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Legal news from Friday, August 17, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

A Texas oil baron pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he paid millions in bribes to Iraqi officials in connection with the UN oil-for-food scandal. David Chalmers, owner of Bayoil USA Inc and Bayoil Supply and Trading Ltd, pleaded guilty in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York to conspiracy to commit wire …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The government of the Netherlands reached an agreement with the United Nations Friday to host the ad hoc tribunal that will investigate and try suspects involved in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. A UN delegation will travel to the Netherlands in the coming weeks to work out the details of the …

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by Brett Murphy

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Friday revoked a previous order transferring the case against 1994 Rwandan genocide suspect Michel Bagaragaza to a local court in the Netherlands. In addition to canceling the transfer, the ICTR issued a new warrant for Bagaragaza requesting that the Netherlands "arrest and transfer the …

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by Brett Murphy

Interpol issued a red notice Friday seeking the arrest of Raghad Saddam Hussein, daughter of the former Iraqi dictator, on charges of terrorism. Interpol circulated the notice to member countries, saying Iraq accuses Raghad of supporting insurgencies in Iraq.Last year, Iraq placed Raghad and her mother, Saddam Hussein's first wife Sajida, …

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by Brett Murphy

An Iranian court has issued a summons for five Argentinean officials, accusing them of fabricating a case against Iran in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center, Iranian media reported Thursday. The Argentineans were involved in an investigation that implicated Iran as partly responsible for the bombing, which killed 85 and wounded hundreds more. …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Friday contesting a DC District Court decision allowing organic food company Whole Foods Market to buy rival grocer Wild Oats Markets. US District Judge Paul L. Friedman refused to issue an injunction blocking the acquisition …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Army Corps of Engineers argued Thursday that it cannot be sued for negligence over the collapse of a flood wall and levee caused by Hurricane Katrina because the Flood Control Act of 1928 grants it immunity. New Orleans residents have filed a class action suit against the Corps, alleging that the …

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by Michael Sung

A Pakistani court ruled Friday that government prosecutors may reopen their investigation into alleged corruption committed by exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, dealing a blow to Sharif's bid to return to Pakistan. Sharif, exiled for 10 years to Saudi Arabia in exchange for the government dropping its investigation in 2000, petitioned the Supreme Court of Pakistan …

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by Michael Sung

A German court announced the parole of former Red Army Faction member Eva Haule on Friday, saying that the court believed that Haule no longer viewed violence as an appropriate method of furthering political agendas and thus "no longer poses any danger to the public." Haule, initially sentenced in 1988 to 15 years in prison for her …

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by Michael Sung

Indonesia reduced the sentences of 10 Islamic militants on Friday for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and the 2005 Bali bombings. Originally serving between eight to 18 years, six of the militants received a sentence reduction of five months, while the other four received a reduction of two months. Victims and survivors of the …

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by Michael Sung

Two former South African officials pleaded guilty to attempted murder Friday for their role in a 1989 plot to assassinate then-opposition member and current Director-General in the President's Office Frank Chikane. As part of the plea agreement with prosecutors, former Minister of Law and Order Adriaan Vlok and former police chief Johannes Van der …

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by Michael Sung

Venezuelan opposition party members on Thursday criticized proposed constitutional reforms introduced this week by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling Chavez's proposal a blatant attempt to further consolidate his control over Venezuela. The proposals, which will extend the presidential term from six to seven years and will eliminate presidential term limits, will likely …

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by Michael Sung

Prosecutors presented opening statements in the trial of nursing home owners Salvador and Mabel Mangano Thursday, saying that the operators of St. Rita's Nursing Home were criminally negligent for their failure to comply with the mandatory evacuation order during Hurricane Katrina. Lawyers representing the Manganos, who pleaded not guilty to 35 charges of negligent …

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