Law & Order

France rejects asylum request by Wikileaks founder Assange

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France swiftly rejected on July 3 a request for asylum by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Hurriyet – PARIS – Reuters The founder of the transparency website had appealed directly to President Francois Hollande, days after Wikileaks published documents showing the United States had spied on successive French leaders, including Hollande himself. “My life is in danger,” Assange wrote in a ... Read More »

French soldiers accused of paedophilia in custody in France

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Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso returned home on July 2 and were taken into custody, said a legal source. Hurriyet – PARIS – Agence France-Presse The men, accused of sexually assaulting two girls aged three and five at a hotel swimming pool, were repatriated after being questioned by French and Burkinabe military ... Read More »

Victorian Transport Department drops myki court challenge after QC takes case

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Victoria’s Transport Department has again refused to defend its embattled myki ticketing system in court after prominent human rights barrister Julian Burnside QC took a personal interest in defending a commuter. The Age - Rania Spooner and Cameron Houston The department suddenly withdrew an allegation of fare evasion against Melbourne woman Lindy Muto when it learnt of the involvement of Mr Burnside at ... Read More »

On Thinner Ice: The Final Phase of Colombia’s Peace Talks

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Latin America Briefing N°32 – ICG – The Overview is also available in: Spanish  OVERVIEW The peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) enter their toughest stretch both vulnerable and resilient. The former quality was displayed on 22 May, when the collapse of the guerrillas’ five-month old unilateral ceasefire triggered the worst escalation of ... Read More »

Son of mafia boss did work experience at Australian embassy, investigation claims

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Investigation claims mafia links to senior Australian politicians The Independent – Siobhan Fenton   A number of links have existed between the Italian mafia and senior Australian politicians, it has been alleged. The relationship between the two groups was so close that the son of a “key mafia figure” completed work experience at the Australian embassy in Rome, despite the same ... Read More »

US Supreme Court backs use of contentious execution drug

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BBC – The US Supreme Court has upheld the use of a contentious drug used in executions, saying it does not violate a ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling is a setback to opponents of the death penalty, who say midazolam is not suitable for lethal injections. The drug raised concerns after it was used in executions in ... Read More »

Rwandan intelligence chief arrested in London

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Karenzi Karake held at the request of Spain over alleged war crimes The Telegraph – By Reuters British police arrested Rwandan intelligence chief Karenzi Karake at the request of Spain, where he is wanted in connection with war crimes. Mr Karake, director general of the African country’s National Intelligence and Security Services, was arrested at London Heathrow Airport on Saturday, ... Read More »