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Legal news from Thursday, April 14, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

A suspected Somali pirate leader appeared for a detention hearing in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Wednesday after his March 8 indictment was unsealed. In his announcement, US Attorney Neil MacBride wrote, "oday marks the first time that the U.S. government has captured and charged an alleged pirate …

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by Jennie Ryan

Tunisian Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi announced Wednesday that the government has charged former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali with 18 offenses ranging from murder and conspiracy to trafficking and drug use. The charges stem mostly from allegations that Ben Ali authorized the use of force …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Thursday indicted former Croat soldier Miroslav Anic for war crimes against Bosnian Muslim civilians allegedly committed during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war. The indictment alleges that Anic and his unit were responsible for an attack on the village of Grahovc, where eight …

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by Daniel Richey

International maritime piracy reached an all-time high in the first quarter of 2011, says a report released Thursday by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB). The ICC's piracy reporting center, which has monitored reports of maritime piracy 24 hours a day since 1991, reports that through the end …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Bosnian Serb President Milorad Dodik initiated legislation in the National Assembly of Republika Srpska on Wednesday to challenge the legitimacy of Bosnia and Herzegovina's (BiH) war crimes court and the nation's prosecutor's office. Dodik alleges that the court is biased because it has …

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by Ann Riley

The Italian Chamber of Deputies 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 passed a similar version [S.1880 materials, in Italian] last January, to protect citizens against …

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