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Tearful mourners hold vigil in German city after drunk man kills five
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
People wearing protective face masks stand as they pay their respects near the site where a car crashed into pedestrians in Trier, Germany, December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Kai PfaffenbachTRIER (Reuters) - Residents and politicians wept and hugged as they lay flowers and candles in the western city of Trier on Wednesday to commemorate five people, including a baby, killed by a drunk man who ploughed a speeding car into a pedestrian area. Locals, many crying and holding hands, gathered at the city’s landmark Roman gate, Porta Nigra, to place floral tributes, candles and hand-written messages. The authorities have said there is no indication the man, overpowered by police, had a political or religious motive. “Trier is mourning, Trier is suffering,” said mayor Wolfram Leibe, wiping a tear from his eye.
Persons: Kai Pfaffenbach TRIER, , Malu Dreyer, , Trier, Wolfram Leibe Organizations: REUTERS, Prosecutors Locations: Trier, Germany, Porta, Rhineland, Palatinate, “ Trier
U.S. prosecutors investigating potential scheme to pay bribe for Trump pardon
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Jan Wolfe | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Workers construct viewing stands for the 2021 Inaugural Parade in front of the White House, near the memorial fence at Black Live Matter Plaza in Washington, U.S. December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court documents unsealed in federal court. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Tuesday released a heavily redacted order that described what she called a “bribery-for-pardon” investigation. Prosecutors had said they planned to “confront” three unnamed individuals with the communications and finish their investigation. That was the first of what is expected to be a string of pardons in Trump’s final weeks in the White House.
Persons: Jonathan Ernst, Beryl Howell, , Howell, , Donald Trump, Michael Flynn Organizations: White, REUTERS, Reuters, U.S . Justice, U.S, District, Justice, Prosecutors, Constitution, FBI Locations: Washington , U.S, Howell, Washington, Trump’s
U.S. prosecutors investigating potential White House 'bribery-for-pardon' scheme
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Jan Wolfe | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court documents unsealed in federal court. U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell on Tuesday released a heavily redacted order that described what she called a “bribery-for-pardon” investigation. The Justice Department had to ask Howell’s permission to view certain emails between a lawyer and clients, who were not identified. That was the first of what is expected to be a string of pardons in Trump’s final weeks in the White House. According to Howell’s order, the Justice Department had recently told her it wanted to keep the investigation from becoming public because it detailed “individuals and conduct” that had not yet been charged.
Persons: Beryl Howell, , Howell, , Donald Trump, Michael Flynn Organizations: Reuters, U.S . Justice, White, U.S, District, White House, Justice, Prosecutors, Constitution, FBI, Justice Department Locations: Washington, Trump’s
Argentine prosecutors raid home of Maradona's psychiatrist in probe
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Ramiro Scandolo | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
“These are routine measures when investigating the causes of death of a patient,” Cosachov’s lawyer, Vadim Mischanchuk, told local television. Prosecutors are investigating possible “malpractice” and if necessary medical requirements for care were met, the lawyer Mischanchuk said. Two sources close the case, who declined to be named, told Reuters “doctors are the main ones being targeted by the prosecution” for Maradona’s death. The probe was looking at possible wrongful death and medical negligence, they said. Maradona’s lawyer, Matias Morla, said last week he would ask for a full investigation of the circumstances of the sport star’s death, criticizing what he said was a slow response by emergency service.
Persons: Copa Diego Maradona, Diego Maradona, Alejandro Pagni BUENOS, Diego Maradona’s, Leopoldo Luque, , Vadim Mischanchuk, ” Maradona, Mischanchuk, Matias Morla Organizations: Football, Copa, Boca Juniors, Estadio, REUTERS, Reuters, Argentine, Prosecutors Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alejandro Pagni BUENOS AIRES, , Naples, Italy
Federal Prosecutors Investigated Alleged Bribery-for-Pardon Scheme
  + stars: | 2020-12-01 | by ( Byron Tau | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON—The Justice Department was investigating as recently as this summer an alleged “bribery-for-pardon” scheme, according to a court filing made public Tuesday. The court filing was issued by Beryl A. Howell, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28. It was unsealed on her order Tuesday in heavily redacted form, with most of the details of the alleged scheme withheld. Prosecutors...
Persons: WASHINGTON, Beryl A, Howell Organizations: The Justice, U.S, Washington , D.C, Prosecutors Locations: Washington ,
(CNN) Prosecutors investigating the death of Diego Maradona say the lack of adequate medical supervision provided following surgery for a subdural hematoma was "absolutely negligent," a judicial investigator involved in the case told the country's official news Agency Telam on Monday. On November 3, Dr. Leopoldo Luque performed Maradona's successful surgery for what is more commonly known as a blood clot on the brain. The investigator said work is underway to determine whether there was "malpractice, negligence or medical inexperience that could constitute manslaughter." The investigator told Telam: "What we've seen is that the [medical] behavior was absolutely negligent. "If it's proven through the medical report findings, expert opinions and the testimony of witnesses that there was some type of malpractice, [Leopoldo] Luque will be called-in for questioning."
Persons: Diego Maradona, Agency Telam, Leopoldo Luque, Maradona's, Telam, Leopoldo, Luque Organizations: CNN, Prosecutors, Agency
Argentine prosecutors investigating the death of Diego Maradona say the lack of adequate medical supervision of the ex-footballer following surgery for a subdural hematoma was "absolutely negligent," an investigator involved in the case told Agency Telam. Source: CNN
Persons: Diego Maradona Organizations: CNN
Brazil prosecutors sue Trafigura over irregular Petrobras contracts: statement
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
The allegations center around 31 fuel oil purchase and sale transactions carried out between May 2012 and October 2013. The allegedly irregular trades between Trafigura and Petrobras involved the sale of 7.062 million barrels of fuel oil, the prosecutors said. They said they found evidence Trafigura secured those contracts by paying 6.86 million reais in bribes to former employees of Petrobras’ commercial area. As a result, Trafigura earned a profit of almost 200 million reais and caused losses to Petrobras, the prosecutors said. Six foreign companies that competed and benefited from the scheme are defendants in the suit, including Trafigura do Brasil Consultoria, Trafigura AG, Trafigura PTE, Trafigura Group PTE, Trafigura Beheer BV and Farringford Foundation, the prosecutors said.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Trafigura Organizations: REUTERS, SAO PAULO, Reuters, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Petrobras, Brasil, Trafigura AG, Trafigura PTE, Trafigura Group PTE, Trafigura, Farringford Foundation Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Brazil, Trafigura
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Ukraine-born businessman who once helped Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani gather information about U.S. President-elect Joe Biden pleaded not guilty to cheating investors in a fraud-insurance company, even after his former partner in the venture pleaded guilty. FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas arrives for a hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., February 3, 2020. Giuliani, now leading the Trump legal team’s push to overturn Biden’s presidential election win, told Reuters in October 2019 he was paid $500,000 for work he did for Fraud Guarantee. David Correia, who was Parnas’ partner in Fraud Guarantee, pleaded guilty on Oct. 29 to wire fraud conspiracy for cheating investors, and to making false statements to the Federal Election Commission. The case is U.S. v. Parnas et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Biden, Lev Parnas, Bryan R Smith, Paul Oetken, Giuliani, Igor Fruman, Parnas, Oetken, , , ” Oetken, Nicolas Roos, Biden, Hunter, Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, David Correia, Fruman, Trump’s, Andrey Kukushkin, Kukushkin Organizations: YORK, Manhattan Federal Court, REUTERS, U.S, District, Prosecutors, Trump, Reuters, New, Federal, Court, Southern District of Locations: Ukraine, American, Manhattan, New York, U.S, Belarus, Florida, New York City, Russian, Southern District, Southern District of New York
Argentine prosecutors investigate death of soccer star Maradona
  + stars: | 2020-11-29 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: The hearse carrying the casket of soccer legend Diego Maradona arrives at the cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 26, 2020. REUTERS/Agustin MarcarianBUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine justice officials are investigating the death of soccer star Diego Maradona and ordered the search of properties of his personal doctor on Sunday, a local prosecutor’s office said. The search order was requested by prosecutors in the affluent Buenos Aires suburb San Isidro and signed by a local judge, according to a statement issued by the prosecutor’s office. “By virtue of the evidence that was collected, it was considered necessary to request searches at the home and office of doctor Leopoldo Luque,” the prosecutor’s office said in the statement. The prosecutor’s office provided no information on what prompted the investigation.
Persons: Diego Maradona, Agustin Marcarian, Maradona, , Leopoldo Luque, Matias Moria, ” Matias Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, San Locations: Buenos Aires, Argentina, Agustin Marcarian BUENOS AIRES, Argentine, San Isidro
Over 700 gang members in Central America arrested in U.S.-assisted actions
  + stars: | 2020-11-28 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Police officers paint off a graffiti related to the MS-13 gang at La Vega neighborhood in San Salvador, El Salvador, September 26, 2017. “The U.S. Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners in Central America are committed to continued collaboration in locating and arresting gang members and associates engaged in transnational crimes,” said U.S. Attorney General William Barr, according to the statement. Prosecutors in El Salvador this week filed criminal charges against 1,152 members of organized crime groups in the country, primarily MS-13 and 18th Street gangs, the statement said. In Guatemala, authorities executed 80 search warrants, arrested 40 individuals and served 29 arrest warrants against people already in custody, all of whom are members of the 18th Street gang and MS-13, the DOJ said. In Honduras, the one-week joint operation resulted in the arrest of over 75 MS-13 and 18th Street gang members and five police officers and the execution of over 10 search warrants.
Persons: Jose Cabezas, , , William Barr, Donald Trump Organizations: Police, REUTERS, Jose Cabezas MEXICO CITY, U.S . Department of Justice, DOJ, U.S, Prosecutors Locations: La Vega, San Salvador , El Salvador, Jose, Jose Cabezas MEXICO, Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, U.S, Central America, El Salvador, Mexico, United States
'Hotel Rwanda' hero says he was kidnapped and blindfolded before arrest
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
KIGALI (Reuters) - “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina, on trial on terrorism and other charges in the central African country, said on Friday he had been kidnapped from abroad before being detained and charged. FILE PHOTO: Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed as a hero in a Hollywood movie about Rwanda's 1994 genocide, is escorted in handcuffs from the courtroom in Kigali, Rwanda September 25, 2020. “I was kidnapped to come here,” Rusesabagina said in court in the capital, Kigali, as he applied for bail. “No one kidnapped Paul Rusesabagina...he was detained at a legally recognised place after being notified of charges against him,” prosecutor Jean Cabin Habimana said. The Oscar-nominated 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda” depicted Rusesabagina, played by Don Cheadle, using his connections as a hotel manager to protect ethnic Tutsis fleeing slaughter by Hutus in the country’s 1994 genocide.
Persons: Paul Rusesabagina, Clement Uwiringiyimana Rusesabagina, , ” Rusesabagina, Jean Cabin Habimana, Oscar, Rusesabagina, Don Cheadle, Hutus, Paul Kagame, Gatera Gashabana Organizations: Reuters, Rwanda, REUTERS, ” Prosecutors, Belgian Locations: KIGALI, , Kigali, Rwanda, Belgium, United States, U.S
Belarus opposition asks European prosecutors to probe torture accusations
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
VILNIUS (Reuters) - Supporters of exiled Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Friday they would lobby state prosecutors in several European countries to investigate accusations of torture by Belarusian authorities. Western countries have accused Belarusian security forces of using excessive force in their crackdown on the protesters and have imposed sanctions targeting specific officials. Tsikhanouskaya’s supporters now want European prosecutors to issue international arrest warrants for officials named in their petitions. Dobrovolski said similar requests would be sent to prosecutors in Poland, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, where other alleged victims of Belarusian police beatings now reside. Belarus denies torturing prisoners and says its police show restraint in dealing with protesters it has said are in league with hostile foreign powers.
Persons: Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Alexander Lukashenko, Tsikhanouskaya’s, , , Maksim Kharoshyn, Nikolai Karpenkov, Alexander Dobrovolski, Tsikhanouskaya, Dobrovolski Organizations: Reuters, Lithuanian, Deputy Interior Locations: VILNIUS, Belarusian, Belarus, Europe, Vilnius, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Lithuanian
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A police officer stationed at Vancouver’s airport who rejected a plan to arrest Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou on the plane she arrived on two years ago will face more questioning from Meng’s lawyers on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at court following a lunch break in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 23, 2020. Meng has said she is innocent and is fighting the extradition from under house arrest in Vancouver. Diplomatic relations between Ottawa and Beijing have deteriorated since Meng’s arrest. China arrested Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig on espionage charges days later.
Persons: Meng Wanzhou, Jennifer Gauthier Meng, Meng, Ross Lundie, ” Lundie, Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig Organizations: VANCOUVER, Huawei, Huawei Technologies, REUTERS, HSBC, Vancouver International Airport, Prosecutors, Canadian Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP, U.S . Federal Bureau of Investigation Locations: Vancouver’s, Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada, Iran, Vancouver, United States, Ottawa, Beijing, China
FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at court following a lunch break in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 23, 2020. Meng has said she is innocent and is fighting the extradition while under house arrest in Vancouver. On Wednesday the RCMP supervisor in charge of Meng’s arrest testified that she had relayed a suggestion from her superior to arrest Meng on the plane but that she did not think it was a good idea. Diplomatic relations between Ottawa and Beijing have deteriorated since Meng’s arrest. Meng’s extradition hearing is expected to wrap up in April 2021.
Persons: Meng Wanzhou, Meng, Jennifer Gauthier, Ross Lundie, Lundie, Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig Organizations: VANCOUVER, Canadian, Huawei, Huawei Technologies, REUTERS, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP, International, HSBC, Canada Border Services Agency, Prosecutors, Wednesday, U.S . Federal Bureau of Investigation Locations: Vancouver, Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada, U.S, Iran, United States, RCMP Vancouver, Ottawa, Beijing, China
Defense to finish pressing Canada police supervisor on Huawei CFO's arrest
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Sarah Berman | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Meng has said she is innocent and is fighting the extradition from under house arrest in Vancouver. Testimony in British Columbia’s Supreme Court has focused on what the defense has described as the alleged coordination between U.S. and Canadian authorities ahead of Meng’s arrest. Witnesses from the CBSA and RCMP have testified over almost three weeks on the events surrounding Meng’s detention and arrest. Diplomatic relations between Ottawa and Beijing have deteriorated since Meng’s arrest. Meng’s extradition hearing is expected to wrap up in April 2021.
Persons: Meng Wanzhou, Meng, Janice Vander Graaf, Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig Organizations: VANCOUVER, Huawei, Vancouver International Airport, HSBC, Huawei Technologies, Prosecutors, Canada Border Services Agency, RCMP, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Locations: United States, Iran, Vancouver, U.S, Ottawa, Beijing, China
FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 23, 2020. But Ross Lundie, an officer with Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), defended the move not to arrest her on the plane. He asked Vander Graaf to explain the difference in her memory. “That is absolutely not true,” Vander Graaf replied. Witnesses from the CBSA and RCMP have testified over almost three weeks on the events surrounding Meng’s detention and arrest.
Persons: Meng Wanzhou, Jennifer Gauthier, Meng, Ross Lundie, ” Lundie, Lundie, nab Meng, Scott Fenton, Janice Vander Graaf, Vander Graaf, Gurvinder Dhaliwal, Fenton, , , ” Fenton, ” Vander Graaf Organizations: VANCOUVER, Huawei, Huawei Technologies, REUTERS, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP, Canadian, Canada Border Services Agency, HSBC, nab, Prosecutors, U.S . Federal Bureau of Investigation Locations: Vancouver, Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada, U.S, Iran
German Prosecutors Examine Ernst & Young’s Role in Wirecard Collapse
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Paul J. Davies | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
German prosecutors are examining Ernst & Young’s role in the collapse of disgraced payments operator Wirecard AG, ratcheting up pressure on the audit firm. Munich prosecutors said they are evaluating a report by the country’s accounting watchdog into the company’s collapse this summer. The watchdog, known as Apas, launched an investigation into the work of the auditing firm’s local affiliate, EY GmbH, after Wirecard admitted that more than $2 billion of cash it had said was held in bank accounts on its behalf didn’t actually...
Persons: Ernst, Wirecard, didn’t Organizations: Wirecard, EY GmbH Locations: Munich
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Testimony from the Canadian police supervisor who oversaw the arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou two years ago will continue on Wednesday, with the defense expected to dig into the changes in the arrest plan. FILE PHOTO: Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou leaves her home to attend a court hearing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Jennifer GauthierMeng, 48, was arrested in December 2018 at Vancouver International Airport by Canadian police, on a warrant from the United States. Huawei lawyers have claimed Canadian police inappropriately shared identifying details about the devices, including serial numbers and passcodes, with U.S. authorities. Diplomatic relations between Ottawa and Beijing have degraded in the wake of Meng’s arrest.
Persons: Meng Wanzhou, Jennifer Gauthier Meng, Meng, Janice Vander Graaf, passcodes, Michael Spavor, Michael Kovrig Organizations: VANCOUVER, Canadian, Huawei, Huawei Technologies, REUTERS, Vancouver International Airport, HSBC, Canada Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP, Prosecutors, U.S Locations: Vancouver , British Columbia, Canada, United States, Iran, Ottawa, Beijing, China
Tens of thousands of prison and jail inmates, including convicted serial killers and notorious inmates like Scott Peterson, have carried out what prosecutors described Tuesday as possibly the largest fraud scheme in California history. Between March and August, Schubert said, inmates housed in every California prison and in jails across the state filed 35,000 claims totaling $140 million in benefits. Schubert said that claims totaling $420,000 had been paid to death row inmates. She said the fraud could be carried out because unlike 35 other states, California lacks a system that “cross matches” prison and jail data with unemployment claims. Gavin Newsom called the fraud “absolutely unacceptable” and said he’d directed emergency services officials to assemble a task force to help tackle the problem.
Persons: Scott Peterson, Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, , , Schubert, Cynthia Zimmer, John Doe, John Adams, poopy, ” Schubert, Cary Stayner, Susan Eubanks, Peterson, Pat Harris, Loree Levy, Gavin Newsom, he’d Organizations: Sacramento, Attorney, Prosecutors, Associated Press, Economic Development Department, NBC Locations: California, Sacramento County, Kern County, Yosemite, NBC Los Angeles , California
Swedish prosecutors receive request to reopen 1994 ferry sinking investigation
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish prosecutors said on Tuesday they had received a request to reopen an investigation into the 1994 sinking of the ferry Estonia that killed 852 people, based on new information that appeared in a documentary. The film included underwater video images from the wreck site, showing previously undisclosed damage to the starboard side of the ferry. “A request has been submitted to the Prosecution Authority that the preliminary investigation from the 1990s on Estonia’s sinking should be reopened as new circumstances have appeared,” Swedish prosecutors said in a statement. The statement quoted Prosecutor Karolina Wieslander as saying the request referred to “information in the recently aired TV documentary”. Estonia, a roll-on roll-off ferry, carried 803 passengers and 186 crew when it sank on a stormy Baltic Sea shortly after midnight on Sept. 28, 1994.
Persons: Karolina Wieslander Organizations: Discovery, Prosecution Authority Locations: STOCKHOLM, Estonia, Baltic
California paid out more than $140 million for fraudulent unemployment claims made in the name of inmates in its state prisons and county jails, according to state and federal prosecutors who have been investigating the fraud for months. Among the people who filed claims with California’s unemployment agency were death row inmates Scott Peterson, convicted of murdering his wife and unborn son, serial killer Cary Stayner, who is at San Quentin, and Isauro Aguirre, who was convicted of murdering an 8-year-old in a high-profile...
Persons: Scott Peterson, Cary Stayner, Isauro Aguirre Locations: San Quentin
Ghislaine Maxwell attends day 1 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 on September 20, 2013 in New York City. Maxwell's lawyer also said that the British socialite is not being given enough time in the Brooklyn, New York, federal jail to review documents related to her criminal case and to "prepare the defense of her life." Maxwell is currently in 14-day quarantine after possible exposure to a jail staffer with Covid-19, prosecutors revealed Monday. The letter comes a day after those prosecutors wrote Nathan to inform her of Maxwell's quarantine, and that Maxwell herself so far had tested negative for Covid. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty in the case, and is due to go on trial next year.
Persons: Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, Epstein, Weeks, Maxwell, Bobbi Sternheim, Alison Nathan, Sternheim, Nathan, Sternheim's, Heriberto Tellez, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Britain's Prince Andrew, Trump's, Alex Acosta, Acosta Organizations: Prosecutors, Attorney's, Southern, of, Metropolitan Detention Center, Labor, Miami Locations: New York City, British, Brooklyn , New York, Manhattan, Brooklyn, U.S, of New York, New Hampshire, Florida
France's Sarkozy appears in court, corruption trial suspended
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Tangi Salaün | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
PARIS (Reuters) - Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy briefly appeared in court on Monday to face trial on corruption accusations before judges suspended the hearings until Nov. 26 to assess the health of one of his co-defendants. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy leaves after an interruption in his trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling, at Paris courthouse, France, November 23, 2020. Sarkozy, who led France from 2007-2012 and has remained influential among conservatives, has denied any wrongdoing in all the investigations against him. Herzog and Azibert are both on trial with Sarkozy, charged with corruption and influence-peddling. Next March, Sarkozy is due in court on accusations of violating campaign financing rules during his failed 2012 re-election bid.
Persons: Nicolas Sarkozy, Charles Platiau Prosecutors, Sarkozy, Gilbert Azibert, Liliane Bettencourt, Les, Thierry Herzog, Herzog, Azibert, France’s, Bettencourt, BFM, Muammar Gaddafi Organizations: PARIS, REUTERS, Prosecutors, Cassation Locations: Paris, France, Monaco, Cour, French, Lebanese
Corruption Trial of Former President Sarkozy Opens in France
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Noemie Bisserbe | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
PARIS—France opened a trial Monday into whether former President Nicolas Sarkozy tried to bribe a magistrate in an attempt to obtain confidential information about a police inquiry into the finances of his 2007 campaign. Prosecutors charged Mr. Sarkozy with corruption and influence-peddling, alleging that in the years after he left office in 2012 Mr. Sarkozy offered to help Gilbert Azibert seek a plum job in a court in the principality of Monaco.
Persons: Nicolas Sarkozy, Sarkozy, Mr, Gilbert Azibert Organizations: PARIS, Prosecutors Locations: France, Monaco
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