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Mumbai triple blasts: Three sentenced to life
Mumbai : A Mumbai Special Court on Wednesday awarded life sentence to three of the accused for the 2002-03 triple bombings here. The three include the prime accused Muzammil Ansari.
 
Four others were given 10 years jail term, including Saquib Nachan, the general secretary of the outlawed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
 
Three other convicts were given two years jail term by Special POTA Judge P. R. Deshmukh.
 
All the 10 were found guilty and and convicted by the court on March 29, after which there were arguments between special public prosecutor Rohini Salian and defence lawyers on the quantum of sentencing, which concluded on Tuesday.
 
Linked by a common conspiracy, the blasts occurred near McDonald's eatery in Mumbai Central Terminus on December 6, 2002, another in a Vile Parle market on January 27, 2003 and the third in a crowded ladies first class compartment of a suburban train near Mulund on March 13, 2003, killing a total of 12 and injuring over 139 others.
 
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Panama says it won't be 'scapegoat' for papers scandal
Panama city : The Panamanian government said that it would not accept the country being used as a "scapegoat" for the apparent financial misdeeds detailed in the Panama Papers.
 
"We are not going to allow Panama to be used as a scapegoat by third parties. Each country (implicated) is responsible," presidential chief of staff Alvaro Aleman said on Tuesday.
 
Panama "rejects and regrets" that anyone should want to "trample" its good name, "conveniently forgetting the participation in offshore operations of institutions and individuals of other nations", Efe news agency quoted Aleman as saying.
 
Aleman demanded that media take the time to "understand the situation in depth and avoid repeating commonplaces and old prejudices about our country.
 
Panama has changed and we are promoting dramatic reforms that can in no way be ignored," Aleman said.
 
The minister also criticised that the name of Panama Papers has been used for the roughly 11.5 million confidential documents from the law firm Mossack Fonseca, which specialises in wealth management.
 
Panama, Aleman said, is not the only country involved but that "21 different jurisdictions have been mentioned" as offshore tax havens where companies have been created.
 
As a result of the leak, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin announced on Tuesday that Panama would again be included on its blacklist of tax havens, from which it was eliminated in late 2011.
 
Aleman recalled that "in Panama, there is a law that sets out retaliation measures against countries that include Panama in 'gray lists'."
 
Deputy Foreign Minister Luis Miguel Hincapie regretted the "irresponsible statement" by the head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Angel Gurria, who urged on Monday that Panama "immediately" apply the international standards of fiscal transparency, criticising the central American country for having long resisted appeals to take that step.
 
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Judge rejects Porsche's responsibility in Paul Walker's death
Los Angeles : A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that automaker Porsche was not responsible for the November 2013 car crash that left actor Paul Walker and a friend killed, the media reported.
 
A district judge thus resolved the lawsuit filed in May 2014 against Porsche by the widow of Walker's friend, who was driving the car in which the two men died while street racing, Efe news agency reported.
 
Kristine Rodas, the widow of Roger Rodas, said there had been manufacturing and safety defects in the Porsche Carrera GT, but that argument was rejected by the judge as the cause of the crash that led to the men's deaths.
 
The plaintiff argued that the passenger compartment was not sufficiently strong and that the vehicle was not designed to protect its occupants from a side impact, and there were also defects in the gas tank and the vehicle's suspension.
 
The judge rejected all those claims saying that there was no evidence to support them.
 
In her complaint, the plaintiff said that the vehicle in which her husband and the film star were riding was travelling at 88 km (55 miles) per hour at the time of the crash, while the police report on the accident said that it was travelling between 128 kph and 150 kph (79 mph to 93 mph).
 
The Carrera GT, authorities said, was travelling at more than twice the legal speed limit and burst into flames after hitting a public light pole and a tree.
 
Walker, who achieved fame for his key role in the "Fast & Furious" action racing films, died on June 30, 2013, at age 40 from "trauma and burns," according to the autopsy report published by the Los Angeles Coroner's Office.
 
The actor's daughter, Meadow Walker, also filed a lawsuit against Porsche in September 2015 contending that design defects caused the crash. That suit is still pending.
 
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