US public interest focuses on Supreme Court gay marriage debate

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The US Supreme Court moves into a key day of oral arguments Wednesday 27 March in the case of California’s ban on same sex marriage. The public debate has heated up in recent days, with polls now showing a majority of Americans in favour of allowing same sex marriage – but those […]

Tensions rise in Pakistan, in capital and north of country

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A series of events in Pakistan this week underscore the growing power struggles that are taking a toll in the months before national elections. The Supreme Court Tuesday ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on charges of corruption, but aides say the court is allied with the military against the elected […]

5 in Indian family sentenced to death in honour killings

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Five members of a family who were found guilty of killing a young couple by electrocuting them, after torturing the pair, have been sentenced to death in India.The country’s supreme court ruled last year that the death penalty could apply in cases of honour killings. The couple were from different castes; the […]

Pakistan’s prime minister gets the boot

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Pakistan’s prime minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani, was declared by the country’s Supreme Court Tuesdy 19 June to be ineligible to hold office. He was found guilty in April of contempt of court after he refused to re-open corruption cases against the president, Asif Ali Zardari. The move doesn’t appear to provide an […]

Egyptian court decision sparks renewed political turmoil

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood party is calling two decisions taken by the Egyptian Supreme Court a “coup”. The court Thursday 14 June dissolved parliament, saying 2011 elections were unconstitutional. It also agreed to allow a former Mubarak-era prime minister and army officer to remain in the race for president. The decisions taken by […]

Assange could be in Sweden by end of June

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Julian Assange, Australian founder of WikiLeaks, could be in Sweden by the end of June after he lost his request to have his extradition case reopened. Sweden requested his extradition more than two years ago for hearings in a case where two women accused him of sexual misconduct. A UK court agreed […]

Rega 60th anniversary follows record year for rescues


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rega, Switzerland’s largest air rescue service, carried out a record 14,240 missions in 2011. These included 10,979 helicopter flights, or about 30 a day on average, which increased 5.7 percent over the previous year, says the company. The private organization is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012. Rega’s rescues often involve emergency medical […]

Federal gov’t takes Muehleberg nuclear plant case to supreme court

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Federal Department of Environment, Transport and Energy (Detec) is asking the Swiss supreme court to rule on the closing of the Muehleberg nuclear power plant, it said Wednesday evening 21 March. The Federal Administrative Court ruled two weeks ago that the plant must be closed, a ruling at odds with […]

Abacha retrial to go ahead

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss Federal Tribunal has ordered a new trial for Abba Abacha, son of former Nigerian General Sani Abacha, who ruled the country for five years in the 1990s. He was suspected of stealing more than $2 billion and after his death his sons managed the money. Abba Abacha was given a […]

High court finds Swisscom not guilty in last mile case

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A Swiss high court has decided in favour of Swisscom in a case brought by ComCo, the country’s competition commission. In 2002 the commission began investigating what it ultimately decided was an abuse of the telecom’s dominant position, and it fined the company CHF333 million. Swisscom took the case to court, […]