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Legal news from Saturday, April 28, 2012

[JURIST] Rasema Handanovic, a woman accused of killing Bosnian Croat civilians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive], pleaded guilty Friday before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website]. This makes her the first woman [AFP report] convicted of war crimes by the local Bosnian court. Fellow … [read more]

[JURIST] South African President Jacob Zuma [BBC profile] announced Saturday that he will be issuing pardons [text], 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 [BBC profile] winning the nation's first all-race elections … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Kyivsky District Court of Kharkiv ruled Saturday that a tax evasion hearing for former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] will be postponed until May 21, due to health concerns. Tymoshenko's latest legal battle concerns allegations of tax evasion while she … [read more]

[JURIST] Somali national Mohommad Saaili Shibin was convicted in a US court on Friday of piracy [JURIST news archive] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] Blind Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng [JURIST news archive] 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 [BBC report], US-based … [read more]

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