Mobile - Law and Order Law and Order <![CDATA[Jewelers to be summoned in India bank scam probe]]> Reports say that Indian investigators have ordered two wealthy jewelers to be questioned about an alleged $1.8 billion banking scam.

The reports Friday by the news agency Press Trust of india and other media came a day after authorities raided the homes and offices of Nirav Modi and his business partner Mehul Choksi, seizing nearly $800 million in jewels and gold.

They cited unidentified officials saying that investigators ordered the men to appear within a week. The men are thought to have left india last month, before the scam was discovered.

An official complaint says the two men, along with Modi's wife and brother, worked with two employees of the Punjab National Bank to get fake "letters of understanding" that enabled them to get loans overseas.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 11:50:28 +0400 AP
<![CDATA[Man arrested, charged with setting man on fire]]> A man accused of setting a man on fire in Seattle in November has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

The SeattlePI reports 31-year-old Christopher Burrus was arrested Wednesday night during a traffic stop in Mountlake Terrace.

He was booked into jail and had bail set at $1 million.

Police say Burrus was identified in surveillance video from Nov. 7 on the 4500 block of Northwest Leary Way.

Court documents say the video shows the victim arriving in a car with another man. After he got out, a man identified as Burrus allegedly walked up and dumped a cup of flammable liquid on him before lighting a flare and throwing it at the man.

Reports say a building owner nearby sprayed the victim with a hose until the flames were out.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with severe burns.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:27:58 +0400 AP
<![CDATA[El Chapo eager to go to trial, not cutting any deal]]> Notorious Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is eager to go to trial, his lawyer said Thursday after a U.S. judge set Sept. 5 for jury selection in his drug-trafficking case.

Defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo told reporters that Guzman wanted to knock down any speculation he might plead guilty and cooperate with American authorities.

Guzman "wants to go to trial," Balarezo said outside federal court in Brooklyn. "He's not interested in cooperating. He's not interested in cutting a deal."

The lawyer also renewed complaints about conditions at a Manhattan jail where Guzman is being held in solitary confinement. In Mexico, Guzman twice escaped from prison, the second time via a mile-long (1.6 kilometer-long) tunnel dug to the shower in his cell.

The Manhattan cell where Guzman spends 23 hours a day "is either too hot or too cold," Balarezo said, adding that his client suffers "constant headaches."

At the hearing, U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan denied Guzman's request to speak in open court about the case after prosecutors expressed concerns he could be trying to send messages to his cohorts. The judge said that in the future he would need to be notified in advance on what Guzman wanted to talk about before he could speak.

Guzman was sent to the United States in 2017 to face charges that his Sinaloa cartel laundered billions of dollars and oversaw a ruthless campaign of murders and kidnappings.

Earlier this month, the judge agreed to withhold the names of jurors at the trial to address any fears that they could be harassed or intimidated. Jurors also will be escorted to and from the courthouse by deputy U.S. marshals and sequestered from the public while inside.

Prosecutors offered "strong and credible reasons" why the jury needs protection, including Guzman's use of sicarios, or hitmen, to carry out thousands of acts of violence over more than two decades, the judge wrote in an order.

In the past, Guzman used his connections to continue to run his drug empire from behind bars, prosecutors said. They also claim that in the United States Guzman had the support of criminals who are not under his direct control.

If convicted, Guzman could face life in prison.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:23:55 +0400 AP
<![CDATA[Man dead after being shot by female motorcyclist]]> Police have identified a 60-year-old man shot and killed by a female motorcycle rider during a road-rage incident.

Washington State Police say Bruce Jones of Roy died Thursday afternoon after being shot one time on southbound Interstate 5 in Milton.

Witnesses tell authorities that the motorcycle rider and Jones each stopped and that Jones and the young woman ended up on the ground fighting.

Authorities say the woman pulled a gun and fired one shot. Police say Jones’ wife was unhurt.

Authorities have not released details of what led to the road rage.

The name of the motorcycle rider hasn’t been released.

Police say she is not being detained, but that doesn’t mean she’s been cleared in the shooting.

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:33:27 +0400 AFP

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