Lucie’s murder: cantonal authorities did their job, judge rules

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The cantonal prison authorities carried out their duties in line with the law and following standard practice, a judge in canton Aargau has ruled, in the case of the murderer of 16-year-old Lucie T in March 2009 in Rieden, Aargau. The father of the young woman from Fribourg, who was working as […]

Murderer of 16-yr-old Fribourg girl: high court rules for life in prison (update)


Update 15:45 The high court in Aargau has ruled that Daniel H should spend life in prison, overturning earlier lower court judgement BERN / ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The March 2009 murder of schoolgirl Lucie T shocked Switzerland, after the au pair from Fribourg died at the hands of a man who met her at the […]

Ex-Ukraine PM Timochenko given 7 yrs in prison

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Former Unkrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymochenko was handed a seven-year prison sentence Tuesday 11 October, found guilty of criminally abusing her power, in particular of losing large amounts of money in a natural gas deal with Russia. Tymochenko was one of the heroes of the Orange Revolution in 2004 who fought the […]

Knox case in Italy, verdict expected Monday

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The murder convictions of American Amanda Knox and her one-time boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, could be overturned by a court in Perugia in central Italy Monday 3 October, but the prosecution says it will appeal if the earlier verdict is quashed, and that life sentences will be demanded. The case of the […]

Caning reprieve for beer drinker in Malaysia

A woman who was sentenced in Malaysia to a fine and a caning for drinking beer in public has been sent home. Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno was sentenced by a sharia court to a caning which she asked to be conducted in public. She was scheduled to be detained prior to her caning, was picked […]

Madoff handed 150 years in prison

Bernard Madoff has been sentenced to 150 years in prison in New York, USA. The judge called his crimes “extraordinarily evil” and handed him the sentence asked for by prosecutors, for fraud charges that grew out of his massive Ponzi scheme. Madoff pleaded guilty to the charges: securities fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, investment adviser […]

Madoff forfeits $170 billion fortune

Bernard Madoff, the disgraced investor and former SEC chairman who will be sentenced in a court in New York Monday, has been ordered by the judge to forfeit his fortune of $170 billion, including all real estate, and his houses and apartment in New York will now be sold. Madoff’s wife Ruth will be allowed […]

Stern’s murderer Cécile Brossard gets 8 years


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Cécile Brossard, who killed her lover Edouard Stern in Geneva in 2005, has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison. She has served four of those. Yesterday’s harsh judgement by the jury, convicting Brossard of homicide rather than of a crime of passion, was softened by the relatively […]

Edouard Stern’s murder: the man, the legal teams, the timeline

Swiss news weekly L’Hebdo magazine’s 2 June edition features on its cover the murder trial of Cécile Brossard, accused of killing her lover, wealthy French banker Edouard Stern, in 2007. GenevaLunch, a partner of l’Hebdo, brings you the English version in two parts. French version © 2009 l’Hebdo English version © 2009 GenevaLunch (may not […]

Roxana Saberi, US journalist held in Iran, freed

US freelance journalist Roxana Saberi, sentenced to eight years in prison in Iran for spying and working without press credentials, has been freed after a court heard her appeal and reduced the sentence to a suspended two-year term, according to National Public Radio. She joined her parents and will return to the family’s home in […]