Argentinian bishop sentenced to 4.5 years

Argentinian bishop sentenced to 4.5 years

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — An Argentinian court on Friday sentenced a Roman Catholic bishop to 4½ years in prison for sexually abusing two former seminarians in a major setback for Pope Francis, who had defended Gustavo Zanchetta after initial allegations.

The prosecutor’s office in the northern province of Salta posted the conviction and sentence on its Twitter account and said he had been arrested.

After the verdict, the bishop was expelled from the court in a car, although it is not clear where he was taken.

Local authorities began investigating after the allegations became public in early 2019, when the El Tribuno de Salta newspaper reported complaints about Zanchetta’s conduct as bishop in Oran, about 900 miles north. -west of Buenos Aires.

Prosecutor Maria Soledad Filtrin Cuezzo told the court on Thursday that investigators had established the veracity of the witnesses against the bishop, citing their internal logic, context and specific details.

The pope had ordered a trial against the church in the case, although the results are not known.

9/11 victims call on US to seize Iranian oil

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have asked the US government to seize Iranian crude oil suspected of being on a US tanker in Asia, according to court documents.

The New York filings come as US investigators continue to probe alleged involvement of the Suez Rajan, owned by Los Angeles-based private equity firm Oaktree Capital Management, in the sanctioned Iranian oil trade as negotiations continue over the collapse of Tehran’s nuclear deal with the world. powers.

Federal court filings, filed late Thursday in the United States, call on US authorities to seize the crude oil and sell it on behalf of the families to partially settle a more than $3 billion judgment against Iran following the attacks.

The filing suggests that up to 1 million barrels of oil could be on board the Suez Rajan, crude put there by the National Iranian Oil Co. and the National Iranian Tanker Corp., two entities now sanctioned by the Treasury Department American.

Fleetscape, in a statement on Friday evening, said the Suez Rajan was “operated and managed by Empire Navigation” and that Fleetscape “has no role in the operation of Empire’s fleet.” However, Fleetscape ultimately owns the tanker.

“We take any allegations of non-compliance very seriously and are cooperating fully with U.S. authorities,” the company said.

Empire Navigation, the US Treasury Department and Iran’s mission to the United Nations, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

Greece blocks 5 boats carrying migrants

ATHENS, Greece — The Greek Coast Guard said on Friday it stopped five boats carrying more than 120 people in total from illegally entering Greek waters in the eastern Aegean from Turkey.

A coastguard statement said patrol boats from the European Union’s border agency Frontex had assisted in the operation and none of the migrant boats had been allowed to reach Greek waters.

He said Turkish coastguard boats eventually arrived at the scene off the island of Kos and picked up the migrants.

Increased deterrence by the Greek Coast Guard and Frontex has drastically reduced the number of people reaching Greece. Nonetheless, Turkish officials and human rights groups have accused Greece of engaging in illegal returns of people who managed to enter its waters or territory. Athens denies the charges.

Rights groups also accuse Greece of violating the rights of migrants by not allowing them entry. Greece and Turkey have large refugee and migrant populations.

Also on Friday, Greek authorities said they arrested five men – four Syrians and one Algerian – near the northeast land border with Turkey who entered the country illegally and were carrying 10 handguns. The suspects were between the ages of 21 and 32, officials said.

Fire forces South Koreans to flee

SEOUL, South Korea — Thousands of South Koreans fled their homes on Friday as a massive wildfire ripped through an eastern coastal area and temporarily threatened a nuclear power plant before being blown away by winds.

As of Friday evening, around 1,000 firefighters were battling the blaze amid high winds and concentrating their efforts to prevent it from reaching a liquefied natural gas facility near the town of Samcheok.

The fire broke out Friday morning on a mountain in nearby Uljin County and destroyed at least 22 homes and nine other structures, according to officials from the National Fire Agency and Korea Forest Service.

Nearly 4,000 people fled their homes as the blaze spread, but all but 161 had returned by Friday night, said Lee Jae-hoon, a National Fire Agency official.

The fire reached the perimeter of a nuclear power plant by the sea, forcing the operator to reduce operations to 50%. There were no immediate reports of injuries or fatalities.

Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta, left, alongside his lawyer Enzo Gianotti after being found guilty and sentenced to 4 and a half years in prison for continued sexual abuse of two former seminarians in Oran, Argentina, Friday, March 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Javier Corbalan)
Photo People react in court after Argentine Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta was found guilty and sentenced to 4½ years in prison for continued sexual abuse of two former seminarians in Oran, Argentina, Friday, March 4, 2022. (AP Photo /Javier Corbalan)

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