Apr 24, 2015

Another court ruling questions constitutionality of 2014 election

The Sapporo High Court ruled Friday that results from the 2014 House of Representatives election are “in a state of unconstitutionality” because of ongoing vote weight disparities between constituencies, but rejected plaintiffs’ demands to nullify the outcome. The ruling on Hokkaido’s 12 constituencies is ...

Apr 24, 2015

Ex-China security czar tells court he accepted bribes, abused power

The Communist Party official whose downfall ushered in China’s graft crackdown admitted to taking bribes and abusing power under the instructions of the country’s retired public security czar. Li Chuncheng, 59, a former deputy party chief in China’s Sichuan province, said Thursday that he ...

Apr 23, 2015

Police expand recording of entire interrogations

There were 575 cases in fiscal 2014 of police recording a suspect’s entire interrogation, up sharply from a year earlier but still only 17.2 percent of cases subject to lay judge trials, preliminary data from the National Police Agency showed Thursday. It was a ...

Apr 22, 2015

Man who defaced Mao picture jailed for 14 months

A man who threw a jar of ink at the imposing portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has been jailed for 14 months, media said Wednesday. Sun Bing in March last year “defaced” the iconic picture which hangs prominently ...

Apr 22, 2015

British court hears 1948 Malaya village massacre case

Relatives of 24 rubber-plantation workers killed in Malaysia in 1948 by British troops will press their decades-old demand for a public inquiry in Britain’s highest court on Wednesday, lawyers said. The December 12, 1948 incident, dubbed the Batang Kali massacre, occurred during the so-called ...

Apr 22, 2015

N.Y. judge to consider claims that chimpanzees are 'legal persons'

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe ...

Filipinos abroad falling  prey to global drug gangs

Apr 22, 2015

Filipinos abroad falling prey to global drug gangs

Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso faces imminent execution in Indonesia, but relatives say her only crime was to fall victim to international drug gangs who are threatening to kill them if they speak out. Echoing horror stories told by hundreds of other Filipinos in ...

U.S. couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing case

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing case

An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the death of the woman’s mother on the resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and ...

Apr 21, 2015

Ousted Egypt president Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison

An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country’s first freely elected leader. The Cairo Criminal Court issued the verdict ...

Apr 21, 2015

China considers using lay judges in some trials

China will appoint citizens to help judges decide some local court cases, in the Communist Party’s broadest yet experiment with jury trials. The nation’s highest court has submitted a legislative proposal to create “people’s juries” in 50 courts across 10 provinces, the official Xinhua ...