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Mastercard fees were anti-competitive, court upholds
The European Court of Justice has upheld a ruling that fees charged by Mastercard were anti-competitive, BBC reports. The court said regulators were right to condemn the cost of its interchange fees - the fees retailers pay banks to process card payments - and has rejected an appeal. Mastercard was investigated last year for the amount it charged for card transactions in Europe. The company's president said the ruling was "disappointing". Javier Perez, president of MasterCard Europe sa...
Oscar Pistorius trial: Verdict in murder trial due
South African Judge Thokosile Masipa is due to give her verdict at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. The Olympic double-amputee sprinter faces 25 years in jail if found guilty of premeditated murder. He denies intentionally killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year, saying he thought there was an intruder. The judge could also find him guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, for which he would face a long jail term. Mr Pistorius has pleaded not guilty t...
BP asks court to remove claims administrator in Gulf spill case
BP Plc asked a U.S. court on Tuesday to fire the court-appointed lawyer tasked with paying out compensation to people affected by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying the lawyer had not disclosed an alleged conflict of interest before taking the job. The motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans said the lawyer, Patrick Juneau, lacks neutrality because he had advocated for claimants before the court appointed him to run the claims program. It was the latest in a series of legal cha...
Russian prosecutor's office to seek transfer of 2 French estates of Berezovsky t...
Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office will seek the transfer of two estates in France bought with money stolen by late business tycoon Boris Berezovsky. Spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office Marina Gridneva reported this on Tuesday, Itar-Tass says. “A criminal case against French citizen Jean-Louis Bordes is submitted to the Correctional Court of Marseille. He is charged with legalization of criminally obtained property with compliance of Boris Berezovsky through securing acquisition deals ...
IMF board stands behind Lagarde over French probe
The International Monetary Fund's board on Friday stood behind the global lender's leader Christine Lagarde, who is facing a criminal investigation in France tied to a political corruption probe dating from 2008, Reuters reports. French magistrates earlier this week put Lagarde under formal investigation for "negligence" after questioning her in Paris for a fourth time. The long-running saga concerns allegations that tycoon Bernard Tapie won a large arbitration payout due to political connect...
Levon Hayrapetyan’s restraint measure left unchanged
Russian Itar-Tass reports that the Moscow court left the restraint measure of Armenian businessman, philanthropist Levon Hayrapetyan unchanged on August 15. The arrest has been made until September 15. Hayrapetyan did not agree with the decision appealing it in the court.
Moscow city court rejects Hayrapetyan’s petition
Philanthropist Levon Hayrapetyan arrested in Moscow for money laundering refused to attend the court proceeding scheduled for August 15. “I feel very bad, I have hardly reached here. The doctor is standing by my side with the injector in his hand. I trust my lawyers and I think they will handle the work without me,” Hayraptyan said. Lawyer Henry Reznik said the disease Hayrapetyan suffers from will cause new grave consequences in highly emotional conditions. Nevertheless, the Moscow cit...
Armenian philanthropist gets medical assistance during trial
Russian Itar-Tass reports that the trial over Armenian philanthropist Levon Hayrapetyan started today in a Moscow court. The accused felt bad and the court proceeding had been adjourned for him to receive medical assistance. The court proceeding has been adjourned until August 15. Levon Hayrapetyan has three defence lawyers.
Michael Brown shooting: Obama calls for calm
US President Barack Obama has appealed for calm in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of a black teenager by police sparked two nights of violence. He described the death on Saturday of Michael Brown as heartbreaking and added: "Remember this young man through reflection and understanding." In two nights of unrest in the St Louis suburb, dozens were arrested, shops looted and tear gas fired by police. On Tuesday night, anger had turned to reflection at a community forum. Missouri G...
French workers in court over gold treasure theft
Three French workers are to appear in court on charges of stealing gold worth 900,000 euros ($1,200, £720,000) from a property they worked on, a local French newspaper reports. They are said to have been levelling land at a house in Normandy for several days when they discovered the 16 gold bars and 600 US $20-gold coins, BBC reports. The treasure, which was found in glass jars, may have been hidden on the property during World War Two. A coin collector has also been charged. Rather th...
Oscar Pistorius prosecutors 'twisted facts', defence says
Prosecutors have twisted the facts to discredit South African athlete Oscar Pistorius in his murder trial, his lawyer has said in closing remarks. Barry Roux said the double amputee should have faced a lesser charge of culpable homicide over the shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Mr Pistorius denies prosecution claims that he deliberately shot Ms Steenkamp. But Mr Roux conceded that he should be found guilty of negligence for discharging a firearm in a restaurant. The Olympic ...
Oscar Pistorius trial: Defence set for closing argument
Lawyers defending South African athlete Oscar Pistorius are to present closing arguments in the murder trial of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Defence lawyer Barry Roux began his concluding remarks on Thursday, when he repeated claims that police had tampered with evidence. State prosecutor Gerrie Nel, in his closing statement, argued the athlete "cannot escape" a murder conviction. Mr Pistorius denies prosecution claims that he deliberately shot Ms Steenkamp. He says he mistook her ...
Oscar Pistorius murder trial closing arguments to start
The murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius is set to resume for closing arguments after months of courtroom evidence closely followed by domestic and world media. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel will be the first to make concluding comments. The defence is due to follow on Friday. Mr Pistorius denies murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. He says he mistook her for an intruder, but the prosecution says he deliberately shot her after a row. Ms Steenkamp was killed at Mr Pistoriu...
Hrachya Harutyunyan sentenced to six years and nine months in prison
Moscow’s court on Monday sentenced KAMAZ truck driver Hrachya Harutyunyan to six years and nine months in prison. He was found guilty of killing 18 people in a road accident a year ago. He has also been forbidden to operate vehicles for three years after the end of his prison term. The accident occurred on July 13, 2013 south of Moscow. A KAMAZ truck collided with a passenger bus, basically cutting it into two halves, killing 18 and injuring more than 60 people.
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