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Legal news from Monday, July 11, 2011
by Zach Zagger

UN Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression Frank La Rue expressed concern Monday that Malaysia's response to protests on Saturday was too strong, restricting freedom of association and hindering democratic process. La Rue was responding to media reports that Malaysian authorities used tear gas and water cannons against protestors as part of a …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the removal of 14 Libyan news stations from the air. Libyan citizens and Egyptian lawyers filed the lawsuit, arguing that the stations, which are owned by the Muammar Gaddafi administration, incite opposition to the rebels fighting to overthrow Gaddafi. Nilesat, a state-owned satellite operator, will be …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Regensberg Court of Appeals in southern Germany on Monday upheld the conviction of British Bishop Richard Williamson for incitement for denying the Holocaust. The court reduced his punishment, however, to a fine of 6,500 euro from the initial 10,000 euro fine as a result of Williamson's financial circumstances. The conviction stemmed …

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by Zach Zagger

Senegal reversed its decision Sunday to send former Chad dictator Hissene Habre back to Chad after UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned he could be tortured. Senegal suspended plans late Sunday just hours before Habre was set to board a plane. The decision came after Pillay issued …

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by Zach Zagger

An Austrian court approved the extradition Monday of former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader back to Croatia to face corruption charges. The court completed the paperwork allowing Sanader to be extradited back to Croatia. He will face charges of abuse of power, corruption and fraud for taking nearly €4 million from public firms and state institutions. Sanader …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Ugandan court on Monday began its first war crimes trial of a commander of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a Ugandan rebel group. The International Crimes Division (ICD) of the High Court of Uganda charged Thomas Kwoyelo on 53 counts of willful killing, …

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