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Briefs, December 15, 2012

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 December, 2012, 4:51am

Ex-cop sentenced over journalist's murder

MOSCOW - The Moscow city court sentenced a former Russian policeman to 11 years in a prison camp for his role in the killing of anti-Kremlin journalist Anna Politkovskaya in 2006. Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov, who was accused of tracking Politkovskaya so she could be assassinated and providing the murder weapon, had concluded a plea bargain and confessed his guilt. The verdict was criticised for shedding no light on who masterminded the killing. AFP

 

Mursi foes in charter protest on eve of vote

CAIRO - Egypt's mainly secular opposition gathered for last-ditch protests against a new constitution it slams as divisive, but on the eve of a referendum it held back from urging a boycott. The opposition National Salvation Front expressed "deep concern" over the vote called by Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, which is intended to complete the transition from veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak's rule. But while again protesting against the spreading of polling over two successive Saturdays, the opposition refrained from urging supporters to stay away from the plebiscite. AFP

 

Caymans leader Bush refuses to step down

KINGSTON - The leader of the Cayman Islands government rejected calls to resign over his arrest on suspicion of corruption, calling the investigation a plot by political enemies trying to smear his reputation. Premier McKeeva Bush shrugged off the allegations during a visit to Jamaica's capital, two days after he was arrested by the British Caribbean territory's police for allegedly misusing his government credit card and illegally importing explosive devices, and a day after being released on bail. AP

 

Packaging tycoon's wife killed by cocaine

LONDON - The American wife of one of Britain's richest men, whose body lay rotting at their London home for two months after her death, died from cocaine abuse, a coroner said. Eva Rausing, 48, whose husband Hans is heir to the Swedish packaging giant Tetra Pak, was found in July in an advanced state of decomposition. Rausing said he had not been able to deal with losing her. Reuters

 

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