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Legal news from Monday, September 5, 2011

[JURIST] The trial of former French president Jacques Chirac [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] opened in his absence on Monday after Judge Dominique Pauthe of the 11th Criminal Court of Paris agreed to continue the proceedings without him. Chirac and his legal team filed documents with the court on Friday … [read more]

[JURIST] Violence broke out in the Egyptian court where the corruption and murder trial of former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] resumed on Monday for a third session. As the first witness for the prosecution began testimony during the trial's third hearing, plaintiffs and their lawyers … [read more]

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] on Monday gave a speech [text] on the situation in Libya [JURIST backgrounder], announcing an investigation into collusion between MI6 [official website], the overseas British Security Service, and the Libyan Security Services regarding the treatment of former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of former Icelandic prime minister Geir Haarde [official profile, in Icelandic] began on Monday, on charges that he was grossly negligent for failing to stop the nation's banking collapse during the 2008 financial crisis [JURIST news archive]. Court convened in the Landsdomur, a special court to try … [read more]

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