UK PM tried to silence parliament, SC told Sep 18, 2019 0 792 12345 AFPLondonPrime Minister Boris Johnson closed down parliament to silence opposition to his Brexit strategy in an unlawful abuse of power, Britain’s Supreme Court heard Tuesday as the battle over Brexit reached the highest court in the land.Judges began hearing three days of highly-charged arguments over whether it was lawful for Johnson to advise Queen Elizabeth II to prorogue, or suspend, parliament for more than a month, as the clock ticks down to Britain’s October 31 EU exit date.Campaigners challenging the suspension argue that Johnson’s motivation for shuttering the chamber from last week to October 14 was to avoid MPs trying to stymie his plans for Britain to leave the European Union with or without a divorce deal from Brussels at the end of next month.But Johnson’s lawyers insisted it was not a matter for the courts to get involved in -- and said that in any case, it was permissible to suspend parliament for overtly political reasons.Richard Keen, the government’s top Scottish legal adviser, told the Supreme Court of past cases where the executive had prorogued parliament to avoid scrutiny and force through its programme -- which Johnson has always insisted was not his reasoning.Keen said the prime minister would take all necessary steps to comply with whatever the court decided.But when he could not say in court that Johnson would not simply prorogue parliament again, one of the judges asked for a written response on what measures Johnson would take. The UK’s narrow 2016 referendum decision to leave the EU is coming to a head. The politically-charged court case, unprecedented in Britain, could lead to parliament being recalled and Johnson’s political hand being severely weakened in the run-up to October 31.A defeat in court for Johnson would leave him open to charges that he effectively lied to Queen Elizabeth and likely trigger calls for his resignation. In a sign of the unease still consuming the country, demonstrators wanting Britain to remain inside the EU traded barbs with pro-Leave rivals outside the central London court -- which sits directly opposite the shuttered parliament. RELATED ARTICLES India arrests ex-Kashmir chief minister Sep 18, 2019 0 252 Afghan president escapes attempt on life in Taliban attack, at least 48 dead Sep 18, 2019 0 252 India says expects to gain control over Pakistan Kashmir one day Sep 18, 2019 0 1429 Daughter of Pakistan’s ex-premier allowed to stay in politics Islamabad: Pakistan’s election commission on Tuesday allowed the daughter and political successor of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to hold a leading political role despite corruption allegations. “The .. Prosecutor can appeal ICC decision blocking Afghan investigation The Hague: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court was granted permission on Tuesday to appeal a ruling by judges that blocked an investigation into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan, a case that has put .. UN Security Council overcomes Chinese veto threat to renew Afghanistan mission Reuters UN The United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed on Tuesday to extend a UN political mission in Afghanistan after last-minute talks overcame a Chinese threat to veto if there was no reference to .. UN experts urge probe into Rohingya killings in Bangladesh AFP Dhaka UN human rights experts have raised new concerns about the treatment of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh following a deadly backlash over the killing of a ruling party official. The experts called for an .. 20 killed as truck plunges down ravine in Philippines AFP Manila Twenty people, including children, were killed Tuesday in the southern Philippines when the flatbed truck they were riding in plummeted into a ravine, police said. The vehicle was bringing a group of people .. Macron signals tougher line on immigration Paris: With an eye on re-election, France’s Emmanuel Macron has signalled a tougher line on immigration, arguing that the government must end its “lax” approach to prevent voters from drifting to the far right. Setting .. Trump’s ex-campaign chief defends him, blasts Democrats at impeachment hearing Reuters WASHINGTON Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and close confidant, on Tuesday stoutly defended his former boss and lashed out at Democrats during testimony to a US ..