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Legal news from Monday, November 22, 2010
by Matt Glenn

The trial chamber of the Belgrade Higher Court's War Crimes Department convicted two men Monday whom prosecutors claim were involved in the deaths of about 700 Muslim civilians in 1992. The court sentenced former Zvormik mayor Branko Grujic to six years in prison and former Zvormik local defense chief Branko Popovich to 15 years in prison for …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A top Chinese official on Monday called on the country's lawyers to promote law enforcement and social justice and encouraged lawyers, prosecutors and government officials to build a community of support and respect. During a meeting attended by members of the country's law firms and bar associations, Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Voters in Madagascar have approved a new constitution that will lower the minimum age requirement for presidential candidates, according to provisional results released Monday by the country's electoral commission. According to preliminary results, nearly 74 percent of voters approved the constitution, which will keep President Andry Rajoelina in power and allow …

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by Matt Glenn

The Myanmar Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Monday filed by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi challenging the government's dissolution of her National League of Democracy (NLD), according to unnamed government officials. The court has not announced why the suit was dismissed. Suu Kyi filed the suit last …

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by Ann Riley

Accused Nazi guard Samuel Kunz, 89, passed away in his home before he could be brought to trial for allegedly aiding in the killing of hundreds of thousands of Jewish people at the Belzec concentration camp, according to statements by officials of the German District Court of Bonn on Monday. No further …

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by Ann Riley

The Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg on Monday commenced the country's first piracy trial in 400 years against 10 accused Somali pirates on Monday. The suspects are charged with hijacking a ship registered in Hamburg off the Horn of Africa and face maximum sentences of between 10 …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged the US and the UK to work towards the release of the last British Guantanamo Bay detainee, Shaker Aamer, whom AI claims is being arbitrarily detained. Aamer, a UK resident, has been held by the US since 2002 on claims that he was fighting with the …

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by Ashley Hileman

The trial of former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Jean-Pierre Bemba, began Monday in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Bemba is on trial for charges stemming from his activities as the military leader for the Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC). It is …

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by Eryn Correa

The number of reported hate crime incidents and victims decreased in 2009, according to the FBI Hate Crime Statistics report released Monday. The number of reported incidents was down to 6,604 from 7,783 in 2008, while the number of reported victims was down to 8,336 from 9,691. Of these incidents, 61 percent were against persons, while …

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