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Legal news from Thursday, May 24, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Police in Papua New Guinea on Thursday stormed the country's supreme court and arrested the chief justice on charges of sedition. Chief Justice Salamo Injia was arrested after the court ruled for the second time that former prime minister Michael Somare should be reinstated. There has been a struggle for power since last August when Prime Minister Peter O’Neill …

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by Dan Taglioli

A Tunisian military prosecutor called Wednesday for the death penalty in the trial of former Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. Currently exiled to Saudi Arabia, Ben Ali is being tried in absentia in a military court for ordering the shooting deaths of dozens of civilian protesters during last year's Tunisian revolution. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European General Court, the EU's second highest court on Thursday rejected a challenge by MasterCard over its cross-border credit card fees. The court upheld a decision by the European Commission that the fees violate EU antitrust rules. The commission welcomed the ruling, but MasterCard expressed disappointment:MasterCard balances the interests …

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by Max Slater

Both the Syrian government and anti-government groups are killing opponents, torturing children as young as 10 years old and committing other human rights abuses, a UN-appointed group of human rights experts reported Thursday. The report, issued by the three-member Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, declared that Syrian security forces are predominantly responsible for the violence:Despite …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Wednesday seeking information on the use of electronic surveillance tools. At issue are tools called pen registers and trap and trace devices which allow law enforcement to monitor …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the legal definition of maritime piracy includes an armed attack to hijack a ship, even if the attempt is unsuccessful. In one case, the court upheld the convictions and life sentences of five Somali pirates who attacked the …

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by Sarah Posner

The Tunisian government announced Tuesday that the country would extradite former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi, after Libya guaranteed that al-Mahmoudi would have a fair trial. The conditions that Tunisia set for al-Mahmoudi's extradition to Libya is the guarantee that al-Mahmoudi have the right to a defense and that his human …

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by Michael Haggerson

Bahrain informed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Wednesday that it would seek to address its controversial human rights record. Bahrain stated that it would consider several measures, including ceasing to torture prisoners, releasing political prisoners and joining the International Criminal Court (ICC). In total, Bahrain stated that it would consider 176 …

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by Michael Haggerson

A federal jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of California found on Wednesday that Google did not infringe Oracle patents. However, the jury split on the copyright phase of the trial over whether Google's use could be considered "fair use." Oracle alleged that Google's …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Ten Somali pirates were sentenced to 25 years in prison on Tuesday in the Abu Dhabi Federal Criminal Court of First Instance. The men were convicted of highjacking the MV Arrilah-1, a UAE-owned ship hauling aluminum in the Arabian Sea, in April 2011. The US Fifth Fleet rescued the ship one day later. In addition to ordering …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Pakistani doctor was sentenced to 33 years in prison Wednesday for helping the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) locate Osama Bin Laden. After a trial lasting two months during which Shakeel Afridi was not afforded the opportunity to defend himself, a tribal court convicted him of treason and spying. Afridi was part …

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