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Legal news from Monday, July 18, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

UN Officials and the UN Security Council on Monday called for an end to fighting in the Southern Kordofan area of Sudan. Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced that the UN has received reports of indiscriminate aerial attacks, abductions, extrajudicial …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Ukraine court on Monday dismissed Serhiy Vlasenko, a lawyer representing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, from judicial proceedings. Vlasenko had been defending Tymoshenko in a criminal case related to United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU), an energy company at one time headed by the former prime minister. The Pechersky District Court of Kiev …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged the Bahraini government to end systematic attacks on injured patients and stop arresting medical professionals linked to recent anti-government protests. In a 54-page report entitled "Targets of Retribution: Attacks against Medics, Injured Protesters, and Health Facilities," HRW presents evidence that Bahraini authorities have attacked health care …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International (NI) and former editor of the newspaper News of the World, was arrested Sunday by UK police on charges related to a wide-spread phone hacking scandal. Police arrested Brooks on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption. She was questioned and released on …

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by Zach Zagger

A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Friday dismissed a lawsuit over the constitutional right to sell cigarettes. The lawsuit was brought by Safeway, Inc., a chain of grocery stores, challenging a San Francisco city ordinance banning the sale of cigarettes by pharmacies. The original ordinance …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Monday ordered that both Thailand and Cambodia immediately withdraw military personnel from a disputed area along the border between the two countries. The Temple of Preah Vihear is a demilitarized region between Cambodia and Thailand, and has been the sight of armed clashes [AP …

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by Zach Zagger

A Milan criminal court on Monday denied a motion filed by Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to move his prostitution trial to the Tribunal of Ministers, a special court set up to prosecute public officials. The Tribunal of Ministers would require parliamentary authorization before hearing the case against Berlusconi. Berlusconi …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Hungarian court on Monday dropped war crimes charges against accused Nazi Sandor Kepiro, who was alleged to have participated in the 1942 Novi Sad massacre in Serbia. Thirty-five people were killed by Hungarian forces under Kepiro's control during the World War II raid. Kepiro, whose trial began in May, persistently denied involvement and rejected the charges …

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