King Juan Carlos falls
Spain’s King Juan Carlos has tripped and fallen while visiting army headquarters in Madrid, but the 74-year-old monarch did not appear to be seriously hurt. Thursday’s accident occurred on a stone staircase, and the king got up and carried on with his duties, although his nose appeared red and sore, a spokesman for the Royal Palace said on condition of anonymity, in keeping with regulations. In April, the monarch underwent hip replacement surgery after tripping on stairs and fracturing bones while on an elephant hunting trip in Botswana. The safari was widely criticized in Spain as exorbitant during the country’s economic crisis.
Mayweather freed from jail
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr was released from a Las Vegas jail early yesterday after serving two months of a three-month sentence in a misdemeanor domestic battery case. The undefeated boxer walked out of the Clark County Detention Center in darkness to resume his boxing career. Mayweather’s lawyers and personal physician said in court documents that jail food and water did not meet Mayweather’s dietary needs, and lack of exercise space in a cell of fewer than 30m2 threatened his health and fitness. The 35-year-old boxer pleaded guilty last year to reduced charges stemming from a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on his former girlfriend. The plea deal allowed him to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison.
Two tried over Matisse work
A Cuban American man and a Mexican woman pleaded not guilty in Miami on Wednesday to trying to sell a US$3 million Matisse that vanished mysteriously from a Venezuelan museum a decade ago. Marcuello Guzman, a 46-year-old Cuban resident of Miami, and Ornelas Lazo, a 50-year-old from Mexico City, denied in court that they conspired to transport and sell the original Matisse, Odalisque in Red Pants. Venezuelan authorities realized in 2003 that the painting hanging in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas was actually a fake. The exact date of the theft is unknown, though December 2002 has been suggested. The indictment accuses Guzman of negotiating the sale of the Matisse for about US$740,000 during several meetings with undercover FBI agents. The painting has been valued by experts at US$3 million. Undercover FBI agents posing as buyers recovered the Matisse last month in Miami and arrested the two suspects, who appeared at Wednesday’s federal court hearing in handcuffs and leg shackles. A new hearing will be set within 30 days. Each accused faces up to 10 years in jail.
Fujimori rules out pardon
Former president Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year sentence for human rights violations, has ruled out seeking a pardon, his lawmaker son Kenji Fujimori said. “My father renounces the idea of a pardon because he knows he is innocent and there are no clear and positive signs from the government,” the younger Fujimori said on Wednesday. His decision “is a hard blow for us, especially in light of his health,” he said. The former president, who is serving out his sentence at a police base in eastern Lima, suffers from cancer of the tongue, but receives regular treatment and the cancer is under control. The 74-year-old was found guilty in April 2009 of two death-squad massacres in 1991 and 1992 that killed 25 people, and the kidnapping of a journalist and a businessman.