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Legal news from Thursday, November 5, 2009
by Dwyer Arce

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Thursday sentenced former director of the Rwanda tea industry Michel Bagaragaza to eight years in prison on charges of complicity in genocide. As director general of OCIR-Tea, Bagaragaza was accused of training, funding, and arming the Interahamwe [GlobalSecurity …

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by Brian Jackson

The US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Wednesday voted 41-28 for passage of the Investor Protection Act. Among the regulations included in the bill are an enhancement of powers for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), additional protections for whistleblowers, and establishment of fiduciary duties …

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by Steve Dotterer

The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Thursday that former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will be appointed counsel to represent him in the event that he does not appear in court. The ICTY announced the decision in response to Karadzic's boycott of war crimes …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Sri Lanka's Chief of Defense Staff General Sarath Fonseka returned home Thursday without being questioned by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about alleged war crimes. Fonseka, a US permanent resident with a diplomatic passport and a Green Card, had traveled to the US to visit his daughters in Oklahoma. The Sri …

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by Haley Wojdowski

Two senior Indonesian law enforcement officials resigned Thursday after being linked to an alleged plot to weaken the Corruption Eradication Commisions (KPK), an anti-corruption agency. Deputy Attorney General Abdul Hakim Ritonga and Chief Detective Susno Duadjia were mentioned by name in a tape recorded conversation about a plan to fabricate charges [Al …

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by Daniel Makosky

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Thursday announced that he will ask the ICC to open a formal inquiry into violence perpetrated in the wake of Kenya's 2007 presidential elections. Following a meeting to discuss the ICC inquiry with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila …

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by Christian Ehret

The New York Attorney General on Wednesday filed an antitrust suit against Intel, alleging that the microprocessor manufacturer engaged in illegal conduct to further its dominance in the marketplace. The complaint alleges that Intel obtained exclusive contracts from manufacturers in exchange for large payments. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo claims that many …

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by Ximena Marinero

An Illinois Cook County Circuit Court judge on Wednesday granted a temporary restraining order on the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995 only hours after the Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board had ruled to begin enforcing the law. The order was sought by the the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU-IL) in support …

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by David Manes

The Ohio Supreme Court set dates Wednesday for two inmates to be executed by lethal injection, despite a temporary stay on executions in the state. Michael Bueke is scheduled to be executed on May 13 of next year, and Richard Nields is scheduled to be executed on June 10. Ohio's lethal injection …

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