Tuesday, January 16, 2018

British official to face charges

British official to face charges

Chris Huhne resigned as Britain's energy secretary Friday after becoming the first serving Cabinet minister to be charged with a serious criminal offense in modern times. Prosecutors have "sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges" against Huhne and his ex-wife, Vicky Pryce, of perverting the course of justice, the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said in a televised statement in London Friday. The charges were brought after Pryce accused Huhne of lying about a speeding ticket nine years ago. The charge is that Huhne was speeding but his wife accept the ticket as if she was the driver. Huhne is the third Cabinet minister to resign from Prime Minister David Cameron's government since it was formed in May 2010. The second, Conservative Defense Secretary Liam Fox, quit in October over his relationship with a friend and self-styled adviser, Adam Werritty.

More prison time for Khmer figure

A court in Cambodia on Friday rejected an appeal by a notorious Khmer Rouge jailer and extended his prison sentence to life in a decision welcomed by many in the war-torn country. Kang Kek Ieu, known as Kaing Guek Eav in tribunal filings but more often referred to as Comrade Duch, ran the Tuol Sleng "S-21" prison where more than 12,000 people were tortured and executed. "The crimes by Kaing Guek Eav were undoubtedly among the worst in recorded human history," Judge Kong Srim said. "They deserve the highest penalty available." Duch had filed an appeal last year over his 2010 conviction for crimes against humanity, arguing that he had been a junior official who was only following orders. The legal strategy backfired, however, when the appeals panel of the United Nations-backed war crimes court Friday increased his original 35-year sentence to life.

Times wires

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