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New Thai Government; Ratko Mladic Court Appearance; Secrets in Syria
Aired July 4, 2011 - 08:00:00 ET
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: Welcome to NEWS STREAM, where news and technology meet.
I'm Kristie Lu Stout, in Hong Kong.
Now, the sister of Thailand's controversial former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, leads her party to victory. We'll hear from Yingluck Shinawatra right here on NEW STREAM.
Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic is kicked out of his own war crimes trial.
And as the final space shuttle waits for its final flight, we take a tour of the first shuttle to be retired -- Discovery.
Now, Thai voters have handed an overwhelming win to this woman, Yingluck Shinawatra. Now, her brother, Thaksin, was ousted in the coup of 2006 and remains a deeply divisive figure to this day. And she is now poised to become the country's first female prime minister.
Now, her opponent, the incumbent Abhisit Vejjajiva, quickly conceded defeat on Sunday. He also resigned as the Democrat Party leader, though it's unclear if that will be accepted. Now, pro-Thaksin supporters known as the Red Shirts, they rejoiced in their victory. They staged massive street protests last year, which ended in military crackdown and 91 deaths.
So, Ms. Yingluck has led her party to victory, and now she must take the country down a road of reconciliation.
Our Sara Sidner sat down with the incoming prime minister in her first post-election interview with international media, and Sara Sidner joins us now live from Bangkok.
And Sara, you spoke with her. How is she reacting to her election victory?
SARA SIDNER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: It's interesting. She's reacting cautiously. While those in her party have been cheering her on, she's being very cautious because, of course, the official results of the election have not been yet posted. Unofficially, though, her party has clearly won this election and she will clearly become Thailand's new prime minister. But at this point, it's still an unofficial number, and so she keeps saying, I will declare victory when I hear that the vote has been -- gone ahead and the decision has been made by the officials.
That being said, she is on her way to talking about policy now, and one of the things that is out there is the economy, and talking about the fact that she really needs to get started on trying to get people's salaries up higher. She also wants to lower the corporate tax to try to get these corporations to pay people more for the minimum wage.
The other big thing is of course what you mentioned, reconciliation. She talks a lot about reconciliation and how she's going to push this independent committee to stay in place. The person who is running that was put in place by the former government. That person will stay at the helm and continue an investigation into what happened in 2010, which basically shut down the commercial district of Bangkok. Violence there killing more than 90 people and leaving more than 1,000 people injured.
But then we asked her a question that the world has been wanting to know. We asked her whether or not she would encourage her brother, former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, to serve out his sentence because he was convicted of conflict of interest charges, and here's what she said.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
YINGLUCK, SHINAWATRA, INCOMING THAI PRIME MINISTER: No. I think, like, start with the principle of the new law (ph) first. So we have to see on that crisis first that we should -- this thing is followed by the rule of law, and make sure that everyone will have the same equal and basic treatment. So that's why I (INAUDIBLE) any reaction that what -- any reaction that he has to do or what (INAUDIBLE), because you have to start on the principle first.
SIDNER: So you think he was falsely convicted?
SHINAWATRA: I don't know. We'll be (INAUDIBLE) on the committee that has to (INAUDIBLE) them, give them the chance to (INAUDIBLE). But anyway, I think that we have to think about this whole group of people who have been -- aren't followed by the rule of law and the due process.
SIDNER: So are you saying that his case, along with others, will be looked into, will be investigated again?
SHINAWATRA: His will be one of the cases with any other case. But the final will make sure that we have to fair to everyone.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
SIDNER: This is exactly what the Yellow Shirts, those who have generally supported the Democrat Party that had been in power before this election -- it's their nightmare, basically, because this is what the now incumbent prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, had been worried about, that perhaps there would be this blanket rule made by this committee, sort of forgiving some of those cases, including Thaksin Shinawatra. But at this point, look, her main priority is not to deal with that.
Her main priority is really to deal with the economy, people's personal economy, and of course trying to deal with the reconciliation. Because what nobody wants to see in this country is for Thailand to see another round of violence because of politics.
STOUT: Reconciliation, a top priority for her. But how much hope is there inside Thailand, that her victory will bring stability to a country rocked by so much political turmoil?
SIDNER: There's a great deal of hope. I think people are pretty much sick and tired of dealing with this over and over and over again. This is an election in seven years, and so you've seen many coups, you've seen a lot of unrest, a lot of violence surrounding politics, and people are sick and tired of it.
And we also heard from both of the candidates as they went on the campaign trail, both saying, look, I think the military has learned its lesson, the coup really hurt the country as a whole, hurt its image internationally, hurt its economy. And then to have this, you know, political outrage that happened down there in the commercial district, that really hurt Thailand's economy as well. And in turn, hurt the people of Thailand.
They have gone out and voted. They have spoken. And the incumbent prime minister has conceded and even left his post as the head of the Democrats, deciding that, look, the people have spoken, and he's going to go ahead and relinquish his position.
So that gives you some idea, I think, of what is happening in this country. A lot of people from the outside looking in, hoping that it will be a calm situation, there will be a calm transition, and that democracy will prevail -- Kristie.
STOUT: Sara Sidner, joining us live in Bangkok. Thank you very much for that.
Now, Yingluck says authorities will review the corruption case against her brother. Now, Thaksin was sentenced in absentia to two years in prison. And speaking to reporters from self-imposed exile in Dubai, Thaksin says he will return to Thailand when the time is right.
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THAKSIN SHINAWATRA, FMR. THAI PRIME MINISTER: Yes, going back is not necessarily to be going back to politics. I may turn pro golf at 62.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're saying you don't want to be prime minister again?'
T. SHINAWATRA: You know, when my youngest sister became prime minister, so it's not for my generation anymore.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
STOUT: Now, Thaksin has been a polarizing figure in Thai politics for the last decade. His allies have won every national election during that time. Now, he became prime minister in 2001, riding to power on a wave of popular support. And his policies won the love of the rural poor, but made Thailand's elite uneasy.
Now, Thaksin was reelected by a landslide in 2005, and then the military staged a bloodless coup while he was out of the country in 2006. Now, the pro-Thaksin People's Power Party won the following election in 2007, and Samak Sundaravej, but he was forced to resign in September of 2008. Now, Thailand's constitutional court ruled his TV cooking show was a conflict of interest.
And lawmakers then elected the brother-in-law of Thaksin Shinawatra, Somchai Wongsawat, as prime minister. But a court decision dissolves the PPP in December. Somchai is then banned from politics.
Now, a parliamentary vote then put Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva -- pictured here -- in office. Now, Thaksin's supporters argued his government was illegitimate. They've now made their voices heard at the polls, awarding the Democrats even fewer seats than in 2007.
Now, former Bosnia Serb commander Ratko Mladic appeared at his U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague on Monday, but he didn't stay long. Now, Mladic was supposed to enter a series of please to war crimes charges, including genocide and crimes against humanity, but he was forcibly removed after refusing to cooperate and repeatedly interrupting the judge. The tribunal entered not guilty pleas on his behalf.
Now, this was his second hearing. At his first appearance last month, he asked for more time to understand the charges against him.
Our Dan Rivers has been following the court proceedings. He joins us now from CNN London.
And Dan, describe the moments that led to his removal from the courtroom.
DAN RIVERS, CNN SR. INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, right from the very beginning, Kristie, it was tetchy, it was confrontational and argumentative. Ratko Mladic took issue almost straight away with everything the judge was saying and asking him to do. He didn't want to remove a cap that he was wearing, he was complaining that he couldn't breathe, that he was feeling unwell. And then he just kept on interrupting the judge at every turn, basically arguing about the fact that he hadn't gotten the lawyers that he wanted appointed yet. And the judge was very robust though in coming back at him.
Let's have a little listen to some of the interchange between the two.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ALPHONS ORIE, PRESIDING JUDGE (through translator): Mr. Mladic -- Mr. Mladic, the court orders that you be removed from the courtroom.
Could security please escort Mr. Mladic out of the courtroom? Could Mr. Mladic --
RATKO MLADIC, FMR. BOSNIAN SERB MILITARY COMMANDER (through translator): You're not a court! Who are you? You're not allowing me to breathe!
(END VIDEO CLIP)
RIVERS: Judge Alphons Orie was calm, as you saw there, Kristie, but firm as well. He wasn't willing to put up with it for very long at all, so Ratko Mladic was taken away from the tribunal chamber, and the not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf for the 11 charges, which include genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
STOUT: Now, on the face of it, Ratko Mladic's defiant behavior looks like some sort of strategy to just postpone the judicial process. Do we know when his trial will in fact begin?
RIVERS: Well, the main bone of contention at the moment is that he's saying he hasn't been able to have the two lawyers who he would like to represent him in court yet. Now, the reason that is, according to the judge, is that he only provided the names very recently, and they haven't had time or the registry -- the administrative side of the court hasn't had time to do the necessary background checks. You know, are they properly qualified? Can they speak English well enough or French well enough to conduct this defense? Have they had any criminal proceedings against them, that kind of thing?
That may be pretty quick to do. It may be a couple of weeks.
If the registry agrees that they are suitably qualified, then they will be able to come and represent him. Then we'll have to wait and see if Ratko Mladic is then willing to participate in this tribunal.
STOUT: Dan Rivers, live in London.
Now, the European Union may have agreed to free up billions more dollars for Greece, but the country is by no means out of the woods. Now, Europe's helping hand may result in Greece being downgraded to default by Standard & Poor's ratings agency. The S&P says that if a French plan to roll over Greece's debt goes ahead, it may signal a default. Now, that brings the whole bailout plan into doubt less than 48 hours after finance ministers signed off on fresh bailout payments.
And this just in to CNN. Now, Venezuelan state-run TV reports that President Hugo Chavez has returned to the nation's capital of Caracas. Now, he had been receiving medical treatment in Cuba for the last few weeks. Now, Chavez announced last week that doctors have removed a cancerous tumor.
Now, ahead here on NEWS STREAM, suffering in Syria. Anti-government protesters tell CNN not everything is as it appears on the streets. We'll bring you their stories.
Plus, the Casey Anthony murder trial that has had the United States riveted for months. A jury could soon begin deciding her fate.
And we go inside Discovery. We'll get a special look at the retired U.S. space shuttle and find out where it's headed next.
STOUT: Welcome back.
Now, a second trial is under way in Tunisia for deposed president Ben Ali. And as in the first trial, he is not there. Instead, he's in Saudi Arabia.
If convicted of weapons and drug charges, Ben Ali faces another prison sentence. He's already been sentenced to 36 years in prison after he was convicted last month of stealing public funds.
Now, human rights groups say clashes are under way right now outside the Syrian city of Hama after security forces raided homes and arrested activists earlier today.
Hala Gorani has been one of a handful of foreign journalists reporting from inside the country. And as she reports from Damascus, not all is as it may appear.
HALA GORANI, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The Damascus suburb of Duma, amateur video from last April. Tear gas in the air, the sound of gunshots. A man injured carried down the street.
A few weeks later, this scene. CNN was taken to the same street with government minders.
"There were armed gangs," people told us. "Vandals. Not peaceful demonstrators."
Then, away from the camera, a young man sweeps past me, slips a folded piece of paper in my hand. "It's my e-mail," he says. "They're lying to you. They cleared the neighborhood for your benefit." He then disappears.
For the next few days we e-mail him. We will call him Zaid (ph), not his real name. He's too afraid to meet us for now. He wants to be sure we're not being followed.
Days later, we agree to speak in person in a public place. We're not showing his face for his own security."
ZAID (ph), DUMA RESIDENT: Every Friday there is more than 5,000 security guys. Not just security guys, it's guns, regime guns and army. They are - - all of them are armed. They have guns, and every Friday they are ready to shoot us if the demonstration becomes big.
GORANI: Zaid (ph) says three of his friends have been shot in Duma.
This is the often underground opposition in Syria, those who say in secret they want the security forces to stop harassing them, want to be free. But if they want to show their faces on camera, for now this is how they're doing it, a gathering in a park in central Damascus. It took two months to get a permit, and they had to promise no posters, no slogans.
GORANI: The singing of Syria's national anthem, a minute of silence for the dead.
(on camera): This is officially a vigil in honor of the hundreds of people who have died in the uprising in this country since mid-March. It's billed as apolitical. But when people know you're a journalist, they come up to you and whisper things that they say they still don't dare say on camera.
(voice-over): But outside the vigil, pro-regime elements appeared, praising the Syrian president and selling souvenirs. In a Damascus hotel that week, prominent dissidents and intellectuals met for the first time in public in Syria. The government didn't object.
Not the young people. These are the older generation, like Luway Hussein (ph), men who spent years in prison for advocating democracy.
The meeting was controversial. Some said it legitimized the regime while killings continue.
Aref Dalila spent seven years in prison for giving a university lecture that irked authorities in 2001. He didn't attend the opposition meeting because he says it wasn't the right forum to express dissent.
AREF DALILA, SYRIAN DISSIDENT (through translator): We cannot go back and cannot remain in the current situation. Even those in power must start speaking in a new language, even though we still don't believe what they are saying.
GORANI: The men of Dalila's age could be the grandfathers of the young protesters on the street who say they want change. Today, it is a new generation's turn. Zaid (ph), whom we met in secret, says he wants to make his own children proud one day, but still can't show his face.
(on camera): You are afraid to show your face on camera. Why? What do you think would happen to you if we filmed your face and put it on CNN?
ZAID: Put it on CNN? I will disappear, maybe for one day, a week, a month, a year. I don't know. But I will disappear, I am sure.
GORANI (voice-over): But whether they show their faces or prefer to remain nameless, for the opposition in Syria this could be their defining moment.
Hala Gorani, CNN, Damascus.
STOUT: Incredible eyewitness testimony there from inside Syria.
Now, still ahead here on NEWS STREAM, NASA is preparing for its last-ever space shuttle launch. And ahead of that big blastoff, we'll take you inside one of the already retired flyers.
STOUT: Now, the crew of Shuttle Atlantis is set to arrive at Kennedy Space Center later on Monday. Now (INAUDIBLE) the final four, their last launch is scheduled for this Friday. Atlantis will head to a museum after its final mission.
Our John Zarrella shows us how another shuttle, Discovery, is preparing for retirement.
BOB CABANA, KENNEDY SPACE CENTER: Welcome aboard the space shuttle.
JOHN ZARRELLA, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Thank you, Commander.
CABANA: We're on the mid-deck right now.
ZARRELLA (voice-over): These days, Bob Cabana runs the Kennedy Space Center. Before that, he just happened to be an astronaut, flew in space four times, twice as pilot, twice as commander. His first two trips, he was pilot of Discovery. He knows every inch.
(on camera): How many seated on the mid-deck?
CABANA: Well, if you're flying a crew of seven, you've got three folk downs there. So, one there and two more over here.
(voice-over): Sitting here, Cabana is reminded of a liftoff on Endeavour.
CABANA: The whole ascent, I mean, what a ride -- just a sense of speed and acceleration.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: OK, there's main engine start. Pretty soon you'll see the SRBs. A lot of shaking and vibrating.
CABANA: You're pushed back in your seat and the last minute, you know, you hit that 3G acceleration again and you're at 3Gs and it's hard to breathe and (INAUDIBLE), then it's like boom you come forward in your seat like that.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You really know you're going to space.
ZARRELLA: Discovery is the first vehicle being retired. When all the cleanup is done -- stuff like Freon, ammonia, cryogenics and pyrotechnics - - she'll be turned over to the Smithsonian. Not easy, says Stephanie Stilson. For 11 years, her job as flow director was to make sure Discovery was ready to fly. Her job now, make sure Discovery is museum ready.
STEPHANIE STILSON, DISCOVERY'S FLOW DIRECTOR: And we do think of Discovery as the only member. We've taken care of her for all these years, and it's going to be hard for many people to realize that we're no longer responsible for that, that someone else has to do that for us. So, it's going to be a big change for some folks.
ZARRELLA: Stilson always dreamed of being a launch director. No woman has ever held that job. But for now, NASA has nothing for her to launch. Back on board.
Let's take you back.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Sure. We'll take a look in the air loft (ph).
ZARRELLA: Crawl about 12 feet.
I'm going to drag these cables in two.
On the other end is shuttle's cargo bay. Spacious enough to hold a school bus. Over the 39 flights of Discovery, dozens of astronauts in space suits have been at this exact vantage point, waiting to step out to repair a satellite or build the space station.
CABANA: I'll just remember when we landed, I did not want to get out of the commander seat. I mean they asked was kind of get me out, it's like this is my spaceship, you can't have it. I didn't want it to end. You know, I just wanted it to go on. It was great.
ZARRELLA: And now, it really has.
STOUT: Now, all this week we'll be looking at the legacy of NASA's space shuttle program. And of course it all leads up to the launch of Atlantis on Friday.
Now, budget carrier Tiger Airways has had all of its planes in Australia grounded over what are described as serious safety concerns. Now, Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority has grounded the planes for the next five days, expiring on Saturday. Many industry analysts believe that could be extended.
The authority says it has lost confidence in the airline's ability to manage safety appropriately. Tiger says it hopes to resolve the safety concerns and resume services in Australia as soon as possible.
Now, it is more than three years late, but Boeing's 787 Dreamliner may soon be ready for passengers. Now, Japan's All Nippon Airways has started flying the plane on its routes, but for now without paying passengers.
Now, the first 787 landed in Tokyo from Seattle early Sunday morning. The coming week, pilots and ground crews will run practice flights before the Dreamliner is brought into service.
ANA has 55 Dreamliners on order from Boeing, and will be the first airline in the world to operate the plane.
Ahead here on NEWS STREAM, accused of murdering her own daughter. The trial of Casey Anthony may soon be in the hands of the jury. We'll take you live outside the courthouse, next.
STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout, in Hong Kong.
You're watching NEWS STREAM, and these are the world headlines.
And we start with breaking news from Venezuela. Now, President Hugo Chavez is back in the capital, Caracas. That's according to reports on state-run TV.
Now, you're looking here at new pictures just into CNN of Chavez returning. Remember, Chavez went to Cuba for emergency surgery and the state of his health had been the subject of speculation for several weeks. Now Chavez appeared on TV last week to announce that doctors had removed a cancerous tumor.
In Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra has announced an accord to form a five party coalition government after her party's landslide election victory. Yingluck is said to be the countries first female prime minister following Sunday's vote. Five years ago, Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted as leader in a coup. Now she says authorities will review the case against her brother who is convicted of corruption after he was forced from office.
Now Radko Mladic, the former commander of the Bosnian-Serb army has been forcibly removed from a war crimes courtroom in The Hague after continually interrupting the judge. Now Mladic refused to enter a series of pleas to genocide and other charges against him. Now the court then entered a non- guilty plea on his behalf.
Now four people are dead after a South Korean marine went on a killing spree. Now the corporal shot and killed four of his colleagues on Ganghwa Island west of Seoul earlier today. Now the corporal was severally injured by a grenade after the shooting and is now in custody.
Now we are monitoring high temperatures in Japan. They are easing for now, but heavy rain is moving in. Let's get the very latest with Mari Ramos. She joins us now from the world weather center -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Hello, Kristie. Welcome back. Good to see you.
You know what, yeah, these temperatures, especially last week, were pretty high. In some cases, even in Tokyo, they got into about 38 degrees Celsius. That's really warm.
And then when you combine that with some of the power shortages that are going on -- I guess power shortages might be a strong word to use, but basically what's happening is, is not only is it hot so people are hot when they are outside. And you're in a big city, not a lot of green spaces, not a lot of shade. And then when you go inside to the buildings, a lot of the buildings are trying to conserve energy, particularly businesses. They're asking businesses to conserve energy, because there's a higher demand this time of year because of those high temperatures. So it's kind of like a catch 22 and people are stuck dealing with very hot temperatures.
They're even dressing down somewhat, not using their regular business clothes, using shorts and t-shirts even to go to work to try to stay cool.
It's 27 right now in Tokyo. You've got to remember, it's already evening. The sun already getting close to setting and it's still fairly warm. The high temperature for this time of year is about 27 degrees. You went up to about 33 today. So here we are dealing with those hot temperatures.
Also hot as we head back over here toward Beijing. It's already 32 degrees. It's still, I should say 32 degrees. You got up to about 35 earlier today.
So what's going to happen here in Japan? What we have is a cold front that's coming through here. And as that happens, it's going to -- it's bringing already some very heavy rain across that area. But it will help the temperatures return, not cooler, but let's just go ahead and call it a closer to average for this time of year.
As we head through tomorrow, the heavy rain will begin just kind of shifting a bit more to the south, but the rain that could fall today across some of these areas, particularly here over parts of Honshu and even back over toward Fukushima could be locally heavy, in some cases 8, maybe 15 centimeters locally falling in these regions. And there some warnings posted by the Japan MET office. Because of that heavy rain, you could have the threat for flooding and also the threat for mudslides.
I want to take you south and talk about the tropics. Right over here, you see that's the Philippines right there, there's Vietnam over here. Out here in the Pacific you have a new tropical wave. Now a Joint Typhoon Warning Center is saying chances are medium that this will actually develop into something that we're going to have to be concerned about later. Whether it develops or not, the rain is going to be there. It's continued rainfall for you guys here across the Philippines.
While most of it, of course, will remain over the water, you can still see that all across this area we're still dealing with some locally heavy rain -- 8, 15 centimeters not out of the question. The ground already saturated. Watch out for the streams, those rivers, ferry boats need to be very careful. We're going to see some strong thunderstorms associated with this weather system.
Let's go ahead and check out your city by city forecast now.
Well, it's progress, Kristie, as we head into New Mexico in the United States. This is new Los Alamos, New Mexico. And yes, welcome home. People were finally allowed to return to their homes after evacuations due to this very large wildfire that has been burning. The wild fire itself is only about 19 percent contained, and even though they say that yes people are allowed to return home, you've got to remember this is still, you know, a very large wild fire, the largest one in New Mexico history. The images are really quite spectacular there.
As you come back over to the weather map, let me go ahead and show you the area that talking about. It's just north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. And it is near the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory here. There was a concern with those areas as well. You can see how active the fire still is. These are the burned areas already.
But they say that it is under control enough so that people can return to their homes.
One of the concerns that there still for this entire region even as the smoke moves across these areas is the air quality over this region, because there's so much smoke with these fires, big cities like Albuquerque for example are dealing with all of that.
The fire has burned more than 40,000 hectares. And like I said, 19 percent contained right now, which is progress compared to before. Back to you.
STOUT: Yeah, progress, but a huge wild fire. Such a sensitive site, too. Mari Ramos, thank you very much indeed for that update.
Now this is a case that has captivated U.S. audiences for months. Now this woman, Casey Anthony, she is on trial for the murder of her daughter Caylee who disappeared in June 2008 shortly before her third birthday.
Now the case has taken many shocking twists and turns over the past few months. Now the prosecution, they alleged that Anthony used chloroform to drug Caylee and then suffocated her with duct tape and left her body rotting in the trunk of her care for several days.
Now the 25 year old Casey Anthony, now she is denying all the charges against her, but the prosecution says that Caylee's remains, along with other pieces of evidence point directly to Casey Anthony.
And she hasn't done much to lift all the suspicion. She has been caught in numerous lies. Until recently she showed little emotion in the court room.
Now Casey Anthony's fate no rests with the jury. Now prosecutors are expected to give his rebuttal to the defenses closing arguments from Sunday and then the jurors will begin deliberating.
Now David Mattingly has been following the case. He joins us now from outside the court in Orlando, Florida. And David, court is back in session, what will we hear today?
DAVID MATTINGLY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: What we're going to hear is a prosecutor trying to bring all of this together for the jury in one concise package. And we have seen 33 days in testimony so far, but yesterday we got another surprise, for the first time the prosecution stood in front of the jury and gave its reasons why they believe that Casey Anthony murdered her little girl. And that reason, they say, was because she yearned for a simpler life without responsibility where she could party and have fun. And here's what they had to say.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JEFF ASHTON, PROSECUTOR: She took her life and she put her in the trunk then forgot about her. After a couple of days she couldn't forget anymore and she disposed her body in the swamp. These are the facts that you have heard and these are the facts that prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Casey Anthony is guilty of murder in the first degree.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MATTINGLY: And you heard how powerful that was, a very emotional moment in the court. But when the defense had their turn with their closing arguments, that's exactly what they started to go after. They told the jury, you need to put emotion aside and look at the evidence. That is where they're hope is in this case, because it is a largely circumstantial case, no direct evidence linking Casey Anthony to the murder, but instead they're saying to the jury, you need to put emotions aside and look at what facts there are and are not in this case. Listen.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JOSE BAEZ, DEFENSE ATTORNEY: You see the strategy behind that is, is if you hate her, if you think she's a lying no good slut then you'll start to look at this evidence in a different light, you'll start to, oh wait a minute, maybe I'm seeing something that's not there and start to actually discriminate against her, rather than give her the standard that is afforded to each and every citizen in our country, and that is that the state, that the government come in here and prove their case beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt. But you can get away with that if we can get a jury to hate her.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MATTINGLY: And now court back in session, the defense doesn't really have to prove anything just instill that idea in the jury that there is reasonable doubt here. The burden is completely on the prosecution, they have to prove that Casey Anthony is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
STOUT: Now David, now that we're in the home stretch, what are your thoughts on the prosecution? Has it proved its case against Casey Anthony?
MATTINGLY: This is a circumstantial case. Again, there is no direct evidence linking Casey Anthony to the murder of her child. What they're trying to show the jury is that all the pieces that they have fit together and point directly at Casey Anthony and her alone. That's what they have to push home today after listening to hours yesterday of the defense trying to pick apart and deconstruct all the many witnesses they called to the stand.
Again, there's been 33 days of testimony here. We've heard from scores of witnesses. And very soon, now, it's going to be in the hands of this jury.
STOUT: David Mattingly, joining us live outside the court room in Orlando, Florida. Thank you very much David.
Now ahead here on News Stream, the royal treatment. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, they continue making the rounds in Canada. We'll have a full update on their North American adventures next.
STOUT: Welcome back.
Now Britain's royal newlyweds are now on day 5 of their Canada tour, but some protesters there want nothing to do with monarchy. Now CNN royal correspondent Max Foster joins us now from Prince Edward Island. And Max, what is on the royal agenda today?
MAX FOSTER, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: We're at Province House and the couple are due to arrive here in the next hour. This is where Canada was confederated all those years ago and the couple will visit the room where that happened all those years ago. This is Prince Edward Island.
As you say, over the weekend in Quebec there was some anti-monarchy protesting, but actually very pro-William and Kate as they call them here. I'd probably say this is the pro-monarchy stronghold here in Canada. It's a huge crowd, extremely excited about today. And they're going to see the couple in a carriage here.
A little later on there will be some great TV moments. For example, Katherine and William will be getting into dragon boats. They will be steering one each and racing each other. Both very competitive, so that's going to be interesting. And then William's going to take to the skies in a search and rescue demonstration. A few nervous (inaudible) because the Canadians specialize in -- in this particular maneuver, which is landing a seating helicopter, an emergency landing on water. And William is going take part in that demonstration, so that's going to be pretty exciting.
A grueling schedule, Kristie, but the couple seem -- that was my impression -- to be really enjoying this tour. And tonight, they seem to be enjoying (inaudible). William in particular really well. It's been a really successful tour so far.
STOUT: It sounds like Prince William will be giving a little bit (inaudible). That should be really interesting.
Now this is part of a multi, multi-day tour there in Canada. Is this exceeding and rekindling interest among Canadians in the royal family?
FOSTER: Well, I guess Quebec over the weekend was an interesting experience, because it is the anti-monarchy stronghold. And certainly most people in Quebec would rather not have a monarchy. But what's really interesting about Katherine and William is that they seem to be pro (inaudible) anti-monarchy.
So if you imagine there were some protests in Quebec City for example yesterday, but the couple went on an impromptu walkabout and it went really, really well.
So certainly I think Canada has one round to William and Katherine. I'm not sure they're going to turn Quebec pro-monarchy, but certainly they're giving a great tinge to the monarchy.
STOUT: All right. Max Foster joining us live there from Prince Edward Island following the royal couple there in Canada. Thank you, Max.
Now a film franchise that has held fans spellbound for a decade is about to end. The hardcore Harry Potter fans have been reliving the magic one movie after another. And we'll tell you why they might be in need of a potion to keep them awake at all hours next.
STOUT: Now this dramatic police raid in Spain is part of a series we'll be showing you this week on CNN. Now we are taking you inside a human trafficking unit in Spain's Catalonia region as part of CNN's Freedom Project Uncover. We'll show you why it is so difficult to battle prostitution in the region and go along on a police raid.
Now it is one of Europe's biggest cases of forced labor. And trials have begun. And CNN has been given the rare opportunity to see how this human trafficking ring was destroyed. Now this coverage is all part of CNN's yearlong initiative to expose modern day slavery around the world. And here is Martin Savage with a preview.
MARTIN SAVAGE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: These officers of Mossos D'esquadra the police agency for the Catalonia region of Spain are preparing for their biggest raid ever. 900 officers are about to hit 80 Chinese textile factories with hundreds of suspected force labor victims at the exact same time. Getting to this point took three years and thousands of investigative hours all documented in these case files.
XAVIER CORTES, SUB-INSPECTOR, MOOSOS D'ESQUADRA (through translator): The operation started because two Chinese citizens who had long been subjected to labor exploitation in sweat shops decided that their life situations had reached such an extreme point they had to leave and showed up in the police station to file a complaint.
SAVAGE: The complaint hit the desk of Sub-Inspector Xavier Cortes. And his undercover human trafficking unit started the complex process of building the case. For three years, agents monitored workshops, listened to phone taps, watched movement, some even going undercover to sweatshops posing as potential clients looking for cheap labor. All to connect just how many people were involved and how many victims were being forced to live and work in nightmare conditions.
Once a judge was satisfied with the evidence gathered, it was time to move in.
STOUT: Now Martin Savage's in-depth report begins airing later today right here on CNN.
Now it was quite the weekend for Novak Djokavic. Now fresh from landing his first ever Wimbledon title, he was officially named the highest ranked male player in world tennis this Monday. Now Djokavic, he beat the defending Wimbledon champ Raphael Nadal 3 sets to 1 on Sunday at the All England Club.
Pedro Pinto caught up with the Serbian player after the match.
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PEDRO PINTO, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Novak, you started your career with two goals -- world number one and Wimbledon. You did both in three days. Do you want me to pinch you to make sure you're not dreaming? Or is it starting to settle in?
NOVAK DJOKAVIC, TENNIS PLAYER: Oh, it's just amazing, amazing to be able to do that in three days' time. All the 20 years of work and coming back to the places where I, you know, where I grew up and started playing tennis and all comes back to me. You know, I'm living my dream. And this is something that I was born for, something that I always worked for and now I've got my chance and use it.
PINTO: How can you explain that you beat Raphael Nadal five straight times? And were you never nervous out there, because it didn't seem nervous from the outside.
DJOKAVIC: Believe me -- believe me we all feel nervous. It may be doesn't seem like that, but you know you get the necessary experience to know how to deal with the pressure to know how to play well at the certain moments. And I guess the four wins that I had against him this year in the finals gave me a slight mental advantage and I got to the court knowing that I can win against him. And though the fact is that I never won against Nadal in any grand slam on any best of 5.
So this was the time to use this opportunity, and I did.
PINTO: Novak, congratulations. You can now celebrate. Go back to Belgrade with your people. Thank you.
STOUT: In their tennis whites.
Now across Serbia, fans erupted in cheers as Novak Djokavic won his first Wimbledon title. And his defeat over Nadal continues an interesting trend at the tournament. In the men's singles, the last four Wimbledon winners were all seeded second.
Now Djokavic has won all four of his matches against Nadal this year and only lost one match. Now that has impressed some big names in tennis. Now Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova explain why they think the Serbian player came out on top.
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BORIS BECKER, PAST WIMBLEDON CHAMPION: He dominated Nadal from the baselines. That used to be impossible. Nadal, whoever went along baseline with Nadal would never win the point. Djokavic was even better today. He -- his athletic ability. He runs fast. He has to split, sometimes wonder if he's going to hurt his leg or not because he's really so wide apart.
And then he improved his serve this year. The whole package is perfect. And something happened when he won the David Cup for Serbia last December, something in his mind happened. I think he became a man.
MARTINA NAVRATILOVA, PAST WIMBLEDON CHAMPION: Everybody has the want to win, but very few have the will to prepare, and Novak has put in the work off the court and on the court. And the Davis Cup, as he said, he lost his fear. Because if he can do it for his country, he can do it anywhere. And since then he's been playing like a man possessed. But it's the result of years and years of hard work.
And as Boris said, he's so flexible. He has power even when he's stretched out wide. And where most people just get the ball back, he still generates power, because he's got power and flexibility. And it's just fun to watch.
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STOUT: And if you want to hear more from the Wimbledon men's single winner, tune to World Sport around three hours from now. You can hear Pedro Pinto's full interview with Novak Djokavic. That's at 11:30 pm in Hong Kong, 4:30 pm in London.
Now after 10 years and over 1,000 minutes of screen time, the Harry Potter film franchise is coming to an end. And the final installment, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 has its world premiere in London this week. And to mark the magical milestone, muggle fans flocked to the British Film Institute for an all night movie marathon.
And Neil Curry was there.
NEIL CURRY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It's 10:00 in London, but the night is just beginning for hundreds of Harry Potter fans who have come to the BFI IMAX Cinema for a weekend spent in the company of witches, wizards, ghosts and goblins. It'll be another 12 hours before they stagger out into the light and day.
They've come suitably attired, with the Hermiones outnumbering the Dumbledores, Dementors, Hagrids and Harrys, characters which have become known the world over. And it's that global connection which has brought together some of the fans here tonight.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I think it's pretty much exciting thing that's ever happened to me. Beats my wedding, just don't tell my husband.
CURRY: In the projection room, Dennis Laws is threading one of the seven films he'll be showing during the next two nights. It means assembling several kilometers of film, many hours of work, and then staying awake all night to show it to the audience.
DENNIS LAWS, IMAX PROJECTIONIST: It's very exciting. And the people here know every page of the book. They know all the stories. And so the audience reaction is very, very special, because they know what the line is. Many of the people who are here tonight have grown up from sort of Daniel Radcliffe's age when he did, you know, the first movie. And it's really interesting to see that first movie after all these years just realize how young he was when he did the film.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: You're Harry Potter.
CURRY: This weekend is all about reliving the magic of the movies which millions of us have grown up with over the past decade. And it gives viewers a chance to watch the young actors growing up on screen, nod off for a moment and you'll find Ron Weasley's voice has broken and Harry has sprouted facial hair.
By 4:30 am we're still only two films into the movie marathon, but spirits are high among the faithful.
JOHN CLIFFORD, HARRY POTTER FAN: It's been going amazing. It's been brilliant. It's just -- it's something like -- something like this I've never really done before, definitely not on this scale. And it's just like it's amazing place to do it.
CURRY: Free tea and coffee is provided by the cinema to keep eyelids open and focused on the action. But it doesn't work for everyone.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Come on, let's finish this the way we started it -- together.
CURRY: With 7,000 tickets sold for the new film during the first day of sales, IMAX is considering further night-time screenings to cater the demand.
The chill morning air of the London summer's day is far more effective than all the coffee and energy drinks I've taken throughout the night to keep me awake. But at two and a half hours per film we're only halfway through the Harry Potter archive. I'll be back tonight to continue this saga of sorcery.
Until then, though, it's time for a new adventure, Harry Potter and the pursuit of a pillow.
Neil Curry, CNN, London.
STOUT: Nice one, Neil.
And finally it is time to go over and out there, or rather in there. Today I'm talking belly buttons. And I've got a few facts for you. Now did you know that there is a belly button biodiversity project? Well, I didn't. You probably don't want to know what they actually found in here.
Now according to NewScientist.com in the 95 belly button samples so far tested, scientists found more than 1,400 bacterial strains. That's right, 1,400.
And naval gazers, they reckon over 600 of those bacterial strains might be new to science, never before seen.
And that is News Stream, but the news continues at CNN. "WORLD BUSINESS TODAY" is next.