Cardinal Joseph Zen Appeared in a Hong Kong Court After Recent Arrest

Fourth EstateCardinal Joseph Zen - Jindřich Nosek (NoJin)

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, a retired Hong Kong Catholic leader, and five other activists have denied claims that they failed to register a legal defense fund that supported demonstrators during the 2019 social unrest. Zen together with barrister Margaret Ng, …

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Russian Soldier Sentenced to Life During First Ukraine War Crimes Trial

Fourth EstateVadim Shishimarin, 21, admittedly killed a 62-year-old civilian riding a bike in Ukraine’s northern Sumy Oblast

Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin has been sentenced to life in prison by the Solomyansky District Court of Kyiv after he pleaded guilty to shooting a 62-year-old civilian. “The court finds Vadim Shishimarin guilty of committing a criminal offense under Part …

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Swedish-Iranian Hostage At Risk Of Retaliatory Execution By Iran Claims Amnesty International

Fourth EstateAhmadreza Djalali taken into custody April 2016 on still-unknown charges. | VUB

Amnesty International on Thursday said Iran is threatening a Swedish-Iranian doctor, Ahmedreza Djalali with imminent execution in a bid to force Belgium and Sweden to stop prosecutions of two Iranian officials. Iran detained Djalali, a medical doctor and lecturer at …

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Former Police Officer Thomas Lane Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Killing of George Floyd

Fourth EstateMugshot of Ex-Minneapolis, Minnesota Police Officer Thomas Lane | Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane pleaded guilty on May 18 to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. “I am pleased Thomas Lane has accepted responsibility for his role in Floyd’s death,” Minnesota Attorney General …

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Britney Griner’s Detention Extended by Russia

Fourth EstateBrittney Griner - Russia 24 (State TV)

A Russian court has extended the detention of U.S. basketball star Britney Griner on Friday until June 18. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and star center with the Phoenix Mercury, was detained at the Moscow airport in February after …

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Ukraine to Hold First War Crimes Trial of Russian Soldier in Custody

Fourth EstateMariupol - Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

Ukraine announced on May 11 that it is launching its first war crimes trial in the Russian invasion, in the case of a Russian soldier accused of killing a civilian. Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Iryna Venediktova identified the first Russian service member …

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Turkish Court Orders Release of Pundit Gurcan In Spying Case

Fourth EstateMetin Gürcan, a founding member of the opposition Democracy and Progress Party (DEVA) - Courtesy

A Turkish court in capital Ankara on Wednesday ordered the release of a security expert Metin Gurcan, who was detained for spying and transferring state secrets to foreign diplomats. Gurcan, 46-years-old Turkish was detained in November 2021and was sentenced to …

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French Court Upholds Verdict Against Former PM Fillon

Copyright NATHANAEL MERGUIFrançois Fillon - Mutualité Française

A French appeals court on Monday upheld a verdict against former right-wing Prime Minister François Fillon for embezzling public funds in a fake job scandal.  In 2020, the court found Fillon and his wife, Penelope, guilty of fraud and sentenced …

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