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Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison

A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal on Friday announced a much-awaited ruling in a corruption case against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, sentencing him to 10 years in prison over purchases of luxury apartments in London. Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal on Friday announced a much-awaited ruling in… link: Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJul 6th, 2018

Myanmar court sentences Reuters reporters to 7 years in jail

YANGON, Myanmar --- A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison Monday for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling met with international condemnation that will add to outrage over the military's human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had been reporting on the brutal crackdown on the Rohingya when they were arrested and charged with to violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, punishable by up to 14 years in prison. They had pleaded not guilty, contending that they were framed by police. "Today is a sad day for Myanmar, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, and the press everywhere," Stephen ...Keep on reading: Myanmar court sentences Reuters reporters to 7 years in jail.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Couple jailed in Germany for selling son to pedophiles online

A German court Tuesday handed down lengthy jail sentences to a couple for repeatedly sexually abusing their young son and selling him to pedophiles online for more than two years. In a case that shocked the country and raised serious questions about child protection services in Germany, the regional court in Freiburg sentenced the boy's mother, Berrin Taha, to 12-and-a-half years in prison. Her husband Christian Lais, the boy's stepfather whom he called "papa", received a 12-year sentence followed by preventive detention. Lais, 39, had a previous conviction for child abuse, raising questions why he was allowed to live in a home with a child present. The court found that the u...Keep on reading: Couple jailed in Germany for selling son to pedophiles online.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years for corruption

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad on Friday, July 6, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party's troubled campaign ahead of the July 25 elections. "(Sharif) has been awarded 10 years ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Egypt court sentences lawyer to jail over rape remarks

CAIRO, Egypt – An Egyptian court on Saturday, December 2, sentenced a lawyer who said woman wearing ripped jeans should be raped to 3 years in prison, a judicial source said. The sentence against Nabih al-Wahsh was passed in absentia as the lawyer, previously released on bail, did not attend ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

South Korean court sentences Samsung heir to 5 years prison

SEOUL — A South Korean court sentenced the billionaire chief of Samsung to five years in prison for crimes that helped topple the country's president, a stun.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 25th, 2017

EU blasts Myanmar’s jailing of reporters after Suu Kyi defense

STRASBOURG, France--- The EU's diplomatic chief on Thursday condemned Myanmar's jailing of two Reuters journalists, hours after the country's tarnished democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi strongly defended the men's treatment. A court in Myanmar jailed Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for seven years last week for breaching the country's hardline Official Secrets Act while reporting on the Rohingya crisis. The trial was widely seen as a bid to muzzle the press, and the reporters' harsh sentences have attracted a chorus of international criticism. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini repeated a call for the reporters' immediate, unconditional release, saying they had not had a fair ...Keep on reading: EU blasts Myanmar’s jailing of reporters after Suu Kyi defense.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Garnett sues accountant over $77M lost to wealth manager

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett is suing an accountant and his firm, alleging they helped a wealth manager steal $77 million from the retired Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics star. The federal malpractice lawsuit alleges Kentucky-based accountant Michael Wertheim and Welenken CPAs enabled Charles Banks IV of Atlanta to defraud Garnett through businesses in which Garnett and Banks shared an interest. The lawsuit contends Wertheim "possessed actual knowledge that Banks was helping himself to millions of dollars of Garnett's money and did nothing about it." "Banks intentionally ... looted Garnett of his earnings and assets for many years, including the many years that Welenken and Wertheim provided accounting services to Garnett and his business interests," according to the lawsuit, which was initially filed in Hennepin County District Court and moved Wednesday to U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Defense attorney Greg Simpson told the Star Tribune his clients deny the allegations and will "vigorously" fight the suit. Banks was not named as a defendant. Banks was sentenced last year to four years in federal prison for defrauding another former NBA star, retired San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan, of millions of dollars. In one of Duncan's deals with Banks, Duncan said he was told Garnett would be a partner. Garnett's attorney, Mark Gaughan, declined to say why Banks was not named as a defendant. Gaughan said that "based upon the facts, we are confident this matter ultimately will be resolved in Mr. Garnett's favor." The lawsuit claims Wertheim "took direction from Banks and for some reason chose to have virtually no contact with Garnett." According to the lawsuit, Wertheim prepared financial statements, was a registered agent for companies in which Garnett held a financial interest, and added his name to bank accounts holding Garnett's money. Wertheim also "worked in concert" with Banks to put Garnett on an allowance and set budgets that the 15-time NBA all-star was urged to follow, the suit read. Garnett retired with the Timberwolves in 2016......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar over secrets act – BBC News

A court in Myanmar has sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison for violating a state secrets act […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

SKorean ex-president Park’s sentence extended

SEOUL: A South Korean appeal court on Friday extended ex-president Park Geun-hye’s prison sentence for corruption and abuse of power by one year. The decision by the Seoul High Court means the former head of state, who was ousted after a sprawling graft scandal triggered mass protests, faces 25 years in jail in the case. [...] The post SKorean ex-president Park’s sentence extended appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Ex-Brazil football boss gets 4 years in prison in FIFA probe

NEW YORK --- A former South American football official convicted on corruption charges in the sprawling FIFA bribery scandal was sentenced in federal court to four years in prison on Wednesday. Jose Maria Marin, a former president of Brazil's soccer federation, also was ordered to forfeit $3.3 million and pay a $1.2 million fine in connection with his participation in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for the media and marketing rights to various soccer tournaments, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. "His crime was one of pure, unmitigated and unchecked greed," said Judge Pamela Chen, who said she wanted "to send a message ...Keep on reading: Ex-Brazil football boss gets 4 years in prison in FIFA probe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

Duterte fires former PMA comptroller tried in P15-M malversation case

President Rodrigo Duterte approved on Tuesday night the dismissal of a military official who had been court- martialed for the malversation of P15 million in allowances of cadets at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA). In the middle of his speech before businessmen at the launching of the "Pilipinas Angat Lahat" program in Malacaang, the President signed the dismissal order of Maj. Hector Maraa, a PMA comptroller who had been previously relieved of his post,. The President also approved the recommendation of the military court to sentence Maraa to a prison term of six to 12 years. The officer was also charged with fraud, conduct unbecoming of an officer, and conduct pre...Keep on reading: Duterte fires former PMA comptroller tried in P15-M malversation case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Thai monk who flew in high style gets prison for fraud

BANGKOK --- A former Buddhist monk who became infamous for a jet-set lifestyle has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison in connection with funds he raised from followers. Wirapol Sukphol appeared in 2013 on a YouTube video in his monk's robe aboard a private jet with a Louis Vuitton carry-on and wearing aviator sunglasses. He was also accused of sexual peccadilloes, and fled to the United States, from where he was extradited last year. The Ratchada Criminal Court in Bangkok sentenced him Thursday to 114 years in prison for fraud, money laundering and violation of the computer crime act for spending money he solicited for building Buddhist statuary and temple improvem...Keep on reading: Thai monk who flew in high style gets prison for fraud.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2018

Iligan court convicts 2 for child cyberporn

Two persons have been sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Iligan City regional trial court for online sexual exploitation of children......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

SC downgrades criminal case vs businessman in housing scam, paves way for release from jail

THE Supreme Court en banc has downgraded the criminal case against the owner of a real estate firm linked to a housing scam four years ago that has paved the way for his release from prison. The high tribunal ruled that the charge of syndicated estafa against Delfin Lee of Globe Asiatique be downgraded to [...] The post SC downgrades criminal case vs businessman in housing scam, paves way for release from jail appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

Myanmar journalist testifies he didn’t know about documents

YANGON, Myanmar --- One of the two Reuters journalists charged with possessing official information has testified that he knew nothing about documents that police allegedly found on his phone and had no idea where they came from. Kyaw Soe Oo and colleague Wa Lone have pleaded innocent to violating Myanmar's Official Secrets Act, under which they could get up to 14 years in prison if convicted. The two say they were framed by police, apparently because of their reporting on the brutal crackdown by security forces on minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Their lawyer, Than Zaw Aung, told reporters after Monday's court session that documents presented as prosecu...Keep on reading: Myanmar journalist testifies he didn’t know about documents.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

South Korea court gives former president 8 more years in prison

SEOUL, South Korea – Disgraced South Korean president Park Geun-hye was convicted of charges including illegally receiving funds from the country's spy agency on Friday, July 20, and given 8 more years in prison, on top of her current term. Park, the South's first female president, was impeached last year after ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years prison

China on Wednesday sentenced a veteran pro-democracy campaigner to 13 years in prison on vaguely defined subversion charges, one day after releasing the widow of a Nobel Peace Prize laureate after eight years of house arrest. Source link link: China sentences veteran rights activist to 13 years' prison.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Nassar, trainer charged with sex assault; Karolyis cleared

By David Warren, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Texas prosecutors on Friday filed sexual assault charges against Larry Nassar and a trainer who worked at his side, expanding the worst abuse scandal in U.S. sports history beyond Michigan while also clearing world-renowned gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi whose ranch served as a training site for Olympians. Nassar, a former sports doctor, was charged with sexually assaulting six minors in Walker County, home of the Karolyi ranch, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Houston. A grand jury also indicted former sports medicine trainer Debra Van Horn on one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child, making her the first person other than Nassar to be charged in direct connection with the assaults. She had worked at Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics for 30 years. Walker County District Attorney David Weeks said Van Horn was charged as "acting as a party" with Nassar. He didn't elaborate. Efforts to reach her for comment were unsuccessful, and the name of her lawyer wasn't immediately known. In Michigan, Nassar was sentenced earlier this year to decades in prison, after hundreds of women and girls accused him of molesting them with his hands under the guise of medical treatment. They said the abuse went as far back as the 1990s while he worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. A victim, Mattie Larson, told a judge in January that Van Horn "would be in the room many of the times Larry abused me. If a trainer, a professional trainer, doesn't say anything about it, I should trust her. At least that's what I thought." The Karolyis have denied wrongdoing . They couldn't be reached for comment Friday; a call to the number listed for Bela Karolyi wasn't answered. "The Karolyis were and remain fully cooperative with this investigation. There is no corroborated evidence of any criminal conduct" by the couple, said Stephanie Stroud, a Walker County prosecutor. Stroud said investigators tried to determine if anyone at the ranch knew about Nassar's conduct and didn't report it. But the two-year statute of limitations had already lapsed on any possible misdemeanor charges of failure to report. "That in no way means there was no wrongdoing at the ranch or within the ranks of USAG," Stroud said, referring to USA Gymnastics. "It is our belief that there was a total failure by USAG to protect the athletes that were part of their program and to take appropriate action once they were made aware of Dr. Nassar's actions." In a statement, USA Gymnastics said it is cooperating with Texas investigators and is committed "to doing everything possible to prevent this from happening again." Nassar, 54, probably won't be free again due to his long prison sentences for assault and child pornography crimes. But Weeks, the district attorney, said he still wants to bring him to Texas to face the charges. "There are a number of hoops we have to jump through to get him here," Weeks told reporters. The Karolyis are suing the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, seeking more than $1 million for the canceled sale of their training center near Huntsville — a transaction that tanked in the wake of the Nassar scandal. Several former gymnasts have also filed lawsuits. One of them, Sabrina Vega, filed a lawsuit in May alleging USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Karolyis failed to protect her and other athletes. Vega, who was on the team that won a gold medal at the 2011 World Championships, alleges the organizations and the Karolyis ignored signs about Nassar's behavior or should have known he posed a risk. She said Nassar molested her hundreds of times during medical treatments from 2008, when she was 12 years old, until 2012. Vega said the abuse occurred during competitions and at the Karolyi ranch. Congress passed a bill in January that makes members of amateur sports organizations, including those that run Olympic sports, mandatory reporters of sexual abuse. It also requires the organizations to implement standard protections for athletes. ___ Associated Press reporters Ed White and Corey Williams in Detroit, Terry Wallace in Dallas and researcher Monika Mathur in New York contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Blogger gets 5 years in jail for P2-M estafa

The Malabon Regional Trial Court (RTC) has slapped self-styled businessman and blogger Xian Gaza with five years and six months in prison after being found guilty of estafa for issuing bouncing checks in the amount of P2 million to a businesswoman.   In a June 21 order, Malabon RTC Branch 120 Judge Maya Joy Guiyab-Camposanto also ordered Gaza to pay P2.18 million to Melissa Cruz, who charged him for violating the antibouncing check law.   Gaza, who rose to internet fame after his billboard stint asking actress Erich Gonzales out for coffee, was allegedly also involved in investment scams.   Cruz and another businessman, Jaime Asuncion, had charged Gaza of...Keep on reading: Blogger gets 5 years in jail for P2-M estafa.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Turkey charges father of NBA’s Kanter as terror group member

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with “membership in a terror group,” the country’s official news agency reported Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). The indictment followed an investigation of Mehmet Kanter, and prosecutors planned to seek his conviction and a prison term of five to 10 years at trial, Anadolu Agency said. It’s unclear when the trial in western Tekirdag province would begin. Enes Kanter, who plays for the New York Knicks, is a follower of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric who the government accuses of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016. Cleric Fethullah Gulen has denied the allegation, but tens of thousands of people suspected of ties to his network have been arrested or fired. The elder Kanter, a professor, was purged from public service after the coup attempt and detained for five days last summer. Anadolu said the indictment alleges he contacted some 120 suspects with alleged links to Gulen, including dozens who were said to have communicated through an encrypted messaging application. Enes Kanter, a former Oklahoma City Thunder center, has been a vocal critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. His Turkish passport was canceled last year. Prosecutors charged him in December with insulting the president in a series of tweets. They want to try him in absentia and have him sentenced to more than four years in prison, if he is convicted. I will continue to keep fighting for Human Rights and Freedom of Speech Justice and Democracy above all.I will stand for what I believe in.All I’m doing is trying to be voice of innocent people Keep my family,innocent people in your prayers 🙏#DictatorErdogan 🇹🇷@RT_Erdogan pic.twitter.com/i7kK3mwKND — Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 18, 2018 “Keep my family, innocent people in your prayers,” the basketball player tweeted Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) with the hashtag “DictatorErdogan.” His Twitter account is withheld in Turkey. Under a state of emergency declared in the aftermath of the coup, Turkey has arrested more than 50,000 and sacked some 110,000 people alleged to have infiltrated state institutions for Gulen. The government said the crackdown was needed to fight alleged acts of terror......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018