Fellow committee member Hans-Christian Strobele accused security officials of lying to lawmakers.
Four senior German domestic intelligence officials have resigned in recent months over the authorities’ failure to track the National Socialist Underground during its seven-year murder spree.
Police charged with abusing protesters
MANAMA — Bahrain says it has charged seven police lieutenants with abuses against suspected anti-government protesters, including using torture to obtain confessions that were later thrown out in court.
The allegations mark the most sweeping action so far against security forces in Bahrain’s 19-month-old unrest between the Sunni-led ruling system and protesters from the Gulf nation’s Shiite majority seeking a greater political voice.
A government statement Monday said two of the officers will face the most serious allegations of extracting the forced confessions. The others face lesser charges.
A hearing is set for Oct. 1.
At least 50 people have been killed in the uprising in the strategic kingdom, the base for the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.
Ex-police chief tried behind closed doors
CHENGDU — China opened the trial for an ex-police chief at the center of the country’s worst political scandal in decades, unexpectedly staging a closed-door hearing Monday, a day earlier than publicly announced.
Authorities justified the closed proceedings by saying state secrets were being discussed in the trial of Wang Lijun, who is charged with defection, abuse of power and other crimes.
On Tuesday, the court is scheduled to hold the previously announced public portion of the trial, and the hearing is expected to go over allegations of bribe-taking and other charges.
The trial was the latest wrinkle in the bizarre scandal that started when Mr. Wang fled to the U.S. Consulate in February and divulged the murder of a British businessman. It resulted in the removal of his boss, senior politician Bo Xilai, from the communist leadership and the roiling of the Communist Party as it prepares a delicate transfer of power to younger leaders.View Entire Story
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