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UK jails people smugglers over Vietnamese migrant deaths

London - A British judge on Friday handed down sentences of 27 and 20 years to the ringleaders of a people smuggling plot that led to the death of 39 Vietnamese migrants in horrific conditions in the back of a lorry.

Japan court upholds ban on dual citizenship

Apo - A Japanese court upheld a ban on dual citizenship on Thursday, rejecting a suit that challenged the measure's constitutionality and sought damages for those affected.

Court to hear Meghan's privacy case against newspaper

London - Meghan Markle's high-profile lawsuit against a British newspaper group for privacy and copyright breaches returns to court in London on Tuesday, with the duchess potentially days away from winning the case.

Samsung chief jailed for 2.5 years over corruption scandal

Seoul - The de facto chief of South Korea's Samsung business empire was convicted Monday over a huge corruption scandal and jailed for two and a half years, in a ruling that deprives the tech giant of its top decision-maker.

Scottish court upholds Lockerbie bomber's conviction

Edinburgh - Five judges at Scotland's highest court of criminal appeal on Friday upheld the conviction of the only man found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing after a posthumous legal challenge.

Duterte critic and journalist Maria Ressa charged again with cyber libel

Manila - Embattled Philippine journalist Maria Ressa faces a third cyber libel charge, her lawyer said Thursday, this time for a story over students allegedly paying a professor for passing grades.

Cambodia resumes mass trial of opposition figures

Phnom Penh - A closed-door mass trial of 150 Cambodian opposition figures resumed in Phnom Penh Thursday, in what critics labelled a politically motivated sham.

Snapchat permanently bans Donald Trump from site

San Francisco - Image-centric social network Snapchat on Wednesday said it has permanently banned US President Donald Trump from the platform, as voices are raised against keeping him off the internet stage.

South Korea sect leader cleared of hindering virus effort

Seoul - The elderly leader of a secretive religious sect at the centre of South Korea's early coronavirus outbreak was not guilty of hindering the government's virus prevention efforts, a district court ruled Wednesday.

Hong Kong inquest fails to determine cause of student’s death during protest

Fpo - A Hong Kong inquest failed Saturday to determine the cause of a student’s death that fuelled tensions between protesters and the city’s police force at the height of the pro-democracy rallies that swept across the financial hub in 2019.

Netanyahu court date postponed amid virus lockdown

Jerusalem - A planned court appearance next week by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his much anticipated trial for corruption has been indefinitely delayed in the face of Israel's freshly tightened coronavirus lockdown, the judges announced on Friday....

South Korean court orders Japan to compensate former sex slaves

Seoul - A South Korean court on Friday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to 12 World War II sex slaves or their families, in an unprecedented ruling that prompted an immediate denunciation by Tokyo.

WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail despite US extradition block

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange must remain in custody in Britain, while the US appeals a court decision to block his extradition to face charges there for leaking secret documents, a judge in London ruled Wednesday.

UK court hears WikiLeaks' Assange is flight risk if bailed

London - The United States on Wednesday urged a judge in London not to release WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on bail, as it seeks to appeal a decision to block his extradition to face charges for publishing secret documents.

Retiring top judge pleas to maintain Hong Kong's judicial independence

Fpo - Hong Kong's outgoing top judge made a plea on Tuesday to maintain judicial independence as China state media and a growing host of pro-Beijing figures call for an overhaul of how the financial hub's courts are run.

Assange case remains threat to investigative journalism: analysts

Washington - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange dodged a bullet Monday when a British judge refused to extradite him to the United States to face charges under an espionage law, but experts say his case remains an ominous threat to press freedom.

Indonesia set to free Bali bombing-linked cleric Bashir

Jakarta - A radical Indonesian cleric linked to the deadly Bali bombings will be released from prison this week, authorities said Monday, after an earlier bid to free him early was axed following a public uproar.

UK court rejects Assange's US extradition over suicide fears

London - A British judge on Monday blocked Julian Assange's extradition to the United States to face espionage charges after deciding the WikiLeaks founder was at serious risk of suicide, sparking disappointment in Washington.

Assange faces UK court ruling on extradition to US

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces a UK court ruling on Monday over whether he should be extradited to the United States on espionage charges for publishing hundreds of thousands of secret documents online.

Turkey's top court backs jailing of rights defender Kavala

Istanbul - Turkey's top court on Tuesday signed off on the controversial three-year detention of rights activist Osman Kavala in a case watched closely for signs of a political thawing under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

China trial of 'Hong Kong 12' begins as US decries 'tyranny'

Shenzhen - A group of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists who tried to escape the city by speedboat for sanctuary in Taiwan went on trial in China on Monday as the United States urged the immediate release of dissidents it says "fled tyranny".

Pakistan court orders release of mastermind behind Daniel Pearl murder

Karachi - A court in Pakistan on Thursday ordered the release of a British-born militant convicted of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and beheaded in the southern city of Karachi in 2002.

Kosovo heads for snap polls after top court brings down government

Pristina - Kosovo was preparing for a snap poll Tuesday after its top court annulled a vote that installed Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, fuelling further turmoil in the crisis-hit democracy.

New Zealand backpacker killer revealed as serial predator

Wellington - The New Zealand man who murdered British backpacker Grace Millane committed violent sex crimes against at least two other women, a court revealed Tuesday, as police urged any more victims to come forward.

Vietnamese victim's father pities men convicted in UK over migrant deaths

Hanoi - The father of one of the 39 Vietnamese migrants who suffocated in a truck in Britain said Tuesday he felt sorry for the two men convicted of manslaughter over the deaths.

Turkish court sentences Kurdish ex-MP to 22 years

Diyarbakir - A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a prominent Kurdish former lawmaker who went on a months-long hunger strike to more than 22 years in jail on terror-related charges.

Top Hong Kong court upholds emergency protest mask ban

Fpo - The Hong Kong government's decision to use a colonial-era emergency law to ban face masks at protests last year was both proportionate and legal, the city's top court ruled Monday.

'They're telling me I killed a cop,' US student in Rome told mother

Rome - The US student who admitted stabbing a policeman in Rome last year was shaking and crying inside a police station after learning the attack was fatal, his mother testified Thursday at his trial.

WADA calls Russia ban over doping 'very strong' move

Montr - By excluding Russia from major international sporting competitions for the next two years over systematic doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport made a "very strong" move that validates the work of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), its director ...

Israeli minister signs Australia deport order for sex abuse suspect

Jerusalem - Israel's justice minister on Wednesday signed a deportation order against Malka Leifer, a former Jewish ultra-Orthodox school principal accused of sexual abuse against pupils in Australia.
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