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Legal news from Wednesday, October 14, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Hutu intelligence chief Idelphonse Nizeyimana on Wednesday pleaded not guilty in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) to charges related to his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The ICTR indicted Nizeyimana in 2000 for genocide and crimes against humanity, but the military leader had …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in two cases. In Alvarez v. Smith, the Court heard arguments on whether the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment requires state and local governments to allow probable cause challenges to property seizures, and if …

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by Amelia Mathias

An international convention is needed to protect the victims of organ, tissue, and cell (OTC) trafficking, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Council of Europe (COE) and the UN. The report calls for a separate OTC convention in addition to the convention against human trafficking, drawing a distinction between OTC …

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by Amelia Mathias

The US Senate Finance Committee voted 14-9 to approve a health care reform bill Tuesday. The America's Healthy Future Act, introduced by committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), would require most US citizens to obtain health insurance and would create tax breaks for low-income families purchasing insurance. The bill would also …

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by Matt Glenn

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) dismissed an appeal claiming immunity by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic in a ruling released Tuesday. Karadzic, who stands accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, argued that the ICTY cannot prosecute him because US …

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by Matt Glenn

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon charged two suspected Somali pirates accused of helping take over the Alakrana, a Spanish ship currently under the control of Somali Pirates. The suspects, Abdou Willy and Raagegeesey, were charged with 36 counts of kidnapping as well as armed assault. Neither suspect has admitted to breaking any laws. The two were arrested [Barcelona …

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