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Legal news from Friday, December 17, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

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, an organization blamed for the deaths of 829 people. Iriarte's partner Soledad Iparragirre Genetxea, also known as "Anboto," was also sentenced to 20 years as an …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

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) leader Ignace Murwanashyaka and FDLR deputy leader Straton Musoni, were arrested in Germany in November 2009. The FDLR allegedly …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Friday declined to reconsider the appeal of Canadian-born media mogul Conrad Black. In October, a three-judge panel upheld two of Black's four convictions, one for fraud and one for obstruction of justice. The court held that the other …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

California's Air Resources Board on Thursday approved measures that will provide incentives to companies and factories that decrease their greenhouse gas emissions. The provisions are envisaged under Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32) and include a permit system in which companies are allotted a quota of greenhouse emissions. If …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A French court on Friday convicted 13 former Chilean officials over the disappearance of four French citizens during the regime of Augusto Pinochet. The defendants, primarily high-ranking military officers, were tried in absentia, and one defendant was acquitted. Two of the defendants were sentenced to life in prison: Juan Manuel Contreras Sepulveda, …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Finnish telecommunications company Nokia on Thursday filed 13 patent infringement complaints against Apple 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, accuse Apple of infringing 13 of Nokia's patents, including touchscreen …

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by LaToya Sawyer

US President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the US will support the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The declaration, adopted in 2007, is a non-binding treaty outlining the global human rights of approximately 370 million indigenous people and banning discrimination against them. The US was one of four member states that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

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, or "Sledgehammer" plot, which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece into shooting down a Turkish plane in order to undermine …

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