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Legal news from Friday, February 26, 2010
by Steve Dotterer

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Friday opened the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Zdravko Tolimir. Tolimir is charged with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity, and murder. The crimes with which Tolimir is charged were allegedly carried out against Bosnian …

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by Steve Dotterer

The top Venezuelan human rights official on Thursday criticized findings in a report issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Ombudsman Gabriela Ramirez, Venezuela's top rights official, said that the report makes unfair characterizations and undermines Venezuelan democracy. …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation ruled Friday that Russian courts must reconsider civil cases decided by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), ordering legislative amendments. The rule previously applied only to criminal and arbitration cases. The decision stems from a complaint [RIA Novosti …

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by Jonathan Cohen

UN Under-Secretary-General Sergei Ordzhonikidze on Friday condemned calls by Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi for a jihad on Switzerland. Gaddafi issued the call in response to Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of minarets. Ordzhonikidze called the declaration "inadmissible". Also Friday, a spokesperson for EU high representative Catherine Ashton …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The US House of Representatives on Thursday approved a measure to extend expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act with no new privacy measures. Representatives voted 315-97 in favor of the measure, which would allow federal authorities to conduct "roving" wiretaps, to compel the production of business, medical, and library records, and …

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by Daniel Makosky

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Thursday that a federal grand jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York has returned a five-count superseding indictment against suspected terrorists Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay. The men, both US citizens, have been charged with conspiring to use …

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by Patrice Collins

The Constitutional Court of Thailand ruled Friday to seize 46.4 billion baht (USD $1.4 billion) in assets from ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for abuses of power while in office. The court found that Thaksin crafted government telecommunications policy to benefit his family by providing them with …

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by David Manes

Myanmar's Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the latest appeal by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi against the extension of her house arrest. The court heard Suu Kyi's latest appeal to the 18-month extension last month. Suu Kyi appealed to the supreme court in November after a lower court found her guilty …

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by Daniel Makosky

The England and Wales Court of Appeal on Friday disclosed additional text that was omitted from a previous ruling related to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed. The language in question is critical of British intelligence service MI5, suggesting that its agents were aware of Mohamed's "mistreatment" while in US …

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by Matt Glenn

Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation on Thursday overturned the bribery conviction of David Mills, a British barrister and former lawyer to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The court agreed with prosecutors who said the statute of limitations had expired, but fined Mills [Corriere Della …

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by David Manes

A Turkish court charged an additional 11 military officers Friday morning as the investigation into the military's so-called "Sledgehammer plot" to overthrow the government continues, bringing the total charged so far to 31. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at a Justice Development Party (AKP) meeting, vowing that all those involved in …

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by Zach Zagger

French President Nicholas Sarkozy admitted Thursday that France and the international community made "mistakes" in handling the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Sarkozy spoke while on a visit to Rwanda to meet with President Paul Kagame, the first visit to Rwanda …

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by Daniel Makosky

Spain's Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill that will ease restrictions on abortions. The legislation passed once three veto proposals were denied by majority votes, after which 88 amendments were rejected. The new law allows for abortions to be performed …

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by Sarah Miley

The Federal Court of Australia ruled Thursday that former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib can sue the Australian government for complicity in his ill-treatment while incarcerated in Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. Habib claims he suffered sleep deprivation, electrocution, and drug injections during his detainment, some of which …

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