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Legal news from Tuesday, February 9, 2010
by Sarah Miley

Former Intel Capital executive Rajiv Goel pleaded guilty to insider trading charges on Monday in connection with the probe surrounding Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam and former hedge fund consultant Danielle Chiesi. The US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York alleged …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will consider a petition from the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) calling for an investigation into recent violence in Jos, Nigeria, according to a response letter sent to SERAP Monday. SERAP lawyer Femi Falana welcomed the ICC's response, saying:This is an important decision; we …

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by Ann Riley

The Philippine Department of Justice (PDOJ) on Tuesday charged 197 people with murder in connection with the November massacre in the semi-autonomous Maguindanao province that left 57 dead. Among those charged is Andal Ampatuan Sr., a former political ally to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, head of a Muslim clan, and former governor …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa dissolved Parliament on Tuesday and called for early parliamentary elections. The country's parliamentary elections could now be conducted as early as April 8, with the new parliament convening as early as April 22. It is believed that Rajapaksa is trying to harness momentum from the presidential …

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by Sarah Miley

The government of Bahrain has reverted to using torture to gain confessions from detainees after a decade of reform banning such practices, according to a report released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW conducted interviews with 20 former detainees who claimed that they had suffered torture and ill-treatment as early as 2007. The …

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by Ann Riley

Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that the country's five-year-old social welfare benefit law is unconstitutional. The benefit, known as Hartz IV, merges unemployment and social assistance programs and is only granted where individuals do not have sufficient means, income, or property of their own. Under the current structure, the standard benefit …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The African Union (AU) on Monday called for a hybrid court of Sudanese and foreign judges to hear trials of individuals accused of war crimes in Darfur. The AU Implementation Panel, led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, renewed its request for the combined court a week after the International Criminal …

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by Hillary Stemple

Former Boeing engineer Dongfan "Greg" Chung was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison, following his July 2009 conviction under the 1996 Economic Espionage Act. Chung, a native of China, was convicted by the US District Court for the Central District of California in a non-jury trial of stealing corporate trade …

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by Megan McKee

A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced human rights activist Tan Zuoren to five years in prison on subversion charges. Amnesty International (AI) says that Zuoren sought to release an independent report documenting the lethal consequences of substandard construction in the Sichuan province's 2008 earthquake, which left some 90,000 dead. Although Zuoren was charged …

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by Ximena Marinero

The European Union (EU) and the US government on Monday issued a joint statement condemning Iranian human rights violations since the disputed June presidential election. According to the statement, the Iranian government must respect international human rights principles, especially during the coming anniversary of the founding of the 1979 Islamic Republic this …

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by Ximena Marinero

Former UK Foreign Ministry secretary Jack Straw testified to the Iraq Inquiry on Monday that he did not ignore legal advice that the 2003 Iraq invasion lacked basis in international law. During Straw's second appearance before the public inquiry, he explained that he noted but did not accept the advice of former …

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