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China holds Rio trial behind closed doors

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The trial of four Rio Tinto employees began early on a chilly, gray Monday morning in Shanghai, when four police vans in a convoy led by a cruiser with flashing lights swept the defendants to the courthouse well before 7 am.
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Quick glimpses from outside the modern courthouse are all that most outsiders will get.

The case has concerned foreign investors since the four were detained last summer at the height of tense
iron ore price negotiations between Rio Tinto, other miners, and Chinese steel mills.
 
Even Chinese reporters who normally cover court proceedings have not been let into this trial. Passes were handed out last week to only a few Chinese media outlets. No foreign reporters were allowed in.
 
Australian diplomats avoided making any statements as they passed through a security scanner on their
way to observe part of the trial against Stern Hu, an Australian citizen and the head of Rio Tinto’s iron ore team in China.
 
China has refused to allow the Australians access to a “closed” portion of the trial, which deals with alleged infringment of commercial secrets. That refusal has revived questions about how China defines “secrets”.

 Photo Caption: Cars drive in to the Shanghai Number One Intermediate People’s Court on the morning of Rio Tinto trail March 22, 2010. The trial of four Rio Tinto employees opens on Monday in Shanghai, China’s financial hub, in a case closely watched by investors anxious over the business environment for foreign firms and their Chinese employees. REUTERS/Nir Elias

History comes alive at Demjanjuk trial

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Entering the Munich court this week to cover the trial of John Demjanjuk, 89, accused of helping to force 27,900 Jews into gas chambers at an extermination camp in 1943, was like stepping into a history book.

Inevitably, the spotlight was on Demjanjuk himself.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s most wanted Nazi war suspect lay under a white blanket on a mobile bed in the middle of the courtroom. Was this old, expressionless and clearly weak man really the “face of evil”?

from Africa News blog:

What next for Jacob Zuma?

A court ruling that effectively reinstates corruption charges against African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma could hardly have come at a worse moment for him and the party that has dominated South Africa since the end of apartheid.

There appears little doubt that Zuma will be the party's presidential candidate ahead of elections expected around April, but the ANC now faces its toughest electoral test yet with hefty graft charges hanging over its man.

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