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Legal news from Thursday, May 5, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged the government of Bahrain to release detained activists and exercise restraint against protesters. Pillay called on leaders to "urgently conduct an independent, impartial investigation and bring all those who were responsible for assaulting and killing protestors to justice." She expressed concern over …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Ivory Coast Constitutional Council, the nation's highest court, on Thursday declared Alassane Ouattara winner of the country's disputed presidential election, reversing a previous decision. The court originally refused to ratify the results of the November election, sparking months of violence between supporters of Ouattara and incumbent candidate Laurent Gbagbo. Constitutional Council President Paul Yao …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission on Tuesday concluded that the Kyrgyzstan military handed out weapons to Kyrgyz mobs who attacked minority Uzbeks last summer. The international, independent inquiry into the June 2010 ethnic violence that resulted in more than 300 deaths and an additional 2,000 injuries discovered that security …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday insisted on "a full disclosure of the accurate facts" surrounding the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. The White House has altered the official account of the killing since US President Barack Obama …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Hungarian court on Thursday began the trial of accused Nazi Sandor Kepiro, charged with war crimes committed during the 1942 Novi Sad massacre in Serbia. Kepiro, 97, was named as the world's most wanted Nazi war crimes suspect by the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), a Jewish human rights organization committed to finding and prosecuting Holocaust war …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Former Egyptian interior minister Habib el-Adly was convicted Thursday on charges of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Adly, the first Hosni Mubarak regime official to be convicted under the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, was also fined USD $2.5 million …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Opponents of the health care reform law filed a brief Wednesday with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit requesting a three-judge panel uphold a lower court ruling that struck down the law as unconstitutional. Twenty-six states, led by Florida and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) [association …

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