An arrest warrant could be issued for troubled actress Lindsay Lohan after failing to complete her community service hours.
In February, Lindsay Lohan, 28, was ordered by a judge to complete 125 hours of community service by the end of the month.
So far, according to TMZ, Lindsay Lohan has completed fewer than 20 hours.
These hours, which stem from her 2012 reckless driving case, have been an issue for the actress for quite some time.
Earlier this year, Lindsay Lohan tried to say that she had completed her service, but a judge scoffed at her, as she passed off fan meet-and-greets in London as community service. The judge threw out 125 of the claimed hours and ordered her to do actual community service.
A status hearing is set for May 7, wherein the prosecutor is most likely to ask the judge to issue a warrant for Lindsay Lohan’s arrest, according to TMZ.
According to new reports, three days before Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Atlanta home, a judge had issued a bench warrant for her arrest after she failed to appear in court for a traffic violation hearing.
Signed by Alpharetta Municipal Court Judge Lee Whiteside, the warrant states that for failure to appear on January 14 any bond paid had been forfeited and Whitney Houston’s daughter would also be responsible for any further costs to the court, the Daily Mail reported.
The issue stemmed from Bobbi Kristina Brown being pulled over September 9, 2014, for allegedly driving without a valid tag on her Lexus IS250. The maximum penalty she could have faced was having her vehicle impounded and being ordered to pay a fine of up to $2,500.
Meanwhile, the warrant has since been dismissed, the Alpharetta Polic Department announced on February 6.
“In light of recent events involving Ms Bobbi Kristina Brown, we are not focused on the warrant issue. In fact, we requested the court to recall the warrant and dismiss it -which they did,” Police spokesman George Gordon said in a statement, according to the Daily Mail.
“The important issue is we hope her friends and family find a measure of comfort during this difficult period.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, remains on life support at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Prosecutor Alberto Nisman had planned an arrest warrant for Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, according to the woman investigating the prosecutor’s mysterious death.
Lead investigator Viviana Fein said the draft warrant was found in a rubbish bin in Alberto Nisman’s apartment complex.
Alberto Nisman was found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment last month, with a single bullet wound to the head.
Investigators have yet to establish if he killed himself, or was murdered.
Alberto Nisman had been investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires which killed 85 people.
He died hours before he was due to testify in Congress against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, whom he had accused of covering up alleged Iranian involvement in the 1994 attack.
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has denied the allegation. Iran has also denied involvement in the attack.
Viviana Fein told a local radio station on February 3 that the draft warrant was “in the file”.
However, the document had not been included in a 300-page report submitted by Alberto Nisman to a federal court, days before his death.
The government dismissed as “garbage” a local newspaper report earlier this week that referred to the existence of the draft warrant.
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner had also originally described Alberto Nisman’s death as suicide. However, in a televised speech last week, the president suggested that rogue elements in Argentina’s intelligence service had fed Alberto Nisman false information and manipulated him.
The president announced plans to dismantle the Intelligence Secretariat (SI) and called for a special session of Congress to discuss a draft bill to that effect.
An arrest warrant has been issued in Ukraine for ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, the interim interior minister has announced.
Arsen Avakov announced on Facebook that a criminal case had been opened against Viktor Yanukovych and other officials over “mass murder of peaceful citizens”.
Ukraine’s parliament voted to remove Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday after months of protest sparked by his rejection of an EU deal.
A crackdown on the protests last week left dozens dead.
“An official case for the mass murder of peaceful citizens has been opened,” said Arsen Avakov.
“Yanukovych and other people responsible for this have been declared wanted.”
A criminal case has been opened against Viktor Yanukovych and other officials over mass murder of peaceful citizens
The statement said Viktor Yanukovych was last seen in Balaklava on the Crimean peninsula on Sunday, but that he had left by car for an unknown destination, accompanied by an aide.
Before leaving Balaklava Viktor Yanukovych gave his state-appointed security detail the choice to leave him, with many choosing to do so, the statement said.
It did not say which other figures were covered by the warrant.
Arsen Avakov – a key opposition figure – was appointed interim interior minister on Saturday, in a day of fast-paced events in parliament.
He replaced Vitaly Zakharchenko, who was sacked the day before after being blamed for the deaths of civilians in the crackdown on protesters.
The protests first began in late November when Viktor Yanukovych rejected a landmark association and trade deal with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia.
Ukraine’s health ministry says 88 people, mostly anti-Yanukovych protesters but also police, are now known to have been killed in last week’s clashes.
Viktor Yanukovych insisted on Saturday that he was still Ukraine’s legitimate leader. But he had become increasingly isolated and parliament voted to impeach him and hold presidential elections in May.
Lindsay Lohan was just arriving in California to enter the rehab when she changed her mind about checking in to a treatment facility at the last possible moment.
Lindsay Lohan, 26, was scheduled to enter rehab on Thursday morning to begin her 90 days of court-ordered treatment.
The actress is reported to have never checked into Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, and is said to have wanted to return to New York, but never caught a flight out.
Law enforcement sources now tell TMZ that prosecutors will seek an arrest warrant for Lindsay Lohan if she’s not back in rehab by sunrise.
Lindsay Lohan’s whereabouts are not currently known.
A source toldRadar that Lindsay Lohan has apparently been saying for the past six hours that she is ”going to return to the rehab facility but she hasn’t yet”.
“She felt Morningside was not suitable for her,” another source told Us Weeklyabout Lindsay Lohan’s decision to leave.
“There were too many paparazzi everywhere and she didn’t feel safe. Nobody close to her is happy about this. They think she’s really not being smart.”
The star allegedly got “spooked” by the paparazzi and insisted on being taken back to the airport.
“She was saying, <<I’m not going to rehab. I’m not going to rehab. Take me back to the airport>>,” a source told The New York Daily News.
Lindsay Lohan’s decision to leave rehab came while her lawyer Mark Heller was in court telling a judge that she had entered the facility at 8.45 a.m.
Lindsay Lohan’s SUV arrived at the California facility but the vehicle left with the actress still inside, according to TMZ.
The website alleges that Lindsay Lohan was spotted at a Fry’s Electronics store in Fountain Valley at 9 a.m., while at the same time her lawyer was in court asserting she had already checked into rehab.
Lindsay Lohan is reported to have never checked into Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, and is said to have wanted to return to New York, but never caught a flight out
RadarOnline, however, reports that Lindsay Lohan did in fact walk through the doors of the facility, but left a few minutes after.
“She told people there that she didn’t need rehab,” a source told Radar.
“And then she left. Everyone was stunned.”
Lindsay Lohan’s father Michael also confirmed to Radar that his daughter never checked in.
“I have no other choice than to get this out there to help Lindsay,” he said.
Michael Lohan appears to have put Lindsay off spending her court ordered 90 days at Seaford.
“I told her it’s like a motel, and you share a room and have a plastic shower curtain. You can’t smoke, you can’t leave the property. She said, <<What?!>>” he told The New York Daily News.
Lindsay Lohan’s failure to check in to the facility is likely a violation of her recent plea deal. According to the newspaper, she was on her way to the airport to board a flight for New York.
“If there’s credible confirmation she’s heading back to New York, then I’m going to have to go in and ask the court to issue a warrant,” Santa Monica City Attorney Terry White told the paper.
“If that’s the case I have been told that she will be arrested in New York and her bail will be set at $100,000,” Michael Lohan told Radar.
Michael Lohan told the Daily News he spoke to Lindsay before the flight, pleading with her not to get on it.
“She said, <<Daddy, how can they arrest me?>> I got her just before she left,” her father said.
Adding to the confusion, Lindsay Lohan wasn’t even meant to be at Morningside.
Instead she was due to spend her stint at the New York based Seafield Centre after pleading no contest to charges of lying to police about driving during a car crash last June.
Lindsay Lohan switched facilities after apparently deciding she didn’t want to attend Seafield because it banned smoking.
At the exact time the troubled actress was said to be wandering around the electronics store, her lawyer Mark Heller was in court pleading to get the okay from the judge that Morningside would suffice.
Going to a different centre unapproved by the court technically broke her plea agreement, meaning her attorney was required to appear before a judge.
Mark Heller was attempting to convince Judge James R. Dabney to approve of the switch.
He argued that as Lindsay Lohan has already entered and is “ensconced” in the program, it could effect her recovery should she have to move facilities.
“She’s going to be meeting with a psychiatrist later today,” Mark Heller explained yesterday, reinforcing that the star is “commencing immediate treatment”.
The news comes amid claims that the Morningside centre in fact does not even have a license to offer residential treatment as it was revoked in May 2012.
According to TMZ, Morningside had their license suspended after they were found to be careless with prescription drugs and went beyond the constraints of the license.
The Deputy Director of Licensing and Certificates at the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs told the website: “Morningside cannot give any treatment, as the rehab centre is allegedly only allowed to provide a sober living facility.”
But Morningside Recovery released a statement on Thursday claiming the facility does in fact have a license to provide drug and alcohol treatment.
The facility’s CEO Mary Helen Beatificato said the 2011 revocation of Morningside’s license only hinders the centre’s ability to provide detox services to residents.
The judge however didn’t seem to have too many qualms about the switch to that particular facility, despite the fact that it was not on a list of six centres approved by the court.
“It does appear to comply,” Judge James R. Dabney said, adding that the prosecution had eight days to decide whether or not they will agree with the centre being approved.
“I don’t have any problems with Miss Lohan remaining in this program until the issue is resolved,” he said.
“If we decide the program does not meet the requirements of the plea agreement then she will have to move to a different program.”
The judge explained: “The issue is going to be whether or not we need to set a hearing because the people are complaining [the centre] does not fit the parameters.”
Mark Heller and Terry White of the prosecution will reconvene in front of the judge on May 10, at which point it will be determined whether or not they will set a date for a restitution hearing.
Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer said he has faith that Morningside will be approved, even though White claimed he had three separate news articles which showed the facility in a bad light.
“If [White] says he’s satisfied then I don’t think we have to come back,” Mark Heller said.
He added: “I’m 100% sure he will be satisfied.”
The attorney then claimed that he will “make sure [Lindsay Lohan] stays in therapy”, and had called in the COO of Morningside in the hope that she could win over Terry White.
The judge later stated that Lindsay Lohan will not have to appear in court as the case continues “as long as she is in compliance”.
In addition, none of Lindsay Lohan’s progress reports are to be released to the public aside from “proof of completion” at the end of her stay.
A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf over moves to impose house arrest on judges in March 2007.
Pervez Musharraf was present at the Islamabad High Court when the judges issued the order. He had been seeking to extend bail in the case.
Police present at the court did not arrest the former general when the order was made.
Pervez Musharraf immediately left the court and drove away escorted by his security detail.
Despite an unwritten judicial convention discouraging police arrests on court premises, suspects are normally handcuffed in court.
Pervez Musharraf can file an appeal against this court order in Pakistan’s Supreme Court.
A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf over moves to impose house arrest on judges in March 2007
The former leader returned from years of self-imposed exile last month hoping to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party into the general election next month.
But earlier this week his candidacy was rejected in Chitral, one of four seats he had applied to contest. He had already failed in an attempt to stand in three other seats. His legal team plan to appeal against that decision.
Pervez Musharraf is embroiled in a series of legal battles and has been attempting to stave off arrest ever since he returned, as well as an attempt to try him for treason. The Pakistani Taliban have also vowed to assassinate the former president, who seized power in a 1999 coup.
He is facing a number of charges related to his time in office with court proceedings over the killing of Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and a tribal leader from Balochistan.
He has described all the cases against him as “baseless” and politically motivated.
This is the first arrest warrant issued for the former ruler since his return to Pakistan.
Pervez Musharraf has already been barred by a court from leaving the country.
Many analysts believe that the authorities would not welcome his arrest at such a politically sensitive time.
Pakistan’s powerful military, of which he was the head until 2007, has not intervened to prevent his political fall.
But while his future appears increasingly bleak, few believe the military would allow a former chief to be thrown in jail or assassinated by militants.
Unconfirmed reports suggest Pervez Musharraf could still be arrested and detained at his property close to Islamabad, where he went after leaving court.
An arrest warrant has been issued in Egypt for popular political satirist Bassem Youssef for allegedly insulting Islam and President Mohamed Morsi.
Bassem Youssef has faced several complaints over his show Al Bernameg (The Programme).
The satirist has poked fun at a wide range of figures, from fellow television presenters to well-known Muslim scholars and recently Mohamed Morsi himself.
The case has highlighted worries about press freedoms in Egypt.
An arrest warrant has been issued in Egypt for popular political satirist Bassem Youssef for allegedly insulting Islam and President Mohamed Morsi
The move is also seen as the latest in a string of prosecution actions against opponents of the president and his party, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Earlier this week, Egypt’s top prosecutor ordered the arrest of five political activists, among them a leading blogger, on suspicion of inciting aggression against the Brotherhood.
The prosecutor, Talat Ibrahim, was appointed late last year by the president, after he had sacked his predecessor, Abdel Maguid Mahmoud.
However, a court this week ordered Maguid Mahmoud’s reinstatement, a decision that Talat Ibrahim said on Saturday he would fight.
Many journalists have criticized the Islamist-backed constitution which came into force earlier this year, arguing it does not offer enough guarantees for a free media.
The constitution also sparked protests from opponents who say it favors Islamists and does not sufficiently protect the rights of women or Christians.
Bassem Youssef is a doctor who shot to fame after winning a large number of followers with his witty lampooning of public figures in amateur videos posted on the internet following the uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s rule in February 2011.
He became a household name when his satirical show – likened to Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show in the US – began to be broadcast three times a week on one of Egypt’s independent satellite stations.
But sketches in which Bassem Youssef portrayed Mohamed Morsi as a pharaoh, calling him “Super Morsi” for holding on to executive and legislative powers, and, separately, putting the president’s image on a pillow and parodying his speeches angered one Islamist lawyer, whose formal complaint resulted in the investigation.
As well as insulting President Mohamed Morsi and Islam, Bassem Youssef is also accused of “spreading false news with the aim of disrupting public order”.
In a statement posted on Bassem Youssef’s Twitter account on Saturday he confirmed the warrant, adding: “I will go to the public prosecutor’s office on Sunday – unless they send me a police car and save me [the bother of] getting there on public transport.”
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of South African politician Julius Malema, his lawyer says.
South Africa’s elite Hawks unit has been investigating corruption claims against Julius Malema for months, but the details of the charges are not known.
The authorities have refused to comment on reports about the arrest warrant, but lawyer Nicqui Galaktiou says they have confirmed its existence to her.
Julius Malema, 31, once a close ally of President Jacob Zuma, is now a fierce critic.
He strongly denies allegations he profited from government contracts in his home province of Limpopo.
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of South African politician Julius Malema
According to the weekly City Press newspaper, he will be charged with fraud, corruption and money-laundering.
Nicqui Galaktiou told Reuters news agency Julius Malema would appear in court next week and would not be jailed or arrested before then.
“We don’t have a confirmed date yet. We have not seen the warrant of arrest. We don’t know what the charges are,” she said.
Julius Malema on Friday afternoon said he was not aware of the reported charges and was trying to find out if the warrant had been issued.
He has become well known in South Africa for his opulent lifestyle, wearing expensive watches and living in an upmarket district of Johannesburg.
When asked where the money comes from, he says his friends gave it to him.
Asked whether he has ever been involved in any corruption, Julius Malema said: “I’ve never been involved in any corrupt activity but I wouldn’t argue with the Hawks, if they say they’ve got a case for me to answer. I will wait for them the day they come to speak to me,” he responded with confidence during a packed media conference.
Julius Malema, known for his fiery rhetoric, was expelled as head of the Youth League of the governing African National Congress (ANC) in April but has recently held several rallies in the Rustenburg area, scene of a violent mining dispute.
He has been calling for a national strike and has accused Jacob Zuma of ignoring the plight of poor black South Africans.
On Monday, Julius Malema was banned by police from addressing striking workers from the Marikana mine. The miners agreed to a pay offer the next day and have returned to work.
“Not even the president can stop me. Not even death can stop me. My ideas are out there. Even if I am no more, people will continue those ideas,” Reuters quotes him as saying at a news conference on Tuesday.
Julius Malema’s supporters will see the reported charges as a political witch-hunt, our correspondent says.
But he points out that the investigation began long before the recent strikes.
The ANC is due to meet in December to decide whether Jacob Zuma will remain as party leader going into elections due in 2014.
Julius Malema and others are campaigning for him to be replaced.
Who is Julius Malema?
• Born 3 March 1981 in Limpopo province
• Mother was domestic worker and single parent
• Joined African National Congress (ANC) aged nine
• Elected leader of its youth wing in April 2008
• Convicted of hate speech in March 2010 and September 2011
• Expelled from ANC in April 2012 for sowing divisions in party
• Toured mines following the shooting of 34 miners in Marikana by police in August 2012, urging workers to make the sector “ungovernable”