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DR Congo warlord Katanga complicit in war crimes

The International Criminal Court on Friday convicted Congolese ex-militia boss Germain Katanga of being an accessory to war crimes and crimes against humanity for a 2003 village massacre. "The chamber by majority finds Germain Katanga guilty... of complicity in the crimes committed on February 24, 2003," said judge Bruno Cotte. Katanga was convicted of murder and pillaging but cleared of rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers in the attack.

Bail nixed for anesthetist who sexually abused women during surgeries

TORONTO - A veteran anesthesiologist jailed for sexually assaulting 21 sedated women during surgeries has little chance of having his conviction overturned, Ontario's Appeal Court ruled Wednesday in denying him bail. In its decision, the court said it would be counter to the public interest to release Dr. George Doodnaught until his appeal is heard, likely next year. Doodnaught's offences, Justice Harry LaForme wrote in his bail decision, are "very serious" and his grounds for appeal "are weak" and not likely to succeed.

Czech court allows extradition of man charged in California torture case

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Czech court has ruled that a 35-year-old man can be extradited to the United States to face charges of abducting, torturing and cutting off the penis of a California owner of a medical marijuana dispensary. The man facing extradition, Hossein Nayeri, is one of four defendants who authorities say in October 2012 tried to force the dispensary owner to divulge the location of cash they mistakenly believed he had hidden in the desert.

Accused Boston bomber's lawyers call prosecutors' claims a 'red herring'

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - Attorneys for the accused Boston Marathon bomber on Wednesday took issue with prosecutors' focus on what they called a "gently mocking" comment about his confinement made by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to his sister during a jailhouse visit.

Defendant in high-profile threat case released on bail

A 31-year-old man indicted for remotely operating other people's personal computers to issue a bomb threat, as well as threatening other violent attacks in 2012, was released Wednesday on bail following 13 months in detention. After initially approving bail for Yusuke Katayama on Tuesday, the Tokyo High Court suspended the decision in the face of prosecutors' motion for complaint. But the court decided Wednesday to release him as it found the complaint was lodged by a prosecutor not authorized to do so.

Defendant in high-profile threat case released on bail

A 31-year-old man indicted for remotely operating other people's personal computers to issue a bomb threat, as well as threatening other violent attacks in 2012, was released Wednesday on bail following 13 months in detention. After initially approving bail for Yusuke Katayama on Tuesday, the Tokyo High Court suspended the decision in the face of prosecutors' motion for complaint. But the court decided Wednesday to release him as it found the complaint was lodged by a prosecutor not authorized to do so.

Court grants bail to defendant in high-profile threat case

The Tokyo High Court granted bail Wednesday to a 31-year-old man indicted for allegedly having remotely operated other people's personal computers to issue a bomb threat, as well as threaten other violent attacks in 2012. After initially approving bail for Yusuke Katayama on Tuesday, the high court suspended the decision in the face of prosecutors' motion for complaint. But the court decided Wednesday to release him as it found the complaint was lodged by a prosecutor not authorized to do so.

Serbia 'in genocide denial', Croatia tells top UN court

Croatia on Monday said Serbia was "in denial" over genocide allegedly committed in the early 1990s, at the start of a court case that threatens to further sour relations between the Balkan neighbours. "Many political leaders in Serbia have maintained an attitude of denial" about the alleged genocide, Croatia's representative Vesna Crnic-Grotic told the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ). "It is to our great regret that this (attitude) persists today," she told the UN's highest court, where the case finally opened on Monday.

US rights report to move Philippine agencies to improve

A US government report criticising the Philippines for failing to stamp out extra-judicial killings will help Manila improve human rights safeguards, a presidential spokeswoman said on Saturday. The US State Department's global annual human rights report Thursday said: "The (Philippine) government continued to investigate and prosecute only a limited number of reported human rights abuses, and concerns about impunity persisted".

Ex-NFL star Sharper in custody after new arrest warrant

Former National Football League star Darren Sharper, facing rape charges in Los Angeles and New Orleans, was in police custody Friday in California, officials said. The 38-year-old was arrested Thursday evening and taken to Los Angeles' Men's Central Jail, where he was being held without bail, according to LA County jail records. He surrendered to police at his attorney's office, according to the LA Times. Sharper was already facing charges in California of drugging and raping two women he met in a Los Angeles nightclub.
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