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Ecuador authorities issue arrest warrant for former president
May 28, 2014
Authorities in Ecuador on Tuesday announced, via Twitter, the issuance of an arrest warrant for former president Jamil Mahuad on the grounds that he allegedly misappropriated public funds during the late 1990s. Interior Minister Jose Serrano stated that a "red notice" had been issued by Interpol ....... [more]

Chevron seeking $32 million in legal fees in Ecuador case
March 21, 2014
Chevron Corporation on Tuesday filed for reimbursement of attorneys' fees against Attorney Steven Donziger and others in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Chevron prevailed earlier this month in its lawsuit against Donziger for fraud and racketeering and demands compensat....... [more]

Federal judge blocks US courts from enforcing Chevron judgment
March 5, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Tuesday that US courts could not be used to collect $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees that previously resulted in an Ecuadorian court's judgment against Chevron. Judge Lewis Kaplan wrote in his near 500-page ruling th....... [more]

Argentina court dismisses case against former president for 1995 blast
February 16, 2014
A federal tribunal in Argentina has ruled that prosecutors cannot proceed with a case alleging former president Carlos Menem was involved in an explosion at a military weapons factory that destroyed much of the town Rio Tercero in 1995. Prosecutors argued that the explosion was a deliberate attempt....... [more]

Ecuador high court halves judgment against Chevron
November 13, 2013
An Ecuadorian court on Wednesday ordered Chevron to pay USD $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees. This was a significant reduction from the previous $18 billion judgment. The lawsuit, brought by the Amazon Defense Front, arises out of Chevron's drilling for oil in Ecuador and the resulting pollutio....... [more]

Ecuador begins crimes against humanity trial
October 2, 2013
A court in Ecuador on Tuesday began the country's first trial for crimes against humanity. Attorney General Galo Chiriboga charged nine army officers and a police general with the torture, sexual violence and forced disappearance of three opponents of the government in 1985. The prosecution, led by....... [more]

Former Argentina president on trial for tax fraud
September 3, 2013
Former Argentinian president Carlos Menem appeared in court on Monday for allegedly falsifying his 2000 tax returns. Prosecutors argue that Menem hid bank accounts worth millions of dollars, as well as various aircraft, properties and cars from the tax authorities. Despite having been convicted in J....... [more]

HRW: Ecuador abortion laws harming rape victims
August 26, 2013
Ecuador's criminal code, which prohibit abortions even in the case of rape, threatens the health of victims of sexual violence, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Friday. Ecuador's abortion laws impose prison terms ranging from one to five years for women who obtain abortions. In the press release ac....... [more]

AI: US interference with Snowden asylum violates human rights
July 3, 2013
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday said that US authorities' efforts to thwart Edward Snowden's attempts to seek asylum amount to serious human rights violations. According to Wikileaks, a whistleblower website, Snowden submitted asylum applications to a host of countries, including Ecuador, Chi....... [more]

Argentina court sentences former president to 7 years in prison
June 15, 2013
The Court of Cassation of Argentina, the highest criminal court, sentenced former Argentine President Carlos Menem of selling illegal weapons to Croatia and Ecuador during his presidency. The now-Senator Menem pleaded innocence, claiming that the weapons were intended for Panama and Venezuela but we....... [more]

Regional human rights court rules Ecuador violated rights of indigenous Sarayaku
July 27, 2012
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) on Wednesday ruled that Ecuador violated the rights of the Sarayaku Indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon when the state allowed the Argentine oil company CGC to encroach on Sarayaku traditional lands in the early 2000s without the Indigenous....... [more]


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