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Legal news from Monday, August 3, 2009
by Christian Ehret

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday charged Bank of America with misleading investors regarding billions of dollars paid to Merrill Lynch executives during the acquisition of the firm. The complaint alleges that, during the merger of the companies, the agreement for BOA to allow Merrill Lynch to pay …

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by Christian Ehret

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday endorsed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a new four-year term, saying that his election was a vote toward combating poverty, corruption, and discrimination. After praising Ahmadinejad as being a "hard-working and prudent man," Khamenei called for the administration to strictly follow …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Kenya should establish an independent tribunal to prosecute those believed to be responsible for the post-election violence in Kenya in late 2007 and early 2008 instead of relying on its own judicial system, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Monday. The HRW statement comes in response to last week's announcement by the …

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by Christian Ehret

A Malaysian court charged 29 protesters on Monday for their alleged involvement in weekend rallies against the country's Internal Security Act (ISA). The law, which allows indefinite detainment without trial, was protested by an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people in Kuala Lumpur, resulting in 589 arrests and the use of tear gas and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Japan began its first trial under the new lay judge system at the Tokyo District Court on Monday. Katsuyoshi Fujii is on trial for the murder of his neighbor, a South Korean woman. The proceedings began with the selection of six lay judges and three backups by a lottery system after …

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by Christian Ehret

An Iraqi court on Sunday convicted Ali Hassan al-Majid and former foreign minister and deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz of forcing the Kurdish population to be displaced from the northeast of Iraq during the late 1980s. The Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal sentenced al-Majid, better known in …

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