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Legal news from Thursday, April 14, 2011

[JURIST] A suspected Somali pirate leader appeared [DOJ press release] for a detention hearing in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Wednesday after his March 8 indictment was unsealed. In his announcement, US Attorney Neil MacBride wrote, "[t]oday marks the first time that … [read more]

[JURIST] Tunisian Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi [profile, in French] announced [press release, in Arabic] Wednesday that the government has charged former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with 18 offenses ranging from murder and conspiracy to trafficking and drug use. The charges stem mostly … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [official website] on Thursday indicted [press release] former Croat soldier Miroslav Anic for war crimes against Bosnian Muslim civilians allegedly committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. The indictment alleges [Reuters report] that Anic and his unit were responsible … [read more]

[JURIST] International maritime piracy [JURIST news archive] reached an all-time high in the first quarter of 2011, says a report [press release] released Thursday by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB) [official website]. The ICC's piracy reporting center, which has monitored reports of maritime piracy 24 … [read more]

[JURIST] Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik [official website, in Serbian] initiated legislation [official agenda] in the National Assembly of Republika Srpska [official website, in Serbian] on Wednesday to challenge the legitimacy [legislative materials, in Serbian] of Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) war crimes court and the nation's prosecutor's office. Dodik alleges … [read more]

[JURIST] The Italian Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Italian] approved legislation [C.3127-A materials, in Italian] by a vote of 314-296 Wednesday to shorten the statute of limitations for criminal trials of defendants who do not have prior convictions. The Italian Senate [official website, in Italian] passed a similar version … [read more]

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