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Legal news from Monday, July 12, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

A group of lawyers on Monday filed a complaint with a Morocco prosecutor seeking the arrest of several high ranking Israeli officials over their involvement in Operation Cast Lead. The complaint names former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak for violating anti-terror laws …

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by Daniel Richey

The Chinese government instituted new regulations Sunday requiring a wide variety of government officials to disclose to the state details about their personal finances and the legal statuses of their family members. The new regulations, which apply to county-level and higher-ranking political officials, party officers and employees of public institutions and state-held business entities, require individuals to …

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by Daniel Richey

The UK Woolwich Crown Court on Monday sentenced three British Muslims charged in connection with a 2006 plot to blow up numerous transatlantic flights to life in prison. Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zahman were part of a conspiracy to detonate liquid bombs hidden in soft drink bottles on airliners bound for the …

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by Drew Singer

An Israeli military probe found insufficient intelligence and planning in the May 31 raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip in a report released Monday, but also concluded that no punishments were necessary. The Eiland Commission, which was formed last month to investigate the raid, was composed of professionals …

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by Hillary Stemple

Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr on Monday appeared at a pre-trial hearing and informed the court that he had previously rejected a plea deal offered by the US government. Under the plea agreement Khadr would have pleaded guilty to committing war crimes and been sentenced to 30 years in prison, …

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by Dwyer Arce

Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with three counts of genocide in relation to the Darfur conflict. The chamber found that there were reasonable grounds to conclude that Bashir had committed genocide against the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Indian Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh apologized Saturday for the government's role in the 2008 disposal of toxic waste from the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster, which he said was done secretly and in an improper manner. Bhopal victims groups and citizens living near the town of Pithampur, where the disposal occurred, have expressed concern …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday denied the stay of proceedings request of accused Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga. Katanga filed the appeal in June seeking a stay of proceedings and a declaration of unlawful detention by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) before his …

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by Hillary Stemple

US Attorney General Eric Holder said during an interview Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will continue monitoring the effects of Arizona's recently passed immigration bill and would consider filing a second lawsuit if implementation of the bill had a "racial profiling …

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by Dwyer Arce

A Zimbabwean court on Monday granted bail to human rights activist Farai Maguwu, who was being held for allegedly supplying false information about Zimbabwe's controversial diamond mining practices to the international diamond control body the Kimberley Process (KP). In granting the bail request, Judge Mawadze Gurainesu rejected the prosecution's argument that Maguwu would interfere with …

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