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Legal news from Friday, December 17, 2010

[JURIST] A French court on Friday sentenced former Basque separatist leader Mikel Albizu Iriarte to 20 years in prison. Iriarte, also known as "Antza," was the leader of ETA [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive], an organization blamed for the deaths of 829 people. Iriarte's partner Soledad Iparragirre Genetxea, also known … [read more]

[JURIST] German prosecutors announced on Friday they are pursuing war crimes charges against two Rwandan men suspected of ordering the killing of Congolese citizens. The men, Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [JURIST news archive] leader Ignace Murwanashyaka [HJP profile] and FDLR deputy leader Straton Musoni, were arrested … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday declined to reconsider the appeal of Canadian-born media mogul Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive]. In October, a three-judge panel upheld two [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] of Black's four convictions, one for fraud and one … [read more]

[JURIST] California's Air Resources Board [official website] on Thursday approved measures that will provide incentives to companies and factories that decrease their greenhouse gas emissions [JURIST news archive]. The provisions are envisaged under Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) [text, PDF; official backgrounder] and include a permit system [AP report] in … [read more]

[JURIST] A French court on Friday convicted 13 former Chilean officials over the disappearance of four French citizens during the regime of Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The defendants, primarily high-ranking military officers, were tried in absentia, and one defendant was acquitted. Two of the defendants were sentenced … [read more]

[JURIST] Finnish telecommunications company Nokia [corporate website] on Thursday filed 13 patent infringement complaints [press release] against Apple [corporate website] in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. The complaints, filed in the UK High Court, Dusseldorf and Mannheim District Courts in Germany and the District Court of the Hague, Netherlands, … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the US will support [press release] the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People [text]. The declaration, adopted [JURIST report] in 2007, is a non-binding treaty outlining the global human rights of approximately 370 million indigenous people and banning discrimination against … [read more]

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Thursday began the trial of nearly 200 military officers accused of plotting to overthrow the government. The 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan [Taraf report, in Turkish; Al Jazeera backgrounder], or "Sledgehammer" plot [JURIST news archive], which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece … [read more]

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