UK High Court Throws out Russia-Linked Libel Suit
Breaches of royal security are rare, but just a month ago police arrested two men over a suspected break-in at the palace. CAPTION By Associated Press, LONDON A man with a knife is facing charges after he tried to dart through a gate at Buckingham Palace in London on Monday, police said. The palace said Queen Elizabeth II was not in residence. Breaches of royal security are rare, but just a month ago police arrested two men over a suspected break-in at the palace. The land of Juan Valdez prepares for arrival of Starbucks Marina Villeneuve Coffee chains in Colombia brace for the arrival of the Seattle giant, which plans to open 50 stores there. Jason Rezaian This year alone, car production has plunged 40 percent after the U.S. targeted the state-run industry. Metropolitan Police said David Belmar, 44, was charged with trespassing on a protected site and possession of an offensive weapon. He will appear in court on Tuesday. Belmar was apprehended as he tried to run through security at a palace gate that serves both pedestrians and vehicles. Police who stressed in a statement that the suspect was apprehended immediately searched him and found a knife. In September, an intruder was discovered prowling around the palace after scaling a fence, and an alleged accomplice was also arrested.
Retired policeman Pavel Karpov sued Hermitage Capital Management and its chief executive, William Browder, who has accused Karpov of being part of a network of corrupt officials complicit in the death of a Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky. Judge Peregrine Simon dismissed the suit, ruling that Karpov had only minor links to Britain and “there is a degree of artificiality about his seeking to protect his reputation in this country.” Browder called the judgment a victory against so-called libel tourism the practice of litigants taking cases to court in Britain, even when there is no strong link to the country, because the British legal system is perceived as friendly to their claims. “I think this is a precedent-setting case,” Browder said “If you are a dubious foreign chancer, this precedent makes it much less likely you will succeed in the libel courts.” The case is part of the labyrinthine saga surrounding the death of Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer hired by Hermitage Capital, who accused Russian police officials of stealing $230 million in tax rebates after illegally seizing Hermitage subsidiaries. Magnitsky was arrested in 2008 for tax evasion and died in prison the next year of pancreatitis at age 37, allegedly after being beaten and denied medical treatment. He had not been brought to trial. His death spurred efforts in Europe and the U.S. to punish Russian officials who may have been complicit in human rights abuses. The United States imposed sanctions on 18 Russians including Karpov, one of the Interior Ministry officers who put Magnitsky behind bars. Russia responded by banning Americans from adopting Russian children. Russian authorities have also pursued Browder and Magnitsky, who was convicted of tax evasion in July, three years after his death. Browder was convicted in absentia and sentenced to nine years in prison. Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
However, MyTablet only has 8 gigabytes of standard memory compared to 16 on the Hudl. It also has a lower resolution screen, an inferior battery life and is only available in two colours versus the Hudl’s four. Both devices will compete with Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which retails for 99 pounds, Google’s Nexus 7, which costs 199 pounds and Apple’s iPad mini, which sells for 269 pounds. “Millions of people have bought tablets during the last year but there is still around 75 percent of the UK population without one,” said Argos managing director John Walden. Market research company EMarketer estimates there are 19.7 million tablet users in the UK, up 39 percent year-on-year. Both Argos and Tesco sell a range of branded tablets. Sebastian James, CEO of Dixons Retail, Europe’s second biggest electricals retailer, said last month that although there is a market in Britain for cheap, basic tablets, consumers were often left disappointed by purchases. “We get a lot back because people use them and they say ‘no, what I wanted was an iPad’ and they are not,” he told Reuters. “There’s a reason why an iPad is more expensive, it’s just better.” @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page .