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Legal news from Monday, April 11, 2011
by Jennie Ryan

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court decision to enjoin several provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law. In July, the US District Court for the District of Arizona granted a preliminary injunction to the Department of Justice …

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by Erin Bock

Bahraini authorities said Monday that the head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights will face questioning by a military prosecutor over allegations that he tampered with photos of a detainee who died in custody. Nabeel Rajab posted a link on his twitter account to an album of pictures [WARNING: Readers may find these images …

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by Ann Riley

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi attended a hearing in Milan on Monday to defend himself against charges of tax fraud. After just two-and-a-half hours, Berlusconi left the trial saying the prosecution had no case against him and that the hearing was a waste of time. Berlusconi's media empire, Mediaset [corporate …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Human Rights Watch (HRW) asserted Monday that indiscriminate government attacks on Libyan civilians violate international humanitarian law. The attacks, led by forces supporting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi have claimed more than 250 civilian lives within the last month in the city of Misrata. According to international law, attacks from either …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Spanish Supreme Court on Monday issued an indictment against National Court judge Baltasar Garzon for his order to place illegal wiretaps in jailhouses for the purpose of recording conversations between inmates and their lawyers. Garzon's order was a part of his investigation into …

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by Michael Haggerson

The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution [1976 (2011) text] Monday to consider creating new laws, courts and prisons specialized to address the growing problem of piracy off the coast of Somalia. The resolution, sponsored by Russia, calls for the creation of piracy courts outside of Somalia and cooperation among countries in …

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by Zach Zagger

French special forces Monday aided in the capture of the Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo in the city of Abidjan. Gbagbo surrendered after French tanks moved in on his residence while it was surrounded by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara's forces. Gbagbo has refused to leave office since he was defeated in the presidential elections last …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The controversial French law that bans the wearing of full Muslim veils, including burqas, nigabs and other facial coverings in public took effect on Monday. Pursuant to the law, people caught wearing facial coverings in public can be fined 150 euros (USD $215) and/or ordered to take a citizenship class. In addition, …

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