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Legal news from Thursday, May 20, 2010
by Sarah Miley

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday sent a delegation from the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) to Guinea to further investigate the killing of more than 150 pro-democracy protesters in Conakry in September 2009. The purpose of the visit is to consult with judicial authorities and gather additional information on the military …

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by Hillary Stemple

A Lithuanian court ruled Tuesday that the image of the swastika is part of the country's cultural identity and not a Nazi symbol. The ruling came in response to a suit that was filed against a group of men who carried posters that included the symbol during a February Independence Day parade. A …

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by Hillary Stemple

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced Wednesday that Honduras has dropped proceedings against Brazil relating to the June 2009 coup in Honduras. The Honduran interim government began the proceedings last October in response to the sheltering of former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya in …

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by Sarah Miley

The UK Electoral Commission called Thursday for revisions to the voting laws after 1,200 voters were unable to cast ballots in the May elections even though they had arrived at the polling station before closing. The report found that local authorities allocated too many voters to certain polling stations and provided many locations …

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by Hillary Stemple

A petition was filed in a Pakistani court Wednesday challenging the pardon of Interior Minister Rehman Malik by President Asif Ali Zardari. The challenge alleges that under Article 45 of the Pakistan Constitution, presidential pardons can only be sought after all other legal remedies have been exhausted. Zardari issued the pardon on …

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by Sarah Miley

Four suspected members of armed Basque separatist group ETA were arrested Thursday in France, including suspected ETA leader Mikel Kabikoitz Carrera Sarobe. The officers raided a residential block of the French city of Bayonne and arrested Sarobe along with two Spanish accomplices. Sarobe, a Spanish national, is alleged to be …

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by Hillary Stemple

A member of the newly formed UK coalition government indicated Thursday that the extradition of alleged hacker Gary McKinnon to the US will be delayed. Home Secretary Theresa May considered an adjournment request from McKinnon's legal team and agreed to delay a scheduled judicial review in order to determine if he …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Department of Defense announced on Thursday that US Forces-Afghanistan has launched an investigation into allegations that a "small number" of soldiers are responsible for the unlawful deaths of three civilians in Afghanistan. The Army's Criminal Investigation Command began the investigation earlier this month after receiving credible information from the soldiers' unit. …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Legislative Council of the Parliament of New South Wales on Thursday voted 26-3 to end further debate on a bill to ban the wearing of the burqa and other face veils in public. The bill, proposed by Christian Democrat Fred Nile, would have banned the wearing of the …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus on Wednesday released the 2010 International Piracy Watch List naming China, Russia, Canada, Spain, and Mexico as the worst countries for protecting copyrighted information. The bipartisan caucus also released a list of the top websites hosted overseas providing unauthorized access to copyrighted material. The report stressed the risk …

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by Sarah Miley

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday banned all UN employees from using cellular devices while driving in an effort to take the prohibition against cell phone use global. Ban is teaming up with US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, US Ambassador Susan Rice, and Jennifer Smith, president and co-founder of a …

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