Israel’s Lieberman dubs French peace meeting new ‘Dreyfus trial’

Israel’s Lieberman dubs French peace meeting new ‘Dreyfus trial’

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday criticised an upcoming Middle East peace conference organised by France, calling it a new “Dreyfus trial” and urged French Jews to move to Israel. Representatives of around 70 countries are due to attend the January 15 conference aimed at restarting long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Israel has strongly opposed […]

Sarkozy a step closer to facing trial over campaign finance scandal

Sarkozy a step closer to facing trial over campaign finance scandal

  Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy moved a step closer to facing trial over campaign funding irregularities on Thursday when a court rejected a defense request to halt proceedings against one of 14 suspects in the case. A Paris appeal court threw out a request from the defence to drop the case against Guillaume Lambert, […]

Suspended sentences for ex-Air France staff at ‘shirt-ripping’ trial

Suspended sentences for ex-Air France staff at ‘shirt-ripping’ trial

Suspended sentences were handed down to three former Air France employees on Wednesday, after they were found guilty of violent conduct for ripping the shirts of airline executives to shreds when planned job cuts were announced. The images of the attacks on the Air France managers made headlines around the world in October 2015, and […]

Air France workers go on trial in shirt-ripping case

Air France workers go on trial in shirt-ripping case

Fifteen people go on trial Tuesday over rowdy scenes a year ago in which an Air France executive had his shirt shredded as he fled a mob of workers angry over planned job cuts. Images of the incident in France hit screens around the world, showing bare-chested human resources chief Xavier Broseta trying to scale […]

Brazil’s Lula ordered to stand trial over corruption charges

Brazil’s Lula ordered to stand trial over corruption charges

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva must stand trial for corruption, a judge ruled Tuesday, after prosecutors accused the popular leftist of masterminding the large-scale plundering of state oil company Petrobras. The crusading judge behind the Petrobras investigation, Sergio Mora, accepted charges filed last week by prosecutors investigating Lula — making him the […]

Trial starts for men involved in Corsica beach brawl

Trial starts for men involved in Corsica beach brawl

The trial begins Thursday of five men involved in a violent brawl that injured five people and required 100 police officers to break up in a Corsican village in August. Lawyers have warned that “local tensions” could disrupt the proceedings. Franck Rastoul, chief prosecutor for Bastia where the trial is set to take place, denied […]

Malian jihadist pleads guilty to Timbuktu shrine destruction in historic trial

Malian jihadist pleads guilty to Timbuktu shrine destruction in historic trial

A Malian jihadist on Monday pleaded guilty to ordering attacks on historic sites in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu in 2012, in the first case of an Islamist facing international justice for cultural destruction. Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a Malian national aged around 40, is the first jihadist to face charges at The Hague-based International […]

Brazilian Senate votes to hold impeachment trial for Rousseff

Brazilian Senate votes to hold impeachment trial for Rousseff

Brazil’s Senate early Wednesday voted to hold an impeachment trial for the nation’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff, a process that could see her permanently removed from office. The vote in favor of trying Rousseff, who was suspended from the presidency in May, was 59 in favor, 21 against. The Senate suspended Rousseff, the South American […]

Brazil Senate committee votes to put Rousseff on trial

Brazil Senate committee votes to put Rousseff on trial

A Senate impeachment committee voted on Thursday to put suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on trial in the full chamber for breaking budget laws, opening the way for her to be removed from office. The 21-member committee voted 14-5 to try Rousseff for allegedly doctoring government accounts to allow more public spending in the run-up […]

Journalists acquitted, priest jailed at ‘Vatileaks’ trial

Journalists acquitted, priest jailed at ‘Vatileaks’ trial

Two investigative journalists accused of publishing stolen papers which exposed scandal in the Vatican were acquitted Thursday, while a whistle-blowing Spanish prelate was sentenced to jail time in the Vatileaks trial. The drama of sex, greed and press freedom which had gripped the tiny city state for months peaked with the surprise verdict given by […]

Seven accused of joining IS group in Syria go on trial in France

Seven accused of joining IS group in Syria go on trial in France

The trial of seven Frenchmen suspected of travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) group was due to get underway Monday, with one the brother of one of the perpetrators of the November 13 Paris terror attacks among the accused. The men from Strasbourg in eastern France, all aged between 24 and 26, […]