Legal news from Monday, December 26, 2011
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Vice president of Iraq Tariq al-Hashemi [JURIST news archive] said Sunday that he will not return to Baghdad to stand trial on charges of inciting violence in the country. Al-Hashemi denies the charges [Al Jazeera video] and has moved to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq to avoid appearing [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Amsterdam Appeals Court on Friday upheld a 1 million euro (USD $1.3 million) fine against oil trading company Trafigura [corporate website] for shipping hazardous waste to the Netherlands and illegally exporting the waste to the Ivory Coast in 2006. The company chartered a ship, the Probo Koala, to [read more]

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[JURIST] A Chinese court on Sunday sentenced political activist Chen Xi to 10 years in prison for inciting subversion. The charges against Chen, 57, stemmed from more than 30 political essays [Guardian report] that he had published online. He was detained late last month after he helped to campaign for [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] clarified its stance on online gambling in a memorandum opinion [text, PDF] released Friday holding online non-sports related gambling that crosses state or international borders is not covered by the Wire Act of 1961 [text]. The opinion dealt with the online, out-of-state [read more]

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