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Italian Investigators Conclude DNA Evidence Is ‘Unreliable’ in Knox Murder Case

Posted June 29th, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Independent forensic investigators in Italy have concluded that much of the DNA evidence used to convict American student Amanda Knox and her co-defendant of the 2007 murder of her British roommate is unreliable and possibly contaminated. In a report Wednesday, the court-appointed experts said that DNA testing used against Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele […]

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Russian Officer Convicted of Treason

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian military court on Monday handed down a 25-year sentence to a former senior intelligence officer for exposing 10 agents who were spying on the United States. Colonel Alexander Poteyev was found guilty in absentia of high treason and desertion for betraying the so-called “sleeper cell” network whose agents posed as American professionals in […]

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Witness in Italy Trial Accuses Knox of Murder

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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A witness called to the appeal trial in Italy of Amanda Knox accused the young American of murdering her British student roommate. Rudy Herman Guede, who has already been convicted for his role in the killing, told the court Monday he believed that Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had stabbed Meredith Kercher. Prosecutors have […]

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Russian Court Convicts Former Spy of Treason

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 5:35 am (UTC-5)
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A military court in Moscow has found a former Russian intelligence officer guilty of high treason and desertion for his part in helping U.S. authorities arrest 10 Russian “sleeper” agents in June of last year. The court on Monday convicted Alexander Poteyev on charges of helping expose a ring of Russian spies who had been […]

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Saudi Trial Opens for 85 Al-Qaida Suspects

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 6:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Saudi Arabia’s state news agency says 85 suspected al-Qaida members have gone on trial in a Riyadh court in connection with attacks against the kingdom, including a deadly 2003 terrorist attack. The SPA news agency said Sunday that some of the defendants are charged with carrying out car bombings on three Riyadh housing compounds for […]

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4 DRCongo Police Sentenced to Death for Activist’s Murder

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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A military court in the Democratic Republic of Congo has sentenced four police officers to death for the murder of an influential human rights activist. The court sentenced another police officer to life in prison for the death of Floribert Chebeya. Chebeya headed one of Congo’s most prominent human rights organizations – Voice of the […]

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French Ex-President Chirac Trial to Restart in September

Posted June 20th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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A Paris court says the long-delayed trial of former French president Jacques Chirac on corruption charges will resume September 5. Mr. Chirac is accused of misusing public funds while serving as the mayor of Paris between 1977 and 1995. He allegedly used the money to pay friends and political allies for non-existent jobs. His nine […]

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Two Convicted Criminals Support Knox’s Appeal in Italy

Posted June 18th, 2011 at 8:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Two convicted Italian criminals have testified that American citizen Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend are innocent in the 2007 murder of a young British woman In Italy. Mario Alessi, serving a sentence for kidnapping and killing a child, told an appeals court in Italy Saturday that a friend of co-defendant Rudy Herman Guede […]

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Indonesian Cleric Sentenced to 15 Years in Terror Trial

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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A court sentenced Indonesian radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir on Thursday to 15 years in prison for his role in setting up and financing a terrorist training camp. The white-robed preacher showed little reaction to the sentence, which came at the end of a six-month trial. Around 3,000 Indonesian security forces were on guard around […]

Indonesia Mounts Security Cordon Ahead of Bashir Verdict

Posted June 16th, 2011 at 1:55 am (UTC-5)
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Around 3,000 Indonesian security forces are on guard around a Jakarta courthouse where judges are about to deliver their verdict in the terrorism trial of a radical Islamist preacher. Several hundred supporters of Abu Bakar Bashir packed the courtroom and are watching outside on television monitors, awaiting what many expect will be a guilty verdict. […]

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