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Legal news from Wednesday, October 5, 2011
by Dan Taglioli

The Ukrainian parliament on Wednesday rejected four amendments to the country's Criminal Code. Parliamentary deputies refused to include in the agenda for discussion proposed amendments to the Code, which were introduced by the opposition party led by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is currently on trial and …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo (EULEX), Xavier de Marnhac, announced on Wednesday that an EU prosecutor will visit Albania to investigate allegations of an organ trafficking scheme that took place in the country during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War. The allegations stem from a report authored by Council …

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by Dan Taglioli

Malaysia's government on Wednesday released 125 prisoners who were being held under a decades-old security law that has been widely criticized by human rights and opposition groups. In an address to Parliament earlier this week, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the release of all individuals being held under the Restricted Residence Act of …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A Bahrain civilian-military court on Wednesday sentenced 19 more protesters to prison terms of up to five years, bringing the total number of protesters sentenced this week to 85. The court sentenced 13 protesters to five years in prison and six people to one year for their participation in protests seeking greater rights for the Shiite …

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by Ashley Hileman

German prosecutors intend to reopen hundreds of investigations involving former Nazi death camp guards, according to Wednesday reports. This initiative results from the conviction of John Demjanjuk, a retired US autoworker who served as a guard at a camp in Poland in 1943 and was deported to Germany in 2009 in order …

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by Ashley Hileman

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of gun laws containing certain registration requirements and laws prohibiting the ownership of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The laws at issue represented a part of the Firearms Registration Amendment Act of 2008 (FRA), which the district adopted …

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by Julia Zebley

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Tuesday sentenced a pair of Somali men to life in prison for their involvement in the hijacking of a yacht that resulted in the deaths of four American citizens. This followed another pair of pirates' sentencing the day before, with a …

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by Julia Zebley

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three cases on Tuesday. In Maples v. Thomas, the court considered a death penalty appeal where Cory Maples missed his ability to appeal his sentence due to a clerk's error. An Alabama trial court had dismissed Maples' petition for post-conviction relief and …

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