Texas court holds jury trial via videoconferencing
A court in the Dallas suburbs this week held what is believed to be the first American jury trial conducted over online video. (May 22)
Jacob Blake appeared via remote video from his hospital bed for a court appearance on Friday. (Sept. 4) Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a news conference in preparation of Hurricane Laura on Wednesday. It's been over five years since the attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and the Jewish supermarket Hypercacher in Paris. The long-awaited trial might bring relatives and friends some sense of normality. 17 people died during the attacks in January 2015. First, Cherif and Said Kouachi fired their Kalashnikov rifles at Charlie Hebdo's newsroom, then spent several days on the run. Their accomplice took 19 hostages at the Jewish supermarket Hypercacher. The police eventually killed all three assailants. Now, 14 people who allegedly provided logistical support such as cars and weapons to the attackers are in the dock. They could face between 10 years and life in prison. The hearings, which contrary to the norm in France will be recorded, are expected to run until November 10. A court in Malaysia has sentenced former PM Najib Razak to 12 years in jail after finding him guilty on all seven counts in the first of several multi-million dollar corruption trials.
Najib had pleaded not guilty to the charges of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power.
The case against him is seen as a test of Malaysia's anti-corruption efforts.
The 1MDB scandal around a state-owned wealth fund in Malaysia has uncovered a global web of fraud and corruption.
It sent shockwaves through Malaysia's political establishment, leading to the toppling of Najib's UMNO party, which had governed the country for 61 years since it gained independence.
Najib, in office from 2009 to 2018, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for abuse of power, and 10 years in jail for each of six counts of money laundering and breach of trust.
The sentences - to run concurrently - will be suspended pending appeal.