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Legal news from Wednesday, October 31, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

The Supreme Court of the UK on Wednesday quashed a request for release from a 30-year-old individual detained by US officials at an Afghan prison. Yunus Rahmatullah, a citizen of Pakistan, was arrested by British forces in 2004 and was subsequently transferred to US officials who held him at Parwan prison without charges or trial …

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by Keith Herting

A Croatian court on Wednesday sentenced five former policemen to between one and three years in prison for their roles in torturing ethnic Serb prisoners during Croatia's 1991-95 war for independence. Judge Marijan Garac of the Zagreb County Court handed down the sentences for the policemen who had been guards …

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by Matthew Pomy

Opposition leader and former MP Mussallam Al Barrak was arrested on Tuesday after criticizing leader Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, which is a crime under Kuwait's constitution. Barrak was arrested after a public speech on October 15 was found to contain remarks detrimental to the "social and political balance of the …

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by Julia Zebley

Ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic began his appeal before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday in an attempt to overturn his conviction on crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during the wars in Bosnia and Croatia. Perisic, the only Yugoslav …

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by Keith Herting

A court in Cairo on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi intended to nullify the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord with Israel. The court, which is charged with solving administrative concerns, determined that the issues were a matter of sovereignty which only the president had the authority …

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by Matthew Pomy

Amnesty International (AI) called Wednesday for reparations and greater recognition for the victims of sexual violence during the Bosnian Civil War. The briefing paper calls on the Republika Srpska (RS) to recognize that widespread sexual violence occurred during the war and to take steps to address the specific …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti on Tuesday approved a new law that imposes harsher sanctions on officials engaged in corruption in both the public and private sectors. Public officials convicted of abuse of office, bribery and exploiting government influence in return for favors or payments will receive increased prison sentences under the new law [Corriere …

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