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Legal news from Wednesday, December 23, 2009
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Prominent Chinese rights activist Liu Xiaobo was tried Wednesday on charges of inciting subversion. The trial lasted only two hours and was closed to foreign diplomats. Liu, who spent two years in prison following the Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder] uprising, has long challenged China's one-party rule, and co-authored Charter [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Argentine president Carlos Menem [official profile; BBC profile] was indicted by the Federal Court on Tuesday on corruption charges. Menem is charged [Buenos Aires Herald report] with overpaying government officials while he was in office from 1989 to 1999. Menem's well-known minister of economy, Domingo Cavallo [G30 profile], [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] ruled Wednesday that the 2003 arrest of Platon Lebedev [defense website], business partner of former Yukos oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive], was illegal. The court agreed to review [JURIST report] Lebedev's arrest last week after the European [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentine court on Tuesday sentenced former judge Victor Brusa to 21 years in prison for crimes against humanity during the country's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The Federal Court of Santa Fe found Brusa guilty [Pagina 12 report, in Spanish] of eight counts of crimes [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean prosecutors on Tuesday charged former prime minister Han Myeong-sook with bribery. Han is accused of accepting USD $50,000 from former Korea Express CEO Kwak Young-wook in 2007 in exchange for helping him become president of Korea South-East Power Co., an affiliate of the state-run Korea Electric Power [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling [JURIST report] that Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] infringed on a patent of Canadian company i4i [corporate website] with portions of its Word 2007 word-processing software. i4i alleged [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The state of Michigan on Monday filed suit [motion for preliminary injunction, PDF; petition, PDF] in the US Supreme Court [official website] against the state of Illinois seeking to close two waterways that allow invasive Asian carp to reach the Great Lakes. Michigan officials fear that the 100-pound fish, [read more]

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