President swears in judges, defying E.U.

Poland’s president swore in 27 new Supreme Court justices Wednesday, escalating the conflict over control of the judiciary and ignoring another top court, which said the appointments should be suspended pending an opinion
by European Union judges.

Andrzej Duda appointed justices to the civil and penal chambers of the court as well as to its new chamber of extraordinary control, according to his top aide

The new justices are part of sweeping changes the Polish government has made to the judicial system since the conservative Law and Justice party won power in 2015.

Critics say the changes are unconstitutional and put Poland’s courts under Law and Justice’s political control. The moves also put Poland at odds with the E.U., which triggered a sanctioning procedure against the member country.

The E.U.’s executive branch has sought a legal opinion from the European Court of Justice on what has happened with Poland’s judiciary.

— Associated Press

Keiko Fujimori held in laundering probe

An attorney for conservative Peruvian opposition leader Keiko Fujimori said Wednesday that she has been detained as part of an investigation into alleged money laundering in her 2011 presidential campaign.

Giuliana Loza said her client was detained when she showed up at the chief prosecutor’s office to provide testimony in the ongoing probe.

Prosecutors are looking into the origin of several huge undeclared financial contributions to Fujimori’s campaign.

Fujimori is the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori. A judge recently ordered that Alberto Fujimori be returned to jail to finish a long sentence for human rights abuses. He had received a medical pardon last year by then-President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

— Associated Press

Police detain former president's youngest son: Egyptian authorities have detained the youngest son of jailed former president Mohamed Morsi without giving a reason, the family said. Ahmed Morsi said three state security men accompanied by a special forces officer took his brother Abdullah, along with his ID and cellphone, from the family house outside Cairo. Abdullah Morsi said last week that he was seeking more visitation rights and better health care for his ailing father, who has been held in solitary confinement since the army, led by then-general and now-President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, ousted him in 2013.

Bangladesh sentences 19 to death in 2004 rally attack: A Bangladeshi court sentenced 19 people to death and the son of the opposition leader to life imprisonment over a deadly 2004 attack at a political rally held by Sheikh Hasina, the current prime minister. The attack killed two dozen people and wounded about 300. Hasina narrowly escaped. Tarique Rahman, the oldest son of opposition leader Khaleda Zia, received a life sentence for each of two conspiracy charges stemming from the attack. He lives in London and was tried in absentia. Eighteen others also received life terms, and 11 received six months to two years in prison.

Son of former Thai premier indicted: The son of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was indicted on charges of money laundering. Panthongtae Shinawatra was arraigned for allegedly laundering 10 million baht ($303,500) linked to an earlier corruption case involving Krungthai Bank. In 2015, executives of the bank were sentenced to 18 years in prison for extending illegal loans. Panthongtae is accused of laundering some of that money, although he has said he returned the money he received.

— From news services