Imam charged over marriage
A Muslim cleric was yesterday charged with conducting an illegal marriage between a 26-year-old man and a 12-year-old girl. It follows the arrest of a Lebanese national — the “husband” — last week on child sex offenses. Police said the imam, reportedly Pakistan-born, was arrested in Sydney on Monday afternoon by the Child Abuse Squad and charged with solemnization of a marriage by an unauthorized person. He was granted strict conditional bail to appear in court on April 2. The “husband” has been charged with 25 counts of sexual intercourse with a child.
A Muslim convert who told police he wanted to kill Prince Harry was jailed for three years on Monday after pleading guilty to threatening murder, police said. Ashraf Islam, 31, was told by the judge who sentenced him at Isleworth Crown Court that his plan had been “vague and unlikely to succeed,” but he nevertheless posed a danger to the public. Police said Islam, who was born Mark David Townley and changed his name in 2010 after converting to Islam, had entered a police station in west London on May 23 last year and said he intended to kill Prince Harry the following day. Police searched the hotel room where he was staying and seized his laptop. They found no weapon.
Shirley Temple dies at 85
Shirley Temple Black, the bright-eyed, dimpled child who became a movie star during the Great Depression and later served as ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Ghana, died late on Monday evening at the age of 85, a family spokeswoman said in a statement yesterday. Temple Black, who lured millions to the movies in the 1930s, “peacefully passed away” at her California home from natural causes at 10:57pm, surrounded by her family and caregivers, the statement said. Born on April 23, 1928, she started her entertainment career in the early 1930s and was famous by age six. She made about 40 feature movies in 10 years before retiring from the screen at 21 in 1949.
Chefs guilty of serving whale
Two chefs have pleaded guilty to serving whale meat at a Southern California restaurant that has since closed. City News Service reports Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda entered pleas on Monday to conspiracy and other charges involving meat from endangered sei whales. Each faces up to three years in federal prison, along with fines and community service. Prosecutors say the chefs got the meat in 2009 from a fish importer in Gardena who wrote a false invoice describing it as fatty tuna. The chefs served it as whale sushi to activists posing as customers at The Hump restaurant in Santa Monica.
Crack mayor rights sold
The antics of embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could soon be coming to a TV or movie screen. Toronto-based indie film and TV production company Blue Ice Pictures on Monday said it has acquired the film and television rights to the new book Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story, written by Toronto Star reporter Robyn Doolittle, one of three journalists who viewed a video that appeared to show Ford smoking crack cocaine. Ford last year made international headlines for admitted to having smoked crack while in a drunken stupor and also threatening “murder” in a viral video.