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Legal news from Tuesday, July 10, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

The case of six foreign medics who were sentenced to death last year for infecting hundreds of children in a Libyan hospital with AIDS has been settled, according to the Gaddafi Foundation Tuesday. The announcement comes one day before the Libyan Supreme Court was scheduled to announce its verdict in …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The UK Foreign Office said Tuesday that Russia's refusal to extradite the primary suspect in the murder of British citizen and former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko was "unacceptable." Prime Minister Gordon Brown said his office was still considering how to respond to Russia's announcement Monday that it would not force Russian businessman …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The Chicago jury in the federal fraud trial of Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black reported Tuesday that it was unable to render a unanimous decision on all counts against Black. The jurors sent a note to Judge Amy St. Eve of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

A lawyer for US Army Spc. Mario Lozano, who is being tried in absentia for the murder of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari and attempted murders of agent Andrea Carpani and Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, told a Rome court Tuesday that Italy lacks jurisdiction in the …

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by Michael Sung

The Brussels Court of First Instance has ruled that a Belgian internet service provider (ISP) must filter or block illegal peer-to-peer music downloading, giving Scarlet Extended Ltd six months to comply with its order or face €2,500 (US$3,425) in fines for every day of noncompliance. The ruling, made June 29 and originating from a …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The Serbian Supreme Court Tuesday upheld the 40 year prison sentence of Milorad Ulemek, according to Belgrade media reports. Ulemek was a paramilitary commander under Slobodan Milosevic who was convicted of murdering former Serbian President Ivan Stambolic and attempting to murder former foreign minister and one …

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by Michael Sung

The Defense Support Section (DSS) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) opened the application process for defense lawyers Tuesday, seeking Cambodian and foreign lawyers with at least 10 years of relevant legal experience and "established competence in criminal and procedure at the international or national level" to …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour Tuesday condemned the recent execution by stoning of an Iranian man convicted of adultery, saying the execution was in violation of international law. As a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran should only impose the death penalty for serious violent crimes, …

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by Michael Sung

The government of the Philippines Tuesday rejected a request by the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) that the 2007 Human Security Act be revisited, as Filipino presidential spokesperson Ignacio Bunye said the controversial law had already experienced "exhaustive debates" in the legislature and that delaying its July 15 implementation could "embolden terrorists." Bunye instead …

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by Michael Sung

British Judge Adrian Fulford Tuesday discharged the jury in the trial of suspects implicated in the failed bomb attacks on London's subway and bus systems on July 21, 2005, after jurors indicated they were deadlocked in the deliberation of charges against defendants Manfo Kwaku Asiedu and Adel Yahya. Prosecutors have accused Asiedu of being a suicide …

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by Michael Sung

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales received reports that the FBI had improperly used national security letters (NSL) prior to testifying before Congress in 2005 that "there has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse," the Washington Post reported Tuesday. According to documents made …

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by Michael Sung

David J. Bershad, former name partner at leading class action law firm Milberg Weiss, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to obstruct justice in a plot in which Milberg Weiss allegedly paid up to $11.3 million in illegal kickbacks since 1984 to individuals to serve as lead plaintiffs in class action and shareholder derivative …

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by Michael Sung

The court-martial of US Marine Corps Cpl. Trent D. Thomas for his alleged role in the 2006 kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania began Monday, with the prosecutor asking jurors to convict Thomas on charges of premeditated murder and kidnapping. Defense lawyers, who asserted that "Marines in …

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by Michael Sung

EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini told the European Parliament Monday that protections afforded under the US Privacy Act will extend to European Union citizens as a part of a new airline passenger data-sharing agreement between the US and EU. Frattini, hoping to ease concerns from EU parliament members that …

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by Michael Sung

The Thai Supreme Court agreed to hear corruption charges against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Tuesday, scheduling the first hearing for August 14 and ordering the exiled Thaksin and his wife Pojamarn to appear before the court. Thaksin is charged with abuse of power for personal gain, conflict of interest violations, and …

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by Michael Sung

Zheng Xiaoyu, former commissioner of China's State Food and Drug Administration was executed Tuesday, as the Supreme People's Court denied Zheng's appeal for leniency. The court sanctioned Zheng's execution, saying that Zheng's acceptance of $850,000 in bribes and his serious dereliction of duty as a high-level official warranted the harsh penalty as it …

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