Hong Kong judges to consider UK banker’s murder appeal

Police officers stand guard next to prison bus carrying British banker Rurik Jutting to the High Court in Hong Kong. (AP)
Updated 14 December 2017
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Hong Kong judges to consider UK banker’s murder appeal

HONG KONG: Hong Kong judges will consider a British banker’s appeal of his conviction in the grisly murders of two Indonesian women.
The three Court of Appeal judges on Wednesday wrapped up an appeal hearing for Rurik Jutting, who is serving a life sentence for the 2014 killings in the Chinese financial center.
The judges are to issue their decision at a later, unspecified date, after listening to a day and a half of submissions from defense and prosecution lawyers.
Jutting’s legal team argued that the trial judge gave incorrect instructions to the jury on deciding the verdict.
Cambridge University-educated Jutting, 32, was convicted last year by a nine-person jury of the brutal killings of Seneng Mujiasih, 26, and Sumarti Ningsih, 23.
Jutting spent days torturing one of the victims while snorting cocaine and then stuffed her body into a suitcase left on his balcony.
Jutting did not deny the killings but argued he was guilty of manslaughter, not murder, because he was acting under diminished responsibility resulting from several psychiatric disorders.
His appeal lawyers said the trial judge misled the jury in instructing them on how to assess if Jutting had an “abnormality of the mind” that substantially impaired his mental responsibility. Under Hong Kong law, that can be used to justify a manslaughter conviction in a killing.


Scientific study finds asylum seekers boosting European economies

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Scientific study finds asylum seekers boosting European economies

  • Asylum seekers contributed most to a country’s gross domestic product after three to seven years, the research found
  • The findings come amid a rise of anti-immigrant sentiment across Europe, where immigration peaked in 2015 with the arrival of more than a million refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa

NEW YORK: Asylum seekers moving to Europe have raised their adopted nations’ economic output, lowered unemployment and not placed a burden on public finances, scientists said on Wednesday.
An analysis of economic and migration data for the last three decades found asylum seekers added to gross domestic products and boosted net tax revenues by as much as 1 percent, said a study published in Science Advances by French economists.
The findings come amid a rise of anti-immigrant sentiment across Europe, where immigration peaked in 2015 with the arrival of more than a million refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa.
An annual report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees released on Tuesday showed the global number of refugees grew by a record 2.9 million in 2017 to 25.4 million.
The research from 1985 to 2015 looked at asylum seekers — migrants who demonstrate a fear of persecution in their homeland in order to be resettled in a new country.
“The cliché that international migration is associated with economic ‘burden’ can be dispelled,” wrote the scientists from the French National Center for Scientific Research, the University of Clermont-Auvergne and Paris-Nanterre University.
The research analyzed data from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Asylum seekers contributed most to a country’s gross domestic product after three to seven years, the research found. They marginally lowered unemployment rates and had a near-zero impact of public finances, it said.
Greece, where the bulk of migrants fleeing civil war in Syria have entered Europe, was not included because fiscal data before 1990 was unavailable, it said.
Chad Sparber, an associate professor of economics at the US-based Colgate University, said the study was a reminder there is no convincing economic case against humanitarian migration.
But he warned against dismissing the views of residents who might personally feel a negative consequence of immigration.
“There are people who do lose or suffer,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
“Immigration on balance is good,” he said. “But I still recognize that it’s not true for every person.”