The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service will be seeking a Supreme Court of Canada appeal in the case of Nicole Ryan, a Digby woman accused of attempting to hire a man to kill her husband. Ms. Ryan was arrested in March 2008, and was tried in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on a charge of counseling another person to commit murder. She was acquitted in March 2010, after presenting a defence of duress. The Crown appealed the decision to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. In a unanimous decision on March 29, 2011, the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada would be based on errors in law relating to the defence of duress and resulting confusion between the defences of duress and self-defence. “These are significant legal issues of public importance which the Crown wishes the Supreme Court of Canada to consider,” said Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions. The Public Prosecution Service will be filing its notice of application for appeal with the Supreme Court of Canada within the week.
Srinagar: After senior People’s Democratic Party leader and former Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar was questioned in a multi-crore works allotment scam, sources here said sleuths of the state crime branch could now question PDP chief and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. Crime Branch officials investigating the allotment scam had questioned Akhtar at his high security Gupkar Road residence two days back. The investigation pertained to allotment of construction works worth crores of rupees to favourites of the PDP leadership when Akhtar, as chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC), allegedly influenced officials of the corporation to allot works without following any tendering process, top sources said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The questioning of the former minister also concerned the appointment of a managing director of the corporation by the then minister,” they said. When asked whether the ambit of the questioning process in this case was being extended to include former Chief Minister Mufti, sources told IANS, “Yes, Ms Mufti could be the next to be questioned by investigators in this case”. Akhtar has said he had full faith in the fairness of the judiciary and as such he has nothing to fear.