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Legal news from Saturday, November 29, 2008
by Jake Oresick

Former Argentine President Carlos Menem was formally charged Friday with illegally trafficking arms to Croatia and Ecuador, contrary to a 1991 UN embargo against Croatia and a 1995 Organization of American States (OAS) ban on selling arms to Ecuador. Defense lawyers contend the then-president authorized legal arms shipments to Venezuela and Panama which were then diverted, …

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by Leslie Schulman

The Namibia-based Southern African Development Community Tribunal on Friday ruled that 78 white Zimbabwe farmers whose land was seized by the Zimbabwe government under its farm redistribution program were owed compensation and that the seizures were racially motivated, discriminatory and contrary to the treaty setting up the Southern African Development Community. …

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by Leslie Schulman

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday urged accountability for abuses as a prerequisite to quelling six years of fighting and restoring peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Speaking at the opening of a Special Session on the Congo crisis at the UN Human Rights …

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by Jake Oresick

The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon could begin prosecuting suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on March 1, 2009 with its prosecutor's scheduled arrival at The Hague, according to a report from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the Security Council. The Special Tribunal will consist of 11 …

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