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Legal news from Friday, October 10, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Thailand's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on Friday filed a petition to have the country's Constitutional Court dissolve the ruling People's Power Party (PPP) because of election fraud allegedly committed by one of its former top officers. Former PPP deputy leader Yongyuth Tiyapairat was convicted of organizing …

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by Joe Shaulis

The Connecticut Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Connecticut Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry. In a 4-3 decision, the court reversed a lower court's judgment, concluding that state statutes discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, that such a classification is "quasi-suspect" under the equal …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Seoul High Court Friday affirmed a suspended three-year prison sentence and fine for former Samsung Chairman and CEO Kun-Hee Lee, but cleared Lee of a conviction for breach of trust. According to the Korea Times, the High Court took Lee's poor health and contribution to the Korean economy into account when …

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by Joe Shaulis

The Chinese Foreign Ministry again demanded Thursday that the United States repatriate 17 Uighur detainees that a US district judge has ordered to be released from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. During a press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the Uighurs, who are …

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by Joe Shaulis

Citigroup Inc. on Thursday announced that it would not seek to enjoin the acquisition of Wachovia Corp. by Wells Fargo & Co. but would pursue claims against both financial institutions for alleged breach of contract and tortious interference with contract. Citigroup's decision to abandon negotiations to acquire a substantial portion of Wachovia operations …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Thursday refused to grant Rwanda's request to have genocide suspect Yussuf Munyakazi transferred to the country to face trial. The chamber upheld an earlier decision by an ICTR panel denying the request based on concerns that …

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by Devin Montgomery

Fiji's High Court on Thursday dismissed a legal challenge to the country's 2006 coup, holding that Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo had the authority to name new leaders after former prime minister Laisenia Qarase was ousted by the Fijian military. Qarase originally brought suit against the government in October 2007, saying …

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by Leslie Schulman

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued two decisions Thursday finding Russia in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights in cases concerning the deaths or abductions of Russian nationals in Chechnya in 2000. The court ruled in Albekov v. Russia that Russia violated Article 2 of the Convention by …

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by Eric Firkel

Italy's Constitutional Court has rejected a parliamentary challenge to a Milan appeals court decision holding that doctors can remove the feeding tube of Eluana Englaro, a young woman who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years. In a decision issued Wednesday the court specified the interruption …

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by Eric Firkel

US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch said Thursday that Libya has made an initial deposit into a US government account as part of a deal to settle claims involving Libyan-linked terrorism in the 1980s. Under the agreement, Libya will pay $1.5 billion to settle claims for victims of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 …

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