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Legal news from Tuesday, May 29, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

Asian and European countries agreed Tuesday to set new international emissions standards by 2009, after a two-day conference in Hamburg, Germany that included representatives from over 40 nations. Supporters of the new deadline said it was necessary in light of the impending 2012 expiration of the Kyoto Protocol, which currently governs international greenhouse gases. Attendees …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The Bangladeshi interim government arrested seven prominent citizens Tuesday in the latest chapter of its anti-corruption campaign. The military-backed regime detained four former government ministers, two mayors, and an ex-president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Those arrested included former Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, former Health Minister Sheikh Fazlul …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Tuesday in four cases to be heard next term. In Hall Street v. Mattel (06-989) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will resolve a circuit split on whether parties may contractually agree to vacate an arbitration award under the Federal Arbitration Act [USC Title 9 …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

UK government terrorism law watchdog Lord Carlile of Berriew Tuesday warned against the country opting out of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) in the process of adopting tougher anti-terrorism legislation and expanding the scope of control orders. Carlile said he believes opting out of the ECHR …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Three Russian deputy police chiefs charged with criminal negligence in connection with their conduct during the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis in which over 300 civilians were killed received amnesty from a Russian court Tuesday. Relatives of the victims, most of whom were children, began vandalizing the courtroom by breaking windows and …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

A South Korean appellate court Tuesday upheld the conviction of two Samsung executives connected with illegal stock trading. Tae-Hak Huh and Ro-Bin Park were convicted of breach of duty in 2005 for selling a controlling stake of Samsung holding company Samsung Everland to the son of Samsung Chairman and CEO Kun-Hee Lee [corporate …

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by Brett Murphy

An Iranian appeals court has acquitted human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani of charges related to espionage after he spent seven months in prison, Soltani said Monday. According to Soltani, the appeals court held that there was "no proof" of illegal action on his part. Soltani was sentenced to five years imprisonment for allegedly …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has begun an investigation into a proposed purchase of advertising management technology company DoubleClick Inc. by Google Inc. for possible anti-trust violations, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Google announced its plans to purchase DoubleClick for $3.1 billion in April, and the FTC investigation was expected to …

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by Brett Murphy

Jordan's High Judiciary Board appointed Ihssan Barakat as Chief of the Court of First Instance Monday, marking the first time a woman will preside over a team of judges in the country. Barakat said that "this is a very important step for Arab women in the region," adding that she is ready for the responsibility and will …

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by Brett Murphy

UN human rights envoy Yash Ghai arrived in Cambodia Tuesday to prepare his latest report on the country's rights situation but encountered opposition from Cambodian authorities who claim that Ghai's previous reports were distorted. Ghai had expressed hope that he would be able to hear reactions to his work, but government officials, including National …

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by Brett Murphy

The Supreme Court of Pakistan will not be influenced by post-judgment possibilities in deciding the petition filed by suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, presiding Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday said in court Tuesday. Chaudhry claims his removal was illegal and that Pakistan's Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) lacks competence to try him for …

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by Brett Murphy

Iran formally charged two more people in an alleged espionage conspiracy against the government that has left Dr. Haleh Esfandiari detained in the Evin Prison for three weeks, a spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary said Tuesday. The government for the first time confirmed the arrest and charging of urban planning consultant Kian Tajbakhsh, and confirmed …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that an employee cannot bring a lawsuit for pay discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 for allegedly discriminatory actions that occurred outside the statutory limitations period even when a paycheck is received during the statutory limitations period. In Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire …

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by Brett Murphy

British authorities submitted a formal extradition request to Russia on Monday, seeking Andrei Lugovoy in the poisoning-murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. Last week, UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith rejected a Russian offer to try Lugovoy in Russia, calling for his extradition to the United Kingdom. The Russian government has thus far …

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by Brett Murphy

A Chinese court sentenced Zheng Xiaoyu, former commissioner of China's State Food and Drug Administration, to death on Tuesday for taking bribes in exchange for his approval of substandard drugs. Zheng received over $832,000 in bribes, allowing eight companies to bypass the drug approval process, including one which released an antibiotic accused of killing at …

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by D. Wes Rist

Venezuelan Information Minister William Lara has filed lawsuits against media giant CNN and Venezuelan broadcast network Globovision, alleging that the two stations presented false information concerning Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and that Globovision issued a call for Chavez's assassination. The government is seeking an order to revoke Globovision's broadcast license. The lawsuits came as police …

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by Brett Murphy

A conflict over constitutional changes in the Turkish parliament became physical Monday as nearly a dozen MPs started fighting on the parliamentary floor after one member criticized Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer. The parliament was debating a constitutional change to presidential elections, an amendment Sezer had originally sent back to MPs, saying that it was …

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by D. Wes Rist

A Zimbabwean government minister confirmed on Monday that the government will proceed with plans to enact the National Indigenisation and Empowerment Bill, which would force foreign business owners to give up controlling interests in private companies located inside Zimbabwe. The bill was approved by the Zimbabwean cabinet earlier in May and then presented to …

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