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Legal news from Sunday, September 5, 2010
by Erin Bock

An independent journalist is expected to go on trial for allegedly libeling Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abult Gheit according to Sunday press reports. Gheit alleges that Hamdi Qandeel insulted him in an article he wrote for the independent daily Shorouk in which Qandeel analogized statements made by Gheit to garbage leaked …

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by Erin Bock

An appeals court in Argentina Friday reopened an investigation into crimes against humanity committed in Spain during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the subsequent regime of General Francisco Franco. The Spanish government adopted an amnesty law in 1977 after Franco's death barring investigation and prosecution of such crimes. Under "universal jurisdiction" doctrine the Second …

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by Dwyer Arce

The classified advertising website Craigslist removed its "adult services" section Saturday, replacing it with a "censored" label after 18 state attorneys general criticized the section in a letter sent last month. The letter, written by Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and joined by the attorneys general of 17 other states, called on Craigslist to remove …

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by Dwyer Arce

Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Iran on Saturday concluded the one-day trial of Shiva Nazar Ahari, a journalist arrested following the 2009 presidential election. During the Tehran trial, conducted by head judge Pyrbasy, Ahari faced charges of warring against God, known in Islamic law as Moharebeh, conspiring to commit a …

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