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Legal news from Monday, August 9, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

The Constitutional Court of Thailand on Monday conducted the first hearing in the electoral fraud trial of the ruling Democrat Party. The case, brought in June by the Election Commission of Thailand, could result in the dissolution of the party and the exclusion of its leaders, including current Prime …

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by Daniel Richey

British Petroleum (BP) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday announced the completion of negotiations over the implementation of a $20 billion fund to aid victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The White House …

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by Dwyer Arce

An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced seven Baha'i leaders to 20-year prison terms on charges of espionage. The seven were convicted of espionage, propaganda activities against the Islamic order, the establishment of an illegal administration and cooperation with Israel. All seven have denied the charges and have appealed the decision. The seven, all members of …

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by Daniel Richey

Maldavian Attorney General Husnu Al-Suood resigned Sunday after the People's Maljis failed to approve legislation to make the fledgling democracy's interim Supreme Court permanent. In his resignation letter, Al-Suood accused the opposition-controlled legislature of having "deliberately not attended to its duties," making it impossible for the Attorney General's Office to function. …

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by Dwyer Arce

Amnesty International Australia (AIA) on Monday criticized the Australian government for not taking greater measures to eliminate racial discrimination, violating its obligations under international law. The charges were made in a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the body that oversees the implementation of the International …

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by Dwyer Arce

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu testified Monday that Israel did not violate international law during the May flotilla incident, in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip. His testimony was the first heard before the Turkel Commission, a civilian investigatory commission created by …

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