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Legal news from Wednesday, May 4, 2011
by Jennie Ryan

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Wednesday announced that an investigation has uncovered enough evidence to allow him to pursue warrants for forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Moreno-Ocampo said he has found evidence that Libya began hiring mercenaries as early …

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by Jennie Ryan

The German Federal Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that the preventive detention of prisoners beyond the maximum sentences for their crimes is unconstitutional. The court held that the laws governing the practice of extending prison terms for prisoners deemed to be a public safety threat violates provisions of the German constitution …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that the killing of Osama Bin Laden by US forces on Sunday was lawful and justified. Testifying before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, Holder said that the shooting of Bin Laden was "consistent with our values," and that …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A German court on Wednesday began the trial of Rwandan rebel leader Ignace Murwanashyaka and deputy Straton Musoni on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Murwanashyaka was the leader of the predominantly Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). The two are accused of wielding “significant influence” over the militia’s operations in the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) ruled Wednesday that the war crimes trial of former Serb nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj can continue. Seselj, charged with 14 counts of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of war, had sought last month to have the charges dismissed. …

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by Ashley Hileman

Thailand's government should investigate crimes allegedly committed by both government officials and protesters during 2010's violent political protests, according to a report released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report details the violence that resulted from the "red shirt" pro-democracy movement and specifically from …

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by Ashley Hileman

US Attorney Preet Bharara filed a civil suit on Tuesday against Deutsche Bank in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York accusing the bank of engaging in mortgage fraud. Through the suit, the US seeks more than $1 billion, including punitive damages and fines. Specifically, the complaint alleges …

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