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Legal news from Friday, August 20, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

The EU General Court has issued a temporary injunction exempting Inuit hunters from Canada and Greenland from an EU ban on seal hunting that went into effect on Friday. Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 recognizes seals as "sentient beings that can experience pain, distress, fear and other forms of suffering," and bans all imports containing seal …

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by Sarah Miley

The Dutch National Prosecution Office announced Friday that it will open an investigation into whether Dutch peacekeeping soldiers should face criminal charges for their actions during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia. The inquiry was commenced after relatives of victims began proceedings against three soldiers for failing to …

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by Hillary Stemple

An appeals court in Thailand ruled Friday that accused Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout can be extradited to the US to face charges including conspiracy to kill US nationals and conspiracy to provide material support to a proscribe terrorist group. The court's decision overturned a decision issued by the Bangkok Criminal Court last August, refusing …

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by Hillary Stemple

A Guatemalan judge ruled Wednesday that former president Alfonso Portillo and two of his former ministers will stand trial on charges of embezzlement. Portillo, president of Guatemala from 2000-2004, is accused of diverting approximately USD $15 million in funds from the Ministry of Defense. The ministers of finance and defense who served under Portillo face …

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by Ann Riley

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Alternatives-Cameroun on Thursday urged the government of Cameroon to decriminalize consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex. Under Article 347 of the Cameroon Penal Code, same-sex acts are subject to a punishment of six months to five years in prison. The …

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by Ann Riley

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Wednesday that it has charged the state of New Jersey with securities fraud for failing to disclose to municipal bond investors that it was underfunding two of the state's largest pension plans. Between August 2001 and August 2007, New Jersey sold more than $26 billion …

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