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Legal news from Monday, February 20, 2012
by Jamie Davis

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday applauded the Somali parties who have reached a "crucial political agreement" on Friday at the Garowe II Constitutional Conference. According to Ban, the agreement provides the steps that Somalia must take in order to go about "ending the transition and putting in place a constitutional …

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by Jamie Reese

Latvian voters on Saturday rejected Russian as a second official state language in Latvia. Preliminary results from the national referendum show that 74.8 percent of voters rejected adding the Russian language with only 24.88 percent in favor of having two state languages. The percentage split of domestic votes also represents approximately the decision of those …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A chief US military tribunal judge has ruled that the content of attorney-client mail inspected at the Guantanamo Bay prison is confidential and may not be released. Judge James Pohl made the decision earlier this month in the case of suspected USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, but the decision may …

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by Sarah Posner

The Israeli Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear the hunger strike case of Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, despite a military judge rejecting his appeal in early February. Since his December arrest in the West Bank, Adnan has refused food. This hunger strike has been carried on to protest Israel's policy of detaining Palestinian …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Myanmar police on Sunday charged a rebel Buddhist monk for occupying a government-closed monastery, only a month after he was given amnesty and released from prison. Shin Gambira, who was among 130 political prisoners freed last month following a presidential pardon, is accused of living in and rebuilding the Meggin Monastery in Rangoon. The monastery …

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by Sarah Posner

A judge for the UK High Court ruled Monday for the British unit of Sony Corporation and eight other record labels on their copyright infringement claim against the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. Judge Richard Arnold ruled that the operators of The Pirate Bay planned to infringe the copyright of Sony and …

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