Grisly case calls witnesses
Witnesses will be heard in France and Germany in the case of an ex-porn actor accused of premeditated murder in the grisly killing and dismemberment of a Chinese student, officials said on Friday in Montreal. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 31, is due in court Sept. 15 after pleading not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges, including committing indignities to a body. Quebec Superior Court Justice Guy Cournoyer granted a request to launch a formal request for judicial assistance in Europe, out of concern that French or German witnesses would not respond to a court summons in Canada. “The witnesses have to come forward to testify, which would not have taken place if they had been invited to appear in Canada,” Magnotta’s lawyer Luc Leclair said. Montreal police have said that Magnotta stabbed his victim in 2012 with an ice pick before carving up his body, sexually abusing the corpse, filming the act and posting the video online.
Woody Allen denies abuse
Woody Allen is again denying he molested adoptive daughter Dylan Farrow and is calling ex-partner Mia Farrow vindictive, spiteful and malevolent in an open letter published online on Friday by the New York Times. The filmmaker, 78, says Dylan Farrow’s open letter published last week by the Times includes “creative flourishes that seem to have magically appeared during our 21-year estrangement.” Allen writes: “Of course, I did not molest Dylan … I loved her and hope one day she will grasp how she has been cheated out of having a loving father and exploited by a mother more interested in her own festering anger than her daughter’s well-being.” Allen was investigated for the alleged molestation and never charged. A team of child-abuse specialists brought into the case by prosecutors and police concluded that Dylan Farrow had not been molested.
Band seeks Pentagon payout
A Canadian hard-rock band says it sent the US Pentagon a US$666,000 bill after a former Guantanamo Bay guard alleged that the US military used the band’s music to torture detainees. Skinny Puppy found out their music was blasted out at the detention center in southern Cuba from a former guard who is a fan of the band, keyboardist Cevin Key told Canada’s CTV Television in Montreal. Rights groups say that prison officials subjected Guantanamo’s terror suspects to “deafening loud music,” often featuring violent lyrics, during interrogation. Several other bands, including REM, Rage Against the Machine and Metallica, have denounced the use of their music at Guantanamo. “We sent them an invoice for our musical services considering they had gone ahead and used our music without our knowledge and used it as an actual weapon against somebody,” Key told CTV.
Protesters guilty of arson
A Chicago jury acquitted three NATO summit protesters on Friday of breaking Illinois’ rarely tested state terrorism law, but did convict them on lesser arson counts. Prosecutors described Brian Church, Jared Chase and Brent Vincent Betterly as dangerous anarchists who were plotting to throw Molotov cocktails at US President Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters during the 2012 summit. Undercover officers infiltrated the group and the men were arrested before the summit began. Defense lawyers rejected the portrayal of their clients as terrorists and described them as drunken goofs who were goaded into the plot by the officers.