Prosecutors will apply to have Oscar Pistorius committed for one month of mental evaluations after a psychiatrist on Monday told his murder trial the Paralympian suffered from an "anxiety disorder". Prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued the sprinter should go to a facility for 30 days to test a defence psychiatrist's claim that the condition may have had an impact on his state of mind before he shot and killed his girlfriend, allegedly believing she was an intruder. … [Read more...] about Prosecution calls for Pistorius to face month of mental tests
HA NOI — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday urged the Central Anti-corruption Steering Committee to uphold its power to more effectively deal with prominent corruption cases. Dung, speaking at the CASC's 13th meeting reviewing its first six months of anti-corruption activities, said that the committee needed to focus its management on the investigations and prosecutions in key and complex corruption cases. The committee's report said that in the first half of this year, anti-corruption measures had been effective. More than 30 ministries and State-owned agencies and 57 cities and provinces had submitted their declarations on property and incomes from last year. Procedural bodies have for the first six months found and introduced 81 cases, prosecuted 122 cases and tried 100 cases for charges related to corruption. These anti-corruption actions had been strengthened, the committee said, helping uncover 11 serious and complex corruption cases that had been fairly tried. The … [Read more...] about Anti-corruption group told to take tougher action when prosecuting
South African police chief Jackie Selebi, who is also the president of Interpol, was set to be charged with corruption after losing a bid Friday to halt a prosecution over his links to a murder suspect. After a hearing in Pretoria high court where Selebi's legal team had described the case against him as fundamentally flawed, the presiding judge said a decision to stop the case would bring the justice system into disrepute. "Considering the fact that we have an indictment running to many pages, considering the evidence that the (prosecution) has in support of his argument ... it is clear that if the applicant is not charged, the administration of justice will be brought into disrepute," said presiding judge Nico Coetzee. A spokesman for the national prosecuting authority (NPA) had earlier said that charges for corruption and defeating the course of justice would be filed against Selebi who has consistently insisted "my hands are clean". "The NPA has taken a decision to charge Mr … [Read more...] about S African Police Chief Faces Graft Prosecution
If you want to hack a phone, order a cyber attack on a competitor's website or buy a Trojan program to steal banking information, look no further than the former Soviet Union. The breadth and sophistication of services sold on Russian-language websites such as Forum.zloy.bz or Forum.evil offer a small window onto a Russian criminal underground that is costing Western firms billions of dollars in credit card and online banking fraud as well as "phishing" attempts to lure people into downloading malware or disclosing passwords. "If you look at the quantity of malware attacks, the leaders are China, Latin America and then Eastern Europe, but in terms of quality then Russia is probably the leader," said Vitaly Kamluk, a cyber security researcher in Moscow. Two of the five most wanted men in the United States for cyber crime are Russian, and one is from Latvia, which used to be part of the Soviet Union. Russians were also behind the biggest cyber crime case in U.S. history. Federal … [Read more...] about Ex-Soviet hackers play outsized role in cyber crime world
The following morning the officer testified that a convicted sex offender named Timothy George Doran, 47, assaulted and murdered a young woman in his rented home in Nha Trang two years ago. According to the facts presented by the detective, a friend took Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, 24, to Doran's five-story house in the beach town on March 5, 2011. The following day, Doran left the city with his two young sons. A little over a week later, the pretty young hairdresser's decomposing corpse was discovered in a crawlspace cabinet. The landlady later told Vietweek that Ngoc had been violently penetrated with a dildo found at the scene. The US Attorneys currently prosecuting Doran claims she was strangled to death. Media accounts of the Khanh Hoa investigator's testimony said she died from a broken neck. In the frantic days after the murder, Doran called friends and family asking for cash to get home. "He said he'd gotten mixed up with some bad people and he was in trouble," said Kay … [Read more...] about US man’s flight from Vietnamese justice: what role did embassy play?