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Legal news from Wednesday, August 24, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday announced that the agency had reached a $500 million settlement with Google for permitting Canadian pharmaceutical companies to advertise to and target US consumers. The advertising led to unlawful importation of controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs into the US, which constitutes violations of the Federal …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Russian investigators on Wednesday arrested a former police officer in connection with the 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Authorities arrested Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov [RFE/RL report], who is suspected of arranging Politkovskaya's murder and hiring three Chechen men who have also been implicated in the case. Pavlyuchenkov purportedly organized a criminal unit to …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Michigan court of appeals ruled Tuesday that medical marijuana cannot be sold at private dispensaries. The defendants are owners of Compassionate Apothecary (CA), a privately owned medical marijuana dispensary that facilitates patient-to-patient transfer of marijuana using a locker system for patients to store and trade excess marijuana. CA retains 20 percent …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Accused war criminal Goran Hadzic on Wednesday entered a not guilty plea at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Hadzic had refused to enter a plea in July when he was extradited to The Hague, where he now awaits trial for war crimes. Hadzic was the …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Bangladeshi authorities must put an end to extrajudicial executions by government authorities, Amnesty International (AI) urged on Wednesday. In a report entitled "Crimes Unseen: Extrajudicial Executions in Bangladesh", AI alleges that the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), a special police force, unlawfully kills Bangladeshi civilians regularly. Furthermore, the RAB justifies the killings …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Thai court on Wednesday acquitted Pojamarn Shinawatra, the ex-wife of former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, overturning a tax evasion conviction. Shinawatra was convicted of tax evasion in July 2008 for transferring $16.3 million worth of stock to her step-brother and secretary, who were also convicted. Pojamarn and …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday concluded its first war crimes trial after two years. Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) militia leader Thomas Lubanga was taken into ICC custody in March 2006, becoming the first DRC war crimes defendant to appear before the ICC. Lubanga is charged with …

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