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A Hong Kong
man who killed,
dismembered, salted and
cooked his parents has
been jailed for life after
being found guilty of
The conviction of
Henry Chau, 31, on
Friday concluded a
gruesome case that
shocked the city in 2013
when the severed heads
of Chau’s elderly parents
were found stuffed into
During the 20-day trial at the city’s
high court, the jury heard how Chau
had dismembered his elderly parents
before salting, cooking and packing
their body parts into lunchboxes “ like
“ Your sentence on count one and
count two is that you go to prison for
life,” judge Michael Stuart-Moore
told Chau overnight, referring to the
double murder charges.
Sitting in the defendant ’s dock,
Chau, who wore a loose-fitting grey
suit, looked impassive as the sentence
was passed down.
Stuart-Moore handed Chau an
additional nine years and four months
in jail for two separate
charges of preventing
the lawful burials of
his parents, which he
admitted earlier. The
sentences will be ser ved
concurrently, he said.
described Chau as
fantasies for success”.
He said: “In practice,
you have no feelings
for other people”,
adding he was a “highly
dangerous individual”. A friend who
was earlier accused of being involved
in the killings was found not guilty on
Friday. Both had pleaded not guilty to
the murder charges.
The heads of 65-year-old Chau
Wing-ki and his wife Siu Yuet-yee,
62, were found in March 2013 in two
fridges in a bloodstained apartment,
days after the elderly couple were
reported missing. Other remains were
found in a rubbish bin and packed into
lunchboxes with rice.
Chau initially told police that his
parents had gone to mainland China,
but later admitted the murder to a
friend via a mobile messaging app.
At least 37 people have been killed
after a bus swer ved into oncoming
traffic in Peru, leading to a multi-
vehicle collision involving two other
buses and a truck.
Health Minister Anibal Velasquez,
who was on his way to the crash site
near the northern city of Huarmey,
told local radio the accident yesterday
also left 70 people injured.
Six people who were badly hurt were
taken by helicopter to hospital in the
capital Lima, about 300km south.
The head of the highway police,
Orfiles Bravo, said a bus belonging
to the Murga Serrano line had
swerved into an oncoming lane on the
Pan American Highway.
It was then hit by the truck and two
other buses, Bravo told RPP radio.
The Murga bus “was split in two.”
Television images showed bodies
sprawled out on the pavement after
Authorities initially gave a death
toll of 22, but the health ministry said
that number had increased sharply as
rescue workers managed to access the
Forty-two passengers on the Murga
bus were members of a Christian
evangelical church, the World
Missionary Movement, who were
returning from a convention in Lima.
Peruvian media reports said the
injured and stranded passengers also
included Haitian and Senegalese
dangerous. In the first half of last
year, 1406 people were killed in road
accidents. The full-year death toll was
3590 in 2013 and 4138 in 2012.
Peru bus swerves into oncoming traffic, killing 37
jailed for life
The European Union joined
Palestinian and Arab delegations
overnight in calling on Israel to
allow a United Nations human rights
investigator to visit Gaza, while the
United States and Israel snubbed the
Israel has not cooperated with
Wibisono, who presented his first
report to the Human Rights Council
based on inter views with people in
Amman and Cairo, or witnesses on
video calls in Gaza.
His report urged Israel to
investigate the killing of more than
1500 Palestinian civilians, one third
of them children, during the 2014
Gaza war. Israel says it launched
its offensive after rocket attacks
by militants operating out of the
Islamist Hamas-ruled strip.
“ We call on Israel to grant access
to the Special Rapporteur without
delay,” EU policy officer Jerome
Bellion-Jourdan told the Geneva
The EU believed it was urgent
to make “renewed, structured and
substantial efforts towards peace”
in the Middle East, he said. It was
the first time in two years that the
EU has spoken during the debate
dedicated to Israel, known as item
7, in which the United States has
refused to participate since March
“ We don’t speak under item 7
because it ’s an anti-Israel item ...
These resolutions are a demonstrated
bias against Israel,” United States
human rights ambassador Keith
Netanyahu’s allies acknowledged
yesterday that his election-eve
disavowal of a Palestinian state
had caused a rift with the White
House, but blamed President Barack
Obama’s unprecedented criticism on
Palestinian Ambassador Ibrahim
Khraishi accused Israel of reneging
on an oral diplomatic understanding
to co-operate with Wibisono and
grant him access to Palestinian
Israel has imposed “an illegal
and inhuman blockade on Gaza
for over seven years”, he said. “ This
is collective punishment against
1.8 million Palestinians.”
Israel’s delegation boycotted the
debate dominated by criticism of
its practices including allegations of
mistreatment of Palestinian children
in Israeli custody, and the building of
Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Israel’s Foreign Ministry said the
annual debate “negatively singles out
Israel and Israel every year asks its
friends on the council not to express
Three weeks ago, US Secretary of
State John Kerry accused the council
of being obsessed by allegations
of Israeli abuses and said that
Washington would defend Israel
against efforts to isolate it. — Reuters
EU takes floor at debate snubbed by Israel, US
Part of the ruins, believed to be a secret Nazi lair. Inset: German coins found at the site.
A team of Argentine
archaeologists investigating a
series of ruins in the jungle,
close to the border with
Paraguay, believe they have
discovered a secret Nazi lair.
The cluster of stone structures,
now covered by thick vines and
accessible only when using a
machete to cut through the
undergrowth, contain stashes
of German coins from the late
1930s, fragments of ‘Made in
Germany ’ porcelain, and Nazi
symbols on the walls.
“ We can find no other
explanation as to why anyone
would build these structures, at
such great effort and expense,
in a site which at that time
was totally inaccessible, away
from the local community, with
material which is not typical of
the regional architecture,” said
Daniel Schavelzon, leader of the
Mr Schavelzon, from the
University of Buenos Aires,
spent months exploring the site
in the Teyu Cuare provincial
park, in the Misiones region of
Local legend told that a house
in the forest belonged to Martin
Bormann — Hitler’s right-
hand-man, who took
his own life in May 1945 — but
Mr Schavelzon said there
was no evidence to support
what he called ‘an urba
Instead, the buildings were
planned as a refuge for the
leaders of the Third Reich,
commissioned in case they
needed to flee Germany.
“Apparently, halfway through
World War Two, the Nazis
had a secret project of building
shelters for top leaders in the
event of defeat — inaccessible
sites, in the middle of deserts,
in the mountains, on a cliff
or in the middle of the jungle
like this,” Mr Schavelzon told
Argentine newspaper Clarin.
He said that his findings were
not yet definite, but he was
convinced of their veracity.
“This site also has the bonus
of allowing the inhabitants
to be in Paraguay in less than
10 minutes. It ’s a protected,
defendable site, where they
could live quietly. ”
Ultimately, though, the
hideout was not needed, because
after the fall of the Nazi regime
their leaders were welcomed to
Argentina and allowed to live
Thousands of Nazis, Croatian
Ustasha fascists and Italian
fascists arrived with the blessing
of President Juan Peron, who
led the nation from 1946 to
1955 and again briefly in the
1970s. An estimated 5000
Nazis eventually ended up in
In 1960, Nazi Adolf
Eichmann, who helped organise
the Holocaust, was captured
in Buenos Aires by an Israeli
commando team and tried in
Israel where he was executed.
Josef Mengele, whose grotesque
experiments on prisoners at
Auschwitz earned him the title
‘Angel of Death’, also fled to
“ When the war was over some
useful Germans helped us build
our factories and make the
best use of what we had,” said
Peron, who died in 1974. “And
in time they were able to help
themselves too. ”
— New Zealand Herald
Secret Nazi lair found in Argentine jungle
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
has apologised publicly for saying Arab
Israelis were voting in “droves” in election
day comments that drew condemnation,
including from the United States.
“I know that my statements last week
offended some Israeli citizens and
members of the Arab Israeli community.
That was never my intention. I apologise
for that,” he said during a meeting with
Arab Israelis that was broadcast by
Netanyahu made a last-minute call to
his supporters to vote last week in an
attempt to counter a high turnout among
“The rule of the right wing is in danger.
Arab voters posted are going to the polls
in droves!” he said in a video on Facebook.
“Go to the polling stations! Vote Likud!”
United States President Barack Obama,
commenting on Netanyahu’s surprise
election victory, said: “ That kind of
rhetoric was contrary to what is the best
of Israel’s traditions.” — AFP
Netanyahu apologises for
From toy-shaped cigarette lighters
to a short-circuting plush rabbit
that catches fire, a European safety
watchdog has warned of a growing
number of dangerous products for sale,
with most coming from China.
The watchdog overnight said it had
issued 2435 notifications of unsafe
products ranging from children’s
playthings to clothing and appliances in
2014, which was 3% more than in 2013.
Sixty-four per cent of the dangerous
goods were made in China, including
Hong Kong, the same figure as 2013,
said the Rapid Alert System (RAPEX),
which includes the 28 European Union
states as well as Nor way, Iceland and
“For me, as a mother and already
a grandmother, the high number
of harmful products among toys is
alarming, so please beware of what
you give your children to play with,”
said Vera Jourova, the European
commissioner for consumer affairs.
“It was also surprising how high a
number of harmful products comes to
the European market from China,” she
told a press conference in Brussels.
Toys topped the list of products
stopped before they entered European
markets or were seized afterwards,
at 28%, followed by clothing (23%),
electrical appliances (9%) and motor
They included soft toys with stuffing
that could come loose and choke a child
or those with detachable pieces that
could be swallowed by them.
In particular there were lighters that
resembled toys such as model bicycles
Shoes and leather articles for
example may be tainted with allergenic
Chromium VI, while fashion jewellery
may contain harmful heavy metals.
Just 14% of the dangerous products
came from European countries, 7%
from unknown origins and 2% from
Turkey, according to the watchdog.
‘Made in China’ tops
EU unsafe goods list
Instagram has released a stand-alone
application that makes it easy to create
collages of iPhone pictures.
The move by the Facebook-owned
smartphone photo-sharing ser vice was
in keeping with a strategy by social
network co-founder Mark Zuckerberg
to field separate, specialised applications
aimed at ways people like to use mobile
“ When you open Layout, we
automatically show you previews of
custom layouts as you chose photos
from your camera roll,” Instagram said
in an on-line post introducing Layout
Layout features include the ability to
automatically find pictures containing
faces, and the option of share collages at
leading social network Facebook as well
as at Instagram.
The Layout application released was
tailored for mobile devices powered by
Apple software. A version of the app
for use on Android gadgets should be
available in coming months, according
to Instagram. — AFP
Instagram releases collage-making app
United States Supreme Court
conflicted over how to resolve a
free speech dispute over whether
the state of Texas was required to
approve a specialty vehicle licence
plate that displays a Confederate
A major concern for some justices
was that if the state has no say over
what messages to allow, it would
pave the way for other potentially
offensive messages such as images
of Nazi swastikas or statements
promoting the Islamist militant
group al Qaeda.
At one point during the one-
hour argument, Justice Ruth
Bader Ginsburg recited a list of
potentially offensive messages.
James George, the lawyer
representing the group Sons of
Confederate Veterans, which
proposed the flag plate, said Texas
would have to approve all of them
if his side won.
“So they could have the swastika.
And suppose somebody else says I
want to have ‘Jihad’ on my licence
plate. That ’s okay, too?” Ginsburg
The State could simply halt the
programme if it does not want
to approve messages it disagrees
with, Chief Justice John Roberts
“ If you don’t want to have the al
Qaeda licence plate, don’t get into
the business of allowing people to
buy ... the space to put on whatever
they want to say,” Roberts said.
Although concerned by the
prospect of offensive licence
plates, the justices raised questions
about whether the State had a
sound legal reason under the US
Constitution’s First Amendment,
which guarantees free speech, for
how it approved some plates but
The State declined to approve the
plate with the Confederate flag, to
some an emblem of Southern pride
and to others a symbol of racism.
The flag in question, a blue cross
inlaid with white stars over a red
background, was carried by troops
for the pro-slavery Confederacy in
the US Civil War.
The key question is whether
licence plate phrases constitute
government speech or the speech
of the person purchasing the plate.
If it is government speech, the
government has more leeway to
decide which messages it promotes.
States can generate revenue by
allowing outside groups to propose
specialty licence plates that people
then pay a fee to put on their
“They are only doing this to get
the money,” Roberts said, noting
Texas approved a plate proposed
by Austin-based restaurant chain
Mighty Fine Burgers.
A ruling is expected by the end of
June. — Reuters
US court justices conflicted
over Confederate licence plate
The parents of five-year-old Ashya
King said he had made a ‘miracle’
recovery from a brain tumour after
proton therapy treatment in the
Czech Republic that United Kingdom
authorities had tried to block.
Ashya’s family said the Prague-
based centre where he was treated had
declared him cancer-free, The Sun
“ It has justified everything we have
gone through because things are
working out for Ashya,” his father
Brett King said.
The Kings sneaked Ashya out of
Britain because they were told the
proton therapy, which directs beams
directly at a tumour and causes less
damage to other organs, was not
available under Britain’s National
Health Ser vice.
“If we had left Ashya with the
NHS we don’t think he would have
sur vived,” Brett King said.
Ashya’s mother Naghmeh said: “ We
have saved his life. It is a miracle we
thought we would never see.”
The Kings’ decision to take their son
away from a hospital in Southampton
without doctors’ consent led to their
arrest in Spain.
They spent several days in police
cells before their release and a High
Court judge later approved their
application to be allowed to take
Ashya to Prague’s Proton Therapy
Centre for treatment.
“ We were arrested for child cruelty
and neglect,” Brett King said. “ But
leaving Ashya in the NHS would have
been far more cruel.” — DPA
Cancer boy in miracle recovery
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Ashya King leaves a Prague hospital after his last proton therapy.
An Afghan woman who was beaten
allegedly burning a copy of the Koran
was ‘innocent ’.
The woman named Farkhunda was
lynched on Thursday by an angry crowd
in central Kabul for allegedly burning a
copy of the Islamic holy book.
“The accusation against her is
completely invalid. Farkhunda was a
religious girl, she was not involved (in
burning the Koran), she was innocent,”
interior minister Noorulhaq Ulumi told
MPs during questioning in parliament.
“ It is very painful that we were not
able to protect a pious young person. We
hope this will not be repeated again.”
Footage of the attack on social
media shows several uniformed police
watching as the crowd beat 27-year-old
Farkhunda to death before burning her
body, then dumping it into the Kabul
In a statement at the weekend, the
interior ministry said 13 police officers
had been suspended, including the
police chief responsible for the area.
More than a dozen other people were
arrested over the incident.
Scores of people protested against the
lynching in Kabul overnight, demanding
the government bring the killers to
The protesters marched in front of the
mosque and along the river near where
Farkhunda was beaten to death.
“ We ask the government to detain and
bring to justice every individual who was
involved in the murder of Farkhunda,”
protester Maliha Akhawan told AFP.
Many women in the crowd wore
masks bearing an image of Farkhunda’s
bloodied face that has been circulated on
Farkhunda’s body was carried to the
graveyard by women amid crowds of
men and laid to rest in Kabul at the
Her father has said his daughter had
a diploma in Islamic studies and could
recite the Koran by heart, insisting she
was not involved in burning the Muslim
holy book. — AFP
woman was innocent
Italy’s top court is set to review
American Amanda Knox’s conviction
in the gory murder of a British student,
potentially opening the door to a fierce
extradition battle in a case that has
riveted the world.
The court will on Wednesday examine
the verdict that found so-called “Foxy
Knoxy ” and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele
Sollecito guilty of killing Meredith
Kercher in the university city of Perugia
in 2007, and will either uphold it or send
the case back to the appeals court.
Kercher was found in a pool of blood
in a student house that she shared with
Knox in November 2007, half-naked and
with her throat slashed. She had been
stabbed 47 times in what prosecutors
immediately dubbed a satanic rite.
The pair were originally sentenced to
26 and 25 years in prison for the murder,
but were acquitted on appeal in 2011
after four years in jail.
Knox, 27, returned to the United States
a free woman, but the couple were found
guilty again in a shock about-turn in
January last year after judges supported
prosecutors’ theory that Kercher was
killed during a sex game gone wrong.
The Seattle native was handed 28 years
in prison, while Sollecito was given 25
and had his passport confiscated.
Knox, who was reported last month
to be engaged to a childhood friend,
will not be present in court, saying in a
recent inter view that she would have to
be dragged “kicking and screaming”.
United States authorities may try to
argue she has been a victim of double
jeopardy — being tried twice for the
same crime — but the extradition treaty
acknowledges that there is no limit
on the number of times cases can be
appealed under the Italian legal system.
Amanda Knox case back in court
Australian-born former tennis grand
slam champion Bob Hewitt has been
found guilty in South Africa of raping
and assaulting young girls he coached in
the early 1980s.
Hewitt, 75, had pleaded not guilty to the
two charges of rape and one of indecent
assault, which were brought against him
by three women in 2013.
Judge Bert Bam at the South Gauteng
High Court outside Johannesburg
described the evidence against Hewitt,
best known as a doubles star, as
‘overwhelming’, it was reported.
At the trial, his victims said that Hewitt
assaulted them during private tennis
lessons when they were young girls.
“ Time did not erase the crimes. A guilty
person should not go unpunished. The
scales of justice tip against the accused,”
One of his victims said the former
champion raped her in his car before
tennis practice in 1982, when she was
The judge said Hewitt manipulated the
girls and they were intimidated by him.
Hewitt won numerous grand slam
doubles titles during his career in the
1960s and 1970s and was named to the
International Tennis Hall of Fame.
His name was removed from the hall
of fame in 2012, following sexual abuse
Hewitt was born in D ubbo, Australia
but has spent much of his life in South
Africa. — AFP
Australian-born tennis star guilty of rape
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