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Legal news from Monday, June 8, 2009
by Christian Ehret

The Belfast High Court on Monday found four men and the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) responsible for the 1998 Omagh bombing in a civil case brought by victims' families. The ruling held RIRA leader Michael McKevitt, Liam Campbell, Colm Murphy, and Seamus Daly liable for the …

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by Andrew Morgan

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee at the center of a landmark Supreme Court case Lakhdar Boumediene said in an interview with ABC News released Monday that he was tortured by American personnel at the detention facility. Boumediene said that he was kept awake for 16 days and kept from practicing …

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by Christian Ehret

Five US contractors have been arrested by Iraqi officials for their alleged involvement in the May death of an American in Baghdad's Green Zone, according to Sunday reports. The suspects are not yet charged but may be the first Americans to face trial in an Iraqi court since the Status of Forces Agreement …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Supreme Court issued opinions in five cases on Monday. In Republic of Iraq v. Beaty and Iraq v. Simon, the Court ruled that Iraq has sovereign immunity from US court jurisdiction in cases alleging mistreatment during the Saddam Hussein regime, at which time the country …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in two cases. In Hertz Corporation v. Friend, Melinda, et al [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether the location of a nationwide corporation's headquarters can be disregarded by a court in determining a principal place of business for the purposes …

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by Andrew Morgan

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called on the government of Sri Lanka to conduct a "proper investigation" of any "credible allegations of violations of humanitarian law" arising from the recent conflict between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that ended last month with the military …

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by Christian Ehret

US journalists Laura Ling and Seung-eun Lee were sentenced on Monday in North Korea's Pyongyang Central Court to 12 years in labor camps. The journalists were arrested in March for allegedly crossing into North Korea while reporting on North Korean defectors for Current TV and were subsequently charged with …

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