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Legal news from Tuesday, January 31, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

Human Rights Watch on Monday urged the Indian government to prosecute Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers that it has long implicated in torture and extrajudicial killings near the Bangladesh border. HRW's plea comes in response to the release of a YouTube video [warning: graphic content] capturing BSF soldiers stripping, tying up and beating …

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by Max Slater

A French genocide denial ban passed last week stalled on Tuesday after two groups of French politicians challenged the law's constitutionality. The opposition groups, which include members in both the Senate and the National Assembly, gathered the necessary signatures to require the Constitutional council of the French Republic to determine …

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by Hillary Stemple

Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon took the stand in his second trial before the Spanish Supreme Court on Tuesday and defended his investigation into war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War. Garzon has been charged with abusing power by ordering the exhumation …

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by Sung Un Kim

Haiti's Investigative Magistrate Carves Jean ruled Monday that former president Jean-Claude Duvalier will not stand trial for crimes against humanity, including torture, false imprisonment, rape and murder during his reign between 1971 and 1986. Jean dismissed the charges reasoning that there are not sufficient legal grounds and that the statute of limitations has expired. …

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by Julia Zebley

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) announced Monday that former Serb nationalist politician and war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj is suing ICTY for USD $2.6 million in damages due to alleged unreasonable delays in his trial. The ICTY declined to comment on the filings Seselj …

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by Julia Zebley

Romania's High Court of Cassation and Justice on Monday sentenced former prime minister Adrian Nastase to two years in prison on charges of graft and corruption. Referred to as the "trophy quality" case, Nastase and five other members of the Social Democratic Party of Romania [party website, …

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