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China Sentences Ex-Police Chief to 15 Years

Posted September 24th, 2012 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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China has handed a 15-year sentence to an ex-police chief who helped expose a political scandal that brought down the Communist Party’s rising star Bo Xilai. A court on Monday found Wang Lijun guilty of defection, abuse of power, bribery and bending the law for selfish ends. Wang did not contest the charges. State media […]

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China Sentences Ex-Police Chief to Prison

Posted September 23rd, 2012 at 9:50 pm (UTC-5)
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A Chinese court has sentenced to 15 years in prison the ex-police chief who set off a political scandal and brought down top politician Bo Xilai. The official Xinhua news agency says Wang Lijun was guilty of defection, abuse of power, bribe-taking and bending the law for selfish ends. Last February, Wang fled to the […]

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Sentences in Turkey’s “Sledgehammer’ Conspiracy trial

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A Turkish court has convicted 330 active and retired military officers of charges they planned to overthrow the government. The court issued the verdicts Friday, initially sentencing the coup leaders – former army commander Cetin Dogan, former air force chief Ibrahim Firtina and former navy chief Ozden Ornek – to life behind bars. It then […]

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China: Ex-Police Chief Doesn’t Contest Charges as Trial Ends

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 5:55 am (UTC-5)
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A former Chinese police chief at the center of a major Communist Party scandal did not contest charges against him Tuesday as his trial ended in the central city of Chengdu. Wang Lijun is accused of defection and abuse of power related to a February incident where he fled to a U.S. consulate with details […]

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China: Ex-Police Chief Doesn’t Contest Charges as Trial Ends

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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A former Chinese police chief who revealed details about a major Communist Party scandal did not contest charges against him Tuesday as his trial ended in the central city of Chengdu. Wang Lijun is accused of defection and abuse of power related to a February incident where he fled to a U.S. consulate with details […]

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China Continues Trial of Controversial Ex-Police Chief

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 2:00 am (UTC-5)
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The trial of an ex-police chief who revealed details about a major Communist Party scandal has resumed in the central city of Chengdu. The official Xinhua news agency says Wang Lijun stood “open trial” Tuesday for bribe-taking and bending the law for selfish ends, following a “closed-door trial” Monday on charges of defection and abuse […]

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China Opens Trial of Controversial Ex-Police Chief

Posted September 17th, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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China has started the trial — in secret — of the controversial former police chief at the center of the country’s worst political crisis in decades. Wang Lijun went to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu in February, divulged the murder of a British businessman and implicated the wife of his boss, senior politician Bo Xilai, […]

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Pol Pot’s Sister-in-Law Deemed Unfit to Stand Trial, Released

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Cambodia’s United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal has ordered the release of Ieng Thirith, the aging sister-in-law of former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. On Thursday, the court said the 80-year-old – once dubbed the “First Lady” of the Khmer Rouge – is unfit to stand trial for genocide because of a degenerative illness, likely Alzheimer’s […]

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Pol Pot’s Sister-in-Law Deemed Unfit to Stand Trial, Released

Posted September 13th, 2012 at 2:50 am (UTC-5)
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Cambodia’s United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal has ordered the release of Ieng Thirith, the aging sister-in-law of former Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot. On Thursday, the court said the 80-year-old – once dubbed the “First Lady” of the Khmer Rouge – is unfit to stand trial for genocide because of a degenerative illness, likely Alzheimer’s […]

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US, EU Condemn Russian Sentence for Punk Band

Posted August 17th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States, European governments and human rights activists have condemned the two-year prison sentence given to members of a Russian punk rock band. A Russian judge handed down the sentence for three members of the band Pussy Riot who performed a song ridiculing President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral. The U.S. State Department […]

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