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Refugee Bahraini footballer boards plane leaving Thailand for Australia: Reuters witness

FILE PHOTO: Jailed Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi leaves Thailand’s Criminal Court, in Bangkok, Thailand February 4, 2019. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha BANGKOK (Reuters) – A refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia boarded a plane in Thailand early on Tuesday that would fly directly to Melbourne, where he has lived since 2014 and plays for a local football club. Hakeem Al Araibi, 25, boarded a Thai Airways flight at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport shortly after midnight, according to a Reuters witness. He was seen talking happily as he walked past the…

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Manafort team attacks ‘secret life’ of star witness Rick Gates

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Manafort entering court in February (FILE) Ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort’s lawyer has told a court his deputy led a “secret life” and told so many lies he could not keep track of them all. Mr Manafort’s defence team was cross-examining his former right-hand man, Rick Gates, who is now star witness for the prosecution. Gates told the court on Monday that Mr Manafort ordered him to commit fraud. This is the first criminal trial to come from the Department of Justice-led inquiry into alleged…

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Manafort trial: Star witness details ex-Trump aide ‘crimes’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gates – pictured here in February – has already pleaded guilty to two criminal charges The ex-deputy of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has told a court he committed crimes with his former boss and stole from him. Rick Gates, the prosecution’s star witness in Manafort’s fraud trial, said his boss directed most of the crimes. Both were indicted last October for hiding millions of dollars they made lobbying for Ukrainian politicians. This is the first criminal trial to come from the Department…

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Paul Manafort jailed by judge for alleged witness tampering

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Manafort’s bail was revoked by a Washington DC judge on Friday Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has had his bail revoked by a Washington DC judge. Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian election interference, accused Mr Manafort of trying to tamper with potential witnesses before the trial. Mr Manafort was accused of contacting people related to his case in breach of his bail terms. The judge ordered him to be held in jail before his trial. The judge said Mr Manafort…

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Jose Hawilla, key witness in FIFA trial, dies aged 74

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Jose Hawilla, the Brazilian businessman whose plea-bargain testimony was crucial to prosecutors in the FIFA corruption scandal, has died in Sao Paulo, hospital officials said on Friday. He was 74. The owner of Traffic Group, Jose Hawilla attends a meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in this September 30, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Gazeta Press/Fernando Pilatos Hawilla began his career as radio reporter before making his fortune by selling space on pitchside hoardings. His sports marketing company Traffic grew to become one of the biggest in South America.…

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