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WHAT HAPPENED ON 5th February 2001?

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4th February 2001

CHHOKAR TRIAL BANNING ORDER "A MISTAKE"

A media ban on reporting contempt of court proceedings against two witneses in a high-profile case was a mistake it has emerged. The restrictions imposed over the sentencing of Ronnie Coulter & Sandra Teirney were lifted on Monday. The Court of Justiciary admitted there had been confusion over the terms of the order posted on a court's website. The pair were each jailed for two years on Friday for contempt at the second trial for the murder of Surjit Chhokar.

5th February 2001

COURT VICTORY OVER DRUG DEALERS' ASSETS

The Crown Office in Scotland has won a significant legal victory over the seizure of drug dealers' assets. Last year the Criminal Court of Appeal found that the laws governing the 0 seizure of criminal assets infringed Human Rights legislation. But five Law Lords at the Privy Council ruled today that the current seizure proceedings challenged by lawyers acting for a Paisley dealer are legal. They said the steps were a reasonable response to the illegal drug trade.

5th February 2001

MANAGER ADMITS ABUSE OF BOYS IN CARE

The High Court in Perth has heard that the manager of a children's home in Fife sexually abused boys in his care. David Murphy has admitted 30 offences concerning boys some of whom were abused for several years. Fife's Director of Soc)al Work Mike Sawyer said a full independent inquiry into the case would be carried out. The Assistant Chief Constable of Fife Police David Mellor said it had been a complex case for his officers because of the timescale involved. !

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4th February 2001

FUTURE COURT CASES MAY BE TELEVISED

Pilot schemes to allow television cameras into "appellant" cases could be underway within five years Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine has said. Appellant cases such as the General Pinochet hearings are Court of Appeal or House of Lords cases with no juries witnesses or defendants present. Lord Irvine said televising such cases may have a "valuable educative effect." However he said he would not allow cameras into courts to televise trials.

5th February 2001

COURT VICTORY OVER DRUG DEALERS' ASSETS

The Crown Office in Scotland has won a significant legal victory over the seizure of drug dealers' assets. Last year the Criminal Court of Appeal found that the laws governing the 0 seizure of criminal assets infringed Human Rights legislation. But five Law Lords at the Privy Council ruled today that the current seizure proceedings challenged by lawyers acting for a Paisley dealer are legal. They said the steps were a reasonable response to the illegal drug trade.

5th February 2001

COURT OF APPEAL FREES DOWNING ON BAIL

Stephen Downing jailed 27 years ago for murder has been freed on bail by the Court of Appeal. As an "elated" Downing walked free from Littlehey prison Cambridgeshire he said he was looking forward to spending "some valuable time" with his family. He must now await an appeal hearing against his conviction for the killing of Wendy Sewell in Bakewell Derbyshire Downing 44 was 17 at the time but had the mental age of an 11-year-old.

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4th February 2001

MINISTERS TO LOSE SCOTS SENTENCING ROLE

Laws are being drawn up in Scotland to end politicians' right to decide if prisoners serving life should be freed. The Executive says it is meeting the needs of European human rights law. Under current procedures the final decision on whether to free inmates in Scotland is made by justice ministers. In future a judge will set a "punishment period" on sentencing after which time the parole board will decide on suitability for release.

5th February 2001

COURT VICTORY OVER DRUG DEALERS' ASSETS

The Crown Office in Scotland has won a significant legal victory over the seizure of drug dealers' assets. Last year the Criminal Court of Appeal found that the laws governing the 0 seizure of criminal assets infringed Human Rights legislation. But five Law Lords at the Privy Council ruled today that the current seizure proceedings challenged by lawyers acting for a Paisley dealer are legal. They said the steps were a reasonable response to the illegal drug trade.

5th February 2001

CANADA TO TALK HUMAN RIGHTS IN CHINA

Canadian Premier Jean Chretien says he will raise human rights issues during his 10-day trade mission to China. Mr Chretien who is expected in Beijing on Friday said he would like to see China improve its human rights record. He has faced a barrage of criticism by opposition parties & members of his own governing Liberal Party for putting trade before human rights concerns. Foreign minister John Manley also pledged to pursue Canada's policy of engagement with China on human rights.

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4th February 2001

SEVERE WEATHER CONDITIONS TO CONTINUE

Power supplies have been restored to thousands of homes which were left without electricity after heavy snowfalls last night. Severe weather is expected to continue causing problems with snow & strong winds forecast across Scotland. All Shetland's schools are shut as are about 70 in Aberdeenshire 29 in Angus and some in the Borders & Highlands. Drivers are advised to only make essential trips. There has also been disruption to flights in the north east

5th February 2001

COURT VICTORY OVER DRUG DEALERS' ASSETS

The Crown Office in Scotland has won a significant legal victory over the seizure of drug dealers' assets. Last year the Criminal Court of Appeal found that the laws governing the 0 seizure of criminal assets infringed Human Rights legislation. But five Law Lords at the Privy Council ruled today that the current seizure proceedings challenged by lawyers acting for a Paisley dealer are legal. They said the steps were a reasonable response to the illegal drug trade.

5th February 2001

ABBEY NATIONAL MERGER BID IS CLEARED

The UK Government has cleared the way for a merger between the Bank of Scotland & the Abbey National. It has decided not to refer the proposed deal between the lenders to the Competition Commision. The Abbey National is facing a rival bid from Lloyds TSB worth £19bn which is likely to be refered to the Monopolies Commission. The Government will decide whether to investigate the bid which would create the UK's largest mortgage lender.

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4th February 2001

UKRAINIAN SCHOOLS SHUT DOWN BY FLU

The authorities in Ukraine have closed schools & banned mass events in an attempt to control a flu epidemic. Ukrainian TV said influenza & acute respiratory diseases have affected 2.5 million people across the country. Almost 70% of them are children. Sufferers are being urged to stay at home to avoid passing the virus on. Authorities in the southern town of Nikolayev said the epidemic started there after the town's central heating system broke down in mid-January.

5th February 2001

COURT VICTORY OVER DRUG DEALERS' ASSETS

The Crown Office in Scotland has won a significant legal victory over the seizure of drug dealers' assets. Last year the Criminal Court of Appeal found that the laws governing the 0 seizure of criminal assets infringed Human Rights legislation. But five Law Lords at the Privy Council ruled today that the current seizure proceedings challenged by lawyers acting for a Paisley dealer are legal. They said the steps were a reasonable response to the illegal drug trade.

5th February 2001

MONDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS AT WESTMINSTER

Sixth-formers should be given cash incentives to encourage them to go into teaching to remedy a teacher shortage Tory peer Lord Naseby said. The Home Secretary "hasn't a clue" how to find thousands of asylum seekers refused entry into Britain shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe claimed. Home Office minister of state Barbara Roche rebutted the claim to stress that the Government had doubled removal figures since 1996.

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