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Legal news from Sunday, February 1, 2009
by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The director of Guatemala's National Compensation Program Cesar Davila announced Friday that the Guatemalan government has filed more than 3,000 criminal complaints for human rights violations allegedly committed during the country's 1960-1996 civil war. The complaints were filed on behalf of more than 5,000 victims who allege …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

An official from the US State Department said Friday that the Blackwater Worldwide contract to protect American diplomats in Iraq will not be renewed when it expires in May. The State Department has yet to make an official statement but is expected to do so soon. The decision not to …

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by Devin Montgomery

Spain is considering legislation to limit the the scope of universal jurisdiction  applied by the country's National Court, according to Spanish media reports  Sunday. If adopted, the Reform of the Judiciary Act would limit the court's jurisdiction over war crimes and genocide charges to those cases that have a substantial link to the …

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by Devin Montgomery

Egypt's Agouza Appeals Court Saturday overturned the prison sentences of four newspaper editors convicted of defaming President Hosni Mubarak and the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP). The four men, Ibrahim Eissa, editor of Al Dustour; Adel Hammouda, editor of Al-Fagr; Wael Al-Abrashi, editor of the independent newspaper Sawt Al-Umma; and Abdel-Halim …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Former Sanlu Group chairwoman Tian Wenhua on Sunday appealed the life sentence she received after pleading guilty to charges in China's tainted milk scandal. Tian's lawyer claims it was not his client who decided to sell milk with higher levels of melamine, but a …

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