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Legal news from Monday, November 21, 2011
by Sung Un Kim

The Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal (ICTB) began its first trial on Sunday for crimes against humanity committed during the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971. The first suspect in this trial is Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a former member of Parliament in the National Assembly of Bangladesh and one of the leaders …

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by Jerry Votava

Philip Morris Asia Ltd. (PMA) on Monday initiated legal proceedings on behalf of its Australian subsidiary Philip Morris Ltd. against the Australian government to block new plain package labeling requirements for tobacco products set to go into effect in December 2012. The company is also seeking compensation for the loss of value of …

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by Jamie Davis

Japan's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death sentence of Aum Shinrikyo member Seiicho Endo who was sentenced to death in 2002 following his conviction for playing a central role in two nerve gas attacks in 1994 and 1995. The court let the death sentence stand after …

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by Jennie Ryan

Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on Sunday delivered its final report on alleged abuses committed during the country's civil war to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The LLRC is a government appointed commission that has been investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity said to have occurred during the final stages of the conflict …

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by Jennie Ryan

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Monday officially opened the trial of three former Khmer Rouge officials charged with crimes against humanity, breach of international law and genocide. Prosecutors began their opening statements in the trial against Nuon Chea, the Khmer Rouge's chief ideologist, Khieu Samphan, a former head …

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