- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 18, 2012

UNITED KINGDOM

Prosecutors mull charges over phone hacking

LONDON | Criminal charges are being considered against 11 people in four cases related to investigations into phone hacking and other alleged misconduct by British newspapers, the country’s chief prosecutor said Wednesday.

Four journalists, one police officer and six other people are involved in the cases, the first to be referred to prosecutors since new police investigations were triggered by revelations that reporters at Rupert Murdoch’s now-shuttered News of the World routinely intercepted voice mail messages of those in the public eye.


Keir Starmer, head of Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service, made the announcement as he laid out new guidelines to help his lawyers assess whether reporters broke the law.

Although he declined to say how long deliberations would take, Mr. Starmer indicated that potential criminal prosecutions over tabloid wrongdoing were drawing near.

MEXICO

268,000 rounds of ammo seized in U.S. truck

CIUDAD JUAREZ | Mexican customs inspectors seized 268,000 rounds of assault rifle ammunition found in a U.S. truck at a border crossing in Ciudad Juarez, authorities reported Wednesday.

Angel Torres, a spokesman for Mexico’s tax agency, which oversees customs inspections, said a 37-year-old man from Dallas was detained for trying to drive the truck across the border from El Paso, Texas.

NORWAY

Gunman wants freedom or death

OSLO | The right-wing fanatic on trial for massacring 77 people in Norway says he wants either freedom or death, calling the country’s prison terms “pathetic” and arguing for the return of capital punishment, which was last used here to execute Nazi collaborators after World War II.

In the third day of his terror trial, Anders Behring Breivik was grilled by prosecutors about the anti-Muslim militant group he claims to belong to.

He rejected their suggestions that the “Knights Templar” doesn’t exist, but admitted he had embellished when describing the network in a 1,500-page manifesto he published online before the bomb-and-shooting rampage on July 22.

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