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Legal news from Tuesday, May 19, 2009
by Christian Ehret

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced plans for national fuel efficiency requirements. The policy is aimed at increasing fuel economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and is projected to conserve 1.8 billion barrels of oil and reduce emissions by an approximate 900 million metric tons. The estimated effect of the emissions reduction …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Bolivian Supreme Court of Justice on Monday opened the trial of former president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada in connection with the deaths of 63 anti-government protesters in October 2003. Sanchez de Lozada and 17 other former government officials face genocide charges related to incident, for which he faces 30 years …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled Tuesday that the White House Office of Administration (OA) is not required to release Bush administration e-mails under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A three-judge panel found that since OA is not an "agency" within the meaning of FOIA, it is not …

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by Christian Ehret

A Turkish court ruled on Monday that President Abdullah Gul should face trial for corruption allegations stemming from a previous misappropriation of treasury funds. The Sincan High Criminal Court in Ankara held that Gul should face trial despite his immunity as president and the previous dismissal of proceedings by the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office. Former …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Black v. United States, appealing the fraud conviction of Canadian-born former media mogul Conrad Black. The Court will determine whether the "honest services" clause of 18 USC § 1346 applies in cases where there is no finding that …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Council of the European Union on Monday called for an independent inquiry into possible war crimes committed during the Sri Lanka civil war. Meeting in Brussels, the General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) said that it was "appalled by the loss of innocent lives as a result of …

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by Andrew Morgan

Sudanese rebel leader Bahr Idriss Abu Garda appeared before the International Criminal Court on Monday to deny his responsibility for war crimes committed in Darfur. Abu Garda is accused of orchestrating a September 2007 attack on peacekeepers from the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) at …

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by Christian Ehret

The US House of Representatives on Monday approved the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, which creates a commission to investigate the cause of recent economic turmoil and allocates more resources for federal prosecutors to pursue financial fraud cases. The measure, already approved by the Senate, was passed in the House by …

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by Eszter Bardi

The new Bangladesh government should investigate torture, illegal detentions, and extrajudicial killings allegedly conducted by the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) and the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Monday. The report alleges that these Bangladesh intelligence and …

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