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Legal news from Monday, January 12, 2009
by Devin Montgomery

Advisers to US President-elect Barack Obama said Monday that he plans to issue an executive order during his first week in office closing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, according to a report by the Associated Press. The report comes after Obama said Sunday in a television interview that he planned to close …

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by Devin Montgomery

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday began a confirmation of charges hearing against former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba. Bemba, originally arrested by Belgian authorities in May, faces war crimes and crimes against humanity charges …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled Monday that more than $8 million deposited by a former associate of late president Ferdinand Marcos must be returned to the Philippines government. This is the last of the money deposited in Swiss bank accounts before the overthrow of Marcos in 1986. The Philippine government claimed …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Human Rights Council on Monday adopted a resolution condemning the Israeli occupation in Gaza and demanding the immediate withdrawal of military forces. The council also decided to dispatch a fact-finding mission to investigate possible human rights violations. The resolution passed 33-1, with 13 abstentions. Canada was the only dissenting vote. The …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in three cases. In Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and Alaska v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, the Court heard arguments on whether the US Army Corps of Engineers may issue a permit for …

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by Tarah Park

A Spanish court on Monday dismissed the case against Basque Regional Prime Minister Juan José Ibarretxe. He and the two leaders of the Basque socialist party were charged with illegally communicating with the banned Batasuna party, the political wing of the militant ETA in a failed attempt at a ceasefire. The trial, …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Corruption cases are increasing in Russia and now account for about 1.5 percent of recorded crimes there, First Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman reported in an interview printed Monday in the newspaper Gazeta. Buksman said one-seventh of corruption cases take place in law enforcement or judicial settings, citing …

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by Jay Carmella

The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa on Monday reinstated charges against political leader Jacob Zuma, overruling the decision of the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The court found that the lower court judge had overstepped his authority when he dismissed the 16 counts of corruption, fraud, money-laundering, and …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

Final arguments began Monday in the trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori for alleged human rights abuses during his 1990-2000 rule. The prosecution contends that between 1991 and 1992, Fujimori was aware of and approved the so-called "Dirty War" carried out against the Shining Path. The defense maintains that …

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