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Legal news from Wednesday, November 17, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil was released on Monday following four years of imprisonment on charges of insulting Islam and causing sectarian strife on his blog. Nabil, a former law student, was convicted in 2007 for posting statements critical of Islamic authorities and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, calling him a …

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by Sarah Miley

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Wednesday that the court will not use testimony from three Kenyan witnesses who claim they were bribed to provide false evidence against a high-ranking government official. Ocampo also said that the ICC is looking into additional claims of witness intimidation and bribery. While Ocampo did not …

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by Sarah Miley

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi filed a petition with Myanmar's High Court on Tuesday seeking to reinstate her opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). Myanmar's military government formally abolished the NLD in May for failing to register for elections, which took place earlier this month. Suu Kyi …

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by Ashley Hileman

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said in an interview Wednesday that he will not sign the execution order for former foreign minister Tariq Aziz. Aziz, who served in the government of Saddam Hussein as both the foreign minister and deputy prime minister, was sentenced to death …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Trials began Wednesday in Kyrgyzstan for former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his administration officials who have been charged with mass murder. The charges stem from an April 7 incident in which police fired on a crowd of anti-government demonstrators, killing more than 85 people. The crowd eventually overwhelmed security forces, ultimately overtaking …

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by Ann Riley

The National Assembly of Hungary passed a bill on Tuesday limiting the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court on state budget and taxation matters. The law, which passed 261-103, eliminates the court's ability to examine the recent "crisis taxes" imposed on banks, energy companies, foreign retail and telecommunication firms. Once the law is signed by President …

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by Daniel Richey

Guinean presidential candidate and former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo announced Monday that he would take to the Supreme Court to challenge his defeat in the West African nation's November 7 runoff election. The election, Guinea's first since it gained independence from France in 1958, took place amid ethnic clashes between the country's …

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