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Legal news from Wednesday, January 28, 2009
by Jake Oresick

Japanese defense minister Yasukazu Hamada on Wednesday ordered the country's Maritime Self-Defense Force to prepare to travel to the waters surrounding Somalia to combat piracy in the region, despite concerns that combat could be prohibited by the country's constitution. Hamada has said the plan is designed to protect the country's commercial interests, but …

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by Jake Oresick

Former Malawi President Bakili Muluzi will likely be tried for corruption after the country's Supreme Court of Appeal Tuesday struck down an injunction that had stalled the investigation into his alleged theft of international aid money. Muluzi contends that the charges are political, as he intends to seek a third, non-consecutive term in the country's May elections. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-2 Wednesday to approve the nomination of Eric Holder to serve as Attorney General. Holder won the approval of all the Democrats on the committee, as well as some of the Republicans, including ranking Republican committee member Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA). The two dissenting votes were cast …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday began the war crimes trial of former Serbian general Vlastimir Djordjevic. Djordjevic was arrested in 2007 and formally indicted in July 2008 for his participation in crimes against humanity, murder, and illegal deportation. The indictment alleges …

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by Ximena Marinero

A Peruvian court on Tuesday ruled that two alleged members of the Colina Group must be released without charge after six years in custody. Douglas Arteaga Pascual and Angel Pino Diaz were never convicted during the 72 months they spent in prison. Peruvian law mandates that prisoners be released after 32 months if they have not been …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Sudan's Khartoum North Court on Wednesday sentenced a Sudanese man to 17 years in prison on charges of spying, criminal conspiracy and passing on confidential military documents after he attempted to share information with the International Criminal Court (ICC) relating to the investigation of a Darfur war crimes suspect. Mohamed Alsary Ibrahim was accused …

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by Lucas Tanglen

The British Information Tribunal has ruled that the government must release redacted minutes of two Cabinet discussions from the months preceding the war in Iraq. The discussions of March 13 and 17, 2003, centered on the legality of a possible Iraq war. The tribunal found that the public …

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by Ximena Marinero

A spokesperson for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday announced that Medvedev's administration will modify a legislative proposal that would change the definition of treason, state secrets, and espionage, amid criticisms that the current text could limit human rights. Civil rights activists have warned that the bill would allow the government to arrest any government critic [statement …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A French court on Tuesday postponed a ruling on whether to overturn the sentences of five French citizens who were released from US custody at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in July 2004 and March 2005. The five, identified as Brahim Yadel, 37, Mourad Benchellali, 26, Nizar Sassi, 27, Khaled Ben Mustapha, 35, and Redouane …

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by Andrew Gilmore

US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) officials on Tuesday said that the SEC is committed to greater enforcement in the wake of the recently-revealed fraud scheme allegedly perpetrated by Bernard Madoff, at a hearing before the US Senate Banking Committee. The Committee, chaired by Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT), heard …

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