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Legal news from Tuesday, June 12, 2007
by Leslie Schulman

Appeal proceedings in the case of former Ethiopian President Mengistu Haile Mariam have been adjourned until July 3, following the orders of a judge on Tuesday. Mengistu, who received a life sentence in absentia last year for his involvement in the genocide that ravaged Ethiopia in the 1970s, has lived in exile …

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by Leslie Schulman

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) requested Monday that the case against Fulgence Kayishema, who was indicted in absentia in 2001 for his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, be moved to a Rwandan court for trial. Kayishema, who was a police inspector during the war, has been charged with …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Interim Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont Tuesday invited his ousted predecessor to return to Thailand to challenge allegations made against him and the recent seizure of $1.5 billion in assets amassed from the sale of the telecommunication company he founded in the 1980s. Former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood filed a lawsuit against State Farm Monday, alleging that the insurance company committed a bad faith breach of contract related to a settlement reached on January 23 regarding Hurricane Katrina policies. State Farm says that the move could disrupt the ongoing settlement …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The US Office of Special Counsel officially recommended Monday that General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Lurita Doan "be disciplined to the fullest extent" for blatant disregard of the 1939 Hatch Act. In a letter to President George W. Bush, Special Counsel Scott Bloch said that by asking political appointees at a …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Human Rights in China (HRIC) said Monday that the state secrets system in China gives the government virtually complete power to halt the free flow of information, "undermining healthy governance and rule of law." The group released State Secrets: China's Legal Labyrinth, an extensive 280 page report that includes English translations …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

A US Nuremberg trials prosecutor denounced the US military commissions at Guantanamo Bay in an interview with Reuters published Monday. Henry King Jr., now in his 80s but still a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, said the commissions violated the principles of fairness established during the trials …

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by Leslie Schulman

The trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor will continue as scheduled, despite Taylor's boycott of the trial's opening last week, according to Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) chief prosecutor Stephen Rapp Monday. Taylor, who is being tried in front of the UN-backed court for crimes against humanity and violations of …

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by Michael Sung

Google Monday announced a new data retention policy, saying that its servers will retain personally identifiable information for 18 months and not its previous policy of 18 to 24 months. Google's policy revision came in response to an announcement by the European Commission in May that the EU's independent advisory panel …

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by Michael Sung

Iranian judiciary spokesperson Alireza Jamshidi said Tuesday that an Iranian judge will decide whether to proceed with indictments against three Iranian-Americans early next week, after the conclusion of preliminary investigations. Iran has formally charged Dr. Haleh Esfandiari for an alleged plot "against the sovereignty of the country," and charged Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh …

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by Michael Sung

The Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled Monday that it has jurisdiction over legal disputes involving the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and admitted Chaudhry's petition challenging the legality of his March 9 suspension by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. The ruling, considered a victory for Chaudhry, frustrates the efforts …

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by Michael Sung

Malta's Justice and Home Affairs Minister Tonio Borg urged his EU counterparts to help alleviate the influx of illegal immigrants to Malta Tuesday, as the EU's Justice and Home Affairs Council began a two-day meeting in Luxembourg to discuss EU policy on illegal immigration and other matters within the Council's portfolio. …

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by Michael Sung

Slobodan Radovanovic, Serbia's top special prosecutor for organized crime, said Monday that the widow and son of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic are to be charged with running a smuggling ring. Serbia will issue an international arrest warrant in the case and their assets are expected to be frozen. Mirjana Markovic and her son Marko currently reside …

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by Michael Sung

An Ethiopian court convicted 39 opposition members Monday of treason and inciting violence for their roles in mass anti-government demonstrations in the wake of Ethiopia's 2005 elections. The opposition members, most of whom belong to the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), will be sentenced on July 8 and face …

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by Michael Sung

Milan Martic was convicted Tuesday by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) of 16 counts of crimes against humanity and violations of laws and customs of war, for crimes including persecutions, murder, torture, deportation, attacks on civilians, and wanton destruction of civilian areas. The former leader …

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