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Legal news from Thursday, May 13, 2010
by Ximena Marinero

A lawyer from the Spanish National Court Office of the Prosecutor on Wednesday petitioned judge Ismael Moreno to issue arrest warrants for 13 CIA agents who allegedly kidnapped a German citizen of Lebanese descent in 2003 as part of the Bush administration's extraordinary rendition program. Khaled el-Masri claims that the CIA kidnapped him …

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by Ximena Marinero

Zimbabwe Attorney General Johannes Tomana on Wednesday appealed the recent Supreme Court decision to acquit Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-nominee Roy Bennett of terrorism and insurgency charges. Tomana alleged that Justice Chinembiri Bhunu erred in evaluating the authenticity of electronic …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Israeli forces unlawfully destroyed civilian property during the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza strip, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report Thursday. According to the report, "'I Lost Everything': Israel's Unlawful Destruction of Property in the Gaza Conflict," there were at least 12 separate cases in …

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by Patrice Collins

Mobile phone maker HTC filed a complaint Wednesday against Apple with the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to freeze the importation and sale of iPhones, iPads, and iPods. HTC, based in Taiwan, has accused Apple of infringing five patents, though it has not released details of the patents in …

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by Jay Carmella

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Thursday that the Office of the Prosecutor has filed a motion to amend the indictment against former Bosnian Serb Commander Ratko Mladic. Prosecutors believe that the amended indictment will help speed up the court proceedings …

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by Jay Carmella

The upper house of the Kazakhstan parliament approved a constitutional amendment on Thursday to expand the powers of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The bill, which was introduced to the parliament just last week, was approved by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday, and now needs only the president's signature to become law. Nazarbayev …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday filed its first response to one of several lawsuits challenging the controversial new health care reform law. In a brief filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the DOJ defended the law, asserting that Congress acted …

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