Sunday 21 January 2018

Winnie's case 'shock'

NELSON Mandela's ex-wife Winnie expressed "surprise and shock" that prosecutors are considering charges against her following the exhumation of bodies believed to belong to two young activists last seen at her home 24 years ago.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said it was "difficult to legally imagine how and what new evidence is contemplated" given the many accounts already presented to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Lawyer's body found

One of France's most celebrated defence lawyers, Olivier Metzner, was found drowned yesterday off the coast of his private island.

The body of Mr Metzner (63) was seen floating close to the island off Brittany that he bought in 2010 for €2m. The public prosecutor's office said he had left a note.

Prize for anti-Semite

HUNGARY'S right-wing government is facing fierce criticism for awarding its top state journalism prize to a TV presenter notorious for spreading Jewish conspiracy theories and describing the country's Roma minority as "human monkeys".

The government awarded the Tancsics prize to Ferenc Szaniszlo, a presenter on pro-government Echo TV. His anti-Semitic outbursts and detrimental remarks about the Roma in 2011 prompted the state-controlled media watchdog to fine the channel.

Vigilante murders

Egyptian vigilantes beat two men accused of stealing a rickshaw, then stripped them half-naked and hung them from a tree in a bus station in a small Nile Delta town, according to security officials who said both men died.

The killings came after the attorney general's office encouraged civilians to arrest lawbreakers and hand them over to police. It was one of the most extreme cases of vigilantism since Egypt's 2011 uprising.

'Hitler' plays the pope

A new television drama about the Vatican has selected as its pontiff an actor best known for playing Adolf Hitler. The Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (71) will take the role of the fictional Pope Sixtus VI in 'The Vatican', a thriller series from the cable network Showtime, which also produces 'Homeland'. Ganz is most famous for his portrayal of Hitler in the 2004 film 'Downfall'.

Irish Independent

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