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Legal news from Wednesday, May 5, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A French appeals court on Monday refused a US extradition request for Iranian engineer Majid Kakavand, accused of illegally exporting electronic equipment to Iran for military use. Kakavand was detained in France in March 2009 after the US government issued a warrant for his arrest. Kakavand was indicted in April on charges of purchasing thousands …

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by Tara Tighe

The appellate division of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday acquitted Serb wartime commander Milos Stupar of genocide charges in connection with his alleged involvement in killings committed at the Srebrenica prison camp in 1995. The verdict of the appellate court overturns …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Argentine Chamber of Deputies voted 126-109 Wednesday in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the country. The bill would also give gay couples the right to adopt children, one of the bill's more controversial provisions. The legislation has been under consideration since last …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Sri Lankan Parliament on Wednesday eased certain restrictions under the country's state of emergency laws, which have been in place for most of the last 27 years. Lawmakers voted to extend the state of emergency for another month but reduced some of the toughest provisions. Parliament lifted certain restrictions on assembly …

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by Erin Bock

The Dutch Public Prosecution Service announced Tuesday that the public prosecutor for the Utrecht District Court filed an appeal against the April 22 ruling acquitting the Arab European League (AEL) of hate speech charges stemming from posting an inflammatory cartoon on their website. The court ruled that publishing the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

India's Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the use of so-called "truth drugs" and lie detector tests in criminal investigations. The court held that the involuntary use of narcoanalysis and polygraph tests "amount to an unwarranted intrusion into personal liberty," and that "no individual should be forcibly subjected to any of the techniques in question, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, issued two rulings Tuesday expanding the rights of nonbiological gay and lesbian parents. In one case, the court ruled 7-0 that a lesbian can assert parental rights over the biological child of her partner, reversing a lower court decision. The court found that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Syrian native held in Canada for more than eight years on a national security certificate on Tuesday sued the Canadian government for negligence and false imprisonment. Hassan Almrei filed suit in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian …

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