Nazi war crimes suspect unfit to stand trial, says Austrian court

Nazi war crimes suspect unfit to stand trial, says Austrian courtVienna - Nazi war crime suspect Milivoj Asner is unfit to stand trial, an Austrian court spokesman confirmed Thursday.

The court had hired a German expert to give a second opinion on a contentious previous verdict by local psychiatrists that the 96-year old Asner was suffering from dementia.

Asner, who has lived in Austria for decades, is listed as number three among the most wanted war criminals by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem.

Former Bangladesh premier Zia seeks withdrawal of graft charges

Turkish jets bomb Kurdish rebel hideouts in IraqDhaka - Bangladeshi former prime minister Khaleda Zia and her two sons on Thursday sought the withdrawal of graft charges brought against them.

"We have filed applications seeking withdrawal of the 21 cases," Sanaullah Mia, one of Zia's attorneys, told reporters after filing the appeal. "... These cases have no merit."

New Zealander, 75, jailed for child-sex pictures

New Zealander, 75, jailed for child-sex picturesWellington - A 75-year-old New Zealand man has been jailed for two years on 27 charges of possessing objectionable images, mainly of young boys in sexual poses or acts, following a tip-off from police in Germany, news reports said Thursday.

The Department of Internal Affairs said that Edward Kent, of Christchurch, was the oldest person to be prosecuted for possessing sex pictures obtained via the internet.

Justice Department memos will have a chilling effect on US counter terrorism: Stratfor

Washington, Apr. 30 : The release of the four Department of Justice classified memos that reveal the controversial approval given by the Bush administration to torture and interrogation techniques used on GITMO detainees have had a chilling effect on US counter terrorism, believes intelligence think tank STRATFOR.

According to STRATFOR, realistically, those most likely to face investigation and prosecution are those who wrote the memos, rather than the low-level field personnel who acted in good faith based upon the guidance the memos provided, in spite of the fact that Obama has reassured that there will be no witch hunt.

Spanish judge opens new case against US over Guantanamo torture

Spanish judge opens new case against US over Guantanamo tortureMadrid - Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon on Wednesday announced a new judicial investigation of those responsible for torture at the US prison camp in Guantanamo, Cuba.

The National Court judge based the case on complaints filed by Hamed Abderrahman Ahmed, known as the Spanish Taliban, and three others who claimed to have been tortured at Guantanamo.

Suspects in Travolta extortion trial plead not guilty

Suspects in Travolta extortion trial plead not guiltyWashington, April 29: The two suspects accused of trying to extort millions of dollars from John Travolta have pleaded not guilty in court.

Ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne and ex Bahamas senator Pleasant Bridgewater were alleged to have teamed up in a
25-million-dollar plot to extort money from Travolta and his wife over information related to their 16-year-old son Jett''s death.

While Lightbourne was charged with attempted extortion, Bridgewater was left facing abatement to extort charges, reports Contactmusic.