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Legal news from Monday, September 26, 2011
by John Paul Putney

The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia approved a restitution law that provides for compensation or the return of property confiscated by communist authorities following World War II. The bill, passed by an overwhelming majority, is part of a larger property rights reform package that is key to Serbia's bid to join the European …

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by John Paul Putney

The abuse of Irish children by members of the clergy, revealed by four state-sponsored reports, included acts that amounted to torture, Amnesty International said Monday. Aimed at why the abuse occurred, the report, titled In Plain Sight, calls attention to those who "turned a blind eye" to the abuse and "people in positions …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Kuwait Cabinet on Sunday approved a draft anti-corruption law meant to combat the country's growing business corruption troubles. The law imposes penalties of up to seven years in prison for a number of offenses related to money laundering and financial disclosure, including manipulation of public tenders and auctions, bribery, counterfeiting, forgery and graft. The passage of …

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by Jennie Ryan

US counter-terrorism officials have indicated that the administration of President Barack Obama is considering trying the former leader of Hezbollah in a military commission on US soil, the Associated Press reported Monday. According to anonymous officials, the Obama administration is considering the controversial move because they …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Scottish prosecutors asked Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) on Monday for any evidence, witnesses or assistance they can provide in tracking down those involved in the Lockerbie bombing. The request follows the Scottish Crown's recent defense of its decision to release convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi on humanitarian …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

Five human rights groups sent a letter Monday to Cameroon President Paul Biya, urging him to end persecution against gays and lesbians and repeal laws that criminalize homosexual conduct. The groups, Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, L'Association pour la Defense des Droits …

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