French ex-spies on trial for ‘sharing secrets’ with China Jul 07, 2020 0 625 12345 AFPParisThe trial of two former French spies suspected of sharing secrets with China opened in a Paris criminal court on Monday, behind closed doors for reasons of national security.Identified only as Pierre-Marie H, 69, and Henri M, 73, both were counter-intelligence agents with France’s DGSE foreign intelligence service in the 1990s.While the charge sheet reads like a spy thriller, the two white-haired men resembled ordinary retirees as they appeared before a panel of judges to answer to the charges, with Henri M shuffling towards the dock, and Pierre-Marie H appearing to have trouble hearing the proceedings.They risk 15 years in prison on charges of “delivering information to a foreign power”, “harming the fundamental interests of the nation,” and sharing “intelligence with a foreign power.” It was the prosecution team that requested a private hearing, with only the accused, judges, defence lawyers and agents from the interior and defence ministries present. They argued it was necessary to “prevent the disclosure of information relating to national defence”.Journalists were ordered to leave the courtroom after the judges agreed to hear the matter in secret.The case concerned “penetration by a foreign power of French intelligence”, said the office of the advocate general, which advises judges on matters of procedure.A verdict is expected on July 10. RELATED ARTICLES France’s Louvre reopens to applause after 16-week virus shutdown Jul 07, 2020 0 635 Trump calls on black NASCAR driver to apologise over noose protest Jul 07, 2020 0 961 Britain unveils sanctions against Russians, Saudis Jul 07, 2020 0 1406 Spain court clears extradition of former Mexico oil chief MADRID: A Spanish court said on Monday it was allowing the extradition of a former chief executive of Mexican state oil company PEMEX accused of corruption to his home country. Emilio Lozoya, PEMEX chief from 2012 to 2018, .. Mexican president rejects comparison of virus death toll with France, Spain MEXICO CITY: Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador refused on Sunday to compare coronavirus death tolls with European states after the Latin American nation became the fifth hardest-hit country by the .. Abinader claims victory in Dominican Republic presidential race SANTO DOMINGO: Opposition candidate Luis Abinader has claimed victory in the Dominican Republic’s presidential race after voters on Sunday braved a worsening coronavirus outbreak to cast their ballots for a new .. Regeneron COVID-19 treatment enters final stage trials WASHINGTON: The pharmaceutical firm Regeneron on Monday announced it was entering the late stages of its human clinical trials investigating a drug to both treat and prevent COVID-19. The drug, called REGN-COV2, is a .. COVID-19 imperils AIDS progress, UN warns AFP Paris COVID-19 could cause an additional half a million AIDS deaths if treatment is disrupted long term, the United Nations said on Monday in a warning that the pandemic was jeopardising years of progress against HIV. .. Global experts warn of COVID-19 airborne threat AFP Washington An international group of 239 scientists on Monday urged authorities including the World Health Organization to recognise that the coronavirus can spread in the air at distances well beyond two meters .. Trump’s niece to release memoir on July 14 NEW YORK: Donald Trump’s niece will release her unflattering book on the US president on July 14, her publisher announced on Monday, after a judge lifted a temporary ban on publication. Simon & Schuster has brought .. Supreme Court rules US states can punish ‘faithless electors’ AFP Washington The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that US states have the right to remove and punish members of the Electoral College for not backing the presidential candidate whom they pledged to support. The unanimous ..