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, is likely to be released from prison on compassionate grounds, British media reported Wednesday.


Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on pleas challenging verdict on gay sex

Supreme Court issues notice to Centre on pleas challenging verdict on gay sexNew Delhi, Aug 17 : The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre on petitions seeking stay of a Delhi High Court verdict legalising gay sex.

Two petitions were filed Christian Apostolic Churches Alliance and S K Tijarawala, a disciple of Baba Ramdev.

The matter, which was heard by a bench, headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, will now come up for hearing on September 14.

The apex court asked the government to file its reply.


Dead Indian Australian woman ''hid relationship'' with her eventual murderer, claims father

Dead Indian Australian woman ''hid relationship'' with her eventual murderer, claims fatherBrisbane, Aug. 17 : An Indian Australian woman, who was found dead in her Brisbane home, is said to have lied repeatedly to her family about her ongoing relationship with her alleged murderer, a court has been told.

Vijay Singh today told the Brisbane Magistrates Court he had not approved of his 24-year-old daughter Neelma''s relationship with Max Sica in the months leading up to her death.


Libyan "Lockerbie Bomber" drops appeal against sentence

Libyan "Lockerbie Bomber" drops appeal against sentenceLondon - The Libyan man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing Tuesday formally dropped his appeal against his life sentence amid reports that he could soon be freed on health grounds.

The High Court in Edinburgh said it accepted the bid by Abdel Basset al-Megrahi to drop his appeal launched in April this year.

The Scottish government has said it is considering the compassionate release of the 57-year-old, who is suffering from prostate cancer.


Lahore court issues notice to police officer for refusing to book Musharraf

Lahore court issues notice to police officer for refusing to book MusharrafLahore, Aug. 19 : A court in Lahore has issued a notice to the Station Head Officer (SHO) of Islampura Police Station for refusing to register a criminal case against former President General Pervez Musharraf.

Hearing a petition filed by an advocate, Syed Azhar Ali Shah, seeking directions for registration of a case against Musharraf, an additional district and sessions judge issued notice to Islampura SHO to appear before the court on September 2.


Lockerbie bomber displays "sympathy" for victims

Lockerbie bomber displays "sympathy" for victimsLondon  - The freed Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi Thursday expressed "sympathy" for the families of the 270 people who died in the 1988 atrocity but insisted that he was wrongfully convicted.

In a statement issued on his behalf, the 57-year-old Libyan said he was relieved to return to his homeland after being freed from prison in Scotland on compassionate grounds.


US brings charges against dozens of Mexican drug cartel leaders

US Department of Justice Washington  - The United States has brought charges against the leaders of Mexico's top drug cartels in its latest bid to curb drug trafficking across its southern border, the US Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Charges were unsealed in courts in Chicago and New York against a total of 43 people, including 10 drug cartel leaders allegedly involved in trafficking cocaine and heroin over the past two decades. The US is also seeking forfeiture of 5.8 billion dollars in illegal drug money.


Spanish court launches new probe into 2004 train bombings

Spanish court launches new probe into 2004 train bombings Madrid  - A judge at Spain's National Court on Thursday announced a new probe into the 2004 Madrid train bombings for which 21 people have already been handed prison sentences.

Judge Eloy Velasco accuses seven other people of helping the bombers financially, providing them with lodgings or helping them to escape.

The bombings of four commuter trains killed 191 and injured around 1,800 people in March 2004. Shortly after the massacre, several of the suspects blew themselves up in a flat in Leganes near Madrid.


US charges Swiss bank executive and lawyer with aiding tax evasion

Department of JusticeWashington  - A Swiss bank executive and lawyer have been charged in the United States with helping wealthy American clients hide their assets from US authorities, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

The charges are partly connected to the long-running scandal involving Swiss banking giant UBS AG, which has admitted to helping some US clients avoid paying taxes.


Magician David Copperfield accused of sexual assault in lawsuit

David CopperfieldSan Francisco  - A 22-year-old US woman has accused magician David Copperfield with sexual assault in a federal lawsuit, the Seattle Times reported Thursday.

The suit alleging sexual assault, harassment and false imprisonment was filed in US District Court in Seattle last month shortly before the statute of limitations on the case was set to expire. Authorities are deciding whether to pursue a criminal case against Copperfield, the paper reported. She is seeking unspecified monetary damages.


Lockerbie bomber arrives in Libya

Lockerbie bomber arrives in Libya Tripoli  - The Libyan man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing in which 270 people were killed arrived in Tripoli Thursday night, the official JANA news agency reported.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, who is terminally ill with prostate cancer, arrived with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader, Moamer Gaddafi. Al-Megrahi was welcomed by a huge crowd of Libyans who waited for him at the airport along with his family and some officials.


Murdered Indian Australian woman’s father had an affair with his niece

Murdered Indian Australian woman’s father had an affair with his nieceBrisbane (Australia), Aug. 21 : A Brisbane magistrate's court was told today that the father of an Indian Australian woman, who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend in 2003, had an affair with his niece.

According to the Courier Mail, Vijay Singh had an affair with his niece and videotaped her and other women naked in his office, the court was told.


Murdered Indian Australian woman’s father had an affair with his niece

Brisbane (Australia), Aug. 21 : A Brisbane magistrate's court was told today that the father of an Indian Australian woman, who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend in 2003, had an affair with his niece.

According to the Courier Mail, Vijay Singh had an affair with his niece and videotaped her and other women naked in his office, the court was told.

The mother of the slain Singh siblings -- Neelma, 24, Kunal, 18, and Sidhi, 12, told the court that her husband had had many affairs with other women during their 25-year marriage, including with her nephew''s wife.


Florida court will send runaway Ohia Muslim teen home despite honor killing fears

Florida United StatesFlorida (US), Aug. 21 : A judge is expected to rule Friday to send 17-year-old Rifqa Bary, a Muslim, back to her home in Ohio, despite her fears that may become a victim of an honor killing for taking to Christianity and abandoning her parents'' faith.

Bary hitchhiked to an Ohio bus station earlier this month and then took a charter bus to Orlando. She remains in protective custody with Florida''s Department of Children and Families, Fox News reports.

Several legal experts contacted by Fox News said the girl is bound to be sent back to Ohio.


Ex-UBS banker and informant gets 40 months in prison

Ex-UBS banker and informant gets 40 months in prisonWashington  - A former UBS banker who helped uncover a tax evasion scandal at the Swiss banking giant was sentenced to 40 months in prison Friday by a Florida judge, the US Justice Department said.

Bradley Birkenfeld served as an informant in 2007 for US authorities investigating UBS AG, which has since admitted that its employees helped American clients evade billions of dollars in taxes.

Birkenfeld was sentenced for his own role by a federal judge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was arrested in 2008 and pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States.


SC declines to stay CVC probe into Doordarshan irregularities

SC declines to stay CVC probe into Doordarshan irregularitiesThe Supreme Court, in its interim orders, has declined to stay CVC probe into Doordarshan irregularities, paving a way for the Central Vigilance Commission to conduct independent enquiry into the financial irregularities in the administration of public sector broadcaster, Doordarshan (DD).

The public broadcaster hiked legal charges for lawyers it hires which are fixed Rs 4,500 for a hearing.


Delhi High Court directs DD to file reply on blacklisting BAG Films

Delhi High Court directs DD to file reply on blacklisting BAG FilmsThe Delhi High Court, in a response to the petition filed by Anurradha Prasad's BAG Films & Media Ltd, has served notice to Doordarshan on blacklisting BAG Films.

The court directed to public broadcaster to provide details of sections under which it had blacklisted BAG Films & Media.


US appoints prosecutor to investigate detainee abuses

US Attorney General Eric HolderWashington  - US Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday he will appoint a special prosecutor to re-examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators allegedly abused terrorism detainees.

John Durham, a career prosecutor from the Justice Department, will head the inquiry. Durham will investigate whether current or former CIA personnel and private contractors broke the law as they dealt with terrorism suspects being held overseas.

President Barack Obama has said he prefers to look forward rather than prosecute abuses of the past. Holder stressed that it was a preliminary inquiry.


‘Murdered Indian Australian was still alive when dumped in spa with dead sisters’

‘Murdered Indian Australian was still alive when dumped in spa with dead sisters’Melbourne, Aug 25 : Almost six years after Neelma Singh, 24, her brother Kunal, 18, and sister Sidhi, 12, were allegedly murdered in their home in Bridgeman Downs, a Brisbane Court was informed today that the boy was still alive when he was dumped in a steaming spa bath.

Pathologist Dr Alex Olumbe was giving evidence this morning at the hearing for Massimo "Max" Sica, 38, who is charged with killing his former girlfriend Neelma, her brother and younger sister in April 2003.


SMS text messages can be used as evidence for divorce in France

SMS text messages can be used as evidence for divorce in FranceLondon, Aug. 25 : In a new legal development in France, SMS text messages revealing adultery can be used as evidence for divorce.

The Supreme Court of the country has ruled the decision claiming that it will make the divorce procedure smoother.

The step out rules a 2007 declaration by a lower court that using phone exchanges in court was a breach of privacy, reports the Telegraph.

To date, the time taken for legal separation of couples is generally long in France.


UN welcomes US probe into alleged torture of terror suspects

United NationsNew York  - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, on Tuesday welcomed the appointment of a US special prosecutor to investigate the alleged torture of terrorism suspects detained after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Pillay also welcomed the release by Washington of Afghan national Mohammed Jawad from the prison facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was captured as a teenager in 2002.

"I warmly welcome this responsible decision by the US government to open a preliminary investigation," Pillay said in a statement.


Supreme Court directs Vigilance investigate Prasar Bharti issue

Supreme Court directs Vigilance investigate Prasar Bharti issueThe Supreme Court, upholding the decision of Delhi High Court, has allowed a Central Vigilance Commission probe to find irregularities in the function of public broadcaster, the move that could further stimulate war between B S Lalli, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Prasar Bharati and Arun Bhatnagar, chairman, Prasar Bharati.

The apex court's three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan ordered to conduct probe as per Prasar Bharti Act, 1990 according to which the CEO is entitled to function as per advice of nine-member Prasar Bharti Board.


Argentina allows possession of marijuana for personal use

Argentina allows possession of marijuana for personal use Buenos Aires  - The possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in Argentina is no longer to be punished in Argentina.

The country's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that punishing the possession of even small amounts of marijuana - a practice which was in place until now - is unconstitutional because it "invades the sphere of personal liberty that is excluded from the authority of state organs."


Delhi HC seeks CBI''s response on legality of summoning Buta Singh

Delhi HC seeks CBI''s response on legality of summoning Buta SinghNew Delhi, Aug 26 : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response from the CBI on a petition filed by Buta Singh accusing the agency of illegally summoning him for questioning in connection with a multi crore corruption case.

Buta Singh, who holds a post of Cabinet rank, argued that the agency couldn''t question him without taking mandatory sanction from the Centre.

On this, Justice Geeta Mittal issued notice to the CBI and asked it to file its reply by Monday.


Delhi HC quashes PIL against airport development fee

Delhi HC quashes PIL against airport development feeNew Delhi, Aug 26 : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the imposition of airport development fee (ADF) on passengers by the airport service providers.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation directed the all airlines flying out of Delhi to collect a development fee from the passengers while issuing tickets from March this year.

Accordingly the air service providers are charging Rs 200 from domestic passengers and Rs 1300 from international passengers in the airfare for airport development.


100,000 Indians have signed a petition to free Sarabjit, claims his lawyer

100,000 Indians have signed a petition to free Sarabjit, claims his lawyerLahore/Islamabad, Aug. 27 : Over 100,000 people in India, including former test cricketers and chief justices, have signed a petition addressed to Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari seeking clemency for Sarabjit Singh, an Indian currently on death row in a Pakistani prison.

Awais Sheikh, the counsel for Sarabjit, was quoted by a private television channel as saying that said he had brought back a mercy petition with more than 100,000 signatures from a recent visit to India.


Palestine Islamic judge says Jews never lived in Jerusalem

Palestine Islamic judge says Jews never lived in JerusalemJerusalem, Aug. 27 : The Palestinian Authority''s chief Islamic judge, Sheikh Tayseer Rajab Tamimi, has said there was no evidence to back up claims that Jews had ever lived in Jerusalem or that the temple ever existed.

Tamimi claimed that Israeli archeologists had "admitted" that Jerusalem was never inhabited by Jews, the Jerusalem Post reports.


Former Stanford CFO pleads guilty in fraud scheme

Former Stanford CFO pleads guilty in fraud scheme Washington  - The former chief financial officer of Stanford Financial Group pleaded guilty Thursday to aiding a 7-billion-dollar financial fraud allegedly run by his boss, the Texas billionaire Robert Allen Stanford.

James M Davis, 60, pleaded guilty in a federal court in Texas to fraud and obstruction charges, admitting that he mishandled investors' money and lied about the Houston-based company's financial condition, according to the US Justice Department.


Sufi Mohammad’s sons arrested again

Sufi Mohammad’s sons arrested againPeshawar, Aug. 28 : Hours after they were released from jail following the Peshawar High Court's orders, all three sons of Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief Sufi Muhammad were once again arrested late on Thursday.

The News quoted the Swat District Police Officer, as saying that Sufi's sons were wanted in various other cases, so they have been arrested again.


SC defers RNRL hearing to October 20

SC defers RNRL hearing to October 20New Delhi, Aug 28 : The Supreme Court on Friday deferred the hearing on a petition filed by Anil Ambani's Reliance Natural Resource Limited (RNRL) with regard to gas dispute to October 20.

Approving the request filed by the Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries Linited (RIL) the bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan decided to post pone the matter for October

The cross appeals filed by Reliance Natural Resource Limited and Reliance Industries Limited on the petition filed by the Petroleum Ministry was to come up for hearing on September 1.


Gaddafi son says Lockerbie is now "history" as trade links grow

Gaddafi son says Lockerbie is now "history" as trade links growLondon - The son of Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi Friday reignited the row over the release of the Lockerbie bomber by claiming a direct link between trade interest and an Anglo-Libyan prisoner transfer agreement.

In an interview published by The Herald newspaper in Glasgow, Scotland, Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi said the "deal in the desert" which was signed in 2004 during a visit to Libya by former British prime minister Tony Blair "specifically targeted" the prisoner.


Scots wanted to keep Lockerbie bomber in jail, poll shows

Scots wanted to keep Lockerbie bomber in jail, poll shows London  - The row over the release of the Lockerbie bomber was reignited Friday as an opinion poll showed that a majority of people in Scotland believed the Libyan man convicted of the airliner bomber should have been kept in jail.

The findings of the ICM Research poll for the BBC showed that 60 per cent of those questioned believed it was wrong to free Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, while 57 per cent thought he should have stayed in prison until he died.

Only 32 per cent thought it was the right decision.


Four terrorist suspects detained in Kosovo

Pristina - Four ethnic Albanians - one a US national - were detained for illegal weapons possession and as terrorist suspects in Prizren by Kosovo police, local media reported Saturday.

Two were released and two were detained for 30 days while investigations continued, police chief Arber Beka later told the German Press Agency dpa in Pristina.

He confirmed that the FBI was involved in the arrests. Weapons including grenades had been found in the group's possession. Police did not confirm local press reports that the four belonged to a radical Islamist group. (dpa)


US seeks deportation of accused Nazi helper

Department Of JusticeWashington  - The US government has begun proceedings to deport an 88-year-old man accused of aiding the Nazis while working as a police officer in Ukraine during World War II, the Justice Department said Monday.

As a member of the Ukrainian Auxiliary Police (UAP) in occupied L'viv, Ukraine, John Kalymon allegedly murdered at least one Jew and participated in violent operations to expel Jews from their homes and send them to labour or extermination camps.


Genetic mutation linked to ‘wrinkly skin’ syndrome identified

London, Sept 1 : Singapore and Germany scientists claim to have discovered a genetic mutation responsible for premature skin aging disease.

They hope that the new finding would provide a new approach for age-defying, anti-wrinkling treatments.

The researchers have revealed that mutations in the PYCR1 gene cause the rare genetic condition that results in premature skin aging known as "wrinkly skin syndrome."

Lead researcher Dr Bruno Reversade of Singapore''s Institute of Medical Biology (IMB) says that increasing levels of the PYCR1 protein could reverse conditions that cause fast aging and wrinkly skin.


A.Q. Khan still remains ‘serious proliferation risk’: US

A.Q. Khan still remains ‘serious proliferation risk’: USWashington, Sep. 2 : Expressing concerns over the Lahore High Court's decision to end all security restrictions on disgraced Pakistani scientist Dr. A. Q. Khan the United States has warned that Dr. Khan still remains a `serious proliferation risk'.

Interacting with media persons here, State Department spokesperson Ian Kelly said the Obama Administration is keeping a close watch on developments regarding Dr. Khan, and it has already expressed its concerns to Islamabad.


Head scarf-clad New Zealand Muslim woman barred from entering courtroom

Head scarf-clad New Zealand Muslim woman barred from entering courtroomWellington, Sep 2 : A Muslim woman, who was barred from entering a Hastings courtroom because she refused to take off her headscarf, will lodge a complaint with the country's Human Rights Commission.

Yasmeen Ali said she had gone to the Hastings District Court on Tuesday morning to support her brother, who was being sentenced, Hawke's Bay Today reported.

When she arrived she was allowed to stay in the courtroom for a short time, despite being asked to remove the scarf by a court officer.


Tintin ''to be sued'' for racism

Tintin ''to be sued'' for racismLondon, Sept 2 : A Congolese accountant is taking Tintin to court on charges of racism.

Bienvenu Mbutu Mondondo, 41, has accused judges in the cartoon hero''s native Belgium of trying to bury his case to protect a "national symbol".

Bienvenu is claiming that Hergé''s controversial Tintin In The Congo is propaganda for colonialism and amounts to "racism and xenophobia", reports The Telegraph.


Judge postpones Microsoft Word ban

MicrosoftSan Francisco  - A US judge has ruled that Microsoft can continue to sell its popular Word programme, despite an earlier ruling that the software violated the patent of a Canadian company.

Microsoft plans to appeal the patent ruling and asked the US Court of Appeals in Washington to allow it to continue selling the software until the appeal is heard. The court granted the company's request in a ruling issued late Thursday.

"We are happy with the result and look forward to presenting our arguments on the main issues on September 23," said Kevin Kutz, a Microsoft spokesman, in a statement.


O.J. Simpson’s request to be freed on bail denied

O.J. Simpson’s request to be freed on bail deniedWashington, Sep 5 : Convicted felon O. J. Simpson’s request to be freed on bail, as he appeals his kidnap and robbery conviction, has been denied by a court in Nevada.

Simpson, 62, is currently serving a minimum of nine years in prison after he was found guilty of masterminding a heist on two sports memorabilia dealers’ hotel room in September 2007, reports Contactmusic.


Transsexual killer wins right to be in women’s prison

London, September 5 : A transsexual killer, who attempted to rape a female shop assistant, is moving to a women’s prison after getting the green light from a judge.

The 27-year-old won an argument in the court when it was ruled that keeping her in a men''s prison breached her human rights.

The murderer, named only as ''A'', was given a life sentence for crimes committed while a man, reports the Sun.

She was sentenced to five years in jail for manslaughter after strangling a boyfriend with a pair of tights. Some time later her release, she tried to rape a woman shop assistant after tying her with a suspender belt.


NGOs asked to inform Malay PM about the plight of Malay Indian community

NGOs asked to inform Malay PM about the plight of Malay Indian communityKuala Lumpur, Sep. 7 : The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) chief N. Siva Subramaniam has urged NGOs working for the upliftment of Malay-Indians to inform Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak about the issues concerning the community.

The Star Online quoted Subramaniam as saying that the NGOs should raise issues plaguing the community in a memorandum and have a discussion with Razak in order to find a solution.


Muslim woman returns to court for trial over Sundanese ''indecency'' laws

Muslim woman returns to court for trial over Sundanese ''indecency'' lawsKhartoum (Sudan), Sep. 7 : Sudan is facing international condemnation as the trial resumes today of Lubna Hussein, a Muslim woman who faces a flogging for breaking indecency laws by wearing trousers.

Speaking to The Times before her court appearance, Hussein, 34, a widow, said that she was overwhelmed by the public support she has received in her fight to change a law that she says discriminates against women.


Sudanese woman spared lashes, jailed for wearing trousers

Lubna Ahmed HusseinNairobi/Khartoum  - A woman who has become a women's rights icon in Sudan on Monday escaped being lashed for wearing trousers, but was jailed for a month after refusing to pay a 200-dollar fine, reports said.

Lubna Ahmed Hussein, a columnist and former public information officer at the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), was arrested in Khartoum along with 13 other women in early July.

Ten of the other women arrested with Hussein were given 10 lashes after admitting to breaching Islamic law. But Hussein demanded a lawyer in a move she said was designed to draw attention to women's rights in Sudan.


Delhi Court to hear Bofors pay-off case today

Delhi Court to hear Bofors pay-off case todayNew Delhi, Sep 8 : A Delhi court will hear the Bofors payoffs case against Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi today. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may reveal its course of action following the withdrawal of Interpol''s Red Corner Notice against him.

The matter is to come up for hearing before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja. During the brief hearing on April 30, Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra, appearing for CBI, had informed the court that the Red Corner Notice issued against Quattrocchi was withdrawn in November last year.


Six charged with sedition in Malaysia’s ‘cow-head protest’ case

Six charged with sedition in Malaysia’s ‘cow-head protest’ caseShah Alam (Malaysia), Sep. 9 : A Sessions Court in Malaysia has charged six persons with sedition in connection with last month''s cow head protest.

On August 28, nearly 50 protesters gathered at State Secretariat building's gate carrying a cow''s decapitated head. They were protesting against a temple relocation proposal in Shah Alam city.

The accused arrived at the court at 8.40am and were greeted by scores of supporters in a packed courtroom, the New Strait Times reports.


Allahabad HC acquits Pandher in Nithari killings case

Allahabad HC acquits Pandher in Nithari killings caseAllahabad, Sep 11 : The Allahabad High Court on Friday acquitted Nithari serial killer M S Pandher for the murder of Rimpa Halder, a woman who among the 19 people was killed at the businessman''s home.

A special court had in February convicted Pandher for Halder''s murder.

The High Court upheld the conviction of Pandher''s domestic help Surender Kohli, who has been given the death sentence for the serial murders of 19 children and a woman.


Contempt of court petition filed against Musharraf for ‘illegally’ confining judges

Contempt of court petition filed against Musharraf for ‘illegally’ confining judgesIslamabad, Sep. 11 : Cases against former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf continue to be filed abated, as now a petition has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking contempt-of-court proceedings against the former general for `illegally' preventing 60 judges from performing judicial duties after the November
2007 emergency.

The petition filed by advocate Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam Ghuman under Article 204 of the Constitution, named Musharraf as the respondent.


Bail for accused kidnapper set at 30 million dollars

Convicted rapist and alleged kidnapper Phillip GarridoSan Francisco  - A judge on Monday set bail at 30 million dollars for Phillip Garrido, the convicted sex offender charged with kidnapping an 11-year-old girl, holding her captive for 18 years and fathering two children with her.

El Dorado Superior Court Judge Douglas Phimister said Garrido, 58, posed a danger to the public and was a flight risk, and ordered him to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

The judge also imposed a no-bail hold in jail on Garrido's wife Nancy, 54.


Former star executive tells court he "never accepted bribes"

Ulrich SchumacheMunich  - Ulrich Schumacher, formerly chief executive of one of Germany's top companies, denied on the first day of his corruption trial Monday that he had ever accepted a bribe.

Schumacher formerly ran Infineon, a major manufacturer of semiconductor chips. He is accused of accepting large sums of "sponsorship" money from 2000 to 2003 to drive in privately arranged motoring racing events.

"I have never been and am not amenable to bribes," Schumacher, 51, told the state court in Munich.


Police start new search to tie kidnapper to other crimes

Police start new search to tie kidnapper to other crimes San Francisco  - Police on Tuesday issued a new search warrant on the property of convicted sex offender Philip Garrido, saying there was possible evidence linking him with the kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl in 1989.

Television pictures showed dozens of officers searching the sprawling compound inch-by-inch, with several specially trained dogs also on site.


‘Chastened’ Musharraf confesses removing CJP was wrong

‘Chastened’ Musharraf confesses removing CJP was wrongWashington, Sep. 18 : Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, for the first time, has admitted that his action of disposing the judges of higher judiciary was a mistake.

Delivering a lecture at the Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, Musharraf said that it was a mistake on his part to remove Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry from his office.

“Now, after seeing the incidents following his dismissal from the office I realized that I shouldn’t have done that,” Musharraf said.


Now, unwed Malaysian couple to be whipped for trying to have car sex

Shah Alam (Malaysia), Sep. 18 : Following the whipping episode of the Malaysian model who was sentenced for drinking beer, an unmarried couple is now being subjected to the controversial canning sentence under the country’s Sharia law for trying to have sex.

Mohammad Shahrin Abd Majid, 29, and his lover Nadiah Najat Hussin, 24, pleaded guilty to attempting to have sex in a car, were fined 5,000 ringgits or 12 months'' jail and ordered to be caned six times each, the New Strait Times Online reports.

Both Shahrin and Nadiah have paid the fine.

On Wednesday, the Sharia High Court of Shah Alam granted a stay on the caning pending an appeal following an application by the couple’s counsel.


Madras HC clears release of Kamal Hassan's 'Unni Poloruvan'

Kamal HaasanHere's a breather for versatile actor Kamal Haasan.

Madras High Court on Thursday cleared the release of Kamal Haasan's Tamil film 'Unni Poloruvan'.

The bilingual film will be releasing on September 18.

An entertainment firm named Pyramid Saimira Productions International Ltd. had filed a suit alleging breach of contract.

Justice Rajasuriya directed Kamal to pay half the sum of money that he allegedly owes to Pyramid Saimira before 30 September.


Former Morgan Stanley executive jailed for insider trading

Former Morgan Stanley executive jailed for insider tradingHong Kong - A former Morgan Stanley executive was jailed Friday for seven years for what a judge called his "sheer greed" in Hong Kong's biggest insider trading case.

Du Jun, 40, a former managing director of Morgan Stanley Asia, bought 11.22 million US dollars in shares in Citic Resources after getting inside information about an acquisition.

The deal in 2007 earned him a profit of nearly 3 million US dollars after he had borrowed millions of US dollars to allow him and his wife to snap up shares in the company.


Myanmar junta releases 600 prisoners from notorious Insein Prison

Myanmar junta releases 600 prisoners from notorious Insein PrisonYangon - Myanmar authorities on Friday were to release an estimated 600 inmates, including some political prisoners, from Yangon's notorious Insein Prison as part of an amnesty for 7,114 inmates nationwide.

Insein authorities invited journalists to witness the release of a first batch of 359 prisoners. Altogether, 600 were scheduled to be freed Friday.


Brother of ''Australian Fritzl'' incest victim died ''suspiciously’

Brother of ''Australian Fritzl'' incest victim died ''suspiciously’Melbourne, September 19 : A brother of the woman allegedly held as a sex slave for 30 years by her Australian father died ''in suspicious circumstances'', according to new claims.

The shock horror case, made public by the Herald Sun, involved a man accused of fathering four children with his daughter, whom he held as a virtual prisoner, raping her almost daily from when she was 11 years old.


CBI Director slams police over rising drug mafia

CBICentral Bureau of Investigation Director Ashwani Kumar, speaking at a seminar "Drug De-addiction - Role of Law and Society" organized in Ludhiana, admitted that there is a strong and deep nexus between police and drug mafia in the country which is a major cause of substantially high drug abuse in India.


Judge agrees to another delay of 9-11 trial

President Barack ObamaWashington  - A US military judge at Guantanamo Bay has agreed to postpone the trial of five alleged conspirators in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by 60 days.

The judge, Army Colonel Stephen Henley, agreed to the delay to provide the Obama administration more time to determine whether the trial should be moved to a civilian court or stay in the military tribunals, Fox News reported. It was the third delay.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the supposed ring leader of the group, and the four other defendants face the death penalty for the murder of nearly 3,000 people.


EU faces a stormy autumn over refugee-sharing plans

EU Justice Commissioner Jacques BarrotBrussels  - This autumn could be a stormy one in Brussels.

On Monday, European Union member states began discussing proposals to set up a new, coordinated system for taking in and sharing out refugees from some of the world's most troubled regions.

Judging by their first comments, the debate might not be easy.

"It's the duty of each member state to participate," EU Justice Commissioner Jacques Barrot said as he presented the proposals from the bloc's executive.


Kyrgyzstan security bodies want reintroduction of death penalty

Kyrgyzstan security bodies want reintroduction of death penalty Moscow/Bishkek  - The head of the secret service in the central-Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan has said that the country should re-introduce the death penalty, in a bid to stem rising criminality and extremism, the Ria Novosti news agency reported Wednesday.

Murat Sutalinov added his voice to that of secretary of the Kyrgyz security council Adahan Madumarov, in calling for the reintroduction of capital punishment, which had been abolished in 2007.


Businessman given suspended sentence over Iran deal

Businessman given suspended sentence over Iran deal Frankfurt  - A German court Thursday handed down a 22-month suspended sentence to a businessman who tried to sell cameras that could have been used for Iran's nuclear programme.

The 49-year-old man, who was not named, was convicted of breaking arms export laws and violating the trade embargo against Iran. He was also ordered to deposit 5,000 euros (7,300 dollars) with the court.


Afghan man indicted in US bombing conspiracy

Najibullah ZaziWashington  - A federal court in New York has indicted an Afghan man on charges of conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Najibullah Zazi, 24, a legal permanent US resident of Afghan origin, was arrested Saturday along with his father and an acquaintance for making false statements to investigators in a matter involving international and domestic terrorism.


ICC to rule Friday on admissibility of former Congo general case

International Criminal CourtThe Hague  - The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is due to deliver judgement on Friday on the appeal of a former Congolese general who claims his case cannot be admitted to the UN-sponsored court.

Germaine Katanga, 31, commander of the Force de Resistance Patriotique en Ituri (FRPI) has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, allegedly committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Katanga, as the head of the FRPI, is accused of planning an attack in 2003 on the village of Bogoro in which 200 civilians were killed.


Kosovo Albanian group goes on trial for war crimes

Kosovo Albanian group goes on trial for war crimes Belgrade  - A group of 17 Kosovo Albanian former militants, charged with the murder, rape and torture of Serb civilians in 1999, went on trial Thursday before the Serbian war crimes court, Belgrade media reported.

Nine of the men were arrested late last year in southern Serbia near the border with Kosovo, a region where a majority of the population is of Albanian ethnicity. Eight other suspects escaped and are accused in absentia.


Director Roman Polanski arrested in Switzerland

Film director Roman Polanski Zurich  - Film director Roman Polanski has been arrested as he arrived in Switzerland to attend a film festival, police in Zurich said Sunday.

The director, who has been wanted since 1978 in the US on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, had been due to receive a prize at the Zurich Film Festival.

The Swiss police are believed to be acting on the request of US authorities.

Polanksi, born in Poland and now a French citizen, is best known for Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Pianist (2002).  dpa


Singapore woman fined for slapping and kicking maid

Singapore woman fined for slapping and kicking maidSingapore - A Singapore court on Monday fined a woman 5,000 Singapore dollars (3,518 US dollars) for abusing her maid, a media report said.

Mok Pui Keng, 47, got mad at her helper, Sri Hartati, 29, because the maid did not dry her legs after bathing and left tracks on the floor.

Mok slapped the maid on her neck and kicked her on her thigh in June last year, the online edition of Straits Times newspaper reported.

The maid left her employer's house and filed a report. (dpa)


Polish politicians reportedly lobbied for gambling companies

Prime Minister Donald Tusk Warsaw  - Poland's sports minister and the head of the ruling Civic Platform party lobbied on behalf of gambling companies to block a change in law that would have required gambling companies to pay 469 million zloty (162 million dollars) in additional taxes, the daily Rzeczpospolita reported Thursday.

The Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (CBA) found that businessmen Ryszard Sobiesiak and Jan Kosek, owners of the Casinos Poland chain, pressured Zbigniew Chlebowski, the head of Civic Platform, and Sports Minister Miroslaw Drzewiecki to remove a provision requiring additional taxes from an amendment to the country's gambling law.


Burma court rejects Suu Kyi’s appeal to end her house arrest

Burma court rejects Suu Kyi’s appeal to end her house arrestYangon, Oct. 2 : A court in military-ruled Burma has thrown out opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi''s appeal against her house arrest sentence.

According to the Daily Express, Suu Kyi had appealed against her conviction in August for breaking terms of her last period of house arrest.

But government sources said the Rangoon division court had ruled against the appeal.


Polanski is not being persecuted, says top LA prosecutor

Polanski is not being persecuted, says top LA prosecutorLondon, Oct 2 : A Los Angeles County district attorney has said that Roman Polanski is not being ‘persecuted’ but the case has to be wrapped up legally.

The L A County district attorney Steve Cooley was quoted by the Daily Express as saying: "I don''t persecute anybody and it''s a matter of court processes being concluded…. There''s a Superior Court bench warrant outstanding, it''s been executed and there will be further court proceedings."


Lebanon sentences three for plotting to kill Libyan premier

Beirut  - A Lebanese military court has sentenced three men to life in prison with hard labour for plotting to assassinate Libya's prime minister, Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmudi, media reports said Sunday.

Military Examining Magistrate Fadi Sawwan handed down sentence against Lebanese national Mehdi al-Hajj Hasan and his son, Haidar, and Libyan national Abdel Salam Mohammed.

The men were convicted of having when placed explosive charges inside a package dispatched to al-Mahmudi in Libya last June.

The Lebanese intelligence intercepted the parcel before it could be shipped out of the country.

The two Lebanese men had reportedly sought to avenge the disappearance of Lebanese Shiite Imam Moussa Sadr during a trip to Libya in 1978.


Women Islamic body’s plea for stay of whipping of Malaysian model rejected

Women Islamic body’s plea for stay of whipping of Malaysian model rejectedPetaling Jaya (Malaysia), Oct. 5 : An assistant registrar of the Kuantan Syariah High Court here has turned down a Sisters in Islam (SIS) application for the revision of the Kartika Sari Dewi Sukarno case.

According to The Star, the assistant registrar returned all documents that were filed, together with the court fees paid, on September 18.


Karnataka CJ Dinakaran attends court proceedings

Karnataka CJ Dinakaran attends court proceedingsBangalore, Oct 5 : The Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court P. D. Dinakaran attended court for the first time on Monday after staying away from it for some days following a controversy related to him allegedly acquiring property in illegal ways.

On Saturday, the Advocate General of Karnataka, Ashok Harnahalli urged Justice Dinakaran to sit on the Bench and conduct the proceedings.

Harnahalli, along with Additional Advocate-General K. M. Nataraj and State Public Prosecutor Pravin called on the Chief Justice and urged him to reconsider his decision.


Supreme Court issues contempt of court notice to UP Chief Secretary

Supreme Court issues contempt of court notice to UP Chief SecretaryNew Delhi, Oct 6 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a contempt of court notice to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Atul Kumar Gupta for flagrant violation of its direction to stop construction activities on statues and memorials in Lucknow.


Demjanjuk death-camp trial to start November 30, says lawyer

John DemjanjukMunich - The Holocaust murder trial of John Demjanjuk, 89, is set to start on November 30 in Munich, a lawyer said Tuesday.

He has been indicted as an accessory to 27,900 murders in a Nazi death camp in Poland in 1943. Born in Ukraine and a longtime resident of the US state of Ohio, Demjanjuk was expelled to Germany in May.

Stefan Schuenemann, representing Holocaust survivor Thomas Blatt, confirmed the date to the German Press Agency dpa, but a court spokeswoman declined to discuss the date. Scheunemann said the court was scheduled to sit on the case till May 6 next year.


US announces reforms of immigration detention centres

Janet NapolitanoWashington  - The United States announced new measures Tuesday in its detention policies for immigrants that would involve converting hotels and other residential facilities into secure housing.

The initiative is aimed at saving money while ensuring those detained are held under better conditions, which includes separating individuals who are not dangerous from those with criminal histories, said Janet Napolitano, the secretary of the Homeland Security Department.


Delhi High Court admits Supreme Court''s appeal on judges'' assets

Delhi High Court admits Supreme Court''s appeal on judges'' assetsNew Delhi, Oct 7 : The Delhi High Court on Wednesday admitted an appeal filed by the Supreme Court challenging its order which had held that the office of Chief Justice of India comes within the ambit of the RTI Act and constituted a special three-judge bench to decide the issue.

A bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Murlidhar fixed November 12 and 13 for deciding on the appeal.

The court did not pass a stay order on the single judge bench verdict of September 2 after the Supreme Court did not press for it.


Saudi man gets 1,000 lashes and five years for TV sex boasts

Saudi man gets 1,000 lashes and five years for TV sex boastsRiyadh - A Saudi court on Wednesday sentenced a man to five years in prison and 1,000 lashes for boasting about his premarital sexual conquests on a TV talk show.

Mazen Abdel-Jawad, 32, was convicted of of "publicizing vice and confessing to crimes on a satellite television channel" for describing his sexual adventures in a July episode of the LBC television network's Bold Red Line talk show.

The judge further banned him from traveling for three years after his release from prison, and recommended psychological treatment.


Iraq frees 36 Iranian opposition members

Mujahedin-e KhalqBaghdad  - Iraqi authorities on Wednesday freed 36 members of an Iranian opposition group detained during July clashes between Iraqi security forces and members of the group.

The detainees were taken into custody during clashes between members of the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI) and Iraqi security forces entering the group's base at Camp Ashraf in northern Iraq. Seven members of the group died in the clashes.

A spokesman for the group, also known as the Mujahedin-e Khalq, said the freed detainees had been beaten in custody and that "most of them were on the verge of death."


‘Essex Fritzl’ who preyed on daughter for three decades jailed for 12 yrs

‘Essex Fritzl’ who preyed on daughter for three decades jailed for 12 yrsLondon, Oct 8 : A 68-year-old man, from Harlow, in Essex, was jailed for 12 years yesterday after a court heard he had sex with his daughter over a 33-year period and fathered two of her children.

The man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was branded depraved and wicked by a judge at Chelmsford Crown Court after pleading guilty to incest, rape and indecent assault.

His daughter is now 45 and the mother of two teenagers, who had believed that their father was their grandfather, reports The Times.


Taiwan's court denies bail request by ex- president

ex-president Chen Shui-bianTaipei  - Taiwan's High Court Thursday maintained a previous ruling to refuse bail for ex-president Chen Shui-bian, dashing hopes of release for the graft-tainted former leader.

Chen was given a fresh chance for freedom after the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the high court to hold another hearing on his bail request.

The Supreme Court said in a statement earlier on Thursday the reasons given by the high court to continue to hold Chen were insufficient to prove that the ex-president had hidden huge funds abroad, and that he would flee and threaten witnesses if freed.


HC stays commercial use of Metro platforms

Metro Rail II projectEven before the construction of the Metro rail connecting Charkop, Bandra and Mankhurd could begin, the Bombay High Court on Thursday stayed the commercial exploitation of its 27 platforms, putting the project in jeopardy.

This means that till further court orders, Anil Ambani’s Reliance Infrastructure, which was awarded the Rs 8,000 crore Metro Rail II project in July, cannot sell space for offices or shops on and above the platforms on the metro line.


US transfers two Guantanamo detainees to Belgium, Kuwait

US transfers two Guantanamo detainees to Belgium, Kuwait Washington  - The United States has transferred two detainees who had been held at the Guantanamo Bay prison to the governments of Belgium and Kuwait, the US Justice Department said Friday.

They were turned over to the two countries as part of President Barack Obama's plans to close the controversial facility by January. There are now about 220 detainees remaining there.


Demjanjuk appeals to top German court to halt war trial

John Demjanjuk Berlin  - Alleged war criminal John Demjanjuk appealed Friday to Germany's highest court to stop his trial in Munich next month.

Lawyer Ulrich Busch told the German Press Agency he had applied to the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlruhe for an injunction to halt proceedings and free former Ohio resident Demjanuk, 89.

Demjanjuk is accused of being an accessory to the murder of tens of thousands of Jews at a Nazi death camp.

Busch said Germany had no legal authority to try Demjanjuk and in any case his client had already spent more than seven years in prison in Israel on related charges.


Divorced NRI can’t shirk duty towards wife, child here: Court

divorceEven if a man remarries after divorce, he cannot shirk his responsibility to maintain his first wife and child claiming that he has the added responsibility of his second wife.

The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal filed by an NRI husband challenging the additional Rs 5,000 the Family Court had asked him to pay his wife for maintenance.

The court refused to believe the husband’s reasoning that he is unemployed in the UK and also that he has a second wife and her two children to look after.


Man acquitted of raping girl on medical reports

New Delhi, Oct 10 A city court Saturday acquitted a man charged with abducting and raping a minor girl on the basis of the medical reports of the alleged victim.

Additional Sessions Judge V. K. Khanna acquitted Anurag Das, who was allegedly accused of raping and abducting the girl from Ashok Nagar area of the capital.

According to the prosecution, Das had abducted the girl from her home and took her to a village in Madhya Pradesh June 13, 2006. The girl returned to her home June 23 and told her parents that Das had raped her all these days, following which her father registered a police complaint and Das was arrested.


Pakistani court dismisses fresh cases against 26/11 accused Hafiz Saeed

Pakistani court dismisses fresh cases against 26/11 accused Hafiz SaeedLahore, Oct 12 Citing a bureaucratic lapse, the Lahore High Court Monday dismissed two cases filed under the anti-terrorism act against Hafiz Saeed who India says masterminded the 26/11 Mumbai carnage.

"I argued in court that the Punjab (provincial) government had not proscribed the JuD (Jamaat-ud Dawa that Saeed heads) even though the UN had done so. The court accepted my contention," Saeed's lawyer A. K. Dogar told reporters after the court delivered its verdict.


China sentences six to death over bloody ethnic rioting

China sentences six to death over bloody ethnic riotingBeijing - A court in China's far western city of Urumqi on Monday sentenced to death six men from the Uighur minority after convicting them of violent crimes during ethnic rioting that left 197 people dead in July.

The Urumqi Intermediate People's Court found the men guilty of murder, arson, robbery and other violent crimes, the official Xinhua news agency reported from the city.

A seventh Uighur man was sentenced to life in prison for similar offences following a trial of the seven earlier Monday, the agency said.


Maria’s lawyer files bail plea

Penal-CodeThe lawyer who allegedly ‘advised’ the prime witnesses in the Neeraj Grover murder case to not depose in court, filed an anticipatory bail in the sessions court, stating that other accused for the same were already released on bail.

According to the Crime Branch, advocate Raja Thakur — who was defending Maria Susairaj — had made 40 calls to Raju Wankhede, accused of threatening the prime witness in the murder case. Wankhede was arrested for threatening the witness Usha Ramulu.


Australian Sikh charged with selling passport to help an accused Indian to flee

Australian Sikh charged with selling passport to help an accused Indian to fleeMelbourne, Oct. 13 : An Australian Sikh has been accused of selling his passport for several thousand dollars to an Indian student who later fled Australia after pleading guilty to culpable driving.

Sukhcharanjit Singh, an associate of Puneet Puneet, appeared at a Melbourne Masgistrates Court this afternoon on one charge of improperly providing a passport, reports The Age.


Orissa court questions officials on Andhra project

OrissaBhubaneswar, Oct 14 : The Orissa High court Wednesday issued notices to several key officials of the central government and the Andhra Pradesh and Orissa governments on a controversial mega irrigation project in Andhra Pradesh.

"The petition was filed by Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and former Orissa legislator Laxman Munda. The court admitted the petition and issued the notice," Munda's lawyer Bibhu Prasad Tripathy told IANS.

The court asked the government officials to file their replies by Nov 9.


Six sentenced to death for Xinjiang riots

Six sentenced to death for Xinjiang riotsUrumqi (Xinjiang, China), Oct. 15 : A local court here sentenced six people, who were convicted of murder and other crimes in the deadly riot in Xinjiang in July, to death on Thursday.

The Urumqi Intermediate People''s Court also sentenced another three to life imprisonment, Xinhua reports.

The penalties were meted out to Abdukerim Abduwayit, Gheni Yusup, Abdulla Mettohti, Adil Rozi, Nureli Wuxiu''''er and Alim Metyusup.


Myanmar opposition leader to appeal sentence at Supreme Court

Myanmar opposition leader to appeal sentence at Supreme CourtYangon - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday agreed to allow defence lawyers to appeal to the Supreme Court against her recent sentence to 18 months under house detention.

"We will appeal the case up to the Supreme Court level and are preparing the appeal now," said Nyan Win, one of four attorneys in Suu Kyi's defence team.

Nyan Win met with Suu Kyi Friday afternoon at her house-cum-prison in Yangon, where she had spent 14 of the past 20 years under detention.


Rape victim’s testimony enough for conviction: HC

Bombay High Court“A victim of rape is not to be treated as an accomplice after the crime,” the Bombay High Court ruled, while upholding the sentence of a rapist.

“There is no rule of law that her testimony cannot be acted upon without corroboration in material particulars,” the court added. Justice AP Bhangale dismissed the appeal filed by Shivnarayan Bhondaprasad Keskar who raped his 14-year-old niece in 2007 in Chandrapur.

Keskar challenged the order of Ad-hoc Additional Sessions Judge, Chandrapur, that sentenced him to seven years rigorous imprisonment in 2008.


Musharraf booked for illegally detaining lawyers during emergency

Musharraf booked for illegally detaining lawyers during emergencyLahore, Oct. 22 : Yet another case has been registered against former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf.

The Dera Ghazi Khan police have registered a case against Musharraf for illegally detaining lawyers on November 3, 2007, soon after he declared an emergency in the country.

Former Punjab Home Secretary and a former district police officer have also been booked along with Musharraf, The Daily Times reports.


Abdul Qadir, sons booked for life threats to lawyer over failure to withdraw rape case

Abdul Qadir, sons booked for life threats to lawyer over failure to withdraw rape caseLahore, Oct. 22 : Former Pakistan legendry leg-spinner Abdul Qadir along with his two sons Rehman Qadir and Salman Qadir have been booked for threatening a lawyer.

Hearing a petition filed by an advocate Mehmood-ul-Hassan Gilani, a Lahore sessions court directed the concerned authorities to register a case against Qadir, his two sons and six other unnamed persons.

Gilani has accused the former cricketer and his sons of threatening to kill him, The News reports.


Pak hubby’s failure to take wife out for dinner daily results in divorce!

Islamabad, Oct 22 : Zakia of Bund Road, has divorced her husband because he did not take her out for dinner daily, a TV channel has reported.

A civil court decided the divorce suit filed by Zakia in her favour after all reconciliation efforts with husband Pervaiz failed, reports the Daily Times.

Although, Zakia had filed the suit charging Pervaiz of not treating her well, he said the real reason for their split was that he could not take her out to dinner every night. (ANI)


Self-proclaimed Malay prophet sentenced to 10 years’ in jail

Self-proclaimed Malay prophet sentenced to 10 years’ in jailKuala Lumpur, Oct 22 : A Syariah High Court has sentenced Abdul Kahar Ahmad, self-proclaimed Malay prophet, to 10 years’ in jail and six strokes of the rotan for five charges in connection with deviationist teachings.

The court has also fined him RM16,500 after ruling that the defence plea to consider his age and his guilty plea could not be viewed as mitigating factors.


Law to protect doctors, hospitals invoked

Law to protect doctorsTwo days after a mob vandalised a civic hospital in Chembur, the police invoked provisions of the special law introduced last year to protect doctors and hospitals against attacks. The police registered a case against 20 to 30 unidentified people, allegedly part of the mob that damaged Maa General Hospital.

However, no cases were registered for violence at the BMC-run Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, and the state-run GT Hospital near Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus on Monday.

Relatives of two patients who died had damaged property at the three public hospitals, alleging medical negligence.


The devil and the advocate

advocateLife imitated art last week when the crime branch arrested a criminal lawyer for threatening a key witness in the Neeraj Grover murder case.

Mirroring the 1993 blockbuster Damini, where a crooked lawyer (played by Amrish Puri) sends a goon squad to hound a rape witness (Meenakshi Sheshadri), real life advocate Acharya Murthy – till his arrest was hard at work trying to stop a key witness from deposing against his client, Kannada actress Maria Susairaj, the main accused in the Grover murder.

Lawyers getting caught on the wrong side of the law may not be common, but this is not the first time it’s happening either.


Board of docs to examine builder

Board of docsA board of three doctors will examine the medical condition of builder Rashmikant Shah, against whom a case of cheating and forgery was lodged by his partner, Mahendra Shah.

Rashmikant and Mahendra came together for two redevelopment projects in 2002.

In 2007, Shah allegedly sold flats without giving original tenants and his partner their share.

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday asked Thane civil hospital’s medical superintendent to submit a report

on Shah’s condition by October 28.

Shah was arrested on May 12 from the international airport while allegedly trying to flee the country.


Katara murder case: HC allows Vikas Yadav to attend sister''s wedding

Katara murder case: HC allows Vikas Yadav to attend sister''s weddingNew Delhi, Oct 23 : The High Court on Friday allowed Vikas Yadav, who is serving life imprisonment in the Nitish Katara murder case, to attend his sister''s wedding under judicial custody.

However, the court refused to grant him interim bail.

Directing the police to accompany Vikas in plain clothes during the function, the court allowed Vikas to attend his sister (Bharti Yadav) wedding on November 1.

Vikas pleaded for interim bail for three months to take part in the marriage ceremony.


Govt to bring ordinance on arrest law

Code of Criminal ProcedureThe government will soon bring an ordinance to tweak India’s arrest laws to ensure police officers do not arbitrarily throw people in jail and let hardened criminals go scot-free.

The ordinance to amend the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) will make it mandatory for police officers to record reasons on file every time they decide to arrest, or not arrest, suspects in crimes that would be punishable with seven years’ imprisonment or less.


F-1 legend Jackie Stewart still emotionally haunted by racing deaths

Di crash investigators fined over legal delays, bunglesLondon, Oct 24 : Senior French officials, who investigated Princess Diana’s death have been blamed for a cover-up, and a Paris court has ruled that the state needs to pay Mohammed Al Fayed nearly 5,000 pounds for “unnecessary delays”.

Judges in Paris ruled the state was to blame for a two-year hold-up and series of errors, and condemned officials for failing to check whether vital evidence was forged.


Delhi court to deliver verdict on CBI’s application on Bofors case

New Delhi, Oct 24 : The long pending cases against Italian businessman Ottavio Quatrochhi may come to an end on Saturday as the Delhi Court is expected to deliver its verdict on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) application.

On October 3, the CBI had formally moved an application seeking permission to withdraw all cases against Quattrocchi the prime accused in the 64 crore Bofors scam.

Earlier on September 29 the Union Law ministry had informed the Supreme Court about its decision to withdraw cases against Quattrochhi.


Polanski’s sex victim wants case against him dismissed

London, Oct 27 : Roman Polanski’s unlawful sex victim, Samantha Geimer, has called for the dismissal of charges against him, court documents show.

Geimer was 13 when Polanski had sex with her in the late 1970s.

However, after his arrest in Zurich, Switzerland last month Geimer’s family had said that the arrest of the acclaimed director distressed her because she became the centre of the story again, almost thirty years after the crime.

Last week her lawyers asked California''s 2nd District Court of Appeal to dismiss the case against Polanski.

The papers claim that Polanski had to flee from the US as a "corrupt" judge, was handling the case.


Lahore High Court allows Sarabjit-lawyer meeting

Lahore High Court allows Sarabjit-lawyer meetingLahore, Oct 27 : The Lahore High Court has allowed the lawyer of Sarabjit Singh, the Indian currently on death row in a Pakistani prison, to hold a meeting with him.

Earlier, Sarabjit’s lawyer, Awais Sheikh, had stated in the court that he was not allowed to meet his client despite court orders. He had also filed a petition against the Interior Secretary of Punjab and Superintendent of Kot Lakhpat jail.

The court has given permission to Sheikh to meet Sarabjit in the presence of a representative of the special branch, The News reports.


Lahore High Court directs ATC to frame charges against Mumbai attack accused

Lahore High Court directs ATC to frame charges against Mumbai attack accusedRawalpindi, Oct. 28 : The Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench has directed the Anti-Terrorism Court to frame charges against all the seven Mumbai attack suspects, who are currently locked in the Adiala jail.

Hearing a petition filed by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the division bench asked the Anti-Terrorism Court-I (ATC-1) judge Malik Muhammad Akram Awan to frame charges against all the accused, The Daily Times reports.


Travolta case: Bahamian politician blamed for mistrial apologises

Travolta case: Bahamian politician blamed for mistrial apologisesWashington, October 28 : A Bahamian politician has issued a public apology after he provoked a judge to order a new trial in the 25 million-pound John Travolta extortion case.

While the jury was still deliberating over their decision, leader Picewell Forbes announced at a previous political rally that a defendant in the Travolta trial was found not guilty.


Singapore woman found guilty of abusing Indonesian maid

Singapore woman found guilty of abusing Indonesian maidSingapore - A Singapore court has convicted a woman of abusing her Indonesian maid by scalding the helper's genitals with boiling water, helping to pull out her teeth, hitting her with a metal rod and threatening to kill her, a media report said Thursday.

Maselly Ab Aziz, 38, is due to be sentenced next Wednesday, the Straits Times newspaper reported.

Her two children and lover had already been jailed for their part in abusing the 30-year-old maid Badingah, who like many Indonesians uses only one name.


SC allows review of its death penalty decision

Supreme CourtHaving restored the death penalty of a murder convict without giving him a hearing, the Supreme Court has corrected its mistake of violating the principles of natural justice.

It has admitted a review petition of one Ramdeo Chauhan, who had sought a re-evaluation of a court order that had set aside Assam governor’s decision to commute death penalty awarded to him to life imprisonment.


SC to hear UP Govt's plea over KMC issue

Kannauj Medical CollegeThere is a ray hope for the students who appeared in CPMT-2009 and are in the waiting list.

On November 3, the Supreme Court will hear the plea of UP government over the objections of the Medical Council of India (MCI) to start academic session in the newly established Kannauj Medical College (KMC).

Once the Supreme Court gives green signal to the state government, 100 students will get admission in first year MBBS in KMC. The MCI had refused to grant permission to start the session on the ground that the posts of the teachers were lying vacant and college lacks infrastructure facilities.


GMAC to Shell out £2.8m Fine under the Mistreating Customer Policy of FSA

GMACThe sub-prime mortgage company GMAC was hit with a fine of £2.8m for mistreating customers under the "get tough" policy on specialist lenders of Financial Services Authority.

Depicting the rising complaints about the behavior, the company had also agreed to pay £7.7m in compensation to 46,000 customers, charged erroneously a monthly non-payment fee of £15 while they were in arrears.


Famous Iranian reformist journalist released on bail

Famous Iranian reformist journalist released on bailTehran - The Iranian judiciary released on bail a famous journalist arrested in protests following the June 12 election, the labour news agency ILNA reported Friday.

Mohammad Qouchani, senior member of the opposition party Etemad-e Melli and chief editor of the party's newspaper, was freed on Thursday after more than four months in jail, on bail amounting to 100,000 dollars, ILNA said.


Yemen court sentences eight more Shiite rebels to death

Yemen court sentences eight more Shiite rebels to deathSana'a, Yemen - A Yemeni state security court sentenced eight Shiite rebels to death and 12 to jail terms of up to 12 years in the latest of a series of trials involving dozens of rebels.

Two defendants were acquitted because of mental illness.

The verdicts raise to 34 the number of death sentences handed down by the court on Shiite rebels since July.

The men were found guilty of forming an armed group and taking up arms against authorities in Bani-Hushais district, some 30 kilometres north of the capital Sana'a last year.


Madhu Koda Faces Income Tax Interrogation

Madhu KodaToday, the income tax departments squabbled that it has found confirmation of Rs 400 crore hawala transactions linked to former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda. Yesterday, the department had seized huge documents, computer peripherals and other records pertaining to bank details and investments, after the thorough search on about 70 premises allied with Koda.

Moving further with the questing done by tax officials previously, the department will continue with the notice for "detailed questioning" to Koda.   


‘It’s difficult to prove such cases in court’

In Mumbai, the civic Family Planning Department keeps tabs on pre-natal sex determination tests in public and private hospitals. There are 25 authorities in the city that cover 24 wards.

As per the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, all sonography centres — Mumbai has about 1,450 — must be registered. Dr Asha Advani, special civic officer, women and child welfare, spoke to Hindustan Times.

What are the difficulties faced in curbing pre-natal sex determination?

It’s very difficult to prove such cases in court. Collecting evidence is a major problem as in most cases there is a nexus between the doctor and the couple. We send decoy couples to doctors under the cloud of suspicion, but so far we have not succeeded.


CJI, Supreme Court judges declare wealth, finally

Right-to-Information-ActChief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan owns two homes in Kerala and drives a 2000 model Santro.

These details of his wealth and those of 21 of his colleagues in the Supreme Court (SC) were put up “voluntarily” on the court website on Monday. The revelation came after 12 years of resistance to the 1997 resolution — that all judges declare their assets — passed in a full court meeting, mounting public criticism and the decision of some high court judges to declare their assets in August.

Subsequently, the SC had on August 26 announced its decision to do the same.


NHRC to remain without boss for another 6 months

NHRCThe country's human rights watchdog has been without a regular boss for five months and will continue to be so for another six months.

Eligibility conditions were coming in the way of appointing the National Human Rights Commission chairperson, the home ministry has said in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query field by a Delhi resident, Subhash Chandra Aggarwal.

The rights' panel has been without a chairperson ever since Justice (retd) S Rajendra Babu retired on June 1.


Police give evidence over German courtroom murder of Egyptian woman

Police give evidence over German courtroom murder of Egyptian womanDresden - A police officer recounted Tuesday the chaos and confusion inside a German courtroom murder scene, in the trial of a man accused of killing a pregnant Egyptian woman during a hearing on July 1.

Alex W, a German of Russian origin, is accused of stabbing to death Marwa al-Shirbini, 31, during the July appeal hearing after he had been already been ordered to pay a fine for verbally abusing the headscarf-wearing mother at a children's playground in 2008.


Zuma "did not intervene" in release of British, SA mercenaries

Zuma "did not intervene" in release of British, SA mercenariesJohannesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma did not intervene with Equatorial Guinea to obtain the release of convicted British coup plotter Simon Mann and four accomplices, including a South African, his spokesman said Tuesday.

"The answer is categorically 'No'," Vincent Magwenya, Zuma's spokesman told the German Press Agency. "The president did not intervene."


Indonesia court plays phone tapes in politically charged graft case

Indonesia court plays phone tapes in politically charged graft caseJakarta - An Indonesian court on Tuesday played wiretapped recordings of phone conversations allegedly discussing a plot to frame two top anti-corruption commissioners in a case that has implicated senior government officials.

Anti-graft activists said the recordings were proof of a conspiracy involving senior officials in the Attorney General's Office, the national police and the brother of a businessman who was being investigated on graft allegations.


Justice done?

Supreme CourtSupreme Court judges have “voluntarily” declared their assets, ending a 12-year-old wait by the public and activists, but that may not be enough.

Although a welcome beginning has been made, some questions remain: It is not clear whether the citizens can seek information on judges’ wealth and how often the details will be updated. And more importantly, in some cases financial details about their properties have not been mentioned.


Foreign adoption not illegal, says high court

Bombay High CourtThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday held that there was nothing illegal in the adoption process where two minor girls aged 15 and 10 were sent to Spain for rehabilitation.

The division bench of Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice A. R. Joshi on Wednesday rejected the petition filed by a 65-year-old vegetable vendor who had alleged that her grand daughters were given for adoption without her consent.


LHC asks authorities to work out a plan for AQ Khan’s free movement and security

LHC asks authorities to work out a plan for AQ Khan’s free movement and securityRawalpindi, Nov. 5 : The Lahore High Court (LHC) has asked authorities and Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan nuclear program, to work out the issue concerning the nuclear scientist’s free movement and security.

A two-member bench of the LHC observed that since Dr. Khan’s free movement and his security both were necessary, the authorities should work out a plan keeping in view all the important factors.


Delhi High Court stays narco test of Kobad Ghandy

Delhi High Court stays narco test of Kobad GhandyNew Delhi, Nov 5 : The Delhi High Court on Thursday put on hold a planned narco test of Communist Party of India-Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy till December 14.

Justice Indermeet Kaur said the narco-analysis test would not be conducted till December 14, the next date of hearing.

Ghandy had filed an appeal on Wednesday challenging the October 21 order of a lower court that he undergo a narco test.


Cheating hubby pays $100k to ex lover under new Oz ‘mistress laws’!

Cheating hubby pays $100k to ex lover under new Oz ‘mistress laws’!Melbourne, Nov 8 : A cheating husband has paid more than 100,000 dollars to his ex lover as part of Australia''s new ‘mistress laws’.

The Sunday Herald Sun reports that the Melbourne businessman was sued under changes to the Family Law Act - which gives rights to people in de facto relationships and same-sex marriages.

According to legal experts, the payout, prompted by the end of an affair of more than 20 years, will strike fear into the hearts of philanderers Down Under.


Thai senators file lese majeste complaint against former premier

Thai senators file lese majeste complaint against former premierBangkok - A group of conservative Thai senators on Tuesday filed complaints of alleged lese majaeste against former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and The Times of London for an interview on the monarchy that appeared on the paper's website.

The Siam Samakki Group, including 40 appointed senators, filed the complaints with Bangkok police, who must first investigate the charges before bringing the cases to court.


New Zealand court told of "an eye for an eye" coincidence

New Zealand court told of "an eye for an eye" coincidenceWellington - A New Zealand teenager who blinded his best friend when playing with a gun later lost his own eyesight in a "medical misadventure," a court in the North Island town of Hamilton was told, according to a news report Wednesday.

Tomene Shane Kidwell, 18, was sentenced Tuesday to eight months of home detention after pleading guilty to maiming his friend and illegally possessing a pistol.


Hong Kong transsexual battles for right to marry after sex op

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong transsexual was preparing Wednesday for a High Court battle for the right to marry a man after having a sex change operation to become a woman.

The transsexual, who is in her 20s and has asked to remain anonymous, has been told she cannot marry her boyfriend because Hong Kong law only recognizes marriages between a couple born as male and female.

She has now won leave for a judicial review of the ruling by the Registrar of Marriages in a landmark hearing.

Marriages of transsexuals to people of their original gender are possible in Japan, South Korea, Singapore and parts of mainland China as well as countries in Europe.


Astronaut who assaulted romantic rival avoids prison

Astronaut who assaulted romantic rival avoids prisonWashington - Disgraced former astronaut Lisa Nowak was sentenced Tuesday to serve one year of probation for a 2007 attack on her former lover's girlfriend.

The 46-year-old navy captain entered pleas of guilty to charges of felony burglary of a vehicle and misdemeanour battery.

She had faced more serious allegations, including kidnapping- related charges, in the pepper-spray attack on the woman in a parking lot in Orlando, Florida.


Letterman extortion plot: Accused asks judge to dismiss case

Letterman extortion plot: Accused asks judge to dismiss caseWashington, November 11 : The man accused of trying to extort money out of comedian David Letterman over his sexual affairs with female staffers has asked a New York judge to dismiss the case.

Letterman confessed having bedded a number of his female co-workers and issued a public apology to his wife Regina Lasko on his ‘Late Show with David Letterman’.

He approached authorities telling them that he was being blackmailed to pay 2 million dollars to keep the information out of the public domain.


Amnesty slams China's "hasty" execution of rioters in far west

Amnesty slams China's "hasty" execution of rioters in far westAmnesty slams China's "hasty" execution of rioters in far westBeijing - Amnesty International on Wednesday criticized China for its "hasty" execution of nine people convicted of murder, arson and other violent crimes during ethnic rioting in the far western province of Xinjiang in July.


Danish student journalist detained in Iran returns to Denmark

Copenhagen - A Danish student journalist who was detained in Iran a week ago for allegedly working illegally returned to Denmark Wednesday following his release.

Niels Krogsgard, who is studying at the University of Southern Denmark, was arrested in Tehran on November 4 at a protest rally against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

He told reporters at Copenhagen Airport that while in detention he was questioned about his sources in Iran.

Krogsgard, along with fellow Danish student, Henrik Fallesen, had been in the Islamic republic doing research for an essay on Iranian politics.

He said they planned to complete the essay.


AQ Khan’s name not in Exit Control List: Pak Attorney General

AQ Khan’s name not in Exit Control List: Pak Attorney GeneralIslamabad, Nov. 12 : The Pakistan Supreme Court has been told that disgraced nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan’s name does not figure in the Exit Control List (ECL).

During a hearing on a complaint filed by Dr. Khan challenging his movement restrictions, Acting Attorney General of Pakistan (AAG) Shah Khawar informed the three-member Supreme Court bench that Dr. Khan was not on the ECL, The Dawn reports.


Australia to extradite alleged war criminal to Hungary

Australia to extradite alleged war criminal to HungarySydney - An 88-year-old Australian citizen accused of killing a Jewish teenager in his native Hungary in 1944 learned Thursday he had lost his legal battle to prevent extradition to face a war-crimes trial in Budapest.

The Australian government approved the extradition of Charles Zentai, giving Hungarian authorities two months to arrange his surrender into their care.

Zentai denies an accusation from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre that he participated in the fatal beating of 18-year-old Peter Balazs in Budapest in 1944.


Judge in Zimbabwe Bennett trial asked to recuse himself

Judge in Zimbabwe Bennett trial asked to recuse himselfHarare - The defence team of Zimbabwean politician Roy Bennett on Thursday asked the High Court judge in his terrorism case to recuse himself, saying they feared bias.

Bennett's lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa told reporters the defence team had asked Judge Chinembiri Bhunu during a hearing in his chambers "whether he could hand over to another judge".

Bhunu said he would give his answer Monday, she said.


No questions on judges’ assets: HC

Right-to-Information-ActNo further questions need to be entertained under the Right to Information Act on the wealth details of the Supreme Court judges posted on its website, Delhi High Court observed on Thursday.

But the court said the 1997 resolution passed by the Supreme Court judges for declaring their assets was binding on them as it was part of the self-regulatory mechanism for the judiciary.

“There is no obligation to give further information under RTI other than what is on the website. What can be disclosed is only the information with the Chief Justice of India,” it said.


Family of slain Egyptian to sue German court

Family of slain Egyptian to sue German courtCairo - The family of slain Egyptian pharmacist Marwa el- Shirbini plans to sue the German court where she was killed, an Egyptian newspaper reported Friday.

The family, saying there was advanced warning of Alex Wiens' planned attack, would charge that the court failed to provide protection for the pregnant mother-of-one, the report said.

Hamdi Khalifa, the lead lawyer on the case, told al-Masry al-Youm that security at the court was "woefully inadequate."


Swiss businessmen "terrified" of leaving embassy in Tripoli

Swiss businessmen "terrified" of leaving embassy in TripoliGeneva/Tripoli - Two Swiss businessmen detained in Libya since the summer of 2008 are "terrified" of leaving their country's embassy in Tripoli, a newspaper Friday quoted the wife of one as saying.

Speaking to the Swiss daily Le Matin after Libyan Foreign Ministry official Khalid Keim said Max Goldi and Rashid Hamdani would be put on trial for visa violations and tax evasion, Rashid's wife, Bruna, said the two seemed "more afraid," in her conversations with them.


Apex court dismisses Mayawati's plea on Taj Heritage trial

Apex court dismisses Mayawati's plea on Taj Heritage trialNew Delhi, Nov 16 The Supreme Court Monday dismissed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's plea challenging an Allahabad High Court decision to entertain a lawsuit seeking revival of a corruption case in the multi-crore Taj Heritage Corridor scam.

A bench of Justice V. S. Sirpurkar and Justice B. Sudershan Reddy dismissed Mayawati's plea saying that the apex court cannot stop high courts from entertaining lawsuits.


Apex court seeks government stand on pre-paid mobile ban in Kashmir

Apex court seeks government stand on pre-paid mobile ban in KashmirNew Delhi, Nov 16 Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh has approached the Supreme Court for restoration of pre-paid mobile connections in Kashmir, which were banned by the central government over security concerns.

An apex court bench of Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B. S. Chauhan Monday sought the central government's stand on the issue of restoring prepaid mobile telephony in Jammu and Kashmir within two weeks.


Trousers still a no-no for women in Paris

Trousers still a no-no for women in ParisLondon, Nov 17 : A law