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Legal news from Wednesday, October 21, 2009
by Carrie Schimizzi

Two courts in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality sentenced six individuals to death on Tuesday for their connections with organized crime gangs. The First Intermediate People's Court sentenced two gang leaders to death and two other members to death with a two-year reprieve. Five other members of the gang were sentenced to 11 years to life in prison …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany rejected appeals by alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk on Wednesday, setting the stage for his trial to begin next month. The rejected appeals were filed in regards to Demjanjuk's health issues and the decision to keep him in custody. The decision …

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by David Manes

A Malaysian appeals court on Tuesday rejected a defamation suit filed by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim against former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. The suit, which alleged defamation in connection with allegations that Anwar is a homosexual, was dismissed by the appeals court after Mahathir's lawyers complained that the …

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by Dwyer Arce

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor called Wednesday for an independent Israeli investigation into the war crimes allegations detailed in the Goldstone report, which accuses Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas fighters of war crimes during last winter's Operation Cast Lead. The Israeli government has been resisting …

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by Ann Riley

More than 40 Uighur men have disappeared since being detained by Chinese security forces following the July Xinjiang riots, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Tuesday. HRW alleges that in the days following the riots, the Chinese police conducted large-scale sweeps of Uighur neighborhoods in Urumqi, unlawfully …

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by Amelia Mathias

Human Rights Watch (HRW) responded Tuesday to a New York Times editorial written by former chairman Robert Bernstein that accused the group of bias against Israel. HRW responded that the group covers "open" societies such as Israel and the US as well as "closed" ones. The group defended its coverage of Israel, saying:Human Rights …

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by Amelia Mathias

The US Senate voted 79-19 Tuesday in favor of a bill permitting Guantanamo Bay detainees to be brought to the US for trial. The measure was part of a $42.7 billion spending bill for the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS).While the detainees still may not …

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by Matt Glenn

Paris prosecutors requested Tuesday that former prime minister Dominique de Villepin receive an 18-month suspended prison sentence and a €45,000 fine for his role in an alleged plot to defame several businessmen including current President Nicolas Sarkozy. Prosecutors claim de Villepin failed to stop the circulation of …

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