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Legal news from Saturday, April 7, 2012
by Michael Haggerson

A Tunisian military appeals court upheld the convictions against ex-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Saturday for torturing military officers over an alleged coup plot in 1991. The appeals court reduced the four-year sentences against individuals formerly in Ben Ali's government, including the interior minister and head of state security, by two years …

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by Michael Haggerson

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday condemned recent attacks by troops loyal to the Syrian government against innocent civilians. On Monday the Syrian government promised to completely withdraw its troops by April 10, but Ban stated that having a timeline for withdrawal is not an excuse for continued killing until that date. Ban called for …

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by Jamie Davis

Coup leader Amadou Haya Sanogo, who took control of Mali last month, on Friday signed an agreement in which he agreed to return constitutional power to the country. The coup, headed by Sanogo took power over the country on March 21 when a group of soldiers rushed the presidential palace, overthrowing the democratic rule …

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by Jamie Davis

Two Russian gay rights activists were arrested in St. Petersburg on Thursday for violating a new law banning promotion of homosexuality to minors that became effective last month. The two activists were arrested for picketing against the law. The St. Petersburg police on Saturday also detained two gay rights activists for protesting the law …

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