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US Polygamist Sentenced to Life for Sexual Abuse of Children

Posted August 9th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. jury has sentenced polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs to life in prison for sexually assaulting two children he claimed were his “spiritual” brides. The jury in the southwestern state of Texas deliberated for less than an hour before delivering its verdict Tuesday. The sentence was the maximum allowed. He received life in prison […]

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Former Guatemalan Soldiers Sentenced in Civil War Trial

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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A Guatemalan court Tuesday sentenced four former soldiers to 6,060 years in prison each for the 1982 massacre of 201 men, women and children during the Guatemalan civil war. The court sentenced them to 30 years for each person killed, plus an additional 30 years for each murder as a crime against humanity. The length […]

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Turkmenistan Jails 10 Central Bank Employees in Rare Open Trial

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkmenistan has sentenced 10 central bank employees, including several senior bank officials, to jail terms of up to 15 years after they were convicted of corruption in an open trial. The verdicts for the 10 were broadcast on state television. They were found guilty of extorting construction project bribes worth nearly $5 million. It is […]

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Rights Group: Bangladesh Should Ensure Fair Trial for Mutiny Suspects

Posted July 27th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch is calling on Bangladesh to stop mass trials for the hundreds of border guards accused in the 2009 mutiny that left 74 people dead. The New York-based rights group says that those responsible for the deadly mutiny should be held accountable, but in military and civilian courts that meet international fair trial […]

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Guatemala 1982 Massacre Trial Begins

Posted July 25th, 2011 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Four Guatemalan soldiers proclaimed their innocence on the opening day of trial Monday for a 1982 massacre that claimed at least 250 lives. The massacre took place in the village of Dos Erres. The four defendants say they were stationed elsewhere at the time of the attack. The trial in Guatemala City is the latest […]

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Japanese Man Receives Life Imprisonment for Rape and Murder of British Woman

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Japanese man convicted of raping and murdering a British teacher has been sentenced to life in prison. Japan’s Chiba District Court on Thursday sentenced Tatsuya Ichihashi for killing 22-year-old Lindsay Ann Hawker. Hawker’s parents were present on Thursday to hear the verdict. Her father had previously asked the court to show Ichihashi no mercy. […]

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“Eco-Terrorists” Go On Trial in Switzerland

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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Three accused eco-terrorists went on trial in Switzerland’s highest criminal court Tuesday for their involvement in an alleged plot to blow up an IBM research center near Zurich. The trial for Costantino Alfonso Ragusa, his wife Silvia Ragusa Guerini and their Swiss friend Luca “Billy” Cristos Bernasconi opened one hour late due to the security […]

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Milan Court Turns Down Berlusconi Request To Move Sex Trial To Rome

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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A court in Milan has denied a defense request to move the sex trial of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to a special tribunal in Rome. Prosecutors say the 74-year-old Berlusconi paid a 17-year old Moroccan girl known as Ruby for sex at his villa. They says he also tried to use his influence to […]

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Anwar Ibrahim Defense to Present Witnesses From August 8

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 3:28 am (UTC-5)
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Lawyers for Anwar Ibrahim will have three weeks beginning August 8 to present their witnesses in the Malaysian opposition leader’s long-running sodomy trial. A high court judge announced the dates Wednesday, setting the stage for Anwar to take the stand in his own defense for the first time. His lawyers will try to prove the […]

Anwar Ibrahim Defense to Present Witnesses From August 8

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 3:28 am (UTC-5)
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Lawyers for Anwar Ibrahim will have three weeks beginning August 8 to present their witnesses in the Malaysian opposition leader’s long-running sodomy trial. A high court judge announced the dates Wednesday, setting the stage for Anwar to take the stand in his own defense for the first time. His lawyers will try to prove the […]

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