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Judges refuse to extradite an alleged American paedophile

The Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand, London. Credit: PA Credit: PA

Judges are refusing to extradite an alleged American paedophile until they have received an assurance that his human rights will not be breached.

Roger Giese, 40, has been on the run from the FBI since 2007 and is charged with sexually abusing a boy under the age of 14 from 1998 until 2002.

The two judges sitting at the High Court in London made it clear that if no assurance is given they will refuse to hand over Roger Giese to stand trial in California.

The former choir master has been living in a village in Hampshire under a different name and working for a PR company.


Church 'allowed Ball to continue as priest after caution'

Police had calls of support for Peter Ball from MPs and a Lord Chief Justice when he was accused of sex offences in 1993. Credit: PA

Prosecutors told the Old Bailey that Peter Ball was allowed to continue officiating as a priest after a caution for indecent assault in 1993.

Police received calls of support for the former Bishop of Lewes from "MPs, former public school headmasters and even a Lord Chief Justice", the court heard.

In 1993, the Crown Prosecution Service said there was "sufficient admissible, substantial and reliable evidence" of indecent assault and gross indecency.

Ball 'used religion as cloak to hide sex crimes'

Frail Peter Ball arriving at the Old Bailey for sentencing. Credit: PA

The former Bishop of Lewes used his position to "identify, groom and exploit sensitive young men", the Old Bailey heard.

Peter Ball, 83, looked frail as he appeared in the dock for sentencing for a string of sex offences against young men, many aspiring priests, between 1977 and 1992.

The prosecution said that for Ball, religion "was a cloak behind which he hid in order to satisfy his sexual interest in those who trusted him".

ITV News correspondent Rebecca Barry is at the Old Bailey:

Last month, he admitted misusing his position in authority to "manipulate" 16 men for his own sexual gratification and indecently assaulting two men in their late teens between 1980 and 1983 and between 1990 and 1991.

Family of Pc Phillips lay flowers at scene of hit-and-run

Pc Phillips widow Jen with daughters Sophie and Abigail. Credit: pool

The family of murdered policeman David Phillips have laid flowers at the spot where he was mown down and killed in a hit-and-run.

Pc Phillip's widow Jen visited the scene with the couple's two daughters Abigail, seven, and Sophie, three, along with other relatives.

Pc Phillips' wife Jen is comforted at the scene. Credit: pool

Abigail and Sophie each laid a bunch of flowers followed by their mother who held her face as she placed them down alongside dozens of bouquets left by well-wishers.

Other family members embraced as they too paid their respects.

Jen Phillips is hugged by a family member. Credit: pool

Tesco is trying to turn its fortunes around

The group said it was on track to cut annual costs by £400 million a year. Credit: PA

Tesco's half year results come amid efforts from the supermarket to restore its fortunes.

Mr Lewis - who took over at the helm from Philip Clarke last September - has been leading a turnaround at the company.

The group said it was on track to cut annual costs by £400 million a year.

  • It has shut 53 unprofitable stores since the start of its financial year and shelved plans to open a further 49 stores.
  • Mr Lewis has also cut prices across hundreds of lines
  • He is also making a raft of changes such as shutting Tesco's final salary pension scheme.
  • The HQ is moving from Cheshunt to Welwyn Garden City in a measure expected to save £250 million.

Tesco remained tight-lipped on reports that it is in talks with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to settle a criminal probe into its accounting scandal, which plunged the group into crisis last year.

It is understood Tesco and the SFO have been in discussions about the possibility of signing a deferred prosecution agreement after the £326 million accounting black hole emerged last autumn.

Mr Lewis said the group "cannot comment on the ongoing investigation".


Turkish PM 'will not compromise' on airspace security

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said Turkey "will not compromise" on the security of its airspace and warned further violations by Russian warplanes will be viewed as a threat.

PM Ahmet Davutoglu said there will be no compromise on Turkish airspace security Credit: Depo Photos/ABACA/PA

Davutoglu issued the warning during a live state TV broadcast today after it was revealed Russian warplanes violated Turkey's airspace for a second time on Sunday.

Despite the warning the PM has said he does not want conflict in Syria to turn into a crisis between Russia and NATO, or escalate into a Russian-Turkish dispute, and said an offer by the Russians to "meet and discuss the issue" has been welcomed.

Former bishop 'sorry' as he faces sex crimes sentence

A former bishop said he was "very, very sorry" as he walked into the Old Bailey to be sentenced for historic sex offences against young men.

Peter Ball, 83, is to be sentenced after admitting a string of offences against young men between the 1970s and the 1990s.

When asked about the victims outside court, he replied that he was "very, very sorry".

The Church of England has announced it will investigate claims that senior clerics helped cover-up the sex crimes after victims claimed that it prevented him from facing justice for decades.

MSF considering criminal charges over Kunduz bombing

Medical aid group Medicens Sans Frontieres (MSF) has said it would consider seeking criminal charges following the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan's Kunduz on Saturday.

Speaking during a press conference this morning MSF officials also said they would be demanding an independent investigation into the air strike which led to the death of 22 people and was "an attack on the Geneva conventions".

Kundaz's MSF run hospital was reportedly hit as many as five times in an hour by US led air strikes. American commanders have said the medical facility was "mistakenly struck" and was not a target.

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