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Judge calls Assange’s defence ‘laughable’ during court hearing

Judge calls Assange’s defence ‘laughable’ during court hearing

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A judge branded Julian Assange a "narcissist" as he was found guilty of breaching his bail conditions - hours after he was forcibly removed from the Ecuadorian embassy in London following seven years of refuge.The WikiLeaks founder is facing extradition to the US on charges of conspiring to break into a classified government computer, where he could face a maximum jail sentence of five years. Assange was detained by police after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum - accusing the self-proclaimed journalist of interfering in international affairs and being discourteous to embassy staff. Image: Assange was arrested at the embassy on Thursday morning The 47-year-old shouted and gesticulated as he was carried away in handcuffs by...
US revokes visa of International Criminal Court prosecutor

US revokes visa of International Criminal Court prosecutor

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The US has revoked the entry visa for the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda.The decision is thought to be the US response to Ms Bensouda's investigation into possible war crimes by American forces and their allies in Afghanistan.The US secretary of state had warned the US might refuse or revoke visas to any ICC staff involved in such probes.Ms Bensouda's office said the ICC prosecutor would continue to her duties "without fear or favour".Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: "If you're responsible for the proposed ICC investigation of US personnel in connection with the situation in Afghanistan, you should not assume that you will still have or get a visa, or that you will be permitted to enter t...
Autonomy boss in 'deliberate fraud', court told

Autonomy boss in 'deliberate fraud', court told

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The founder of software giant Autonomy, Mike Lynch, "committed a deliberate fraud over a sustained period of time" to artificially inflate its value, the High Court was told on Monday.Hewlett-Packard (HP) is suing Mr Lynch and former chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain for $ 5bn (£3.8bn).They claim the two "artificially inflated Autonomy's reported revenues, revenue growth and gross margins".The trial is believed to be the UK's biggest civil fraud trial.Hewlett-Packard (HP) paid $ 11.1bn (£8.4bn) in 2011 for the business. The two men deny the claims and Mr Lynch, who was present at Monday's hearing, has launched a counter-claim for at least $ 125m in damages against HP for "a series of false, misleading and unfai...
Christchurch shootings: Brenton Tarrant appears in court

Christchurch shootings: Brenton Tarrant appears in court

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The main suspect in the killings of 49 people in shootings at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday has appeared in court on a single murder charge.Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, was brought to the dock in a white prison shirt and handcuffs. Further charges are expected to be made against him.PM Jacinda Ardern said Mr Tarrant had five guns and a firearms licence, adding: "Our gun laws will change." Two others are in custody. None of those detained had a criminal record.Mr Tarrant, described as a white nationalist extremist, stood silently during the brief hearing. He was remanded in custody without plea and is due to appear in court again on 5 April.The prime minister called the attack in Christchurch "an act of terror". Official...