TRIALS

  • Oscar Pistorius' lawyers oppose verdict, jail sentence appeal November 7, 2014

    Johannesburg: Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have formally opposed an appeal by the state against the South African athlete's culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down last month, prosecutors said on Friday. Pistorius was sentenced in the negligent killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after the state failed to convince judge...
  • South African prosecutors appeal Oscar Pistorius verdict and sentence November 4, 2014

    Johannesburg: The South African prosecution authority confirmed on Tuesday it would file an appeal against the culpable homicide verdict and five-year jail sentence handed down to paralympian Oscar Pistorius last month. Pistorius was absolved of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at the end of a seven-month trial after the...
  • New judge to resume Mumbai attacks trial on October 29 October 27, 2014

    Lahore: A new anti-terrorism court judge has been appointed to conduct the trial of seven Pakistani suspects in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks after seven of his predecessors were transferred, hampering speedy trial of the case. The case has now been transferred to Anti-Terrorism Court, Islamabad Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi...
  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 5 years in prison for culpable homicide October 21, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the "gross negligence" he showed when he shot her multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home. Judge Thokozile Masipa also sentenced the double-amputee Olympian to...
  • Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced on Tuesday for girlfriend's killing October 20, 2014

    A judge will pass sentence on athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday for killing his girlfriend after one of the most sensational murder trials in South Africa's history - and the decision could fuel controversy over the state of the country's justice system. The Olympic and Paralympic runner was convicted of culpable...
  • Brendon McCullum to testify in Cairns perjury trial October 18, 2014

    New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum says he will testify against former team-mate Chris Cairns in a perjury trial in London next year because he feels a duty "to protect the game." McCullum will be among as many as 12 leading cricketers who may be called to give evidence when the...
  • Oscar Pistorius 'can't get away with this', Steenkamp's cousin tells court October 16, 2014

    Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius needs to go to jail for the killing of his 29-year-old girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day last year, a cousin of the slain model told a South African court on Thursday. "I feel we need to send a message to society that you...
  • 'Steenkamp family ruined by Pistorius shooting' October 15, 2014

    Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius "ruined" Reeva Steenkamp's family when he shot her dead, her cousin told a sentencing hearing on Wednesday. The 27-year-old double amputee, who was one of the biggest names in world athletics, was last month convicted of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, for killing Steenkamp,...
  • Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing over girlfriend's death after divisive trial October 12, 2014

    Pretoria: Disgraced South African track star Oscar Pistorius returns to court on Monday to find out whether he will serve a long stretch behind bars for the negligent killing of his model girlfriend, or walk out a free man. After a six-month, on-off trial that captivated South Africa, and millions more...
  • Iran suspends sentences for participants in 'Happy' video October 2, 2014

    Tehran: Iranian authorities have suspended for three years the tough sentences handed to seven Iranian youths who filmed a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy". The sentence, which included three years in jail, 91 lashes and a fine, will be definitively lifted if the group stays free from "intentional criminal activity",...
  • National Herald case: Delhi HC extends stay on trial court's order summoning Sonia, Rahul till Nov 3 October 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday extended stay on trial court's order summoning Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party Vice President Rahul and others till November 3 in a case relating to acquiring ownership of National Herald daily. Besides Sonia and Rahul, Congress treasurer Moti Lal Vora, general secretary Oscar...
  • Man gets life imprisonment for burning to death wife in UP September 23, 2014

    Muzaffarnagar: A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his wife by setting her ablaze, with the court relying on her dying declaration though all the witnesses turned hostile during the trial. Additional District Sessions Judge Arvind Upadhaye convicted Nitu under Section 302 (murder) of IPC, according to government...
  • Salman Khan's 'hit and run' case trial to restart from September 24 September 13, 2014

    Mumbai: Following the production of the "missing" case papers in the Salman Khan hitandrun case, the trial against the actor will resume before the sessions court here from Sep 24. The prosecution Friday informed the court that all the original documents barring one pertaining to witness statements and case...
  • Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide, sentencing on Oct 13 September 12, 2014

    A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp but declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing. Judge Thokozile Masipa said there...
  • Oscar Pistorius breaks down sobbing as South African judge reads verdict September 11, 2014

    Johansburg: South African track star Oscar Pistorius broke down in tears as Judge Thokozile Masipa read out her verdict in his murder case in a Pretoria court on Thursday. Shoulders shaking, the Olympic and paralympic star bowed his head and sobbed as he listened to Masipa, who earlier said the state...
  • Judge clears Pistorius of premeditated murder, says can't be found guilty September 11, 2014

    A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of premeditated murder on Thursday, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star explicitly intended to kill his girlfriend on Valentine's Day last year. Although she described the 27yearold as a "very poor" and "evasive" witness, judge Thokozile Masipa said...
  • South African court to deliver verdict in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial today September 11, 2014

    It's DDay for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius. A South Africa court will deliver the verdict of Pistorius' murder trial today more than 18 months after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. If he is found guilty of premeditated murder, he could be sentenced to life in prison. ...
  • Afghan gang rape trial badly flawed: Human Rights Watch September 10, 2014

    Kabul: An Afghan court's conviction of seven men for a gang rape was wholly undermined by numerous due process violations and political interference, Human Rights Watch has said. The court of appeals should competently, impartially and independently conduct judicial review of the September 6 trial and the resulting death sentences. A Kabul...
  • Five women terrorists facing trial in Saudi Arabia September 7, 2014

    Riyadh: Five female terrorists, four of them Saudi Arabian nationals, are facing trial in the Gulf nation for organising a terror group and luring people into terrorism, media reported. The Special Criminal Court in Riyadh heard that the unnamed women terror suspects used to get support and guidance from members of...
  • Egypt to try Morsi for leaking secrets to Qatar September 6, 2014

    Cairo: Egypt's top prosecutor says ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi will be tried for leaking national security secrets to Qatar during his turbulent year in office. In a statement released on Saturday the prosecutor said Morsi and two of his assistants leaked classified documents, including information on military deployments, to Qatari...
  • Human trials of Ebola vaccine to start next week August 29, 2014

    Washington: The US government announced on Thursday that it will start initial human trials of Ebola vaccine next week. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said in a statement that the phase one clinical trial will determine if a vaccine, codeveloped by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases...
  • GM crops are not for consumption till field trials declare them safe: Prakash Javadekar August 7, 2014

    In an interview to CNNIBN, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said that the genetically modified crops are not for consumption till field trials declare them safe. "Precautions must be taken for such trials," said the Minister. ...
  • South African prosecutor asks judge to reject Pistorius' defence August 7, 2014

    South African state prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the judge in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday to reject the Paralympic and Olympic track star's defence because it was "devoid of any truth". Pistorius, who had his lower legs amputated as a baby, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model...
  • Field trial of GM crops a suggestion, not decision: Javadekar July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government is coming under pressure from its ally, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, as two outfits linked to the Sangh have now demanded that the Centre put a ban on field trials of genetically modified crops. Sources said that the outfits have been assured that the...
  • Oscar Pistorius 'lonely and alienated': family July 16, 2014

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius' decision to go to a night club while still on trial for murder was 'unwise' but it was done because the 27yearold is 'lonely and alienated', his family said on Wednesday. Pistorius was involved in an argument with businessman Jared Mortimer at...
  • South African athlete Pistorius in night club altercation July 15, 2014

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius was involved in an argument at a night club over the weekend, local media reported on Tuesday, days after his lawyers wrapped up their defence in his murder trial. The Star newspaper said Pistorius had an altercation with businessman Jared Mortimer at...
  • Australian TV news airs Oscar Pistorius shooting 'reenactment' July 7, 2014

    Sydney: An Australian current affairs television programme aired footage on Sunday of a reenactment by Olympic and Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius of the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. With Pistorius' murder trial still underway in South Africa, the family lawyers of the accused athlete said the "visual mapping" reenactment was...
  • Egypt court jails Morsi's son for year on hashish charges July 2, 2014

    Cairo: An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced a son of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and one of his friends to a year in prison each for possession and use of hashish. Abdullah Morsi, 19, and his friend were arrested on March 1 after allegedly being found in possession of two...
  • Oscar Pistorius had no mental disorder at time of shooting: Psychiatrists June 30, 2014

    Oscar Pistorius, the South African track star on trial for murder for shooting his girlfriend, was not suffering from a mental condition that would have impaired his ability to distinguish between right and wrong at the time she was killed, a psychiatric report said on Monday. Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic...
  • Murdoch protege Rebekah Brooks cleared of all hacking charges in UK trial June 24, 2014

    London: Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of News Corp's British newspaper arm, was found not guilty on Tuesday by a London court of being part of an illegal conspiracy at a Rupert Murdoch tabloid to hack into phones and make illegal payments. Brooks was accused of being complicit in journalists' hacking...