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Legal news from Monday, October 11, 2010
by Matt Glenn

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced Monday that police have arrested Mal Rt CEO Zoltan Bakonyi on criminal negligence charges for the company's role in last week's Akja chemical spill. Orban also announced an emergency law [MTI-ECO report] that was easily passed [Reuters …

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by Matt Glenn

French authorities have arrested alleged Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) leader Callixte Mbarushimana under a warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the ICC announced Monday. The court charged Mbarushimana, a former UN employee, with five counts of crimes against humanity and six counts of war crimes for acts committed …

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by Ann Riley

The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty on Sunday marked the 8th World Day against the Death Penalty, specifically urging the US, Iran and China to end the death penalty. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner encouraged all countries that still embrace the death penalty to abolish it and set up …

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by Ann Riley

The Belgrade Appeals Court on Monday overturned the war crimes conviction of former Bosnian officer Ilija Jurisic and ordered a retrial. The court reasoned that September 2009 proceedings in the War Crimes Chamber of the Belgrade District Court provided insufficient evidence, releasing Jurisic and overturning his 12-year prison sentence. Jurisic, accused of coordinating an attack …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Supreme Court of the Philippines on Friday unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the controversial Human Security Act (HSA) 2007, ruling the petitioners lacked legal standing to challenge the law because it had not caused them any actual damage. In its decision, the court noted that law enforcement officers' reluctance to enforce the law [JURIST …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Two Greek police officers accused in the shooting death of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, which sparked violent demonstrations and riots in 2008, were found guilty Monday and sentenced to prison. A panel of judges and jurors found Officer Epameinonta Korkonea guilty of intentional murder and sentenced him to a term …

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