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Morocco refuses bail for 9 detained activists

Nine activists with Morocco's February 20 pro-reform movement, who were arrested this month during a mass demonstration in Casablanca, had their request for bail rejected on Tuesday. Police arrested 11 activists during a "national march" organised by the country's three main unions on April 6, in which some 10,000 took part. Accused of "organising a non-authorised protest" and of carrying out "acts of violence against police officers", two of the 11 activists have since been released on bail.

Saudi court detains rights lawyer

A Saudi court has ordered the arrest of a prominent rights lawyer who was standing trial for insulting the authorities in the ultraconservative kingdom and defying its ruler, the man's wife said Wednesday. Lawyer Waleed Abulkhair was already on bail for holding unauthorised meetings for reformists when he went to fifth hearing of his trial at a Riyadh court on Tuesday. His wife Samar Badawi had not heard from him since he told her he was switching his phone off to enter the closed-hearing courtroom, and was told on Wednesday that he was in jail, she said.

Suspects denied bail in kidnapping of N.C. prosecutor's father

ATLANTA (Reuters) - Five people charged with kidnapping a North Carolina prosecutor's father in an elaborate plot orchestrated by an imprisoned gang member were ordered held without bail at a detention hearing on Tuesday, U.S. officials said. Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was rescued by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Atlanta last week, four days after being snatched from his home in Wake Forest, North Carolina and held hostage.

Canada court orders suspended senator to rehab

A court on Friday ordered a suspended Canadian senator to attend an alcohol and drugs detox program, a day after his arrest for alleged assault. Patrick Brazeau, 39, was taken into custody in the early morning Thursday at an Ottawa area residence, and charged with assault, cocaine possession and making death threats. Crown prosecutor Stephanie Robitaille said Brazeau had "specific conditions to respect, one of them is to go to therapy for drug and alcohol problems." He was also told to respect a curfew from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am.

Suspended senator Patrick Brazeau released on bail, going to rehab

GATINEAU, Que. - Facing assault, drug and other charges, a rumpled-looking Patrick Brazeau agreed Friday to go into rehab as a condition of being granted bail. The suspended senator was released from custody on $5,000 bail a day after being charged in connection with what police describe as a violent domestic disturbance. As a condition of his release, Brazeau was given 72 hours to check himself into a rehabilitation facility in the Quebec municipality of Saint-Andre-d'Argenteuil, which is located along the Ottawa River just south of the town of Lachute.

B.C. judge refuses bail for convicted pedophile facing more charges

PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. - A British Columbia man who served five years in a Thai prison for sexually assaulting boys must remain in a Canadian jail while he waits for trial on new charges of abusing children overseas. A provincial court judge refused bail for Christopher Neil, 39, on Thursday after a nearly three-hour hearing. Details of the hearing can't be revealed because of a sweeping publication ban. Neil faces 10 charges, half of those are related to accusations based in Southeast Asia.

What the jury didn't know about man convicted in "webcam" murder

TORONTO - A jury that convicted a man of first-degree murder in the "webcam" death of a student from China did not know about "disturbing" alleged online postings, his collection of Asian pornography and complaints of previous attacks on women. Brian Dickson was found guilty Monday after the jury deliberated for four hours. He showed no discernible reaction to the verdict nor to the automatic sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder

While many children his age are still learning how to crawl, a nine-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country's legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other family members was booked for throwing rocks at gas company officials in the working-class Ahata Thanedaran neighbourhood on February 1, the family's lawyer Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq told AFP Friday.

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.

Doctor who sexually assaulted sedated patients seeks bail pending appeal

TORONTO - An anesthesiologist convicted of sexually assaulting 21 sedated women during surgeries is seeking bail while he appeals. Dr. George Doodnaught was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his crimes, which the judge called reprehensible. Doodnaught, 65, was on bail throughout his trial but was taken into custody Tuesday after he was sentenced. His lawyer, Brian Greenspan, argues that Doodnaught complied "religiously" with his bail conditions during trial and there is no risk he will reoffend since his medical licence is suspended.
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