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Legal news from Sunday, May 15, 2011
by Julia Zebley

Belarus's Minsk City Court on Saturday sentenced former presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau to a five-year maximum security prison sentence for organizing protests following the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in December 2010. Lukashenko reportedly won 80 percent of the vote, while Sannikau was second with a distant 2.5 …

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by Zach Zagger

Voters in the Swiss city of Zurich on Sunday rejected proposed bans on assisted suicide for foreigners seeking an end to their lives. The ban was aimed at stopping a phenomenon known as "death tourism" or "suicide tourism" where people travel to Switzerland from abroad to take advantage of its legal assisted suicide. Voters …

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by Zach Zagger

The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Sunday struck down the nation's Seventh Amendment which legitimized the military rule of General HM Ershad. The court declared Ershad's martial law rules, regulations and orders to be illegal, void and unconstitutional, upholding a decision by the lower court. The court said, however, that international treaties …

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