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Mass DNA tests at French school to find rapist

Male students and staff at a French school on Monday began providing police with DNA samples in an unprecedented operation aimed at discovering who raped a 16-year-old female pupil on the premises. The procedure has raised concerns over rights violations after the prosecutor handling the case said anyone refusing to submit a sample would be considered a potential suspect.

Mass DNA tests at French school to find rapist

More than 500 male students and staff were to give DNA samples in an unprecedented operation launched Monday to uncover who raped a 16-year-old girl in the toilets of a French school. The operation, a first for a French school, has raised concerns over rights violations after prosecutors said anyone refusing to submit a sample would be considered a potential suspect. The collection of samples began as students arrived for morning classes at the Fenelon-Notre Dame high school, a private Catholic school in the southwestern Atlantic port city of La Rochelle.

Mass DNA tests at French school to find rapist

More than 500 male students and staff were to give DNA samples in an unprecedented operation launched Monday to uncover who raped a 16-year-old girl in the toilets of a French school. The operation, a first for a French school, has raised concerns over rights violations after prosecutors said anyone refusing to submit a sample would be considered a potential suspect. The collection of samples began as students arrived for morning classes at the Fenelon-Notre Dame high school, a private Catholic school in the southwestern Atlantic port city of La Rochelle.

Mass DNA testing in French school to find rapist

More than 500 male students and staff at a French school will undergo DNA tests from Monday in a bid to discover who raped a 16-year-old girl in a dark school toilet. The tests, a first in a French school, will end on Wednesday and target 475 high school students, 31 teachers and 21 others present on the premises on September 30 when the rape happened. The schoolgirl was assaulted in the private Catholic Fenelon-Notre-Dame high school in the southwestern Atlantic port city of La Rochelle.

Court decides not to reopen 1992 double murder case of hanged inmate

A court decided Monday not to reopen a 1992 murder case in which a death-row inmate was executed six years ago for kidnapping and killing two girls in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan, dismissing new evidence put forward by his lawyers. The Fukuoka District Court decision not to grant a posthumous retrial of Michitoshi Kuma, who consistently said he was innocent, came just days after another court decided to reopen a 1966 quadruple murder case and freed a 78-year-old death-row inmate after nearly 48 years of detention.

Court decides not to reopen 1992 murder case of hanged inmate

A district court decided Monday not to reopen a 1992 murder case in which a death row inmate was executed six years ago for kidnapping and killing two girls in Fukuoka Prefecture, southwestern Japan. The Fukuoka District Court made the decision regarding the retrial of Michitoshi Kuma, who consistently said he was innocent. Kuma was hanged in 2008 at the age of 70 over the kidnapping and murder of the 7-year-old girls in the city of Iizuka in the prefecture.

JICA assistance program for Philippine police ends

The Japan International Cooperation Agency formally closed Thursday its 34-year assistance program to the Philippine National Police, noting an increased capability of the latter in solving crimes mainly through a Japan-funded fingerprint identification project. The assistance program, which began in 1980, included the establishment of an automated fingerprint identification system, a firearms control and identification project and the exchanges of technical experts in forensic science, police administration and other specializations.

Japan's Cabinet OKs bill for fingerprint data pact with U.S.

Japan's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill designed to implement the recently signed pact with the United States for instantly sharing fingerprint data on suspected terrorists and people engaged in serious crimes. After the two countries inked the Agreement on Preventing and Combating Serious Crime earlier this month, the Japanese government aims to pass the bill in the ongoing parliamentary session in order to put it into effect within the next few years.

Bangladesh says no hope of identifying 100 factory victims

A Bangladesh expert said Monday he has given up hope of identifying 112 victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, almost a year after one of the world's worst industrial tragedies. The garment factory complex on the outskirts of Dhaka collapsed in April last year, trapping thousands of workers who stitched clothes for Western retailers. Rescue work ended three weeks later with 1,129 bodies recovered from the ruins of the nine-storey complex.

Florida lawmakers to probe biometric scans of school children

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - Florida lawmakers on Tuesday will begin tackling questions of privacy that arise when technology catches up with science fiction. Florida is considering legislation to sharply regulate the use of fingerprint, palm print, iris scans and other biometric identification systems once found only in futuristic thrillers such as "Mission: Impossible" and "Minority Report."
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