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Suspended supreme court judge in Panama sentenced to prison
March 6, 2015
A three-judge panel in Panama on Thursday sentenced the former president of the country's Supreme Court Alejandro Moncada to five years in prison for unjustified enrichment and corruption. Panama officials suspended Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from hi....... [more]

Spain judge orders trial for former ruling party treasurers in graft scandal
March 6, 2015
A Spanish High Court judge on Thursday ordered 40 people, including three former ruling party treasurers, to stand trial over a bribes-for-contracts scheme. Investigation into the Gurtel scandal began in 2009 after a recording surfaced of Francisco Correa bragging about Luis Barcenas' acceptance of....... [more]

Spain requests US aid in extradition of ETA members from Cuba
March 2, 2015
The Spanish government has requested that the US use diplomatic discussions with Cuba regarding the country's removal from the State Sponsors of Terrorism blacklist to seek the extradition of two members of the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) residing in Cuba, according to a stat....... [more]

Judge dismisses criminal allegations against Argentine president
February 27, 2015
A judge in Argentina on Thursday dismissed criminal allegations against President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner that had been brought by a prosecutor who accused her of conspiring to shield Iranian officials from responsibility for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Judge Daniel....... [more]

Guatemala ex-president released from US jail
February 26, 2015
Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement charges and extrad....... [more]

Spain top court declares Catalonia independence vote unconstitutional
February 25, 2015
Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that a November 9 Catalonia independence vote was unconstitutional. According to the court, both the decree from the Catalan regional government that allowed for the vote and two articles of a regional law passed in September on "non referenda popular....... [more]

Former Panama Supreme Court chief pleads guilty to corruption
February 24, 2015
Former president of the Supreme Court of Panama, Alejandro Moncada, pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of falsifying documents and illicit enrichment. Panama officials suspended Moncada in October over corruption charges and accusations that he profited from his ties with former president Ricardo....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Spain to reject legal reform projects
February 23, 2015
Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday urged Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the Penal Co....... [more]

Spain court opens investigation into Cueta migrant drowning incident
February 13, 2015
A Spanish court on Thursday accused 16 civil guards of using excessive force against 15 sub-Saharan immigrants who drowned attempting to swim around a seawall between Ceuta and Morocco last February. A judge opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding their deaths and has called upon....... [more]

Amnesty: proposed amendments to Spain terrorism laws infringe on human rights
February 10, 2015
Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies debated proposed amendments to the Spanish criminal code on Tuesday that Amnesty International (AI) alleges will infringe on individual human rights in the country. The new bill expands the range of crimes defined as terrorism. AI argues th....... [more]

Spain court sentences Somali pirates to 16 years
February 5, 2015
The Spanish National Court on Wednesday sentenced six Somali pirates to 16 years in prison for an October 2012 attack on the Spanish boat Izurdia. While attempting to attack the tuna boat off the coast of Somalia, the men were repelled by a private security force and eventually captured by the Royal....... [more]




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