Trials

  • RnB artiste Chris Brown's assault trial delayed to next week; his bodyguard's trial on the same charge to conclude first 19-04-2014 08:54 AM

    Washington: Singer Chris Brown's assault trial was delayed on Friday, when a Washington, D.C., judge put off a verdict for the R&B artist's bodyguard whose trial on the same charge is scheduled to conclude first. District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn said she will need until Monday to...
  • South African prosecutor ends Pistorius cross-examination 15-04-2014 03:03 PM

    The prosecutor in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ended his five-day cross-examination of the track star on Tuesday with a stark summary of how he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, insisting he deliberately killed her after an argument. "You fired four shots through the door whilst knowing that she...
  • Pistorius 'using emotions as an escape', says prosecutor 14-04-2014 11:39 PM

    Pretoria: The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial on Monday accused the track star of using emotional breakdowns under cross-examination to evade answering questions about the night he killed his girlfriend. The Olympic and Paralympic sprinter, who faces life in prison if convicted of murdering Reeva Steenkamp, says he...
  • Oscar Pistorius breaks down while recalling shooting 09-04-2014 08:01 AM

    Pretoria: A subdued Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday described dinner at home, chatting and looking at cell phone photos with Reeva Steenkamp on the last night of her life. Then he erupted in anguished howls and heaving sobs while testifying at his murder trial about the moments when he says he...
  • Relations with girlfriend Reeva sometimes troubled: Oscar Pistorius 08-04-2014 04:44 PM

    Testifying in his murder trial on Tuesday, Oscar Pistorius said he and girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp sometimes had troubles in their relationship but that they sorted them out, were in love and were planning a life together. Pistorius said he was "besotted" with the 29-year-old model when they started dating and...
  • 'I am scared to sleep', tearful Pistorius tells court 08-04-2014 08:46 AM

    His voice trembling with emotion, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defence on Monday, saying the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend last year had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. The disabled South African track star, on trial for murder, apologised to the mother...
  • Emotional Oscar Pistorius takes stand in own defence at murder trial 07-04-2014 04:45 PM

    South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defence at his murder trial on Monday, saying the shooting of his girlfriend had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. He also apologised to the mother of Reeva Steenkamp in the public...
  • Musharraf ordered to appear in court for Bugti murder trial 07-04-2014 04:33 PM

    Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Monday was ordered by an anti-terrorism court to appear before it on April 21 in a case relating to the murder of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti. The court in Quetta directed 70-year-old Musharraf to appear before it, failing which his bail would...
  • Pistorius due to give evidence as murder trial resumes 07-04-2014 01:17 PM

    South African Paralympic and Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius is expected to take the stand for the first time on Monday in a bid to prove his innocence against charges he murdered his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, nicknamed the "Blade Runner" due to the carbon-fibre prosthetic limbs he uses...
  • French court summons dogs as witnesses in a murder trial 05-04-2014 11:44 PM

    A French court has sought help from man's best friend in a murder trial, media reported on Friday. A nine-year-old labrador named Tango has testified as a star witness in the murder case of its master, who was killed in a fight in the city of Tours in Central France,...
  • Singer Chris Brown turned over to federal marshals for DC trial 04-04-2014 02:15 PM

    Reuters: R&B singer Chris Brown was taken from his Los Angeles jail cell by the U.S. Marshals Service and will be transported to Washington, D.C. for a hearing in a 2013 misdemeanor assault charge, federal authorities said on Thursday. Brown, 24, was jailed last month after violating his probation when...
  • Pervez Musharraf seeks lifting of travel ban on him 01-04-2014 06:24 PM

    Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, indicted on treason charges, has asked the government to lift travel ban on him so that he can go abroad for treatment and meet his ailing mother. In a hurriedly called press conference on Monday evening, Musharraf's new counsel Farogh Naseem said an application...
  • Pakistan court indicts Pervez Musharraf for treason 31-03-2014 12:56 PM

    Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf was on Monday indicted by a special court hearing the high treason case against him, becoming the first ever military ruler to face criminal prosecution. Musharraf, who personally appeared in court, is accused of treason under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution,...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial delayed over legal aide illness 29-03-2014 04:41 PM

    Pretoria: The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been delayed until April 7 because one of the legal experts who will assist the judge in reaching a verdict is sick, abruptly ending expectations on Friday that the double-amputee athlete was about to testify on his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva...
  • Pistorius murder trial adjourned until April 7 28-03-2014 01:53 PM

    The murder trail of Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Friday until April 7, when the South African Paralympic and Olympic track star is expected to take the stand in his own defence in a high-stakes bid to prove his innocence and avoid life in prison. Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed proceedings...
  • Oscar Pistorius trial: 'You are a very special person,' one of Steenkamp's messages read 25-03-2014 05:07 PM

    Pretoria: The chief lawyer for Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday sought to show at the athlete's murder trial that he had a loving relationship with the girlfriend he killed, referring to telephone messages in which they exchanged warm compliments and said they missed each other. The testimony contrasted with several messages...
  • Oscar Pistorius murder trial enters fourth week 24-03-2014 04:27 PM

    Pretoria: A neighbor of Oscar Pistorius testified at his murder trial on Monday that she heard gunshots as well as screams from both a man and a woman on the night that the double-amputee runner fatally shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The testimony by Anette Stipp matched some of the testimony...
  • Pistorius trial to extend to May: Judicial office 23-03-2014 04:54 PM

    Judicial authorities in South Africa say the Oscar Pistorius murder will be in recess for a week in the first half of April, and then resume until mid-May. High court authorities in Gauteng province said in a statement on Sunday that the trial will be halted for the week beginning...
  • Lawyers of Pervez Musharraf call for suspension of trial 22-03-2014 12:41 AM

    Lawyers of Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Friday called for an "immediate and unconditional" suspension of his treason trial, claiming the government is colluding with elements of the judiciary to "fix and manipulate" the proceedings. In a statement issued in London, the lawyers alleged that Prime Minister Nawaz...
  • Unwanted fame for Herschelle Gibbs in Oscar Pistorius trial 20-03-2014 11:45 AM

    Johannesburg: Former South African cricketer Herschelle Gibbs found himself under unexpected spotlight during the trial of Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius for the alleged murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The trial is being broadcast live on television and radio, generating unprecedented public interest. Gibbs started receiving messages from fans and...
  • Pistorius' girlfriend was first shot in hip - ballistics expert 19-03-2014 11:14 PM

    Pretoria: Oscar Pistorius' girlfriend was first shot in the hip, not the head, a South African police ballistics expert told his murder trial on Wednesday, supporting the testimony of earlier witnesses who said they heard screams during a volley of shots. The Olympic and Paralympic track star's defence has argued...
  • Pistorius trial: Bullet trajectory examined 19-03-2014 12:21 PM

    Pretoria: Standing with his arms straight out in front of him and gripping an imaginary pistol in court, a South African police ballistics expert showed on Tuesday how he estimated the trajectory of the four bullets Oscar Pistorius fired through a toilet door while standing on his stumps to kill...
  • Oscar Pistorius photographed in bloodied prosthetics 14-03-2014 05:00 PM

    Pretoria: Police photographs of Oscar Pistorius standing on his blood-stained prosthetic legs and wearing shorts covered in blood, taken shortly after the athlete fatally shot his girlfriend, were shown to the court at his murder trial Friday. Prosecutors displayed two photos on TV monitors in the courtroom. In one, the...
  • Pakistan: Court issues conditional arrest warrant against Musharraf 14-03-2014 04:09 PM

    A conditional non-bailable arrest warrant was on Friday issued against embattled former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf after he failed to turn up before the special court hearing the high treason case against him. "Non-bailable arrest warrant has been issued which will be implemented on March 31 in case he fails...
  • Musharraf fails to appear before court for treason trial 14-03-2014 01:32 PM

    Embattled former Pakistani dictator General Pervez Musharraf on Friday failed to appear before a special court for his indictment in the high treason trial citing security concerns. The court reserved its judgement till afternoon after 70-year-old Musharraf did not turn up. "It would be very difficult to present Musharraf before...
  • Oscar Pistorius lawyer scrutinises police investigation 13-03-2014 05:11 PM

    Pretoria: A photograph of Oscar Pistorius' blood-stained prosthetic legs was used by his chief defense lawyer Thursday to attempt to show that the athlete was wearing them, as he says, when he broke down a toilet door with a cricket bat to get to the girlfriend he fatally shot. The...
  • Pistorius trial: cricket bat, toilet door shown 12-03-2014 02:37 PM

    Pretoria: A South African forensic analyst has said at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial that a cricket bat was used to strike the toilet door at the athlete's home, in testimony focusing on the events of the night when Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend. Police Col. J. G. Vermeulen on...
  • Oscar Pistorius argued with cop who touched his gun, friend says 11-03-2014 09:47 PM

    Pretoria: South African track star Oscar Pistorius had a row with a policeman who picked up his gun after pulling over his friend for speeding, saying "You can't just touch another man's gun," the friend told his murder trial on Tuesday. Pistorius, a double amputee, is accused of murdering girlfriend...
  • SC order on time-bound trial a step in right direction: Jaitley 11-03-2014 11:44 AM

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court set a deadline of one year for lower courts to complete trial in cases involving MPs and MLAs. The apex court said that the trial judge will have to explain to the Chief Justice of respective high court under whose jurisdiction the case falls, if...
  • Pistorius asked friend to 'take blame' for restaurant gunshot: Witness 05-03-2014 04:03 PM

    Pretoria: 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to take the blame for him accidentally discharging a pistol under the table of a posh Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013, a month before he killed his girlfriend, his murder trial heard on Wednesday. Testifying for the prosecution against the South African...