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Legal news from Monday, October 8, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

African neighbors Burkina Faso and Niger asked the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) at a public sitting on Monday for a peaceful settlement of the longstanding and ongoing border dispute between the two former French colonies. In what is known as the "frontier dispute," the ICJ will be asked to determine the …

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by Brandon Gatto

A court in Kazakhstan on Monday sentenced an outspoken political activist to seven-and-a-half years in jail for allegedly colluding with a fugitive billionaire to overthrow the government. Specifically, Judge Berdybek Myrzabekov found Vladimir Kozlov, head of the unofficial Alga! party, guilty of inciting dissent among striking oil workers in …

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by Dan Taglioli

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was arrested and Monday for leaving the capital city of Male in contravention of a court summons and a court-imposed travel ban. Nasheed has twice failed to appear in court to face abuse of power charges. Last Monday a three-judge panel was forced to postpone the first day of …

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by Dan Taglioli

Rwandan citizens are being subject to unlawful detention, enforced disappearances and torture at the hands of the country's military intelligence department, Amnesty International (AI) reported Monday. "Rwanda: Shrouded in Secrecy: Illegal Detention and Torture by Military Intelligence" documents 45 cases of unlawful detention and 18 allegations of torture or ill-treatment over two years …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A investigator for the Charles Taylor defense team in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) was arrested Saturday on charges of contempt. Prince Taylor is accused of interfering with four prosecution witnesses who testified in the Charles Taylor trial and interfering with a fifth person who was about …

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