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Legal news from Thursday, February 12, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

Russian human rights group the SOVA Center announced Thursday that the number of Russian hate crimes rose slightly in 2008 over 2007 levels, with 97 people killed and 525 wounded. According to the deputy head of SOVA Galina Kozhevnikova higher conviction rates for hate crimes prevented the numbers of hate crimes from rising any higher. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks were partially planned in Pakistan, according to statements made Thursday at a news conference by A. Rehman Malik, the Advisor on Interior Affairs for the Pakistan Ministry of the Interior. According to Malik, the perpetrators traveled by ship from southern Pakistan to …

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by Caitlin Price

The US Court of Federal Claims on Thursday rejected arguments made in three test cases against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by families alleging that their children's autism was caused by a combination of common childhood vaccines. Due to the case volume and complexity of the so-called Omnibus Autism …

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by Jake Oresick

Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Vygaudas Usackas said Wednesday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will begin talks with the US about the possibility of accepting prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Lithuanian Defense Minister Rasa Jukneviciene expects to discuss the matter with US Defense Secretary Robert Gates during her first diplomatic visit …

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by Andrew Morgan

A report issued Wednesday by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) commended China's developmental progress, while urging the nation to share best practices in poverty reduction and to improve the national standard of living. The report follows China's evaluation under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process adopted by the UN in 2006, which …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Intermediate People's Court of Shijiazhuang on Thursday declared bankrupt Sanlu Group, the Chinese dairy company at the center of the contaminated milk scandal that killed six and sickened 300,000. As a result of a court order to compensate families whose children were sickened by the tainted milk, the company …

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by Steve Czajkowski

FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said Wednesday the FBI is looking at shifting a number of agents from national security and counterterrorism activities to investigations involving financial fraud, during a hearing before the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Pistole said there are currently more than 1600 ongoing mortgage fraud investigations, along with …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugolavia (ICTY) on Wednesday indefinitely suspended the trial of Volislav Seselj over fears that witnesses were being intimidated. Seselj, leader of the ultranationalist Serbian Radical Party (SRS), is charged …

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by Ximena Marinero

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia denied Tuesday a petition by two Guantanamo Bay detainees to stop the force-feeding imposed on them during their hunger strike, ruling that the court lacks jurisdiction over the matter. The petitioners, Mohammed Ali Abdullah Bawazir and Omar Khamis Bin Hamdoon, …

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by Ximena Marinero

Officials from the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced Thursday that the ICC has not issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, refuting Wednesday reports that the warrant had been issued. The Wednesday reports, allegedly based on statements by an anonymous UN diplomat, said that the ICC …

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by Ximena Marinero

Information redacted from a British High Court decision released last week has been withheld from US President Barack Obama and may hold key information about British involvement in the alleged torture of Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed, according to a letter sent by …

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