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Legal news from Friday, January 21, 2011
by John Paul Putney

The appellate division of the War Crimes Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Friday sentenced Sefik Alic, a Muslim commander, to 10 years in prison, overturning his 2008 acquittal. The prosecutor appealed the original verdict on the grounds that the lower court "erroneously and incompletely established the state of facts" leading it to misapply …

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by John Paul Putney

A Paris criminal court on Friday convicted former Vivendi SA chairman and CEO Jean-Marie Messier of misleading investors during his tenure at the helm of the French entertainment giant. Canadian Edgar Bronfman Jr., former vice-chairman of Vivendi and current Warner Music Group chairman and CEO, was convicted of insider trading and fined five million euros. Both Messier …

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by Drew Singer

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday denied a request to throw out the conviction of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani. In his ruling, Judge Lewis Kaplan stated that the evidence presented at trial was sufficient …

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by Drew Singer

Nine former ethnic Albanian guerrillas have been sentenced to a total of 101 years in prison for killings committed after the Kosovo war ended. Belgrade's War Crimes Chamber of the Senior Court said that the 1999 killings of 32 Serb and non-Albanian civilians were in addition to 153 cases …

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by LaToya Sawyer

A British court on Friday approved the extradition of alleged al Qaeda operative Abid Naseer to the US, where he will stand trial on several charges of terrorism, including providing material support to terrorists. In July, Naseer was one of five men indicted on terrorism charges for his alleged involvement in …

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by Brian Jackson

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday called on the Mexican government to investigate possible complicity by government officials in the mid-December abduction of 40 Central American migrants. While details are somewhat unclear, the UN believes that Mexican officials stopped a freight train headed north in Oaxaca, detained approximately 90 migrants, and …

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by Megan McKee

A group of independent UN human rights experts will investigate the 2009 prison death of Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, his former colleague William Browder announced Thursday. Magnitsky was arrested after implicating Russian police in a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scandal, while working as outside counsel for the London-based investment fund Hermitage Capital Management. Prior to …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Verizon on Thursday filed an appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging new net neutrality rules that will allow the government to regulate Internet traffic. The company is challenging the regulations, which would prevent Internet providers from selectively blocking web access, …

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