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Legal news from Wednesday, December 21, 2011
by Ashley Hileman

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the Libyan government to find a way, amid security concerns, to grant access to a lawyer to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of deceased former dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Fred Abrahams, a special adviser at HRW, visited with Saif al-Islam in Zintan, Libya, where …

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by Ashley Hileman

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that an asylum seeker may not be transferred to a member state if there is a risk he will be subjected to inhumane treatment. In so ruling, the ECJ rebutted the presumption that member states observe the fundamental rights of asylum seekers. The ruling …

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by John Paul Putney

The Russia Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights under President Dmitry Medvedev called for the prosecutor general to petition to annul the conviction of ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in a report released Wednesday. The council found fundamental violations in the investigation leading to Khodorkovsky's …

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by John Paul Putney

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Wednesday sentenced former Rwandan political party leaders, Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera, to life in prison for their role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. The court was unanimous in condemning Ngirumpatse, who was the chairman of Rwanda's then-ruling National Revolutionary Movement for …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich filed notice Tuesday that they will appeal his conviction and 14-year sentence on corruption charges. Judge James Zagel of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois handed down the sentence earlier this month after Blagojevich made a public apology in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Wednesday upheld an EU law forcing foreign airlines using EU airports to pay fees for greenhouse gas emissions. The finding that the carbon emission fees do not violate international law, as several US and Canadian airlines had argued, was expected after ECJ …

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