The Sörmland County Council in central Sweden ‘accidentally’ hired a convicted criminal who had served a long prison sentence for threatening to blow up oil storage tanks and had to pay 1million kronor in severance pay to get rid of him. …
Prosecutors stated that draping the flag over a vehicle during the 2011 rally was an offense under the new restrictions, Associated Press reported adding that the specific charges remained unclear.Abdulla Sayegh admitted that he attended pro-reform protests, however maintained that many Bahrainis fly flags from vehicles during all kinds of gatherings, be it celebrations, anti-government or pro-government rallies.The demonstrator plans to appeal the jail sentence and the 100 dinar ($265) fine, according to his defense lawyer Hashim Saleh.This comes after six tweeters were jailed on Wednesday for posting comments about King Hamad bin Issa al Khalifa, which the court regarded as ‘abusing freedom of expression.’In April, Bahrain introduced stricter penalties making it illegal to insult the Gulf state’s King Hamad or national symbols, charges that carry up to five-year jail sentences.These measures come against the background of two years of protests led by the kingdom’s majority Shiites against the minority Sunni-led government. The protesters are continuingly calling for a transfer to a democratic system of government. Shiites complain of discrimination in jobs and government while in turn their loyalty is questioned by the Al Khalifa ruling family.Rallies intensified as Bahrain was to host a Formula 1 race on April 21, protestors labeling the event ‘race for blood’ as it overshadows the many alleged human rights abuses in the Gulf kingdom. Human Rights Watch cites multiple reports of physical and psychological torture that emerged during the grand prix.Earlier in the week, the kingdom for the second time canceled the visit of the UN’s special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, who was to probe police abuses of power.More than 80 people have died in uprisings since the pro-democracy protests begun in February 2011, according to Human Rights Watch. The government denies the allegations of discrimination and of arbitrary arrests and abuses by security forces. …
Berlusconi fires on Italian justice over his tax… 12/05/2013 02:36 CET
Italy: Berlusconi tax fraud conviction upheld 09/05/2013 00:35 CET
Silvio Berlusconi sentenced to jail over wiretap… 07/03/2013 13:34 CET
Berlusconi sex trial to rule before the election 14/01/2013 20:04 CET
Berlusconi agrees 36mln a year divorce deal 28/12/2012 17:34 CET
Prosecutors in the ‘Rubygate’ scandal are demanding a six-year prison sentence for Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
They also want Berlusconi banned from public office for life.
The Milan trial is to deal with accusations the ex-prime minister had sex with with an underage girl in 2010.
“The prosecutor is doing the right thing by pushing forward with the proceedings. Whoever deserves to be sentenced must be sentenced and go to jail. We are fed up. I’m from Milan and almost 90 years old. I’ve never seen such dirty tricks being played against judges. Not even during the fascist era under Il Duce, Mussolini,” said Milan resident Giuseppe Recalcati.
Berlusconi is charged with paying a 17-year-old “Ruby the Heartstealer” for sex at one of the infamous “bunga-bunga” parties.
Ruby’s real name is Karima El-Mahroug.
Both she and Berlusconi deny the allegations.
The former prime minister recently lost an appeal to overturn his conviction for tax fraud and four-year prison sentence.
The verdict is expected on June 24.
Copyright © 2013 euronews
Venezuelans hold rival rallies as election dispute… 02/05/2013 01:36 CET
Paris judge to rule on Hopi Indian masks auction 12/04/2013 08:40 CET
Sarkozy case: judge receives death threats 28/03/2013 18:48 CET
France in bitter row over claims against Sarkozy 23/03/2013 00:45 CET
Former French President Sarkozy under investigation 22/03/2013 01:06 CET
Notorious communist militant Carlos the Jackal is appealing his life sentence in France.
The Venezuelan, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, has asked the court in Paris to appoint a new lawyer.
He has also asked Caracas to request extradition so he can return to his home country.
Representative of victims of the attack, Françoise Rudetzki of SOS Attentats, said: “We don’t really expect anything from Carlos. I only hope that he’ll show more respect towards the victims than he did in his first trial when he described the victims as “only collateral damage”. I hope he has grown and thought about it, and that he won’t despise the victims anymore, but respect them, like we respect his right to appeal”.
After being captured in Sudan in 1994, Carlos, 63, was convicted of murder for two attacks in the 1982 and 1983 in Marseille and Paris that killed 11 people.
He had previously been convicted of triple murder in 1975.
Carlos could face another trial for the deaths of two people during a 1974 Paris bombing of the Drugstore Saint-Germain.
Copyright © 2013 euronews
Breivik’s application did not pass the legal requirements for registering an association he wanted to call “The Norwegian fascist party and the Nordic league,” a spokeswoman for Norwegian registration body told Aftenposten daily on Friday.”To be an association, you need to have two people or more… and in this case, there’s only Breivik,” Mette Siri Broenmo said.There were other irregularities in Breivik’s application that barred him from founding his organization, she added.Tord Jordet, Breivik’s lawyer, said his client intended to re-apply.Breivik was the perpetrator behind Norway’s worst postwar episode of violence. In July 2011, he bombed a government building in Oslo and then went on a shooting rampage at a gathering of young activists who were members of the country’s ruling political party.The crimes, for which he received the maximum sentence of 21 years in prison, were motivated by his extremist anti-Islamic and anti-liberal political views, which he espoused during his trial. …
The prison sentence of disgraced former Enron chief executive Jeff Skilling will be cut by as much as 10 years under a deal announced Wednesday by federal criminal prosecutors. Currently in prison on a 24 year sentence for for securities fraud, false statements and other charges, Skilling will see…
Italy’s Letta edges closer to forming new government 25/04/2013 16:40 CET
Italian President to name his choice for PM 24/04/2013 00:56 CET
Italy’s designated PM vows to revive politics 24/04/2013 12:59 CET
Napolitano saves Italy from further political… 20/04/2013 14:34 CET
Napolitano elected for a second term as Italian… 20/04/2013 18:15 CET
An appeals court in Milan has upheld the tax fraud conviction and four-year prison sentence against Silvio Berlusconi .
The case involving his television company could see the former Italian Prime MInister barred from public office for five years.
The penalties however, would only come into force if the 3 stroke process allowed under Italian law has been exhausted.
In other trials over the years, Mr Berlusconi has been accused of charges including accounting fraud, perjury, bribery and corruption all of which he has denied and has been been acquitted or let off under statutes of limitations
In October, a court convicted the 76 year old media mogul in a scheme that involved inflating the price, his Mediaset media empire paid for TV rights to U.S. movies and pocketing the difference.
Berlusconi denies all charges and says he’s a victim of politically motivated prosecutors.
Copyright © 2013 euronews