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World Briefs: U.S. officer found guilty of fraud, fined $300,000
BERLIN — The former commander of the Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade was fined $300,000 and issued a formal reprimand Thursday, after a court-martial convicted him of multiple counts of fraud, conduct unbecoming of an officer, bigamy and other charges related to a long-term extramarital affair he had with a woman he met in Iraq.
Johnson had pleaded guilty to 13 counts against him and was convicted of two other counts by the panel of officers hearing the case. Twelve other counts were dismissed as the proceedings opened Sunday.
The West Point graduate was relieved of his command of the Vicenza, Italy-based 173rd in March 2011 amid the investigation.
He was accused of having an affair with an Iraqi woman he met in Iraq in 2005, who was the daughter of his cultural adviser. He pleaded guilty to marrying her before divorcing his wife.
‘Vampire’ skeleton going on display
SOFIA — Ever since archaeologists announced last week that they have found two ancient skeletons in Bulgaria with iron rods thrust through their chests, the media have been reporting how Bulgarians once did that to prevent the dead from emerging from the grave as vampires.
The media have reported that because vampire tales remain popular in Balkan countries such as Bulgaria some people in the Black Sea resort of Sozopol, where the skeletons were found in a graveyard, are having trouble sleeping at night.
Terrorist’s son who spied for Isreal on lecture tour
Mr. Yousef published a shocking autobiography, “Son of Hamas,” two years ago in which he described his decade of service as a secret Israeli agent. He claims to have prevented dozens of suicide attacks and helped Israel to hunt down militants, including his father. Hamas considers him a traitor, and his father, Sheik Hassan Yousef, who is imprisoned in Israel, has disowned him.
Video shows police kidnapping three men
MEXICO CITY — Mexican prosecutors have released surveillance videos that show five city policemen kidnapping three men from a hotel in western Mexico. The men later were found asphyxiated and beaten to death.
The images from the Jalisco state prosecutors’ office provide an unusually open view of just how deep corruption runs. The police officers appear to act on the orders of four civilians who may have been members of a drug gang.
The tape shows the three victims being marched out of a hotel in their underwear. The three turned up dead the next day.
Jalisco prosecutors’ spokesman Lino Gonzalez said Thursday that the five officers, their commander and the local police chief in the city of Lagos de Moreno have been detained pending charges.
Top investigator denies threatening to kill reporter
MOSCOW — Russia’s top investigator denied Thursday that he threatened to kill a reporter because of a story that lambasted his agency, but he apologized for an “emotional outburst” with the journalist.
Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s leading investigative publication, claimed Wednesday that Investigative Committee chief Gen. Alexander Bastrykin took reporter Sergei Sokolov to a forest outside Moscow where he threatened to kill him and then joked that he would lead the investigation into his death.
The alleged June 4 incident followed Mr. Sokolov’s story that accused Gen. Bastrykin’s agency of failing to punish the perpetrator of a 2010 killing of 12 people, including four children, by a gang in southern Russia.
Gen. Bastrykin told the Izvestia daily Thursday he had invited the journalist to meet the team that investigated the 2010 killings and then had a “very emotional conversation” with him. But the conversation did not take place in a forest, he insisted.
“My job keeps me too busy for picnicking,” he said.
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