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Legal news from Monday, April 18, 2011
by Ann Riley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in Tapia v. United States to determine whether a district court may impose a longer prison sentence on a defendant to promote rehabilitation. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the …

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by Jennie Ryan

A UN panel of experts on Sri Lanka has found credible allegations of war crimes committed during the country's war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to excerpts of a report disclosed Monday. The special panel, appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, found that allegations of numerous war crimes and …

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by LaToya Sawyer

The Obama administration on Monday charged General Eugenio Vides Casanova, former defense minister of El Salvador, for human rights crimes committed during El Salvador's 12-year civil war while he served as the country's top military officer. The US is also seeking to deport Vides, who retired in Florida after completing his six-year …

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by Erin Bock

The National Assembly of Hungary approved a new constitution on Monday by a margin of 262-44 and one abstention. Members of the country's socialist party (MSZP) and green liberal political party (LMP) boycotted the vote. The measure was supported by and passed as …

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by Michael Haggerson

Defense lawyers for six Kenyan leaders charged in the International Criminal Court (ICC) with inciting violence after the December 2007 Kenyan elections called for the timely release of evidence against their clients on Monday. The prosecution wishes to partially redact portions of the evidence to be used against the six Kenyan …

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by Ashley Hileman

The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in a Guantanamo detainee case but granted certiorari in a case involving deportation. Monday marked the second time the case of Kiyemba v. Obama, involving Chinese Muslim Uighers detained at Guantanamo and seeking an …

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by Zach Zagger

An Italian court in Milan on Monday acquitted four banks charged with failing to have adequate steps to prevent the 2003 Parmalat SpA dairy empire crash. Parmalat collapsed under 14 billion euros in debt and is the largest corporate collapse in Europe. Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America (BOA) …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested Monday in connection with protests against increasing food and fuel costs. Bloomberg reports Besigye was detained during the protest, while Al Jazeera reports Besigye was arrested on his way to the protest. Besigye has been charged with rioting and inciting violence, but was released …

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by Dwyer Arce

Egyptian prosecutors charged former prime minister Ahmed Nazif, former finance minister Yousef Boutros and former interior minister Habib el Adly with corruption on Sunday. The charges stem from allegations that the three former officials, all of which served under former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, granted a no-bid contract to a …

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