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15:11 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [Bloomberg report] to six years in prison and former Zvormik local [read more]

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[JURIST] A top Chinese official on Monday called on the country's lawyers to promote law enforcement and social justice [Xinhua report] 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, [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [Reuters report], which will keep President Andry Rajoelina [read more]

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[JURIST] The Myanmar Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Monday filed by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] challenging the government's dissolution of her National League of Democracy (NLD) [party website], according to unnamed government officials. The court has not announced why the suit was dismissed [read more]

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[JURIST] Accused Nazi guard Samuel Kunz [Trial Watch profile], 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 [HRP backgrounder], according to statements by officials of the German [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg [official website, in German] on Monday commenced [press release, in German] the country's first piracy trial in 400 years against 10 accused Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] on Monday. The suspects are charged with hijacking a ship registered in Hamburg off the [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday urged the US and the UK to work towards the release [press release] of the last British Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee, Shaker Aamer, whom AI claims is being arbitrarily detained. Aamer, a UK resident, has been held by the US [read more]

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[JURIST] The trial of former vice president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder], Jean-Pierre Bemba [case materials; JURIST news archive], began Monday in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. Bemba is on trial [Reuters report] for charges stemming from his activities as the military leader for [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The number of reported hate crime incidents and victims decreased in 2009, according to the FBI Hate Crime Statistics report [materials; press release] 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 [read more]

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