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Legal news from Monday, July 26, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

The Supreme Court of Seychelles on Monday convicted a group of Somali pirates, sentencing them to 10 years in prison. The 11 men were apprehended in the Indian Ocean following the attempted hijacking of a Seychelles coastguard ship in December. The trial began in March, after Seychelles amended its criminal …

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by Dwyer Arce

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday called on the US government to provide greater protection for those with mental disabilities in the US immigration system. In a joint report, "Deportation by Default", the rights organizations criticized the US immigration system, which they claim often disadvantages those …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday released a partially redacted opinion on the habeas corpus petition of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Hussain Salem Mohammad Almerfedi, which was granted by the court earlier this month. Judge Paul Friedman granted the petition after finding that …

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by Dwyer Arce

Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) announced Sunday that it had issued four arrest warrants for the leaders of the Islamist group Jamaat e Islami (JI) for crimes committed during 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The ICT was established in March to try those accused of committing war crimes during the 1971 war, in which Bangladeshi forces …

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by Dwyer Arce

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange said Monday that the Afghan War Diaries, a compilation of 91,000 documents leaked to the organization on the US war effort in Afghanistan, may provide evidence of war crimes committed by US forces. The statement comes after the release of the Afghan War Diaries on Sunday, which has been described as …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Monday handed down its first conviction in the case of former Khmer Rouge official Kaing Guek Eav, also known as "Duch." The court found Kaing guilty of crimes against humanity and of violating …

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by Erin Bock

The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that a Federal Court decision calling for the government to protect the rights of Omar Khadr while in US custody overstepped judicial boundaries. Chief Justice Pierre Blais criticized the lower court ruling, which gave the Canadian government one week to …

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