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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”. telegraph.co.uk/expat
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By Roya Nikkah in Ottawa and Gordon Rayner in Quebec THEY are royalty but Canada is treating them like rock stars. Crowds have greeted their every appearance with screams of adulation, while even Canada’s republican contingent has had to admit that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are “cool”.
And last Friday night – after two days of official ceremonies, gun salutes and carefully managed walkabouts – the future King and Queen showed they could party with the best of them at a pop concert attended by 300,000 people.
Theirs was a performance every bit as good as that on the stage on Parliament Hill in the country’s capital, Ottawa. “I’m not a monarchist per se. But they’re very rock starrish and cool,” said Sean McCann of the Great Big Sea, who performed at the concert. “So, if we are going to have a monarchy, I’d rather it was like that than all stuffy.”
The couple laughed and clapped along to the performances. Towards the end of the concert, they slipped away to a diplomatic reception at the Canadian Foreign Office, from where they watched a spectacular fireworks display.
Last Saturday – at the start of day three of this nine-day royal tour –the Duchess again showed her rock-star credentials at a tree planting where she wore a grey dress by Catherine Walker, a designer also favoured by Diana, Princess of Wales.
The couple planted a Canadian Eastern Hemlock within the grounds of Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s residence, where they have been staying. The tree will be surrounded by others planted by members of the Royal family before them. Canadian couples also married on April 29 this year were invited, too.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also comforted a cancer victim who was recently told he had only 12 weeks to live, wheelchairbound Terry Joyce, 47, a former computer expert from Ottawa. Mr Joyce struggled to his feet and lent against a walking frame as William arrived. Then Kate arrived, shook him warmly by the hand and told him: “Let’s get you out of the sunlight, Terry.”
After the couple left, Mr Joyce burst into tears and was comforted by his doctor. “This has given me a tremendous lift. It goes to show that we have a wonderful monarchy and we really need people like this,” he said.
“I was told a week ago I would be meeting them and I have been looking forward to it ever since. It has been one of the best days of my life.”
This is a potentially exhausting trip for the Duchess, with several public engagements a day. So last
Friday – after the official engagements were completed – the couple stole an afternoon off. Prince William took the Duchess for a trip to Lake Harrington, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s official country retreat in the Gatineau National Park, Quebec.
Jettisoning their official entourage, the Prince rowed his wife across a lake to a secluded log cabin in the forest, where they enjoyed a private picnic. A royal aide said: “The couple were keen to enjoy some private time for just the two of them, so they ditched all the press secretaries and private secretaries and went off on an expedition by themselves.”
It was a remarkable three days for the Duchess. Already, she has proved herself a natural on this, her first official overseas visit. And while she will not speak publicly during her time in Canada or California – royal aides believe she is not quite ready – nobody is in any doubt that she has already found her voice.
However, she saw the flipside of royal tours as she had to endure taunts from protesters who branded her and her husband “parasites” when the couple arrived in Quebec City, having travelled up the St Lawrence River aboard the Canadian frigate HCMS Montreal.
More than 200 Frenchspeaking separatists from the Réseau de Résistance du Québècois (Quebec Network of Resistance) confronted them with placards demanding “William Go Home!” as the couple arrived at Quebec’s City Hall to be given the freedom of the city.
Other vile messages were directed at the Duchess herself. It was the harshest test the Duchess has had to endure since becoming a member of the Royal family, but she and her husband appeared unfazed by the abuse as the Duke addressed in French a largely supportive crowd and the Duchess stood by his side, smiling.
A royal aide said the couple were “taking it in their stride”, adding: “It is a very warm welcome they are getting on the whole, so they consider it to be all part of the rich fabric of Canada.”
Last Saturday, the Duke and Duchess had encountered a smaller protest in Montreal, where a group of about 30 republicans were waiting for them when they visited a hospital. One of the protesters threw an egg at their car, but the couple seemed oblivious to it as they were greeted by hospital staff.
It was all a far cry from their sedate overnight journey up the St Lawrence River from Montreal to Quebec.
Having slept in the captain’s cabin, which had the only double bed on board, the Duke and Duchess attended a
Sunday morning prayer service on the bridge before they were taken to see a project for homeless young people.
When they arrived at a drop-in centre, a blue-andgreen-haired punk became their latest fan after he impressed the couple by juggling with cigar boxes.
Pierre, 24, a circus skills student, chatted with the Duke who described the juggling as “awesome”. Pierre admitted he was not a monarchist before he met the couple.
“I’m not really a big royalist, but it’s special to meet them, a privilege,” said Pierre, who was living on the streets before the centre helped him find a home and complete his education.
The couple were shown around the centre by MariePiper, 23, who wore denim hot pants, and Steven, 21, who wore a bullet through his earlobe.
Prince William could not resist the chance to take on Steven at table football, shouting “Come on the claret and blues” in a reference to the team he supports, Aston Villa, as they drew the game 4-4.
Clockwise from top: the Duchess of Cambridge greets wellwishers in Ottawa; Prince William and Canada’s Governor General David Johnston watch as Catherine grabs a shovel during a tree planting ceremony Ottawa’s at Rideau Hall; twoyear-old Raffaela Cheater presents the Duchess with a bouquet; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the National War Memorial in Ottawa, on their first official engagement of the tour; crowds celebrate Canada Day on Parliament Hill for Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. Centre: the Duchess of Cambridge wears a maple-leaf brooch at the Canada Day concert
DUCHESS LETS SLIP HER PLANS TO START A FAMILY
THE Duchess of Cambridge spoke on Sunday night about her hopes of starting a family when she met the father of a “beautiful’’ little girl.
After being presented with a bouquet by Raffaela, the two-year-old child of David Cheater, a British expat, during a walkabout in Canada, the Duchess suggested that she was feeling broody.
When Mr Cheater wished the Duchess well in her efforts to start a family, she thanked him saying: “Yes, I hope to.’’
It is the first time the Duchess has spoken publicly about having children, although her husband stated when the couple got engaged that a family was something they both wanted.
If Kate follows royal precedence she could be giving birth to an heir before April next year.
William was born on June 21, 1982 about 11 months after his parents, the Prince and Princess of Wales, wed in July 1981. The Queen gave birth to Charles on November 14, 1948, just short of a year after marrying the Duke of Edinburgh on November 20, 1947.
By Kate Finnigan THIS royal tour is proving enjoyable viewing for fashion watchers. The verdict so far? Impressive. In three days, the Duchess’s sartorial choices have proved not only stylish, but also patriotic, diplomatic, witty and thrifty.
Her natural style setting is demure elegance but that does not mean boring. Last Thursday, in a navy blue Roland Mouret dress, a jacket from Canadian designer Smythe, an “it-bag” and court shoes, she looked for every inch the international diplomat.
She has since segued effortlessly into youthful and relaxed, sporting a sweet bird-print Issa London dress and espadrilles at a barbecue honouring youth volunteers, and, for Canada Day last Friday, formal but fun, wearing the cream Reiss dress she wore for her engagement photograph and a specially designed red hat decorated with maple leaves.
Catherine is proving an invaluable ambassador for British fashion, packing pieces from our popular high-street chains (the Reiss dress, shoes from both Hobbs and LK Bennett) and highend luxury brands (a navy leather tote from Mulberry and a fan clutch bag from Anya Hindmarch).
For the international occasion she has mixed in clothes from designers based in Britain who originally hail from other parts of the world. Roland Mouret is French while Erdem Moraglioglu, the designer of her midnight blue lace dress, which she changed into for arrival in the country, is Canadian-born. As well as the bird-print Issa London dress, she chose a bright purple design by the label’s Daniella Helayel, a Brazilian. What is irresistibly appealing is her determination to not be showy.
She continues, with the eyes of the world upon her, to choose high-street clothes and carry luggage from Cath Kidston (an oilskin holdall, the kind you’ll see at any major railway station on a Friday evening) but she’s also wearing recent dresses and much older garments. How refreshing in a culture where an actress or pop singer might change her outfit five or six times in a single awards show.
The decision last Friday to wear the Queen’s own maple-leaf diamond brooch was a nod to Canada and an acknowledgment that Catherine is part of this historic family and that whichever corner of the world she now travels to, she is representing Her Majesty.