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Legal news from Tuesday, September 15, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) in Afghanistan said Tuesday that ballots from about 10 percent of polls need to be recounted because of allegations of fraud in last month's presidential election. Canadian head of the ECC Grant Kippen said that ballots from about 2,500 polling places with clear and convincing evidence of fraud will …

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by Matt Glenn

Both Israel and Palestine committed war crimes that may amount to crimes against humanity during December and January's Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza strip, according to a report released Tuesday by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict headed by Richard Goldstone. The report found that Israel …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Tuesday that it has approved the release of former Bosnian president Biljana Plavsic. Her sentence was commuted after she served only two-thirds of her 11-year sentence for persecution. In giving the reasons for the commutation, the judge wrote:I note first that …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former US president George W. Bush was released from prison Tuesday. Muntader al-Zaidi was originally sentenced to three years on charges of assaulting a foreign leader but later had his sentence reduced to one year on a lesser charge of insulting a foreign leader. He was released …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Niger opposition leader who opposed a constitutional referendum to allow President Mamadou Tandja to remain in office said Monday that he had been charged with financial crimes. Mahamadou Issoufou, leader of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS), claims the corruption charges are politically motivated. The charges …

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by Matt Glenn

The US officially took its place on the UN Human Rights Council for the first time Monday. In an address to the council, US Assistant Secretary for the Organization of International Affairs Esther Brimmer discussed four themes the US sees as key to its role on the council: the universality of human rights, the …

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