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Legal news from Wednesday, May 12, 2010
by Patrice Collins

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) on Wednesday apprehended alleged Serbian war criminal Dragan Vasiljkovic in New South Wales. Vasilijkovic, also known as Daniel Sneeden, had been on the run since March 30 after the High Court ordered his extradition to Croatia. The AFP worked with the Dutch …

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by Patrice Collins

The lower house of the Kazakhstan parliament approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday to expand the powers of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The bill, which deems Nazarbayev "leader of the nation," grants immunity for acts carried out while in office. It also makes it illegal to deface images of Nazarbayev, distort the facts of his …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Ukrainian prosecutors said Wednesday that they have reopened a criminal investigation of opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The probe into accusations that Tymoshenko attempted to bribe Supreme Court judges was originally opened in May 2004 and then suspended in June 2005. Tymoshenko, who recently lost …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

A US military judge announced tuesday that the trial of Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr will begin on August 10. Army Col. Patrick Parrish also ordered pre-trial hearings on the admissibility of Khadr's alleged confession to resume July 12. Khadr's pre-trial hearings were suspended last week so that Pentagon …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The US court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday rejected a motion by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to postpone his trial until the US Supreme Court issues its decision on whether the federal honest services fraud statute [18 USC s. 1346 text] is constitutional. Blagojevich, who has …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Canadian resident Prapaharan Thambithurai pleaded guilty Tuesday to raising money for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the nation's first case involving fundraising for a banned terrorist group. Thambithurai admitted raising between $2,000 and $3,000 between late 2007 and March 2008, acknowledging that he knew part of the money would …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday voted 32-11 in favor of a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to complete a questionnaire. The bill, known as the Statistical Abortion Report Act, would require women to answer questions such as marital status, reasons for seeking the abortion, and whether …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on Monday ruled that the US Treasury Department must show probable cause for freezing the assets of an Ohio-based charity suspected of having ties to the militant Islamic group Hamas. Judge James Carr had previously ruled [JURIST …

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