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Legal news from Tuesday, June 16, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Chinese state media reported Tuesday that Beijing is ready to switch from gunshot executions of condemned prisoners to lethal injections. A spokesperson for the Supreme People's Court (SPC) said that lethal injection is "cleaner, safer, and more convenient." China Daily reports that a facility has been prepared and that …

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by Christian Ehret

War crimes suspects entering or residing in the UK are often immune from prosecution for their acts, according to a report released Monday by Aegis Trust. The report refers to a "significant number" of alleged war criminals and perpetrators of genocide in the UK that hail from Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Zimbabwe, Sudan, …

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by Christian Ehret

US Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) introduced a bill Monday to reform the 2005 Real ID Act and enhance the security of driver's licenses. The Providing for Additional Security in States' Identification Act of 2009 (PASS ID) seeks to implement recommendations from the 9/11 commission concerning standards for …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Kenyan prosecutors have charged 17 Somalis with piracy. The men, arrested by US Naval forces in the Gulf of Aden in May, were turned over to the Kenyan authorities last Wednesday and charged Thursday. Also last week, the Swedish Navy turned over seven suspected Somali pirates to Kenyan authorities. The …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Peruvian Prime Minister Yehude Simon announced Monday that the Executive Branch would ask the Peruvian Congress to repeal controversial land laws that led to indigenous protests and violent clashes last week when police attempted to disperse groups blocking access routes. Last week, the congress temporarily suspended legislative …

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by Christian Ehret

Former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky called for a reform of Russia's court system in an article published Monday in the weekly magazine Kommersant Vlast. The jailed former Yukos chief executive said that putting an end to corruption and political pressure should be a governmental …

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by Christian Ehret

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Monday released redacted documents that describe the alleged torture and abuse of Guantanamo Bay detainees in CIA custody, transcribed from Combatant Status Review Tribunal hearings. The documents, released pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties …

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by Jay Carmella

Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution said Tuesday that it would conduct a partial recount of disputed presidential election results after the country's spiritual leader and highest authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered an investigation on Monday into allegations of voter fraud. Khamenei's order came after protests took place [AP …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday that Exxon Mobil owes interest on the more than $500 million in punitive damages awarded against it following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. The court found that the interest began accumulating following the original 1996 verdict …

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by Eszter Bardi

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday ordered former Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR) rebel leader Jean Pierre Bemba to stand trial for the alleged commission of violent war crimes. The prosecution contends that Bemba's actions in the Central African Republic (CAR) as military leader of …

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