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Legal news from Saturday, November 26, 2011
by Julia Zebley

The UN Special Rapporteur on North Korean Human Rights Marzuki Darusman criticized North Korea's human rights record on Friday, especially concerning treatment of prisoners, echoing a UN General Assembly resolution earlier this week. After speaking to North Korean refugees in South Korea, Darusman said he was convinced that 200,000 political prisoners are being abused …

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by Dan Taglioli

An Italian high court Thursday rejected an application by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi to prevent testimony being heard at his corruption trial. Berlusconi had applied for but was denied an interim injunction preventing David Mills, his former tax lawyer, from appearing via video link from a London court. …

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by Dan Taglioli

A Tunisian criminal court Friday convicted a nephew of the wife of Tunisia's ousted former president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali, immediately pronouncing an 18-year prison sentence for writing over USD $399 million in bad checks. Imed Trabelsi, viewed as the favorite nephew of former first lady Leila Trabelsi, is already in jail for …

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by Julia Zebley

A Belarus court convicted human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, the president of Viasana and vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), of tax evasion on Thursday, sentencing him to a four-and-a-half-year prison term. Viasna is a non-governmental human rights organization in Belarus that is dedicated to reporting on allegations of police and prosecutorial …

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