judiciary

Danish court revokes citizenship of IS volunteer

A Danish appellate court on Friday stripped a man of his Danish citizenship for volunteering to fight for the extremist Islamic State in Syria.

Syrian man on trial in Sweden; mosque attack labelled terrorism

A Syrian man went on trial Friday in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, charged with terrorism and arson after an attack last year on a building used as an assembly hall by Shiite Muslims.

Report: S Korea ex-president Park arrested

Former South Korean president Park Geun Hye was arrested and transferred to a detention centre south of Seoul on Friday after a court issued a warrant for her arrest, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Arrest warrant issued for South Korea's ex-president Park

A South Korean court approved an arrest warrant for former South Korean president Park Geun Hye early Friday, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Turkish court rules against Booking.com, citing competition law

A Turkish court ruled against Booking.com, saying its activities were a breach of the country's competition laws and needed to be halted, the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) said on Wednesday.

Detained German reporter Yucel's lawyers go to Turkey's top court

Lawyers for Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for Germany's Die Welt newspaper currently detained in Turkey, have lodged an appeal against his arrest warrant with the Constitutional Court in Ankara, Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

Soviet-era prison camp chief sentenced to 20 years in Romania

Former prison camp commander Ion Ficior was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Romania's highest court on Wednesday.

Man gets prison sentence for smuggling 26, mostly Syrians, to Germany

A German court has sentenced a Turkish man to three years and nine months in prison for smuggling at least 26 people

Carlos 'the Jackal' jailed for life for 1974 Paris grenade attack

A Paris court on Monday sentenced self-styled professional revolutionary Carlos, known as "the Jackal," to life imprisonment for a 1974 grenade attack in Paris that killed two people.

EU court upholds sanctions against top Russian oil producer Rosneft

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday that EU sanctions affecting Russia companies such as top oil producer Rosneft are valid.

Democrats delay first vote on Trump's Supreme Court pick

Democrats in the US Senate have delayed by one week a vote on US President Donald Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy.

Egypt sentences 56 to jail over migrant boat tragedy

Fifty-six people were Sunday handed down varying sentences in connection with the sinking of a boat carrying hundreds of illegal migrants off the coast of Egypt last year, state television reported.

Germanwings co-pilot wasn't suicidal, dad says two years after crash

The father of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who killed all 150 people on a Germanwings plane when he flew it into the French Alps two years ago, said his son was not depressed and that the media had unfairly portrayed the 27-year-old as a mass murderer.

Melbourne wife murdered by aspiring jihadist husband, court told

An Australian mother-of-three was allegedly murdered by her Islamic State-sympathizing husband after the couple fought about his jihadist aspirations, a court in Melbourne heard on Friday.

Germany set to compensate homosexuals convicted in post-war era

German homosexuals convicted under tough anti-gay laws in place for decades after World War II are to be compensated under draft legislation agreed to by Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday.

Hindu right-wing activists get life in jail for bombing Muslim shrine

Two Hindu right-wing activists were sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for a bombing at a Muslim shrine in western India that killed three people in 2007, lawyers said.

India's holy rivers get same legal rights as humans

India's most sacred rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna, can be treated in India starting immediately as having the same legal rights as a human, lawyers said on Tuesday.

Three teens handed prison terms for Sikh temple bombing in Germany

Three teenagers have been sentenced to between six and seven years in prison after a German court found them responsible for a bomb attack at a Sikh temple in the western city of Essen last year in which three people were injured.

Philippine police assure EU of safety of detained Duterte critic

The Philippine police chief on Monday assured the European Parliament of the safety of a top critic of President Rodrigo Duterte who was arrested on illegal drug charges.

Philippine Catholic bishops call on Filipinos to oppose death penalty

Catholic bishops in the Philippines on Sunday urged Filipinos to oppose efforts by legislators to restore the death penalty in the country, 11 years after it was abolished.

US court hears Namibian genocide claim against Germany

More than 100 years after the end of German colonial rule in the country known today as Namibia, a court in New York on Thursday conducted the first hearing on a genocide claim filed against Germany by the Herero and Nama indigenous people.

Russian government shrugs off link to alleged Yahoo hack in US case

The Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday shrugged off an alleged Russian government connection to what US authorities have described as a hack of hundreds of millions of Yahoo user accounts.

US: Two Russian intelligence officers charged in huge 2014 Yahoo hack

Two Russian intelligence officers worked with two known hackers who stole information from at least 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, US officials said Wednesday as they announced charges against the four.

Prison sentences for 4 members of German right-wing terrorism cell

Four members of a right-wing terrorist cell accused of plotting to attack refugee homes were sentenced to between three and five years in prison on Wednesday by a court in Germany.

Melbourne blogger who faked cancer cure found guilty of deception

An Australian wellness blogger, Belle Gibson, who lied about beating her brain cancer using natural remedies and nutrition was engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct, a federal court judge has found.

Hungary ordered to pay rejected asylum seekers 10,000 euros each

Hungary said Tuesday it was "unbelievable" it would have to pay a pair of Bangladeshi asylum seekers 10,000 euros (10,602 dollars) each because a court ruled they had not been safe from degrading treatment during a 23-day detention.

Germany proposes crackdown on slander, fake news on social media

Social networking giants such as Facebook and Twitter could face fines of up to 50 million euros (53.15 million dollars) for failing to remove illegal posts aimed at incitement and slander, or disseminating fake news, under a possible new German crackdown.

Teen suspect breaks silence in right-wing terrorism trial in Germany

The youngest of eight suspects accused of waging a violent terrorist campaign against immigrants and left-wing political opponents in eastern Germany has confessed and testified against his co-defendants.

Headscarf ruling welcomed by lawyers, decried by activists in Europe

A ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday that allows employers to ban headscarves at the workplace as part of a religious neutrality policy was met with mixed reaction across Europe.

Taiwan's former President Ma Ying-jeou indicted

Taiwan's former president Ma Ying-jeou was indicted Tuesday for alleged abetment in the disclosure of information in connection with an ongoing high-level investigation, the state-run Central News Agency reported Tuesday.

'Carlos the Jackal' goes on trial for 1974 Paris grenade attack

Once the world's most-sought fugitive, the political terrorist known as "Carlos the Jackal" appeared in a court in Paris on Monday, accused of a 1974 attack in the city.

Germany's 'marzipan blackmailer' sentenced to four years in prison

A man convicted of leaving a box of poisoned marzipan hearts at a school in northern Germany and blackmailing a supermarket chain has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison.

Catalonian ex-premier gets 2-year ban over illegal referendum

Artur Mas, the former regional president of Catalonia, was barred from public office for two years by a court in Barcelona on Monday.

Former Yugoslav president Marovic goes to prison for corruption

A former Montenegrin and Yugoslav top politician, Svetozar Marovic, pleaded guilty to corruption charges and will serve nearly three years in prison, state TV RTCG said.

Taiwan court detains Chinese spy who previously studied in Taiwan

A Chinese spy, who previously studied in Taiwan for years, was detained and held incommunicado by a court in Taipei on Friday, the state-run Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

Report: Samsung heir denies bribing impeached S Korean president

Lawyers representing the heir to the Samsung empire, Lee Jae Yong, denied that he had any involvement in bribing South Korea's impeached president on the first day of his trial on Thursday, local media reported.

Sweden orders five Afghan teens deported over rape of Afghan minor

Five Afghan teenagers convicted of raping an Afghan minor should be deported after serving their sentences, a Swedish appellate court ruled Wednesday, overturning a lower court's decision.

Delhi University professor gets life in prison for Maoist links

Delhi University professor GN Saibaba, who was sentenced to life in prison for links with Maoist rebels, plans to appeal against the court's verdict, his supporters said Wednesday.

South Africa revokes withdrawal from ICC after court ruling

South Africa has formally revoked its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) following a court ruling that the government had not followed the due procedure, South African media reported on Wednesday.

US: 18 per cent of freed Guantanamo inmates returned to militancy

Data from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence about the "re-engagement of detainees" formerly held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, through July 15, the latest date available:

US fines China's ZTE 892 million dollars for sales to Iran, N Korea

A Chinese company will pay a record 892 million dollars for shipping telecommunications equipment to Iran and North Korea in violation of US sanctions against the two governments, the Commerce Department said Tuesday in Washington.

Nine people on trial in Swedish love triangle killing

Nine people went on trial Tuesday in Sweden, charged with involvement in a murder that resulted from a love triangle gone horribly wrong.

Trump on Twitter blames Obama for Bush's released Guantanamo inmates

US President Donald Trump falsely tweeted Tuesday that Guantanamo inmates who returned to militant activity had been released from the US military prison by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

German court rules against Syrian refugee in Facebook selfie case

Facebook does not have to seek and delete posts falsely linking a Syrian refugee to crimes committed by other migrants, a German court found on Tuesday.

Far-right extremists charged with terrorism go on trial in Germany

Eight people accused of planning violent attacks against asylum seekers and their supporters went on trial in Germany on Tuesday in a case that could set a precedent for the conviction of right-wing terrorists in the country.

US Supreme Court sends transgender bathroom case back to lower court

The US Supreme Court on Monday returned to a lower court a transgender bathroom case brought by a high school student.

Ukraine urges UN court take action against Russia's 'terrorist acts'

Ukraine demanded on Monday that the United Nations' highest court take action against Russia's "terrorist acts" in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

Croatian minister hopes dialogue with Serbia's judiciary will resume

Croatia's Justice Minister Ante Sprlje has said that a list of 86 Croatian nationals whom Serbia wants to put on trial for war crimes was drawn up six years ago, and that he hopes that talks with Serbia's judiciary will resume after the forthcoming presidential elections in Serbia.

Jordan hangs 15 men, including murderer of prominent leftist writer

Jordan hanged 15 men at dawn on Saturday, the largest number of executions carried out by the country in a single day in more than a decade.

Eight Iraqi asylum seekers convicted of gang-raping woman in Vienna

Eight Iraqi asylum seekers were convicted on Thursday of gang-raping a woman in Vienna on New Year's eve 2015.

Egypt's Mubarak acquitted of protester killings in 2011 uprising

Egypt's top appeals court on Thursday issued a final verdict, clearing former president Hosny Mubarak of complicity in the killings of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his rule.

Indictment upheld against former Defence Ministry official in aircraft overhaul case

The Zagreb County Court on Wednesday upheld an indictment against Josip Covic, former chief of the Defence Ministry Department for Aircraft Repairs and Maintenance, for soliciting a bribe of EUR 50,000 from Ivica Josipovic, representative of a Ukrainian company that had overhauled Croatian MiG fighter jets.

Norwegian mass murderer Breivik's prison conditions not 'inhumane'

Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist who killed 77 people in 2011, does not face inhumane or degrading treatment in prison, an Oslo appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Italy grants partial pardon to ex-CIA agent in rendition case

A former CIA agent who was expected to be extradited to Italy from Portugal on Wednesday will not have to serve any prison time after the Italian president granted her a partial pardon.

EU court lacks jurisdiction over migrants' EU-Turkey deal complaint

The General Court of the European Union said on Tuesday it does not have the jurisdiction to pass judgement on a case brought about by three asylum seekers against a migration deal struck between EU member states and Turkey.

Germany calls in Turkish ambassador over detained reporter

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called the Turkish ambassador into the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on Tuesday for talks over German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who was remanded in custody in Turkey.

Investigating judge lifts precautionary measures on ex-Dinamo boss

A Zagreb County Court investigating judge on Tuesday lifted the precautionary measures that had led to the pre-trial detention of former Dinamo Zagreb Football Club manager Zdravko Mamic and if the decision becomes final, Mamic will also be paid back 14 million kuna (2 million euro) bail.

Danish man on trial over Filipino webcam rape and abuse

A Danish man went on trial Tuesday charged with 346 counts of paying for online sex shows and rape involving Filipino girls.

Protests across Germany over reporter detained in Turkey

Protests took place across Germany on Tuesday over the detention of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel, who was remanded in custody in Turkey.

Turkish judge remands German reporter in custody

A Turkish judge remanded German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in custody Monday, according to newspaper Die Welt, sparking strong condemnation from the German government and rights organizations.

National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen fined for Roma comments

The founder of France's far-right National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, had a 5,000-euro (5,300-dollar) fine for inciting racial hatred and discrimination confirmed on appeal on Monday.

Berlin court finds two men guilty of murder in illegal car race

Two men were sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday for the murder of a 69-year-old man killed in a high-speed collision during an illegal car race in central Berlin.

Taiwan rights activists urge 'truth and justice' over 1947 massacre

Over 300 members of human rights and civil organizations urged the Taiwan government on Monday to finally deliver "truth and justice" for the victims of the February 28 massacre of 1947 and the following four decades of martial rule. 

Egypt court adjourns Morsi retrial over prison escape

An Egyptian court adjourned a case against former president Mohamed Morsi until March 29 on Sunday, during the first session of his retrial over orchestrating a prison escape during the 2011 uprising.

Egypt court acquits Mubarak's aide of 22 years

An Egyptian court on Saturday acquitted one of ousted president Hosny Mubarak's closest aides, ruling he was not guilty of corruption and illicit profits.

S Africa opposition sues government for not arresting Sudan president

South Africa’s main opposition party Friday filed criminal charges against several government and police officials for failing in 2015 to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Alphabet's self-driving car company sues Uber over alleged theft

Alphabet's self-driving car company Waymo said Thursday it was suing Uber and its subsidiary Otto for allegedly stealing its technology and infringing its patents.

Gambia charges former spy chief with murder of opposition leader

The former head of the Gambian national intelligence agency has been charged with the murder of an opposition youth leader who died in detention last year.

Gambia arrests notorious former intelligence chief and deputy

Police have arrested Gambia’s former head of the national intelligence agency and his deputy, part of President Adama Barrow’s attempts to re-establish democracy in the small West African nation, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

S African court invalidates International Criminal Court withdrawal

South Africa's government must seek legislative approval before it can withdraw from the International Criminal Court, ruled a court Wednesday, throwing up a roadblock to attempts to part ways with the international tribunal.

HND condemns judge's verbal tirade against reporters

The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) on Tuesday condemned a verbal tirade by Sibenik Municipal Court Judge Maja Supe against reporters in the courtroom, claiming that they were not educated to report on trials and that they had called her the "most corrupt judge in the country."

Fired Audi engineer says he was 'sacrificed' for emissions scandal

A fired Audi engineer was "sacrificed" amid the ongoing VW group diesel emissions scandal, his lawyer claimed in court on Tuesday as he contested his client's dismissal.

UN: Trial against Gaddafi regime was unfair, flawed

Former members of the Gaddafi regime did not get a fair trial in Libya because the proceedings were so seriously compromised, the United Nations criticized in a report on Monday.

Egyptian court upholds 10 death sentences in 2012 football riot

Ten defendants in a 2012 Egyptian football stadium riot, in which 74 people were killed, saw their death sentences upheld by an Egyptian court Monday.

Kim Dotcom loses latest round in extradition saga

German internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has lost another legal round after the New Zealand High Court ruled that he and three of his colleagues can be extradited to the United States, but he said Monday his fight is far from over.

Reports: Spanish princess cleared in tax fraud trial, husband guilty

Spain's Princess Cristina has been acquitted of being an accessory to tax fraud, the El Pais newspaper and Spanish TV reported Friday.

Swedish court upholds life term for Rwanda-born man in 1994 genocide

A life sentence for a Rwandan-born man found guilty of genocide, murder and other crimes during the 1994 ethnic massacres in the central African country was upheld Wednesday by a Swedish appellate court.

French citizen arrested in Turkey over Istanbul nightclub attack

A French citizen of Turkish origin was arrested in Turkey in connection with planning the attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on January 1, which left 39 people dead and was claimed by Islamic State, the Dogan news agency reported on Tuesday.

Swedish court orders internet provider to block Pirate Bay

A Swedish appellate court Monday ordered an internet service provider to block customers from accessing the controversial Pirate Bay platform, overturning a 2015 lower court ruling.

Peru asks Trump to deport fugitive ex-president

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Sunday asked his US counterpart Donald Trump to consider deporting one of his predecessors, Alejandro Toledo, whose arrest over corruption allegations was ordered last week.

Britain jails five men for encouraging support for Islamic State

A British court sentenced five men to up to six and a half years in prison on Friday for rallying support for Islamic State, including encouragement to travel to Syria to fight with the group.

French ban on habitual viewing of jihadist websites struck down

France's Constitutional Council on Friday struck down a law penalizing the repeated viewing of extremist websites that show killings or attempted killings with up to two years in jail.

German court issues partial ban of satirical poem about Erdogan

A German court has granted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an injunction on parts of a satirical poem by a German comedian that sparked a diplomatic row between Ankara and Berlin.

Trump blasts senator for airing Supreme Court pick's criticism

US President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at a Democratic senator who repeated criticisms by Trump's own Supreme Court nominee.

Alexei Navalny, Kremlin opponent who waged corruption fight and lost

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Wednesday was convicted of corruption - the very issue that he has long crusaded against.

Ex-French leader Sarkozy to stand trial in campaign finance case

A judge ordered former French president Nicolas Sarkozy to stand trial over accusations that he exceeded the legal spending limit in his failed 2012 re-election campaign, prosecutors said Tuesday.

UN: Thai royal defamation law is used to stifle free speech

Thailand uses its law against insults to the monarchy as a tool to silence critics, the UN observer for freedom of speech charged Tuesday.

Turkey's Cumhuriyet journalists set to spend 100th night in jail

Journalists and executives from Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper, one of the country's oldest broadsheet-style dailies, are set to spend their 100th night in jail on Tuesday, as part of a crackdown in the country.

Chinese Supreme Court judge says Trump is 'enemy of the rule of law'

A judge in China's Supreme Court, the country’s highest judicial body, has scolded US President Donald Trump for his disparaging remarks regarding a US judge who had opposed one of his executive orders.

France's Fillon apologizes as he reveals wife took in 680,000 euros

French presidential candidate Francois Fillon publicly apologized on Monday for employing family members in jobs in the legislature, after two weeks of mounting public pressure.

Dragnea still wants Romanian premiership despite criminal conviction

The controversial leader of Romania's ruling Social Democrats (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, confirmed on Monday that he still aspires to govern the country

Turkey detains 1,800 people in anti-terror raids in a week

Turkish authorities detained 1,829 people last week in anti-terror raids, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday, including 820 alleged members of Islamic State.

Romania's leader hints at U-turn on corruption law relaxation

The leader of Romania's ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD), Liviu Dragnea, indicated Saturday that he may be willing to withdraw a controversial decree that gives more leeway to corrupt officials, as he bids to end massive protests.

France's Le Pen misses deadline to repay misspent funds to EU

French far-right leader and presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen missed the deadline to pay back 298,000 euros (318,000 dollars) of misused funds to the European Parliament, a spokeswoman for the parliament said on Wednesday.

Ethiopia to release thousands detained under state of emergency law

Ethiopia is planning to release 11,352 inmates arrested under the country's state of emergency law, Defence Minister Siraj Fegessa said Wednesday.

Trump picks conservative Gorsuch for Supreme Court

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday chose Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to fill a seat on the US Supreme Court that has been vacant for nearly a year.

Astrologer arrested for predicting Sri Lankan president's death

An astrologer who predicted the death of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was arrested by the police Tuesday on allegations of misleading the public, officials said.

Le Pen must pay back 340,000 euros in misspent funds to EU Parliament

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen must pay back almost 298,000 euros (318,000 dollars) of misused funds to the European Parliament by Tuesday, an EU parliamentary source confirmed to dpa on Monday.

Turkey warns Greece, files second extradition request for soldiers

Turkey on Friday filed a second extradition request with Greece for eight soldiers who allegedly took part in a coup attempt last year, state-run Anadolu news agency reported a day after the Greek Supreme Court denied a previous demand for their handover.

German court sends 16-year-old girl to jail for terrorist attack

A German court sentenced a 16-year-old girl to six years' youth detention on Thursday for attempted murder following an attack on a police officer that was described by prosecutors as the first assault ordered by Islamic State in the country.