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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.