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Legal news from Friday, August 19, 2011
by Julia Zebley

The New South Wales (NSW) government is set to propose legislation next week that will require anyone wearing face coverings, including religious veils, to remove them if requested by police for identification purposes. Refusal could result in a $220 AUD fine with the worst potential penalties at a year in jail and a fine of $5500. The …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) announced Friday that it will investigate three additional bomb attacks that may be connected to the February 2005 attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. The STL has established jurisdiction over the June 2005 assassination of anti-Syria politician George Hawi, the …

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by Julia Zebley

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and his wife Simone were arrested and charged on Thursday for a variety of economic crimes including looting, embezzlement and armed robbery. Most of Gbagbo's remaining supporters were arrested earlier this month. Although Gbagbo's supporters have been actively sought for arrest, many believe troops loyal to Ivory Coast President …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate the violent suppression of anti-government protests. Pillay's remarks came after the Fact-finding Mission in Syria published its 22-page report concluding that Syrian government forces cracking down on the opposition …

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by Julia Zebley

US President Barack Obama announced major reforms to America's current immigration system on Thursday, putting 300,000 illegal immigrants' cases up for review and temporarily halting their deportation. The new guidelines direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to target for deportation those "who have been convicted of crimes or pose …

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