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Legal news from Monday, August 22, 2011
by LaToya Sawyer

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday voted 33-4 to adopt a resolution ordering an investigation into crimes against humanity in Syria and urging the Syrian government once again to halt its violent crackdown against peaceful protesters. The UNHRC began a special session on Monday to discuss the possibility of an …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Monday sentenced a Somali man to life in prison for his role in the hijacking of a US vessel that resulted in the deaths of four US citizens. They were the first US citizens to die in the recent wave of international maritime …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim testified for the first time Monday in his trial on charges of sodomy, denying the charges against him. Anwar testified that the charges against him were fabricated by Prime Minister Najib Razak in order to ruin his political career. Anwar's …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Finnish appeals court on Monday began hearing the appeal of former Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba, convicted last year on charges relating to his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Although Bazaramba had denied charges of involvement in the genocide, the court found that he ordered the killing of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Representatives from the International Criminal Court (ICC) were reportedly meeting Monday with Libyan rebels to discuss turning over the son of Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, to the court for prosecution. The ICC issued arrest warrants for Muammar, Saif and Muammar's brother-in-law Abdullah al-Sanussi in June on charges …

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