Trial begins for ex-Fiji PM Bainimarama and suspended police chief

The charge being brought against Bainimarama is attempting to pervert the course of justice and Qiliho is facing one count of abuse of office.

The allegations are related to a complaint filed by the University of the South Pacific in July 2019 concerning the actions of former staff members of the regional university.

According to the public prosecution office, Bainimarama and Qiliho are alleged to have arbitrarily and in abuse of the authority of their respective offices directed for the termination of an active investigation.

MH17 plane crash: Trial hears trauma of relatives demanding justice

About 90 relatives will speak at the high-security court in Schiphol over the next three weeks.

International investigators say the plane was shot down with a missile fired by pro-Russian rebels.

Three Russians and a Ukrainian are on trial but none will appear in court. All four have denied involvement.

The Malaysian Airlines flight was travelling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17 July 2014 when it was downed. It crashed in the Donetsk region, about 50km (30 miles) from the Russia-Ukraine border.

Sanft trial: Officer breaks down describing shot child

Senior Constable Jackie Fyfe was the first officer on the scene after the police car she was in was waved down on Favona Road in Mangere.

RNZ reports Gustav Otto Sanft is on trial in the High Court in Auckland for the manslaughter of his 2-year-old daughter, Amokura Daniels-Sanft.

Giving evidence, Ms Fyfe said she ran onto the driveway and heard a howl.

She said a man was holding a child with grievous head injuries.

Ms Fyfe said she needed to check for signs of life but the man would not put the child down.

‘Inside man’ paid $60,000 to help smuggle 250kg drugs into New Zealand

Mosese Laumanu Uele was the final Crown witness to give evidence against Yixin “Lonna” Gan, who is on trial for three counts of importing a Class-B drug and one of possession for supply, following a covert police investigation dubbed Operation Ghost.

The case is about pseudoephedrine, once the active ingredient in New Zealanders’ favourite cold and flu medicines, but now banned as it’s the main ingredient needed to cook methamphetamine.

Pseudoephedrine can be extracted from a cold and flu medicine widely available in China called ContacNT.