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Legal news from Thursday, October 20, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

The UK's top judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Igor Judge, said on Wednesday that UK courts are not bound by decisions from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Speaking before the Lords Constitution Committee, Judge suggested that while UK courts are not required to follow the ECHR [Guardian …

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by Michael Haggerson

Lawyers for convicted Nazi guard John Demjanjuk filed a request in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for a hearing to determine whether the FBI failed to turn over evidence that could have assisted Demjanjuk's case. Demjanjuk was convicted in Germany in May on more than …

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by Michael Haggerson

Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN, Eshagh al-Habib, on Thursday denied allegations in a recent UN report that human rights violations in Iran are on the rise. Al-Habib criticized the report for being poorly sourced, non-neutral and simply untrue. The report cited an increase in persecutions among political activists and journalists, detention conditions for …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Libyan opposition forces on Thursday captured and killed former leader Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte, Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril confirmed at a press conference. Military forces loyal to the newly formed government, the National Transitional Council (NTC), took control of Sirte on Thursday and soon …

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by Dan Taglioli

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Wednesday requested that the Republic of Malawi explain why that country's authorities failed to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir during his widely reported visit there for a trade summit last weekend. Pre-Trial Chamber I of the ICC issued a resolution that asks …

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by Dan Taglioli

Citigroup Inc. on Wednesday announced a $285 million settlement to resolve charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that a subsidiary of the global financial services firm defrauded investors who bought toxic housing-related debt during the housing crisis. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. (CGMI), Citigroup's principal US broker-dealer, marketed and …

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