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Legal news from Tuesday, February 3, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

US Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday expressed his commitment to restoring a tradition of fairness and political neutrality to the Department of Justice (DOJ). In video remarks to DOJ employees delivered after he was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden, Holder said:there shall be no place for …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Australian Federal Court Tuesday dismissed the application of former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic for review of a 2007 extradition order that he be handed over to Croatian authorities. Vasiljkovic, also known as Daniel Snedden, is accused of war crimes in connection with his treatment of Croatian prisoners during …

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by Jake Oresick

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) resolved a long-standing dispute between Ukraine and Romania Tuesday by drawing a new maritime border between the countries, giving Romania four-fifths of waters believed to sit atop a sizable crude oil reserve. At issue was whether Ukraine's claim to Serpent Island - a small, …

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by Jake Oresick

Australia's Supreme Court of Victoria Tuesday sentenced Algerian cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika, also known as Abu Bakr, to at least 12 years in prison for his role in plotting large-scale terror attacks aimed at sporting venues and railway stations in Australia. Benrika received a prison sentence of 12 to 15 years after being …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay military prison, including three Uighurs, are seeking refugee status in Canada with the support of Canadian sponsors. The Uighurs were last year deemed [Kiyemba v. Bush backgrounder; JURIST report] not to be unlawful enemy combatants [10 U.S.C. § 948a text; JURIST news archive]. Lawyers for the men have said that …

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by Jay Carmella

 Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) prosecutor Stephen Rapp  said Monday that a verdict in the war crimes case against former Liberian President Charles Taylor is expected in early 2010. Rapp said that the last of the prosecution's 91 witnesses was called last Friday and that the trial will likely remain …

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by Jay Carmella

The number of political prisoners in Cuba has declined from 234 in January 2008 to 205, while the number of brief detentions has increased, according to the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) Monday. The CCDHRN report attributed the decline in the number of political prisoners …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The African Union (AU) agreed Monday to seek a postponement of the pending International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment against Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, citing concerns over a possible threat to the peace process in Sudan. Meeting at the 12th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa, the AU's …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Canadian meat producer Maple Leaf Foods announced Monday that it had reached a proposed settlement agreement with class action plaintiffs who brought suit against the company in connection with sales of meat tainted with listeria monocytogenes, which sickened 56 Canadians and caused 20 deaths across the country …

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