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Legal news from Wednesday, December 29, 2010

[JURIST] The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights [advocacy website] announced Tuesday that the US government has refused to provide legal cooperation to Polish prosecutors investigating whether Saudi terror suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile, JURIST news archive] was tortured in a secret CIA prison [JURIST news archive] in Poland. According … [read more]

[JURIST] Both houses of the Kazakhstan Parliament [official website] on Wednesday agreed to hold a referendum proposing to extend the term of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website; BBC profile] to 2020, bypassing two presidential elections. Nazarbayev's current term is set to expire in 2012 [AP report]. If he continues to … [read more]

[JURIST] Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen on Tuesday filed an amended patent infringement complaint [complaint, PDF] against Apple, eBay, Google [corporate websites] and eight other corporations claiming the companies misappropriated technologies patented by Allen's now defunct Interval Research Corporation and currently held by Interval Licensing, LLC. The original lawsuit was dismissed … [read more]

[JURIST] China's chief administrative authority, the State Council, released a report [text] on Wednesday outlining steps to fight corruption and build a cleaner government. The report recognizes that corruption remains a concern and states the aims of the Chinese government are to build a perfect system of punishment and prevention … [read more]

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