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Legal news from Friday, April 2, 2010
by Daniel Richey

The Serbian Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor announced Friday that it has issued an international warrant for the arrest of alleged Nazi war criminal and naturalized American citizen Peter Egner. Head Serbian prosecutor Vladmir Vukcevic has accused Egner of having been a member of Einsatzgruppe, an SS paramilitary outfit alleged to …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Pakistan's Attorney General Anwar Mansoor announced his resignation Friday over controversy surrounding a Supreme Court order to investigate corruption allegations against President Asif Ali Zardari. Mansoor cited a lack of cooperation from Law Minister Babar Awan as a key factor in his decision, claiming the government was impeding him from following …

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by Steve Dotterer

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called on leaders in Guinea-Bissau to respect the rule of law and maintain constitutional order in the wake of a confrontation between the military and government in which the prime minister was detained and later released. A spokesperson for the secretary-general said:The Secretary-General is following …

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by Zach Zagger

Japanese authorities on Friday indicted a New Zealand anti-whaling activist in connection with boarding a Japanese whaling vessel as part of an anti-whaling protest in the antarctic seas. Tokyo District Public Prosecutors are bringing five charges against Captain Pete Bethune - trespassing, assault, illegal possession of a knife, destruction of property, and obstruction …

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by Jonathan Cohen

Canadian Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice on Thursday proposed a new set of regulations aimed to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted from vehicles. The new standards will apply to cars and light truck models starting in 2011. The standards will differ based on the footprints of cars (measured in square meters) …

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by Patrice Collins

Pakistani lawmakers were weighing a constitutional bill Friday that would greatly limit the powers of President Asif Ali Zardari, reversing the expansion of presidential powers under former military leader Pervez Musharraf. If passed by both houses of parliament, the 18th Amendment Bill would transfer presidential powers to the office of the prime …

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by Daniel Makosky

The Kenyan Parliament on Thursday unanimously approved a draft constitution. The vote follows two days of contentious debate, though none of the many proposals for amendment passed, and the draft remained as introduced by the Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review. The draft includes several significant checks on presidential …

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by David Manes

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights. At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, "called on the government to fulfill all obligations under international human rights law and the many treaties to which it is a signatory." Ban arrived …

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by Patrice Collins

The German government is considering accepting detainees held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to interviews published this week by Der Spiegel magazine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle revealed a possible plan to accept the transfer of three inmates to Germany. …

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by Patrice Collins

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Thursday that Internet auction house eBay is not required to actively monitor its website for the sale of counterfeit goods. The decision comes in a case brought by jeweler Tiffany & Company, alleging that eBay diluted its trademark by facilitating the …

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