NANTERRE, France: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been ordered to stand trial for tweeting pictures of Islamic State atrocities, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday (Jun 13).Le Pen shared the gruesome images in December 2015, a few weeks after IS jihadists killed 130 people in attacks in Paris.A judge in the western Paris suburb of Nanterre ordered that the National Rally leader stand trial on charges of circulating "violent messages that incite terrorism or pornography or seriously harm human dignity" and that can be viewed by a minor.The charges carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros (US$85,000).Last year, an investigative magistrate called for Le Pen to undergo psychiatric tests in connection with the IS tweets.The 50-year-old trained lawyer, whose party topped France's vote in the recent European elections, has denounced the case as a violation of her freedom of expression.She tweeted the images after a French journalist drew … [Read more...] about France’s Le Pen to go on trial for tweeting gruesome IS images
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PARIS: Fourteen suspects will go on trial before a special court in Paris in April 2020 charged over attacks around the French capital in January 2015, including the massacre at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, legal sources said on Friday (Jun 7).The perpetrators were killed by police in the wake of the attacks. But 14 people charged with helping them, three of whom remain on the run, will go on trial from April 20 to July 3, over five years after the atrocities took place, a source close to the case told AFP.Seventeen people were killed over three days in January 2015 in attacks that shook France and heralded a wave of atrocities by radical Islamists that year.Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said killed 12 people on January 7, 2015 at the Charlie Hebdo offices, including some of France's best known cartoonists.Over the following two days, a third gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, shot dead a young policewoman and killed four people at a Jewish supermarket.All three gunmen, … [Read more...] about Trial over France Charlie Hebdo attacks to begin in April
There was a time when people were blowing into little plastic cartridges, hopeful of getting their copy of Contra to work properly with their Mitashi (or N64 or Atari, depending on the location). Today, streamers are screaming at screens in frustration when a little lag in PUBG causes them to lose their dinner.The ability to play video games without having to download them is an enticing notion for gamers and corporations alike. Instant delivery of content and no requirements for the showroom. It's a win-win, and the scene is already shifting from brick-and-mortar stores to digital retail. Steam, GOG, Humble and other digital game providers have been major perpetrators of this change in cahoots with the console manufacturers themselves.Now, we have software giants releasing "exciting" cloud gaming services – Stadia, ProjectX, Apple Arcade – it is obvious that people will soon have an additional monthly expense apart from today's video or music streaming platforms. This … [Read more...] about Can cloud gaming turn the tide for the industry?
Sandigan affirms trial of 194 Malampaya cases MANILA, Philippines — Anti-graft court Sandiganbayan has upheld its earlier ruling to proceed with the formal trial of 194 criminal cases in connection with the alleged misuse of the government’s P900-million proceeds from the Malampaya natural gas project. In a resolution promulgated on May 10, the court’s Third Division denied the motion for reconsideration of the primary accused, incumbent Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr., seeking the reversal of its March 6 ruling denying the lawmaker’s motion to quash the cases. The Third Division said that aside from Andaya’s failure to file his appeal on time, there was also no new argument raised by the lawmaker that would warrant the reversal of the earlier ruling. The court maintained that the case information sheets were sufficient in form and substance, contrary to Andaya’s claim that they were “fatally defective” … [Read more...] about Sandigan affirms trial of 194 Malampaya cases
NEW YORK — For years, Anna Sorokin dreamed of being someone else. A Russian immigrant with aspirations of becoming a member of Manhattan’s upper society, Sorokin hopped around Germany and Paris before finally coming to New York in 2014. But she arrived with a new identity: that of a wealthy German heiress with a trust fund worth 60 million euros (about $67 million). She came up with a new name, Anna Delvey, and lived under that identity as she bilked banks, hotels, restaurants and a private jet operator out of more than $200,000 — and aimed to get millions more, according to prosecutors. Following a month-long trial, a jury in Manhattan on Thursday found Sorokin guilty of second-degree grand larceny, theft of services and one count of first-degree attempted grand larceny. She was found not guilty on other charges after being accused of providing falsified documents in an attempt to secure a $22 million bank loan, and of stealing some $60,000 for a lavish trip to … [Read more...] about News ‘Anna Delvey,’ fake heiress: 7 bizarre highlights from her trial