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Legal news from Monday, December 26, 2011
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Vice president of Iraq Tariq al-Hashemi 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 and has moved to the Kurdish region of northern Iraq to avoid appearing at trial, which he claims will be biased against him. …

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by Ashley Hileman

The Amsterdam Appeals Court on Friday upheld a 1 million euro (USD $1.3 million) fine against oil trading company Trafigura 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 deliver and unload acidic and corrosive fuel refining waste in …

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by Ashley Hileman

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 that he had published online. He was detained late last month after he helped to campaign for independent candidates running in the upcoming elections. Chen has been …

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by Matthew Pomy

The Department of Justice (DOJ) clarified its stance on online gambling in a memorandum opinion released Friday holding online non-sports related gambling that crosses state or international borders is not covered by the Wire Act of 1961. The opinion dealt with the online, out-of-state sale of lottery tickets in Illinois and New York, but …

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