Drunk man swims to US
A man looking to prove his swimming skills, and drunk, provoked an international rescue when he jumped into the Detroit River and swam to the US, police said on Wednesday. John Morillo, 47, told the Windsor Star after being released from custody on Tuesday the stunt was “very stupid,” but he relishes now being able to boast to friends about his exploit. Morrillo reportedly managed to swim across the river separating Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, and have his picture taken by curious passers-bye. His neighbor back on the Canadian shore had called police when she lost sight of him in the treacherous waters. A search was launched in the middle of the night involving Canadian police, as well as both US and Canadian coast guard, three boats and a helicopter. He was eventually found on the Canadian side of the Detroit River at 12:50am local time . Authorities said he has been charged with public intoxication and faces fines of up to C$25,000 (US$24,200) for swimming in a shipping channel.
Fugitive became mayor
Prosecutors say they have arrested a man who faked his death to beat a rape charge, then later was elected mayor of a village in the south. The Oaxaca State Prosecutors’ Office says Leninguer Carballido was arrested on charges of using fake documents and making false statements. Carballido was found late on Tuesday hiding in a heavily fortified room at his family’s home on the outskirts of Oaxaca City. Carballido won July 7 elections for mayor of the village of San Agustin Amatengo. When authorities were looking for him in 2011 in connection with a 2004 rape case, his family submitted a death certificate saying he died of natural causes in 2010. The public records clerk who drew up the fake certificate has also been arrested.
Obama nominates Kennedy
President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would name Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president John F. Kennedy, as ambassador to Japan, lending the prestige of a storied political dynasty to the relationship with an important Asian ally. Kennedy, who has a law degree, is president of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and chairs an advisory committee at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. Active in Democratic politics, the 55-year-old was an early and prominent supporter of Obama in his initial quest for the presidency.
Khodorkovsky trial ‘unfair’
The trial of jailed Russian anti-Kremlin tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev was “unfair,” the European Court of Human Rights ruled yesterday. “Charges against two Russian business executives [Khodorkovsky and Lebedev] had a sound basis, but the hearing of their case was unfair, and their placement in remote penal colonies unjustified,” the court ruled. Khodorkovsky, the high-profile former boss of oil giant Yukos and once Russia’s richest man, has spent the past decade behind bars on charges of financial crimes that supporters say were politically motivated. He was convicted of large-scale tax evasion and fraud in 2005 along with co-accused Lebedev following his dramatic arrest at a Siberian airport in 2003. The court found several breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights. These include breaches of the right to a fair trial with regards to “lawyer-client confidentiality.” The court also said Khodorkovsky’s lawyers were harassed.