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Legal news from Thursday, September 15, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to correct an imbalance in its investigations and prosecutions of war crimes and human rights violations. In a 50-page publication titled "Unfinished Business", HRW assessed the choice of cases made by the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) [official …

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by Michael Haggerson

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled Thursday that statements made by Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab while in the hospital following his alleged attempt to detonate a bomb on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 are admissible. Abdulmutallab argued that the conduct of the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday that the government would repeal two strict security laws that had allowed extended detention of suspects without trial, as well as review other laws dealing with freedom of the press. The government will abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA) of 1960 and the Banishment Act of 1959 …

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by Dan Taglioli

Tunisia announced its intention Wednesday to plead for the return of its remaining citizens being held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. A Justice Ministry representative, speaking at an awareness conference in Tunis, called for the repatriation of the five Tunisian detainees still being held at the prison and indicated the nation's intention to …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The UN Security Council on Wednesday extended the terms for prosecutors from the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR) until December 31, 2014. In unanimously adopting resolutions 2006 and 2007, the Security Council extended the terms of prosecutors Serge Brammertz and Hassan Bubacar Jallow. …

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by Erin Bock

The Court of Appeal of Paris on Wednesday affirmed the acquittal of former prime minister Dominique de Villepin for allegedly taking part in a smear campaign known as the Clearstream Affair. Villepin was charged with "complicity in false accusation" for his alleged role in …

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