A Moscow district court on Monday sentenced opposition activists to time in police cells for petty hooliganism after they flung tomatoes at Dutch King Willem-Alexander. The court sentenced 23-year-old Denis Kudryavtsev to 15 days, while 18-year-old Viktoria Kuznetsova was sentenced to 10, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported. The activists were arrested after they hurled tomatoes at the Dutch king — missing their target — on Saturday as he and Dutch Queen Maxima arrived at a gala concert in Moscow. Both are members of The Other Russia opposition party. The party said the activists were expressing outrage at the January death of activist Alexander Dolmatov, who committed suicide after the Netherlands turned down his asylum request and sent him to a detention center.
Ousted musician kills three
A gunman who killed three Iranian indie rock musicians and injured a fourth person inside a Brooklyn apartment on Monday before killing himself was upset because he had been kicked out of another band last year, police said. Ali Akbar Mahammadi Rafie killed himself on the roof after struggling with a member of his former band, the Free Keys, police said. Rafie, 29, “was upset that he wasn’t in the band anymore,” New York Police Department spokesman John McCarthy said. Two of Rafie’s victims were brothers and members of the Yellow Dogs, a band that came to the country from Iran three years ago.
Shutterbug doctor jailed
A gynecologist who secretly took intimate photographs of more than 1,000 patients was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison on Monday. The judge said the gynecologist violated 1,467 women’s “most personal part of life” and also found the doctor guilty of sexual abuse in three cases, national news agency DPA reported. The doctor lost his medical license and will likely never get it back, DPA reported the judge as saying. After being tipped off by two long-time medical assistants, investigators found tens of thousands of photographs of more than 1,000 patients in the man’s possession, DPA said.
Former US soldier detained
Authorities have detained a former US soldier accused of leading a gang of kidnappers, officials said on Monday. The 32-year-old suspect spearheaded a band of 16 people who operated in the states of Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Tamaulipas over the past four years, Nuevo Leon security spokesman Jorge Domene said. He moved to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, from the US in 2009, Domene said. The ex-soldier is accused of ordering the Sept. 25 kidnapping of Jorge Luis Martinez Martinez, the 70-year-old father of the mayor of Zuazua in Monterrey. The victim was found dead five days later, although a ransom was paid.