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Train of the future Peter Foster rides the new Beijing-Shanghai high-speed link
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Wedding ‘wobbles’ in Monaco Did bride try to flee in the face of Prince Albert paternity row?
The great clear-up Meet the volunteers helping out in Japan’s tsunami towns
Google pokes Facebook Matt Warman reviews the search giant’s latest social media stategy
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There were two winners of Saturday’s £7.0m jackpot but no one won Wednesday’s £2.1m prize
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By Julian Ryall in Tokyo THE family of the British teacher Lindsay Hawker arrived in Tokyo on Sunday for the trial of the man accused of murdering her and abandoning her body in a sand-filled bathtub.
A friend said they were “very apprehensive” about coming face to face with Tatsuya Ichihashi in Tokyo’s Chiba District Court.
He faces charges of raping and suffocating 22-year-old Miss Hawker at his apartment in Ichikawa, east of Tokyo, in March, 2007. He is also accused of abandoning her body, which was found in the bathtub on his balcony.
Ichihashi was arrested in 2009 after a nationwide manhunt. While on the run, he had apparently cut his own face to change his appearance. If convicted on the main count, he could face the death penalty.
William and Julia Hawker, the victim’s parents, said they would watch the entire trial. “I’m here to get justice for my daughter,” Mr Hawker said. “It’s been a long time coming.”
The family friend added: “They will be there until the end of the trial, although they are obviously very apprehensive about facing the accused in court. It’s going to be very difficult for them to see this man.”
Ichihashi, 32, admitted taking Miss Hawker’s life in a book he wrote from prison, Until the Arrest.
It details his journeys by train and ferry the length and breadth of Japan, his repeated efforts to change his appearance by using knives and scissors on his face and his feelings of “contrition” for Miss Hawker’s death.
Terrified that he was going to be identified, Ichihashi claimed in the book that he lacked the courage to surrender to police or commit suicide to atone for his actions. Instead, he tried to
Lindsay Hawker, left, and Tatsuya Ichihashi, the man accused of her murder change his looks, removing two distinctive moles from his cheek with a craft knife, slicing off part of his lower lip with a pair of scissors to make it appear thinner and changing the shape of his nose by sewing it with a needle and thread.
Miss Hawker, who graduated from Leeds University, worked as an instructor at the Koiwa branch of the Nova language school, where Ichihashi was a student. He had apparently talked her into giving him an English lesson in a cafe close to Gyotoku station.
Ichihashi and Miss Hawker were then seen on a surveillance camera leaving the cafe before they took a taxi to his nearby apartment to get the money to pay her. Ichihashi initially evaded police and escaped barefoot when they arrived the next day searching for Miss Hawker.
A reward of 10million yen (£80,000) was offered for tips leading to his arrest and wanted posters were distributed nationwide. He was eventually caught in November 2009, at a ferry terminal in the western city of Osaka.
Miss Hawker’s relatives have not been informed of the punishment that prosecutors intend to request for Ichihashi and declined to comment on what they believe would be appropriate.
Ichihashi is set to contest the charges of murder and rape resulting in death, although he will admit abandoning the victim’s body.
By Jon Swaine in New York THE hotel maid who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn could face charges of perjury or be deported from the United States following claims that she lied under oath.
The 32-year-old Guineanborn maid is under intense scrutiny after New York prosecutors were forced to tell a court last Friday that they had found holes in her story that could damage her credibility as a witness.
Reports in New York tabloid newspapers alleged that she provided sex for hotel guests in return for money, and that Mr StraussKahn may have misunderstood the situation on May 14. Mr Strauss-Kahn, who at the weekend was enjoying freedom without bail, is charged with trying to rape her and forcing her to give him oral sex after she arrived to clean his suite at the Manhattan Sofitel. He denies all the charges.
The case against the former head of the IMF is hanging by a thread. Reports claim that soon after the incident, she was recorded telling a drug dealer in Arizona: “Don’t worry, this guy has a lot of money. I know what I’m doing.” French newspapers reported allegations on Sunday that the maid married the drug dealer, a Gambian national, last year.
The maid told detectives and prosecutors that after the alleged assault by Mr Strauss-Kahn, “she fled to an area of the main hallway” and “waited there until she observed the defendant leave suite 2806”. A letter filed to court by Cyrus Vance Jr, the Manhattan district attorney, said: “The complainant testified to this version of events when questioned in the grand jury about her actions.”
However, she “has since admitted that this account was false” and that she went on to clean another room, and returned to clean Mr Strauss-Kahn’s suite, before reporting the incident to her supervisor.
Under New York state law, testifying falsely in a way that is material to the case being considered is perjury in the first degree, a class D felony punishable with up to seven years in prison.
Kenneth Thompson, the maid’s lawyer, said she had continued cleaning because “she did not want to lose her job and she knew that her supervisor was going to be coming up the stairs imminently”. Mr Vance’s letter also stated that the maid had admitted in interviews that information she gave on her 2004 application for asylum in the US — including that she had been gang raped — “was false”. She “certified under penalty of perjury” that the application was true.
Arrivals to the US may also be deported if convicted of “fraudulently obtaining immigration benefits” through false statements.
Prof Kevin Johnson, the dean of the University of California’s law school and an immigration law expert, said: “The department of homeland security could try to reopen her asylum case on the basis that she appears to have lied in her application, and ultimately say that she should be removed from the country. This is an extraordinary case… I can imagine the department going after her.” Mr Thompson said the maid was “the victim of female genital mutilation”, and did not know this alone would be enough to claim asylum, so allowed a man to help her to exaggerate her application.
By Ian MacKinnon in Bangkok THAILAND’S opposition won a landslide election victory on Sunday, led by the sister of the exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, paving the way for the country’s first female leader.
Yingluck Shinawatra, 44, a political novice who has never stood for office, swept to victory as leader of the Pheu Thai (For Thais) party in what marks a stunning turnaround for her brother, who was removed from office in a coup and languishes in selfimposed exile.
Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Oxford-educated prime minister, conceded that his Democrat party had lost and was ready for opposition. “It is now clear from the election results that Pheu Thai has won the election,” said Mr Abhisit, 46. “I would like to congratulate Pheu Thai.”
Miss Yingluck told a tumultuous throng of supporters that Pheu Thai had secured power. After 98 per cent of the vote was counted,
her party had 264 of 500 seats and the Democrats 160. She said she had already made a deal with a smaller party to ensure a majority.
Miss Yingluck rejected suggestions that voters had supported her only because she was a member of the Shinawatra clan, saying the electorate had more than 40 days of hard campaigning to evaluate her political acumen.
Speaking outside her party headquarters in Bangkok, she told a cheering crowd of supporters: “I don’t want to say that Pheu Thai wins today. It’s a victory of the people. I would like to reiterate that we are ready to deliver on all of the policies that we have announced. There is a lot of hard work ahead. I’ll do my best and will not disappoint you.”
Within minutes of the first polls pointing to a Pheu Thai victory, Mr Thaksin phoned from Dubai, where he is avoiding a jail term for corruption while in office, to congratulate the sister he calls his “clone”.