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Legal news from Friday, June 5, 2009
by Christian Ehret

Britain's High Court of Justice ruled Friday that military veterans involved in nuclear tests have the right to sue the Ministry of Defense (MOD) for injuries resulting from exposure to radiation. The tests carried out by the British Government in Australia and on Pacific islands between October 1952 and September 1958 have been …

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by Andrew Morgan

Amnesty International (AI) urged the UN Security Council to establish an international body to conduct an inquiry into war crimes allegedly committed in Sri Lanka, and to press the Sri Lankan government to allow full access to aid groups, in an open letter released Thursday. Yvonne Terlingen, head …

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by Christian Ehret

The Canadian government on Thursday refused a US request to accept Chinese Uighur Muslims from Guantanamo Bay. A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper affirmed that the Canadian government is not willing to take detainees from the detention facility. Director of communication for the prime minister's office Kory Teneycke [Canada.com profile] stated …

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by Christian Ehret

The trial for former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will start in late August and is likely to conclude in early 2012, according to a statement by the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Judge Patrick Robinson stated that most appellate work in …

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by Andrew Morgan

Rwandan Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga told the UN Security Council Thursday that the decisions by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) not to transfer pending cases to Rwandan jurisdiction, including genocide suspects Jean-Baptiste Gatete and Yussuf Munyakazi undermines his …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Thursday charged former Countrywide Financial Corporation officials with securities fraud arising from misleading investors. Former CEO Angelo Mozilo was additionally charged with insider trading for selling his stock in the company based on inside information, profiting almost $140 million. The SEC alleges that Mozilo, former …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies on Thursday denied the $60 million requested by President Barack Obama for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility by approving a draft bill funding the US Department of Justice (DOJ) for fiscal year 2010 …

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by Christian Ehret

US Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday returned a Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire regarding her prior judgments, financial status, potential conflicts of interest, and various other details of her past. The documents, which contain transcripts of past speeches, hearings, and writings, shed light on comments and rulings …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to remand the case of two convicted Alaska lawmakers to district court and to release the prisoners on their own recognizance. Admitting that DOJ prosecutors did not disclose all necessary information to the defense during discovery, Attorney …

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by Matt Glenn

Turkish police on Thursday arrested ten military officers and ten others in connection with an alleged coup plot. The Turkish government linked the arrested men with Ergenekon, a Turkish secular nationalist group that is accused of trying to overthrow Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Turkish police arrested the men …

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