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Legal news from Friday, October 19, 2012
by Samuel Franklin

The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a short order on Friday instructing the government to launch legal proceedings against a former army chief and intelligence director for their involvement in the country's 1990 election bribery scandal. The case was originally brought 16 years ago and alleges that the defendants illegally financed the campaigns of certain …

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by Dan DeRight

The Italian Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a causal link exists between cell phone use and cancer, ordering that the appellant be compensated. The court found that the appellant developed a benign tumor on the left side of his face due to his job's requirement that he spend 5-6 hours a day on the phone. …

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by Peter Snyder

The Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg on Friday issued sentences for 10 Somalis who were involved in the hijacking the German freighter MS Taipan off the coast of Somalia two years ago. The defendants, ranging in age from 19–50, were found guilty on charges of kidnapping and conducting an attack on maritime traffic. They …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday called on Sudanese authorities to investigate an attack on one of its convoys on Wednesday, resulting in the death of one African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) peacemaker and injuring three others. UNAMID reported the ambush occurred when unidentified …

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by Dan Taglioli

The recently freed member of the controversial Russian feminist rock collective Pussy Riot announced Friday that she has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights. Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, is claiming violations of her right to freedom of speech and that she was illegally detained and prosecuted as …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Council of Europe found Friday that two labor reforms adopted by Greece as part of wider efforts to curb the nation's financial crises were illegal. The Council's non-binding ruling concerned two measures passed by the Greek government in 2010 at the urging of the country's international creditors. One provision extended to one year the …

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