French court acquits researcher who helped illegal migrants find shelter

French court acquits researcher who helped illegal migrants find shelter

A Nice court acquitted a Frenchman caught giving a lift to three illegal migrants in the latest case to highlight the actions of citizens in the now famous “rebel valley”, who claim it is their civic duty to help those in need. Prosecutors had requested a six-month suspended jail term for the 45-year-old university researcher, […]

Gambian court frees prominent opposition leader, 18 others

Gambian court frees prominent opposition leader, 18 others

A Gambian court freed a prominent lawyer and 18 other political prisoners on bail on Monday pending an appeal of their sentence for “unlawful assembly”, in a sign President Yahya Jammeh’s shock election defeat last week could end years of repression. A Reuters witness was present for the decision to release Ousainou Darboe along with […]

Gabon opposition leader files vote fraud complaint with court

Gabon opposition leader files vote fraud complaint with court

Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping on Thursday filed a vote fraud complaint to the country’s highest court following days of deadly clashes over the country’s disputed presidential elections. Results last week showed incumbent president Ali Bongo beat the veteran diplomat Ping by fewer than 6,000 votes in the August 27 poll. Bongo has rejected accusations […]

French court rejects bid to close Calais ‘Jungle’ camp cafes

French court rejects bid to close Calais ‘Jungle’ camp cafes

A French court has rejected a bid to close the 72 cafes and shops in the makeshift migrant camp in Calais, but the local government says it will continue to monitor what it calls a dangerous underground economy. The Lille court on Friday turned down the demand of the local government (prefecture) of the Pas […]

French court rejects conditional release of woman jailed for killing abusive husband

French court rejects conditional release of woman jailed for killing abusive husband

A French court rejected on Friday a plea to release Jacqueline Sauvage, a 68-year-old woman jailed since 2012 for killing her abusive husband; she was granted a rare presidential pardon on January 31 following public outcry. The Melun prosecutor’s office, which backed Sauvage’s conditional release, told AFP news agency that it would appeal the court’s […]

Paris court charges Assad uncle with corruption

Paris court charges Assad uncle with corruption

Prosecutors in Paris charged Rifaat al-Assad, the uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, with corruption earlier this month, an anti-corruption group said Tuesday. Rifaat al-Assad, who was Syria’s vice president in the 1980s, was placed under investigation in April for amassing a 90-million-euro ($100-million) fortune, including a stud farm and luxury apartments, despite being kicked […]

Sharapova appeals two-year doping ban to Court of Arbitration for Sport

Sharapova appeals two-year doping ban to Court of Arbitration for Sport

LAUSANNE: Russian superstar Maria Sharapova has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against her two-year doping ban, CAS confirmed on Tuesday. The 29-year-old tested positive for the controversial banned medication meldonium during January’s Australian Open. The ban, announced by the International Tennis Federation last week, is backdated to January 26 this year, when […]

French court fines Uber EUR800,000 for illegal service

French court fines Uber EUR800,000 for illegal service

A French court on Thursday fined Uber 800,000-euro over the launch and marketing of its controversial ride-sharing service UberPOP, while slapping additional fines on two regional executives. The French court said the San Francisco-based firm was guilty of misleading consumers, illegal practice of the taxi trade, and unlawful collection of some personal data. Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, […]

French court orders Société Générale to pay Jerome Kerviel €450,000 for unfair dismissal

French court orders Société Générale to pay Jerome Kerviel €450,000 for unfair dismissal

 A “rogue trader” who cost French bank Societe Generale billions of euros in losses won a wrongful dismissal case on Tuesday when a labour court ordered Jerome Kerviel’s former employer to pay him 450,000 euros in compensation. The court, made up of equal numbers of representatives of employers and trade unions, ruled that the bank […]