Police officers to stand trial
Prosecutors and defense lawyers say that seven of the 14 federal police officers charged in the shooting attack on a US embassy vehicle in August have been ordered to stand trial. The ruling means a judge overseeing the case has found sufficient evidence to warrant a trial. The 14 were detained soon after the Aug. 24 ambush left the US car riddled with bullets. They are charged with attempted homicide and damage to property. The two CIA agents in the car suffered non-life-threatening injuries and a Mexican navy captain with them was unharmed in the attack south of Mexico City. A federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name confirmed the trial ruling on Friday, as did lawyer Enrique Mondragon, who represents two of the officers.
DJ suspended amid scandal
A radio station has suspended the radio program of a disc jockey (DJ) who has been arrested as part of a national child sex abuse scandal. Bauer Media says Dave Lee Travis’ weekend show on Magic AM will not be broadcast until the investigation has been resolved. Travis was arrested on Thursday and later freed on bail as part of a wide-ranging police inquiry that began by looking into allegations against the late Jimmy Savile, a BBC TV host suspected of abusing hundreds of underage girls. The 67-year-old Travis has denied any wrongdoing. He told reporters on Friday that he was being investigated for groping two grown women, not for abusing children. Travis was once one of Britain’s best-known DJs. He has not been charged.
Christian unfairly demoted
Britain’s High Court has ruled that a Christian was unfairly demoted for posting his opposition to gay marriage on Facebook. Adrian Smith was stripped of his management position with the Trafford Housing Trust and had his salary cut by 40 percent after posting that gay weddings in churches were “an equality too far.” The trust said Smith broke its code of conduct by expressing religious or political views that might upset co-workers. However, High Court judge Michael Briggs ruled on Friday that Smith had been “taken to task for doing nothing wrong” and found his employer guilty of breach of contract. Smith says he is glad the court had backed the principle that “Britain is a free country where people have freedom of speech.”
Man arrested after 17 year
A single pubic hair found at the scene of a fatal strangling 17 years ago has led to police arresting a gendarme on suspicion of murder, police sources said on Friday. The 39-year-old officer has been in custody since Thursday in connection with the murder of Stephanie Fauviaux, an 18-year-old student who was found strangled in the bath in her apartment in Lille in May 1995. The only significant clue in a case that had baffled detectives was the solitary hair recovered from a bath robe that did not come from the victim. At the request of Fauviaux’s family, the hair was recently re-examined using new forensic techniques and the DNA traces it contained enabled the police to place the suspect at the scene of the crime. The gendarme, who knew the victim, was arrested in Nice and was expected to be transferred to Lille and indicted for murder.