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Legal news from Monday, September 10, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The Budapest Chief Prosecutor on Monday announced charges against a near-91-year-old former communist interior minister for war crimes in connection with the killing of more than 50 civilians demonstrating against the Hungarian regime in 1956. Tibor Ibolya, the prosecutor, alleges that Bela Biszku helped organize the shootings, carried out by the …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday that the married owners of a prospective tattoo parlor could bring suit against the City of Mesa for violating the couple's constitutionally protected rights to freedom of expression in denying their business a zoning permit. In order to open their tattoo parlor Ryan and Laetitia Coleman in 2008 applied …

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by Brandon Gatto

The US Department of State on Friday said that former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo should be immune from a Connecticut lawsuit filed over the 1997 killings of 45 people in a Mexican village. The plaintiffs, 10 unidentified men and women, allege that Zedillo was responsible for war crimes, crimes …

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by Michael Haggerson

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Southern of Florida ruled Friday that a suit against the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) over the agency's failure to report Allen Stanford and his Ponzi scheme may proceed. The suit alleges that the SEC had identified that Stanford was …

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by Michael Haggerson

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Monday addressed the world's most significant human rights issues as she opened the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council. Pillay criticized Bahrain for its treatment of opposition figures and its failure to use fair trial practices. She expressed concern over …

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by Dan Taglioli

The head of the Council of Europe on Monday advocated for free and fair parliamentary elections in Ukraine as he condemned the imprisonment of former prime minister and opposition party leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Council Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland had visited Ukraine to give a speech on the implementation of …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Oil workers in Kazakhstan face mistreatment and repression at the hands of the government and oil companies, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Monday. According to HRW, Kazakh authorities and three companies operating in the oil and gas sector in western Kazakhstan restrict workers' rights to freedom of assembly, association …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The trial for Saif al-Islam, one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons, will be postponed for five months so the prosecution can obtain evidence from Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, government officials announced on Sunday. Al-Senussi was extradited to Libya from Mauritania last Wednesday on charges of murder and persecution for planning attacks …

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