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Legal news from Thursday, July 23, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Thursday reversed the contempt conviction of Astrit Haraqija and affirmed the conviction of Bajrush Morina for interfering with a witness during the trial of former Kosovo Albanian military leader Ramush Haradinaj. The …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should require the Sri Lankan government to address human rights abuses as a condition for a USD $2.5 billion emergency loan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. HRW claims that even after the 25-year civil war between the government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The trial of Mumbai terror attack suspect Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab will continue in an Indian court, despite Kasab's admission of guilt, a judge ruled Thursday. Judge ML Tahilyani ruled that Kasab's confession was incomplete, but should be entered into the record. Kasab, the only captured gunman from the attacks, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US government has turned down requests from two separate UN investigators to visit the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, the Washington Post reported Thursday. UN special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak and UN special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin had each requested access to the facility as well as …

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by Abigail Salisbury

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday called on the pre-trial chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to determine the scope of its prosecutions "to thwart growing perceptions that court decisions are directed by the government." HRW's urging comes in response to a statement made by Cambodian Prime Minister …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Senate on Wednesday dismissed articles of impeachment for former federal judge Samuel Kent. The decision to terminate impeachment proceedings came after the White House accepted Kent's resignation last month. Kent resigned at the end of June after the US House of Representatives voted to impeach him …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Computer chip maker Intel Corp. on Wednesday filed an appeal with the European Court of First Instance challenging a May European Commission (EC) ruling fining Intel €1.06 billion for violating European Union antitrust laws. The EC ruled that Intel violated the laws by giving computer companies rebates to purchase …

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by Abigail Salisbury

Russian officials announced on Wednesday that the body of Russian human rights activist Andrei Kulagin had been found in a quarry. Kulagin, the former head of rights group Spravedlivost, had been missing since May. Although officials did not comment on the cause of death, Spravedlivost director Andrei Stolbunov believes Kulagin was murdered. The announcement comes just days …

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by Brian Jackson

Former Credit Suisse broker Julian Tzolov pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy before the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Tzolov is accused of defrauding clients out of more than $400 million by selling high-risk, mortgage-backed securities to clients who requested low-risk investments, …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday summoned former president Pervez Musharraf to appear before the court and justify his November 2007 declaration of emergency rule in the country. Under the rules, Musharraf had dismissed many members of the country's judiciary, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [official profile; JURIST …

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by Brian Jackson

The US Senate on Wednesday rejected a proposed amendment to a military appropriations bill that would allow individuals with permits to carry concealed firearms across state lines. The amendment [S.AMDT.1618 materials] was proposed by Senator John Thune (R-SD) and had been a hotly contested issue, reflected by the 58-39 …

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