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by Michael Balsamo The Associated Press Poste

first_img by Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press Posted Feb 1, 2018 12:43 pm PDT Last Updated Feb 1, 2018 at 7:51 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Natalie Wood’s drowning now considered a ‘suspicious death’ actress|drowning|natalie wood|suspicious death LOS ANGELES, Calif. – New witnesses emerged in the 1981 drowning of actress Natalie Wood, which has prompted investigators to deem it a “suspicious death” and to name her former husband, 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner, as a “person of interest” in the case, Los Angeles sheriff’s officials said Thursday.For nearly four decades, mystery and speculation have swirled around the death of the actress who had been nominated for three Academy Awards and appeared in “West Side Story” and “Rebel Without a Cause.”She was on a yacht with Wagner, actor Christopher Walken and the boat captain on Thanksgiving weekend of 1981. After a night of drinking, her body was found floating in the water off California’s Catalina Island. She was 43.Investigators initially ruled it an accident but reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role after the boat’s captain said he heard the couple arguing the night of her disappearance. The coroner’s office amended Wood’s death certificate the next year to include “drowning and other undetermined factors.”In a statement Thursday evening, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said that new witnesses interviewed since the case was reopened have given statements that “portray a new sequence of events on the boat that night.”The sheriff’s department said Wagner is considered a person of interest in the case.One of the witnesses described hearing yelling and crashing sounds coming from the couple’s stateroom, she said. Shortly after that, separate witnesses heard a man and woman arguing on the back of the boat and believe the voices were those of Wood and Wagner, Nishida said in the statement.The statements differed from the original version of events that were provided by witnesses, including those who were on the boat, officials said.“Do we have enough to make an arrest at this moment? No,” the statement said.Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina, who identified Wagner as a “person of interest,” told CBS News in an interview that aired Thursday that he doesn’t believe Wagner has told the whole story about what happened during the boat trip.Investigators have said Wagner has not been interviewed since the probe was reopened. They said in 2013 that they had tried at least 10 times to interview him but he refused. Wagner has denied any involvement in his wife’s death and no charges have been filed. His publicist, Alan Nierob, declined to comment Thursday.Conflicting versions of what happened on the yacht have contributed to the mystery of her death. Wood, Wagner and Walken had all been drinking heavily in the hours before the actress disappeared.Wagner wrote in a 2008 memoir that he and Walken argued that night. He wrote that Walken went to bed and he stayed up for a while, but when he went to bed, he noticed that his wife and a dinghy that had been attached to the yacht were missing.___Follow Michael Balsamo on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/MikeBalsamo1 . Natalie Wood was found floating in the water after a night of drinking on a yacht over Thanksgiving weekend in 1981Her death was initially ruled an accident but the case was reopened in 2011Her former husband, 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner, has been named a “person of interest” in the case FILE – A Dec. 1, 1981 file photo shows actress Natalie Wood. Investigators are now calling 87-year-old actor Robert Wagner a “person of interest” in the 1981 death of his wife Natalie Wood. Mystery has swirled around Wood’s death. It was declared an accident but police reopened the case in 2011 to see whether Wagner or anyone else played a role. (AP Photo/File) Summarylast_img read more

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Cyprus longest serving convict released

first_imgThe longest-serving convict in Cyprus, Panayiotis Kafkaris, 72, who killed a man and his two children, was released on Friday after the parole board approved his request following repeated appeals.Kafkaris has served 31 years after he was given three life sentences for the premeditated murder of businessman Panicos Michael, 45, and his two children aged 11 and 13, in Limassol in 1987.During his trial he said he had been paid CYP £10,000 (€17,000) to carry out the hit. Kafkaris had placed a bomb under Michael’s vehicle, which he detonated, killing all three.Kafkaris had been fighting his imprisonment in a variety of legal means including recourse to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the duration of his sentence. At the time of the murder, life imprisonment in Cyprus was 20 years.Kafkaris at the time of the murderHowever, in 1988, the Nicosia Criminal Court interpreted life imprisonment to mean until the end of a convict’s biological life.Consequently, when passing sentence in 1989, the Limassol Criminal Court, relied on the 1988 findings of its counterpart in Nicosia.He had requested to be released on parole for the first time in 2012 but his application was rejected. He appealed the decision and in February, 2015 the Supreme Court cancelled the parole board’s decision because it had not been examined properly and lacked justification. The parole board reviewed the request and rejected it anew.Kafkaris turned to the Supreme Court again, which cancelled the parole board’s decision for the second time for the same reasons.The convict sought another review on April 3, 2017, but received no reply.Later in the same year, the Supreme Court rejected another request Kafkaris had filed asking for permission to apply for a preferential order after asking the parole board to review his case within a specific timeframe or reasonable time.In July 2015, Kafkaris wrote a letter to the ombudsman and the ECHR asking to be put to death unless his request for parole is re-examined.The lifer said he had no confidence in the current parole board and would like his request for release to be examined by a reconstituted board.“If this is not possible, I request that I be euthanised,” he wrote.In January 2004, he filed an application to the Supreme Court challenging the legitimacy of his detention but that was also dismissed.He went on to appeal at the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in 2008 that Cyprus had violated Article 7 of the Convention on Human Rights with regard to the quality of the law applicable at the material time.Article 7 states that no one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a criminal offence under national or international law at the time when it was committed.“Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the criminal offence was committed.”In response, Cyprus pledged to set up a parole board but was censured by the ECHR in 2011 for failing to do so.The board was eventually set up in 2013.You May LikePOM Industries LLCPOM Pepper Spray – Next Generation of Performance, Quality and SafetyPOM Industries LLCUndoZeluPlus26 Things You Need To Know Before Buying A Carton of Eggs – ZeluPlusZeluPlusUndoTotal Restore SupplementUS Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesTotal Restore SupplementUndo Mayors lobbying president to prevent local govt mergersUndoRussian opposition leader Navalny hospitalised for allergic reactionUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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