World Briefs: Pistorius to face psychiatric tests

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PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius will undergo psychiatric evaluation after the judge ruled at his murder trial Wednesday that his state of mind when he killed his girlfriend should be assessed by experts, possibly delaying court proceedings for two months.

The ruling was prompted by testimony from a psychiatrist on behalf of the defense that the double-amputee Olympic athlete has generalized anxiety disorder that may have influenced his judgment when he fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp through a bathroom door in his home on Feb. 14, 2013.

The chief prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, then requested psychiatric testing -- a move opposed by Mr. Pistorius' chief lawyer. Judge Thokozile Masipa agreed with the prosecutor, saying it was important to independently assess Mr. Pistorius' state of mind because the defense might now argue that he was not criminally responsible for the shooting because of the anxiety disorder.

Citigroup execs fired

NEW YORK -- Citigroup disclosed Wednesday that it had fired a total of 12 employees in Mexico, including some senior executives, in connection with a $400 million fraud involving a Mexican oil services company.

The fraud involved a short-term loan that Citigroup's Banamex unit extended to the oil services firm Oceanografía, which the company could not pay back. Oceanografía, whose business is almost entirely dependent on the Mexican government oil monopoly, has had a history of financial trouble and has been accused of having political ties to the country's ruling elite.

Glaxo official charged

BEIJING -- Chinese police handed a bribery case against GlaxoSmithKline Plc's China unit to prosecutors, accusing a British executive of ordering employees to illegally pay doctors, hospitals and medical associations to boost sales.

Mark Reilly, a British national who previously led GSK's China unit, allegedly helped set up and expand sales departments that offered the bribes, a Ministry of Public Security official said at a briefing in Beijing Wednesday, declining to identify himself. Glaxo in an e-mailed statement said it will continue to fully cooperate with authorities.

Probe faults Musharraf

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's main federal investigative agency has "irrefutable proof" that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf illegally declared a state of emergency in 2007, according to a report it released Wednesday, as the one-time leader now faces a high treason trial over the declaration.

The 237-page Federal Investigation Agency report quotes two former officials as saying the then-Prime Minister Shaukat Azizy had not been consulted by Mr. Musharraf before he declared the emergency on Nov. 3, 2007. Under Pakistani law, Mr. Musharraf was to have consulted his prime minister.

Hagel reassures Arabs

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- As Washington's negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program entered a crucial stage this week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told Arab defense chiefs Wednesday that the United States would keep a robust military presence in a region where many fear the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran.

Sunni Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia, have long feared that a nuclear-armed Iran could significantly boost the Shiite Islamic Republic's clout in a region increasingly divided along sectarian lines.

-- Compiled from news services


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