Cana­dian judge faces in­quiry over han­dling of sex as­sault trial

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A Cana­dian judge is fac­ing a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing over con­tro­ver­sial com­ments he made while pre­sid­ing over a sex­ual as­sault case in 2014. Jus­tice Robin Camp, a provin­cial judge in Calgary, asked an al­leged sex­ual as­sault vic­tim why she could not “just keep her knees to­gether”. Mr Camp ac­quit­ted the ac­cused man, but the verdict was over­turned on ap­peal. The Cana­dian Ju­di­cial Coun­cil will de­cide whether Mr Camp should be re­moved over his re­marks.

Dis­ci­plinary hear­ings for judges are not com­mon in Canada, where there have only been 11 such in­quiries since the na­tional coun­cil of se­nior judges was cre­ated in 1971. Mr Camp sparked out­rage dur­ing the 2014 case, when he asked a 19-year-old

Myan­mar’s newly in­stalled civil­ian leader Aung San Suu Kyi will visit the United States next week, US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said on Tues­day.

Plans for a visit had pre­vi­ously been an­nounced in July but no date had been given by ei­ther side. Dur­ing a speech in Laos, Obama re­vealed Suu Kyi’s trip to Wash­ing­ton was im­mi­nent. “I look for­ward to wel­com­ing State Coun­sel­lor Aung San Suu Kyi to the White House next week as we stand with the peo­ple of Myan­mar in their jour­ney to­wards plu­ral­ism and peace,” he said.

The in­vi­ta­tion re­in­forces Suu Kyi’s pri­macy on the in­ter­na­tional stage as the real head of a gov­ern­ment she is tech­ni­cally barred from lead­ing.

De­spite win­ning a land­slide in last Novem­ber’s elec­tions, which ended

Lead­ing Hong Kong prodemoc­racy ac­tivist Nathan Law has said he will not use his newly-won seat on the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil (LegCo) to push for in­de­pen­dence from China. “I’m not ad­vo­cat­ing in­de­pen­dence, I’m ad­vo­cat­ing Hong Kong peo­ple should en­joy [their] rights of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion,” he told the BBC. China has warned that any­one ad­vo­cat­ing in­de­pen­dence could be pun­ished. The stern mes­sage came after sev­eral young ac­tivists won seats on LegCo. The Chi­nese gov­ern­ment un­der­lined its “res­o­lute op­po­si­tion” to any in­de­pen­dence ac­tiv­i­ties on the coun­cil or out­side it, state me­dia re­ported.

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