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Legal news from Monday, August 22, 2011

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Tuesday voted 33-4 to adopt a resolution [draft text, PDF] ordering an investigation [press release] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim [official profile; JURIST news archive] 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 [AFP report] by Prime Minister Najib Razak … [read more]

[JURIST] A Finnish appeals court on Monday began hearing the appeal of former Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba [Trial Watch profile], convicted [JURIST report] last year on charges relating to his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Although Bazaramba had denied charges of involvement in the … [read more]

[JURIST] Representatives from the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] were reportedly meeting Monday with Libyan rebels to discuss turning over the son of Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, to the court for prosecution. The ICC issued arrest warrants [JURIST report] for Muammar, … [read more]

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