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Legal news from Wednesday, April 7, 2010
by Michael Kraemer

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Wednesday for an investigation into alleged war crimes committed during the recent conflict between the government of Yemen and Shiite Huthi Rebels. According to HRW's report, "All Quiet on the Northern Front?: Uninvestigated Laws of War Violations in Yemen's War with Huthi Rebels," the February truce …

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by Haley Wojdowski

Swedish Police on Wednesday arrested a Kosovo war crimes suspect. The suspect is accused of committing war crimes during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war in the small village of Cuska in May 1999. A Swedish police spokesperson did not release the man's full name because of Swedish privacy laws …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Wednesday convicted 29 members of the paramilitary group Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) on charges relating to their involvement in last year's border guard mutiny. The military-run court in Panchagarh district sentenced those convicted to jail terms ranging from four months to seven years. The sentences are the …

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by David Manes

Several visual artist organizations filed a class action suit Wednesday against Google alleging copyright infringement resulting from the company's book scanning project. The plaintiffs include the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council of America, the North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographers …

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by Jay Carmella

Anti-government protesters in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday set fire to the prosecutor-general's office amid violent demonstrations that have led to the death of the interior minister, the arrest of several opposition leaders, and the deaths of dozens of protesters. The protests against President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, which appear prompted in part by a drastic increase in utility …

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by Tara Tighe

The Spanish Supreme Court on Wednesday charged National Court judge Baltasar Garzon with abuse of power for the investigation of war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War. In 2008, Garzon ordered the exhumation of 19 …

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by Erin Bock

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and several nearby provinces in response to escalating political protests. The state of emergency was declared after protesters, known as red shirts, broke into Parliament earlier Wednesday, causing government officials to evacuate. Under the state …

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by Brian Jackson

A North Korean court sentenced a US citizen to eight years in prison on Wednesday for illegally entering the country. Aijalon Mahli Gomes was arrested in January for illegally crossing the border and was charged with illegal entry and unspecified hostile acts. Gomes's sentence includes eight years of hard labor and a fine equivalent to USD …

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