Latest Acquittals News

Swedish ex-envoy acquitted of planning illegal China meeting

Jul. 10, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — A court has acquitted Sweden’s former ambassador to China of exceeding her authority in negotiations with a foreign country, concluding the first trial of its kind involving a Swedish diplomat in more than 200 years. The Stockholm District Court ruled Friday that the prosecutor...

FILE - In this March 29, 2002, file photo, British Pakistani Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh arrives at a court in Karachi, Pakistan. Saeed and and three others, Fahad Naseem, Sheikh Adil and Salman Saqib, convicted in the kidnapping and killing of a U.S. journalist, whose sentences were overturned in April, will remain in government custody for another three months, officials said Thursday, July 2, 2020. Superintendent of Karachi Central Prison, Hasan Sehtoo, said the four men will remain in custody until Sept. 30 under a law that allows authorities to detain any suspect for up to one year. (AP Photo/Zia Mazhar, File)

4 linked to reporter's murder to stay in prison in Pakistan

Jul. 2, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A British Pakistani man and three others convicted in the kidnapping and killing of a U.S. journalist, whose sentences were overturned in April, will remain in government custody for another three months, officials said Thursday. The move comes days after Pakistan’s Supreme...

In Denmark, 3 lawmakers acquitted of defamation

Jun. 23, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish court acquitted three lawmakers Tuesday of defamation for writing an email in which they said public funds should not be granted to an organization helping women exposed to psychological violence because the woman behind it didn’t distance herself from...

In this photo taken from police body cam video, New York Police officers arrest a man on a boardwalk Sunday, June 21, 2020, in New York. New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea says a police officer was quickly suspended without pay after putting his arm around the man's neck because we are living in

NYPD officer in 'chokehold' video is focus of criminal probe

Jun. 22, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer suspended from duty after he was recorded Sunday putting a man in what the police commissioner said was a banned chokehold could face criminal charges for the second time in his career. Queens prosecutors said Monday they've opened an investigation into...

ICC prosecutors seek to overturn Gbagbo acquittal

Jun. 22, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors sought Monday to overturn former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo's acquittal last year on crimes against humanity charges stemming from his alleged role in post-election violence that killed 3,000 people nearly a decade ago. Gbagbo and former Ivorian youth...

FILE - In this Monday, June 15, 2020, file photo, Chassidy Evans, the niece of Rayshard Brooks, speaks at a news conference held by members of Brooks' family, in Atlanta. The deadly police shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta soon after the city erupted in fiery demonstrations protesting police brutality have cast a harsh spotlight on cracks in Atlanta's reputation for Black prosperity in politics and business. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, File)

Shooting, protests test Atlanta's image of Black prosperity

Jun. 20, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

Police cars burned in the streets of Atlanta as protesters smashed windows and spray-painted graffiti outside CNN headquarters. Even during the national outcry over police brutality and racial injustice, Chassidy Evans struggled to understand why her hometown, with its legacy of peaceful resistance, had erupted...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican finance minister who was convicted and then absolved of sexual abuse in his native Australia, is set to publish his prison diary musing on life in solitary confinement, the Psalms, the church, politics and sports. Catholic publisher Ignatius Press told The Associated Press on Saturday the first installment of the 1,000-page diary would likely be published in Spring 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Cardinal Pell to publish prison diary musing on case, church

Jun. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican finance minister who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, is set to publish his prison diary musing on life in solitary confinement, the Catholic Church, politics and sports. Catholic publisher Ignatius Press told The...

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak wearing a face mask arrives at court house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, June 4, 2020. Closing arguments are expected in the first corruption trial of him linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysian ex-PM to hear verdict in 1st graft case in July

Jun. 5, 2020 6:08 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak was victimized by rogue bankers and should be acquitted of corruption charges linked to the massive looting of a state investment fund, his lawyers said Friday at the close of his first corruption trial over the scandal. The High Court...

Acquitted Iranian scientist, deported from US, returns home

Jun. 3, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian scientist imprisoned in the U.S. and acquitted in a federal trade secrets case returned to his homeland on Wednesday morning, a semiofficial Iranian news agency reported. The report by the ISNA news agency included an image of Sirous Asgari, wearing a face mask and being...

Iran scientist acquitted in US trade secrets case deported

Jun. 2, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian scientist imprisoned in the U.S. and acquitted in a federal trade secrets case is on his way back to Iran after being deported, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Sirous Asgari was in the air on a flight back to Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an Instagram post....