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Legal news from Monday, August 31, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced the initiation of removal proceedings against a Michigan man accused of killing Jews while serving as a member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police (UAP) in L’viv, Ukraine, during World War II. John Kalymon is accused of personally shooting Jews while serving in the UAP between …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) announced Monday that William Smith of Australia has been appointed acting international co-prosecutor to replace Canadian Robert Petit when his resignation takes effect September 1. Smith has served for three years as deputy co-prosecutor and was previously a trial lawyer, legal officer, …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights commemorated the International Day of the Disappeared Monday, calling on states to eliminate enforced disappearances and ratify the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Jemery Sarkin, chairperson of the UN working group on enforced disappearances, said the signing the treaty …

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by Matt Glenn

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday began genocide proceedings against a former businessman man charged with ordering a bulldozer to knock down a church housing refugees and then ordering the bulldozer driver to crush those refugees during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Prosecutors …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

North Korea called on the newly-elected Japanese government Monday to apologize for its use of Asian "comfort women" by the Japanese Army in World War II. In an editorial published in the communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmum, North Korea called on Japan to repudiate its past and urged it to …

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by Matt Glenn

The US has released more than 5,000 Iraqi prisoners and transferred more than 1,000 more to Iraqi control in 2009, according to a Sunday statement by the US-led Multinational Force in Iraq. This year's releases and transfers, conducted in accordance with the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), brings the number of prisoners detained …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Former US vice president Dick Cheney accused President Barack Obama of backtracking on his promise to not prosecute Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents for alleged abuses of suspected terrorist detainees under the Bush administration during an interview with Fox News Sunday, calling it a political move. Cheney's statements come after Attorney …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Vietnamese Vice Minister of Public Security Le The Tiem said Monday that President Nguyen Minh Triet will grant amnesty to more than 5,000 prisoners on Wednesday in honor of National Day. Catholic priest Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for anti-government activities in Vietnam in 2007, will not …

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