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November 1, 1985 | From Reuters
Five South Koreans were hanged Thursday for robbery, rape or murder in the first executions here in two years, the Justice Ministry said.
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January 27, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's justice minister threatened retaliation Monday as protesters continued to occupy one of the ministry's buildings in central Kiev in a bid to shut down the government of President Viktor Yanukovich. “If, within half an hour, the protesters don't leave the ministry's building, I will demand that the National Security Council immediately declare a state of emergency,” Elena Lukash said in televised remarks early Monday. Hours passed without any such declaration.
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June 18, 1985 | Associated Press
The Swiss government on Monday ordered the expulsion of a Bulgarian diplomat accused of espionage while the Justice Ministry pressed an investigation of the president of the Bulgarian Cultural Club, Janko Jankov, a Swiss-Bulgarian dual national. According to the federal prosecutor's office, which headed the investigation, Jankov helped the diplomat gain access to the files of the club, whose members include Bulgarian refugees.
WORLD
April 16, 2011 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
Bahrain backed down Friday from its threat to disband the country's main opposition party after unusually strong criticism from the United States that the strategic Persian Gulf nation was closing the door to promised political reforms. One day after the Bahraini Justice Ministry said it would shut down two Shiite Muslim political parties, including the moderate Wefaq, the state-run news agency said the government would not act until it had finished investigations of the two groups.
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April 9, 1987 | From Reuters
A convicted rapist who beat up his victim and sexually attacked her in front of her child was hanged Wednesday, the Justice Ministry said. The man, Abdellatif Hidri, was condemned to death last month by a court in the eastern town of Sfax.
WORLD
September 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazil has promised to pay compensation to a U.S. pastor who was arrested, beaten and tortured in 1974 under the former military dictatorship. The Rev. Frederick Birten Morris of the United Methodist Church will be compensated $154,000 plus a monthly pension of $1,080, the Justice Ministry said. The decision was made Friday by the ministry's Amnesty Commission. Morris is the president of Faith Partners of the Americas.
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August 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
TURKMENISTAN * President Saparmurad A. Niyazov will largely empty Turkmenistan's prison cells by Dec. 1, granting amnesty to almost all of the former Soviet republic's 17,000 prisoners, an official said. Only prisoners who have committed crimes against the state, been convicted of premeditated murder or are repeat offenders will remain behind bars, a Justice Ministry official said. Although Niyazov has resisted moves toward democracy and economic reforms, he has favored grand gestures of mercy.
NEWS
October 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico's fallen queen of pop, Gloria Trevi, may have artificially inseminated herself to become pregnant in a bid to avoid extradition from Brazil, police said. Trevi faces sex abuse charges for allegedly recruiting young girls to be sex slaves for her manager. Her pregnancy while in a jail where inmates are separated by sex has confounded authorities. But a police report cites a fellow inmate of Trevi's who says the singer artificially inseminated herself.
WORLD
January 27, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's justice minister threatened retaliation Monday as protesters continued to occupy one of the ministry's buildings in central Kiev in a bid to shut down the government of President Viktor Yanukovich. “If, within half an hour, the protesters don't leave the ministry's building, I will demand that the National Security Council immediately declare a state of emergency,” Elena Lukash said in televised remarks early Monday. Hours passed without any such declaration.
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June 13, 1999 | MARISA ROBERTSON-TEXTOR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Welland Rudd isn't a typical American. He's never eaten Thanksgiving turkey or watched fireworks on the Fourth of July. At 52, he has yet to set foot on U.S. soil. Rudd isn't a typical Russian, either. Although he speaks the language fluently and has lived his whole life in Moscow, he cuts an unusual figure here. What sets him apart is the cafe-au-lait color of his skin.
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July 13, 2010 | By Jack Leonard and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
In the end, the move by Swiss authorities to free Roman Polanski did not come down to whether he drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl. Instead, the Swiss government's refusal Monday to extradite the director centered in part on a controversial 1977 backroom meeting that a Los Angeles judge held with the prosecutor and defense attorney on the case. Polanski's lawyers say the judge made it clear at the meeting that he intended to send the director to prison for a 90-day psychiatric test as his full sentence behind bars.
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February 13, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
For a man who didn't set foot out of his house Friday, Roman Polanski had an eventful day. His new film, "The Ghost Writer," a political thriller with a glamorous Hollywood cast, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival. And his legal battle to avoid returning to the U.S. got a boost when a Swiss official said extradition proceedings stemming from his three-decade-old child sex case were on indefinite hold. Polanski, 76, remained under house arrest, his round-the-clock presence in his Gstaad ski chalet secured by an ankle bracelet and $4.5-million bond.
WORLD
October 26, 2009 | Liz Sly and Usama Redha
Twin suicide bombings in the heart of a busy section of downtown Baghdad killed 147 people Sunday in an apparent attempt to undermine Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's government at a time of rising political tensions over crucial national elections due in January. The attacks outside the Justice Ministry and the Baghdad provincial council headquarters injured an additional 700 people. They were the deadliest bombings in Iraq in more than two years. The midmorning explosions, in a closely guarded area packed with government buildings, served as a fresh reminder that although U.S. attention has shifted in large part to Afghanistan, Iraq remains a highly volatile place.
WORLD
September 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazil has promised to pay compensation to a U.S. pastor who was arrested, beaten and tortured in 1974 under the former military dictatorship. The Rev. Frederick Birten Morris of the United Methodist Church will be compensated $154,000 plus a monthly pension of $1,080, the Justice Ministry said. The decision was made Friday by the ministry's Amnesty Commission. Morris is the president of Faith Partners of the Americas.
WORLD
August 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
TURKMENISTAN * President Saparmurad A. Niyazov will largely empty Turkmenistan's prison cells by Dec. 1, granting amnesty to almost all of the former Soviet republic's 17,000 prisoners, an official said. Only prisoners who have committed crimes against the state, been convicted of premeditated murder or are repeat offenders will remain behind bars, a Justice Ministry official said. Although Niyazov has resisted moves toward democracy and economic reforms, he has favored grand gestures of mercy.
NEWS
October 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico's fallen queen of pop, Gloria Trevi, may have artificially inseminated herself to become pregnant in a bid to avoid extradition from Brazil, police said. Trevi faces sex abuse charges for allegedly recruiting young girls to be sex slaves for her manager. Her pregnancy while in a jail where inmates are separated by sex has confounded authorities. But a police report cites a fellow inmate of Trevi's who says the singer artificially inseminated herself.
NEWS
July 31, 1995 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin decided Sunday night to seek the extradition of Mousa abu Marzuk, a leader of the Islamic fundamentalist Hamas movement, from the United States, Israeli officials confirmed. Rabin reportedly overruled the advice of the Justice Ministry, which said that Israel will have a hard time producing hard evidence in U.S. courts linking Abu Marzuk to any specific terrorist acts.
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March 10, 2000 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A top aide to the attorney general is found slumped over the wheel of his car, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His corruption-busting boss is forced to admit that his right-hand man had secretly stashed a $700,000 fortune. In a suicide note, the aide acknowledges that the money "is difficult to explain." The suicide Wednesday of Juan Manuel Izabal shocked even Mexicans accustomed to the frequent drug payoff scandals that have rocked the Justice Ministry.
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July 31, 1995 | MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin decided Sunday night to seek the extradition of Mousa abu Marzuk, a leader of the Islamic fundamentalist Hamas movement, from the United States, Israeli officials confirmed. Rabin reportedly overruled the advice of the Justice Ministry, which said that Israel will have a hard time producing hard evidence in U.S. courts linking Abu Marzuk to any specific terrorist acts.
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