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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

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi freed from jail

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy has been freed from jail a week after her acquittal in a landmark case triggered angry Islamist protests, her lawyer said Thursday. Asia Bibi's conviction was overturned by the country's highest court last Wednesday, but she remained in prison as the government negotiated with hardliners who blockaded major cities and demanded her immediate execution. "She has been freed," lawyer Saif-ul-Mulook said in a text message to AFP. "I have been told that she is on a plane but nobody knows where she will land." According to a civil aviation official, the aircraft which collected Bibi ...Keep on reading: Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi freed from jail.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 7th, 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

Netizens predict Imelda’s ‘escape’ strategy

Although the Philippine National Police has vowed to "gladly abide" with the court order to arrest newly convicted Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos, netizens seem to agree that languishing behind bars was the farthest thing on the mind of the former first lady.   The 89-year-old widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Friday was found guilty of graft on seven counts for transferring more than $200 million to seven Swiss foundations during her term as Metro Manila governor in 1975. She was sentenced to a maximum of 11 years in prison for each count.   "She will be treated as a normal detainee," PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde said. "We don't give special attent...Keep on reading: Netizens predict Imelda’s ‘escape’ strategy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Imelda gets 77 years but jail time doubted

Cautious jubilation greeted the Sandiganbayan's verdict on Friday finding former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and sentencing her to a maximum of 77 years in prison nearly three decades after the charges were filed against her.   Opponents of the Marcos dictatorship welcomed the decision but they also expressed doubts the ruling could be carried out under the Duterte administration.   In handing down its judgment, the antigraft court also ordered the arrest of the 89-year-old widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos but allowed her to post bail of a still unspecified amount. She was also told to explain to the court in 30 days why she was absent when it ann...Keep on reading: Imelda gets 77 years but jail time doubted.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Sandiganbayan convicts, sentences Imelda for graft

The Sandiganbayan on Friday convicted former First Lady and now Ilocos Norte 2nd District Rep. Imelda Marcos of seven counts of graft committed as a Cabinet official during her late husband’s term. The anti-graft court also sentenced Marcos from six years and one month as minimum up to 11 years as maximum for each count […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

Migrante: OFW set to go home to PH from UAE’s death row

        An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was saved from death row in the Middle East has been released from prison and is set to come home to the Philippines, Migrante International said on Wednesday. In June 2017, Jennifer Dalquez was acquitted of murder by the Court of Appeals in Al Ain for killing her employer who attempted to rape her in December 2014. She accidentally stabbed him dead while defending herself. Despite the acquittal, the 31-year-old domestic helper was convicted of robbery for allegedly stealing a cell phone and was sentenced to five years in prison. READ: UAE court acquits OFW Jennifer Dalquez "Migrante International e...Keep on reading: Migrante: OFW set to go home to PH from UAE’s death row.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 1st, 2018

Ronaldo rape allegation moving on 2 legal tracks in Nevada

By Ken Ritter, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a Nevada woman who claims Cristiano Ronaldo raped her nine years ago and paid her $375,000 in hush money has set in motion a two-track legal process in Las Vegas. One involves the lawsuit, which will proceed to a jury trial in civil court only if a state judge sides with attorneys for plaintiff Kathryn Mayorga on key procedural and statutory questions. The other track involves a police investigation that was recently reopened at the request of Mayorga, a former model and schoolteacher who alleges that one of the world's most famous athletes attacked her in the bedroom of his penthouse at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. At the end of the investigation, police will decide whether to recommend that prosecutors file criminal charges against the 33-year-old soccer star from Portugal who plays for the Italian club Juventus and his national team. He has had lucrative contracts with other clubs including Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Real Madrid. The Associated Press does not generally name people who say they are victims of sex crimes. Mayorga gave consent through her lawyers to make her name public. THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION Mayorga's attorneys say she underwent a medical exam to collect DNA evidence soon after the alleged attack in June 2009. But the investigation was ended because Las Vegas police said she only identified her attacker as a European soccer player — not by name — and did not say where the incident took place. The case was reopened in recent weeks at Mayorga's request. Her lawyers say she provided Ronaldo's name to detectives who interviewed her in 2009 and identified the location as the Palms Hotel and Casino. Police will turn over the results of the investigation to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson to decide whether to file criminal charges. A jury of 12 people would have to reach a unanimous verdict of guilt for a conviction on a felony sexual assault charge that could bring a sentence ranging from 10 years to life in state prison, depending on whether the jury decides if Mayorga suffered substantial bodily injury. Police have refused to release documents about the case. Officer Aden OcampoGomez, a police department spokesman, said Tuesday he could not comment about an ongoing investigation. THE LAWSUIT Ronaldo's attorneys have not yet responded to the lawsuit filed by Mayorga on Sept. 27 in Clark County District Court. William Terry, a veteran Nevada criminal defense attorney not connected with the case, predicted that Ronaldo's legal team will ask the judge to dismiss the lawsuit before they reply to its claims. "There will be a ton of issues to decide long before the case gets to a jury," Terry said after reviewing the lawsuit and statements by attorneys at the request of The Associated Press. "I think the whole complaint is vulnerable to dismissal." Before the lawsuit could go to trial, Judge Adriana Escobar would have to decide if too much time has passed since the alleged attack; whether Ronaldo or Mayorga violated a 2010 non-disclosure agreement that requires Mayorga to keep quiet about an encounter that Ronaldo's lawyers say was consensual; and whether documents cited in European news stories about the case are authentic. Mayorga's attorneys want to void the non-disclosure pact. The lawsuit claims Ronaldo used "fixers" to pressure Mayorga to sign. It also accuses Ronaldo or people working for him of conspiracy, coercion and fraud, defamation, battery, breach of contract and negligence for allowing details of the confidential settlement to become public in European publications. If the lawsuit gets to trial, a jury of as many as eight people would be asked to reach a majority decision based on a preponderance of evidence or the probable truth or accuracy of the allegations. That is a less-stringent standard than a criminal case. If jurors find in favor of Mayorga, they would be asked to consider possible monetary damages. Mayorga is seeking an unspecified amount greater than $200,000. TIMING OF THE CLAIMS Leslie Mark Stovall, a lawyer for Mayorga, has acknowledged that plaintiffs in personal injury cases in Nevada usually have two years to file a civil lawsuit. However, he says a psychiatrist diagnosed Mayorga this year with post-traumatic stress and depression "caused by Cristiano Ronaldo's sexual assault in 2009." As a result, the attorney says, Mayorga was not emotionally or legally competent to enter the non-disclosure agreement nine years ago. "We believe that we have the factual basis to ask the court to set aside the agreement so that we can litigate her original damages," the attorney said. In the police case, veteran prosecutors, defense attorneys and law professor Eve Hanan at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, agreed that the state could bring criminal charges despite the passage of time because Mayorga filed a police report. "There is no statute of limitations if there is a valid police report," attorney Tom Pitaro said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Trader gets prison for overharvesting sea cucumbers

SEATTLE, United States --- The owner of a Washington seafood company was sentenced to two years in prison for overharvesting sea cucumbers and must pay $1.5 million in restitution --- the second large bust of illegal sea cucumber trade in the U.S. West in just over a year. Hoon Namkoong, 62, was also sentenced Friday to three years of post-prison supervision. He pleaded guilty earlier this year in U.S. District Court in Seattle to underreporting the number of sea cucumbers he bought from tribal and nontribal fisheries in the Puget Sound by nearly 250,000 pounds (113,400 kilograms) between 2014 and 2016. His company, Orient Seafood Production, then sold them to seafood buyers in...Keep on reading: Trader gets prison for overharvesting sea cucumbers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

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