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Legal news from Tuesday, April 13, 2010
by Sarah Miley

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday resumed the war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. The proceedings commenced with the prosecution calling its first witness, Bosnian Muslim Ahmet Zulic. Zulic provided testimony concerning the 1992 attack on his village of Sanski …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

International rights organizations voiced concern Tuesday about a draft media law the Fijian government is slated to approve in the near future. The Media Industry Development Decree 2010 includes several provisions that could result in the imprisonment of journalists for up to five years and stiff fines. Pacific Researcher for Amnesty International (AI) Apolosi Bose …

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by Tara Tighe

The Spanish Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a National Court decision suspending an investigation into a 2002 Israeli air force bombing in the Gaza Strip. The attack killed 15 people, including 14 civilians. The investigation was ordered in January 2009 after a National Court judge determined that the alleged bombing merited judicial investigation, but was …

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by Ann Riley

Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende on Monday proposed the establishment of an international tribunal in the Netherlands to try countries suspected of supplying nuclear materials to terrorists. The tribunal would be set in The Hague, already home to several international judicial institutions, and would hold accountable nations that break international nuclear security treaties. …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Kyrgyz interim prime minister Azimbek Beknazarov announced Tuesday that the temporary government has suspended the country's highest court until the country creates a permanent government. Beknazarov said that the Constitutional Court will remain temporarily dissolved because it allegedly supports ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Beknazarov also warned Bakiyev on Tuesday that he no longer has …

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by Megan McKee

The government of Angola should take a stronger stand against corruption, according to a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Despite the nation's large economic growth and increased stability following the end of the nation-wide civil war in 2002, the majority of its citizens' lives fail to reflect the improvements, …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Nebraska Legislature voted 40-9 Monday to approve a bill requiring a heightened level of informed consent and physician assessment of women seeking abortions. The bill would require health care professionals to determine if the woman seeking the abortion had been pressured into the procedure and would also require them …

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