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Legal news from Saturday, April 28, 2012
by Matthew Pomy

Rasema Handanovic, a woman accused of killing Bosnian Croat civilians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian Civil War, pleaded guilty Friday before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. This makes her the first woman convicted of war crimes by the local Bosnian court. Fellow combatants testified to having witnessed Handanovic personally shoot wounded victims …

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by Matthew Pomy

South African President Jacob Zuma announced Saturday that he will be issuing pardons, known as "special remissions," to 35,000 offenders in order to ease prison overcrowding. The remissions were issued in honor of Freedom Day commemorating Nelson Mandela winning the nation's first all-race elections in 1994. According to the police minister, 14,600 …

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by Julia Zebley

A judge for the Kyivsky District Court of Kharkiv ruled Saturday that a tax evasion hearing for former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko will be postponed until May 21, due to health concerns. Tymoshenko's latest legal battle concerns allegations of tax evasion while she headed the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) in 1996. …

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by Jamie Davis

Somali national Mohommad Saaili Shibin was convicted in a US court on Friday of piracy for his role in the hijacking of a German merchant vessel and a US yacht in 2010 and 2011. Shibin, who played the role of negotiator in the hijackings, was convicted of 15 charges, including kidnapping and hostage-taking which …

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by Jamie Davis

Blind Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng fled the guarded home where he was being kept under house arrest to the protection of US officials last week, reports said Friday. While the US embassy has not confirmed reports that Chen is at the embassy, US-based rights group ChinaAid has confirmed that the US …

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