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Legal news from Wednesday, June 1, 2011
by Julia Zebley

A trial date for former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was set on Wednesday for August 3 at the Cairo Criminal Court. Mubarak, his two sons and possibly his wife will go on trial for charges released last week, including murder, attempted killing of protesters and other charges related to …

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by Julia Zebley

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) prosecutor Serge Brammertz said Wednesday that Ratko Mladic will appear before the tribunal Friday to face allegations of war crimes during the Bosnian civil war. Serbian authorities captured Mladic last week, ending a 16-year …

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by Zach Zagger

US Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday testified before the US Sentencing Commission (USSC) calling for the retroactive application of a new law bringing the sentences for crack cocaine more in line for those of powder cocaine. The USSC is considering retroactively applying the Fair Sentencing Act signed into law [JURIST …

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by Zach Zagger

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California Tuesday approved a settlement agreement in a privacy lawsuit against Google over its Buzz social networking application, awarding damages to privacy groups previously left out of the original proposed settlement. Judge James Ware approved the revised settlement awarding $500,000 …

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by Julia Zebley

Iran's Parliament voted on Wednesday to take President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to court for "illegally" declaring himself oil minister. Last month, Ahmadinejad fired minister of oil Masoud Mirkazemi in an effort to streamline his cabinets and took control of the ministry as a "caretaker." The parliament voted 165-1 with 13 abstentions …

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by Zach Zagger

Bahrain on Wednesday lifted its emergency laws imposed in mid-March that allowed for a crackdown against journalists and opposition leaders. The move may be a sign that the uprising in Bahrain is winding down. Despite the lifting of the emergency laws, Bahrain filed charges against four opposition leaders in the Al Wefaq party. Parliamentary elections …

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by Julia Zebley

Kenyan Attorney General Amos Wako said Tuesday that his country would appeal a refusal by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to transfer two cases stemming from post-election violence to Kenyan courts. The ICC announced Monday that they were denying Kenya's request for the cases to be transferred, prompting Kenya to file a reply …

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by Zach Zagger

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad granted amnesty to political prisoners Tuesday including all members of the previously banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB), according to a presidential decree published in Syrian state media. The move is seen as an attempt by Assad to defuse the 10-week uprising to overthrow the government. The decree …

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by Dan Taglioli

Spain's National Court on Monday indicted 20 Salvadorans for their roles in the killings of eight people in November 1989. The group is composed of ex-military officials and even a former defense minister. A notorious episode of El Salvador's 12-year civil war, the "Jesuit Massacre" saw six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter shot dead by …

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by Dan Taglioli

Russia's Federal Security Service on Tuesday arrested the suspected shooter in the widely publicized 2006 murder of famed journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Rustam Makhmudov was arrested at his parents' home in Chechnya almost five years after the killing as two of his brothers and a former police officer await trial for …

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