Australia Murder-accused cop's trial to be delayed
Verdict day in Jordan 'coup plot' trial
A Jordanian court is to rule Monday in the trial of two ex-officials accused of plotting a palace coup that sparked a crisis in a kingdom seen as an oasis of stability. Former royal court chief Bassem Awadallah and an ex-envoy to Saudi Arabia, Sharif Hassan bin Zaid, have been charged with conspiring with Prince Hamzah to have him replace his half-brother, King Abdullah II. The prince himself was not on trial. But the 13-page charge sheet said Hamzah, 41, "was determined to fulfil his personal ambition to rule, in violation of the Hashemite constitution and customs".
A Northern Territory policeman's long-awaited trial for allegedly murdering an Indigenous man during an outback arrest is set to be rescheduled due to COVID-19.
Constable Zachary Rolfe, 29, is accused of murdering Kumanjayi Walker, 19, who was shot three times during an arrest in the remote community of Yuendumu in November 2019.
He's supposed to stand trial in the NT Supreme Court on Monday but much of the Crown's interstate prosecution team cannot get into the territory without quarantining for a fortnight.
They're in NSW where 110 new local Delta variant cases were recorded on Wednesday and a lockdown in Greater Sydney continues.
Acting Justice Dean Mildren is expected to make an order on Thursday adjourning the trial to a future date when the outbreak is contained.
"This is because prosecuting counsel has been affected by COVID-19 travel restrictions and are presently unable to make their way to Darwin," a court spokesman said.
The trial was expected to run for four weeks in Darwin.
Chicago's top cop blames crime wave on courts for releasing violent offenders: reports .
Chicago's top cop took aim at the court system Monday for releasing violent offenders amid a wave of gun violence in the city, according to reports. Police Superintendent David Brown addressed the issue during a press conference, where he was asked about last weekend's violence, which left at least 12 dead and 70 people shot across Chicago. "What we can do different is challenge the courts to render Chicago safe," Brown said, according to Chicago's WBBM-TV. "Holding offenders in jail longer not releasing murderers back into our community. That’s what we can do different.