18 Thursday, 1 October 2009 London Lite World at a glance PulpFictionwriterjailedfor killingpalindrink-drivecrash A HOLLYWOOD screenwriter who co-wrote Quentin Tarantinos 1994 cult film hit Pulp Fiction has been jailed for a year for killing his friend in a drink-driving crash. Roger Avary, 44, pleaded guilty in August to manslaughter while driving over the limit. The crash, in January last year, killed Andreas Zini, 34. Avarys wife, Gretchen, was thrown from the car in the impact. Crash investigators said Avarys Mercedes hit a telephone pole at more than 100mph in Ojai, 80 miles north-west of Los Angeles. At Ventura County Superior Court, Avary was told by the judge that he must serve five years probation after he completes his prison term. He also paid $4.1m (2.5m) to the family of Mr Zini, a newlywed Italian, after they filed a civil action. Avary told the court before sentencing yesterday that the experience of the crash profoundly altered me to the very core of my being. 100mph crash: Avary French support for Polanski fades SuPPORT for Roman Polanski from leading French government and cultural figures appeared to be waning today, as one said the film director, 76, is neither above nor beneath the law. It follows a backlash against a campaign for his release, with some politicians and cultural figures refusing to join. He is being held in Switzerland on a uS arrest warrant over charges of having unlawful sex with a girl aged 13, to which he pleaded guilty in 1977 before fleeing America. FreshpressureonIranovernukes DIPLOMATS from Britain and other leading powers met Iranian officials today to try to persuade Tehran to reveal its nuclear programme. The talks, in Geneva, involved the uK, the uS, France, Russia, China and Germany. Gordon Brown, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy warned Iran last week that it would face new sanctions unless it could prove it was not developing a weapon. Suspectssmartsuitfoolscourtcop POLICE are looking for a robbery suspect who walked out of a heavily guarded Manhattan courthouse after an officer apparently mistook him for a lawyer. Ronald Tackman, 54, was wearing a business suit while waiting to appear before a judge yesterday. He slipped away from a prisoner holding area to a locked area behind a court room, where a court officer saw him and, thinking he was a lawyer, let him out. Crime bossmocks 4m compo orderA FRAUDSTER has defied prosecutors by going on a spending spree despite owing 4m after a court order. Raymond May, 53, who was alleged to be a massive cocaine importer linked to several murders, was con- victed for his role in a 12m VAT fraud in 2002. He was given a four-year sentence and ordered to pay back 3.26m in criminal profits -- now more than 4.1m with interest. But he has travelled through the US and Europe and spent 44,000 on school fees while operat- ing a secret bank account and paying off other debts from unknown sources. Lawyers have warned that the case is making a mockery of British justice by sending a message to Mr Bigs of the criminal world that they can defy court rulings. A h e a r i n g t o d ay a t Westminster Magistrates Court was told May should be spared jail for non-pay- ment because too much time had passed and because he had rebuilt his life. But prosecutors urged the court to enforce a default penalty under which he could be jailed. A verdict will be reached next month. BY MARK BLUNDEN New York joins in Chinas party Red light: the Empire State Building was controversially lit up in red and yellow to tie in with Chinas celebrations for 60 years of Communist rule. Pro-Tibet campaigners demonstrated outside the landmark and New York congressman Anthony Weiner said the lights should not be used to pay tribute to what he called a nation with a shameful history on human rights. Meanwhile, Tiananmen Square in Beijing was host to colourful parades and shows of military might, below. H Spree: Raymond May index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html