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Legal news from Sunday, October 16, 2011

[JURIST] The head of the European Commission (EC) [official website] Sunday announced plans [Le Parisien report, in French] to propose criminal sanctions for wrong-doers in the financial sector. In an interview-format article published over the weekend, EC President Jose Manuel Barroso [official website] stated that during the coming week he … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT backgrounder] on Saturday issued a decree banning discrimination on the basis of race, gender or religion. The SCAF article, Law Decree No. 125 / 2011, amended Criminal Law provisions first passed in 1937. The new article imposes heavy penalties … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court [ICC] [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Saturday that the court will launch investigations specifically aimed at three to six individuals for their alleged involvement in post-election violence [JURIST news archive] following last November's elections in the Ivory Coast [BBC backgrounder]. Ocampo arrived … [read more]

[JURIST] Members of the House of Representatives Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group defended the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] in a filing [text, PDF] on Friday in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website]. In the filing, the three Republican members of … [read more]

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