News Round-Up Week Ending 17.10.14
(Posted on 17/10/14)Share:
Behind Closed Doors
Erol Incedal, charged with preparation of terrorism, and possessing an electronic document on “bomb-making”, denies both charges.
These arrangements were decided on by the Court of Appeal following an appeal by media organisations against a totally secret trial.
Couple’s Convictions Quashed
The Court of Appeal has quashed the convictions of a Belfast husband and wife for offences linked to the 1989 false imprisonment and killing of police informer Joe Fenton, without disclosing the full reasons why.
However, the appeal judges ruled that "the public interest would be undermined, not advanced, by the disclosure of material covered by the PII [Public Interest Immunity] certificate which the court has found to be properly issued. The right to a fair trial has been secured in these circumstances."
Foreign Office Demands Thai Transparency
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has summoned Thai charge d'affaires Nadhavathna Krishnamra over concerns about the inquiry into the murders of two British tourists.
Two Burmese workers apparently confessed to killing Hannah Witheridge and David Miller last month on the island of Koh Tao.
No Murder Trial for Depressed Mother
Tania Clarence, a South African-born graphic artist and mother of four, who killed her three disabled children “to end their suffering” has had a plea of manslaughter by diminished responsibility accepted at the Old Bailey, and will not face a murder trial.
The three children had spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 2, a progressive disease leading to fatal respiratory problems. After suffocating the children, Clarence made a genuine attempt to commit suicide.