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Legal news from Tuesday, June 30, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

The Dutch Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the 2005 war crimes conviction of a Dutch businessman convicted of selling chemicals used by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to create chemical weapons. Frans Van Anraat was convicted of selling 1,100 tons of thiodiglycol (TDG) to …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday granted permission to California to enforce its own greenhouse gas emissions standards. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said that "the decision puts law and science first," and reinforces an automaker-backed agreement on tighter national vehicle emissions standards announced last month by US President …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Democrat Al Franken the winner of the state's 2008 US Senate race over incumbent opponent Norm Coleman. In an unanimous ruling, the court affirmed the April decision by the Minnesota State Court for the Second District, resolving the seven-month dispute. …

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by Devin Montgomery

A panel for Spain's National Court on Tuesday ordered an end to the investigation of alleged crimes against humanity committed by Israel in a 2002 attack on the Gaza Strip. The court reversed a May order by judge Fernando Andreu to continue the investigation …

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by Andrew Morgan

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a habeas corpus challenge brought by Afghan national Haji Wazir detained at Bagram Air Base without charges since 2002. Judge John Bates of the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed Wazir's petition, finding that Section 7 of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced Tuesday that it would delay the mandatory installation of controversial "Green Dam" Internet content filtering software. The software would block websites containing content such as pornography, drugs, homosexuality, or violence, and was scheduled to be installed on all computers sold in …

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by Andrew Morgan

An opposition politician in Niger on Tuesday accused President Mamadou Tandja of committing a coup d'etat by annulling the West African country's Constitutional Court on Monday. Bazoum Mohamed of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) said that Tandja did not have the right to assume emergency powers, disband the court [Reuters …

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by Andrew Morgan

The German Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the European Union (EU) reform treaty, also known as the Lisbon Treaty, is compatible with the German Basic Law, but requires parliamentary reforms before it can be ratified. German President Horst Kohler had withheld his …

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by Eszter Bardi

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Monday that they would attempt to charge Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with genocide. The announcement came after the ICC ruled last week to permit prosecutors to appeal the decision not to issue genocide charges against al-Bashir. More evidence will need …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Supreme Court closed its 2008 term Monday without deciding whether to hear the case of the remaining 13 Chinese Uighur Muslims at Guantanamo Bay. The Court did not provide a reason for delaying its decision. Court watchers believe the Court's decision may have been based on their …

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