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Legal news from Tuesday, July 27, 2010
by Drew Singer

A UK court on Tuesday blocked the extradition of former Bosnian president Ejup Ganic to Serbia to stand trial for alleged war crimes. Ganic, who served as vice president during the outset of the 1992-1995 Bosnian civil war, is accused of ordering attacks in Sarajevo in violation of the Geneva Convention relative to …

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by Daniel Richey

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday denied early release to former Bosnian Serb Assembly leader and convicted war criminal Momcilo Krajisnik. Krajisnik was sentenced by the ICTY in 2006 to 27 years in a British prison for his role in the forced …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Serbian National Assembly on Monday voted 192-26 to pass a resolution that Serbia would never recognize Kosovo as an independent nation. The declaration comes a week after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence did not violate international law. The resolution was passed during …

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by Daniel Richey

Mounting emphasis on enforcement of existing immigration laws under the Obama administration has seen a sharp rise in deportations by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), according to a Washington Post report Monday. The new emphasis on enforcement was outlined in a June memo from ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton. ICE expects …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Algerian prosecutor's office said Monday that former Guantanamo Bay detainee Aziz Abdul Naji had been indicted, but did not specify the charges. The charges come after a period of detention by the Algerian government under a statute that allows for the detention of terror suspects for up to 12 days. Naji was released …

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by Dwyer Arce

The New Jersey Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey's civil unions law, holding that it must first be heard in the lower courts. The lawsuit was filed in March, arguing that the Civil Unions Law does not adhere to the 2006 ruling …

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by Dwyer Arce

A spokesperson for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) confirmed Tuesday that former Khmer Rouge official Kaing Guek Eav, also known as "Duch," intends to appeal his conviction. Kaing's lawyer informed the court of the appeal shortly after Monday's verdict, without stating …

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by Andrea Bottorff

UK rights group Global Witness (GW) on Monday filed suit against the UK government for failing to report several UK companies to the UN Sanctions Committee for allegedly trading "conflict minerals" from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The group argues that the UK government is in violation …

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