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Legal news from Monday, November 12, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Monday elected 18 countries, including the US, to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) beginning January 1. The secret ballot election was held at the UN headquarters in New York, and the following UNGA members were elected to serve: Argentina, …

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by Brandon Gatto

Italian prosecutors on Monday filed suit against five former employees of Standard and Poor's (S&P) and two former employees of Fitch for allegedly manipulating the market and abusing privileged information that led to the rating agencies' downgrades of Italy. Though magistrates in Rome and Milan have refused to support the claim, prosecutors from the southern town of …

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by Michael Haggerson

The UK Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) on Monday granted the appeal of Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, allowing him not to be extradited to Jordan. The judge ruled to not extradite Qatada because he could not receive a fair trial in Jordan where he is accused of organizing bomb attacks …

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by Michael Haggerson

The trial of former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi began on Monday, but the hearing was postponed until December 10 to give counsel from both sides additional time to prepare for the case. Mahmoudi served as prime minister under Muammar Gaddafi from 2006 until he fled to Tunisia. Mahmoudi …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Ugandan Parliament will pass a highly controversial anti-gay bill by the end of 2012, the parliament's speaker said on Monday. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told the Associated Press that the bill reflects the will of a majority of the Ugandan people. Religious figures in Uganda appealed to the parliament to pass the bill prior to Christmas …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Philippines Supreme Court said on Monday that it would not allow the live broadcast of the trial over the November 2009 Maguindanao Massacre. This decision reverses a 2011 decision to allow a live broadcast of the trial of several members of a clan accused of killing 57 people, including …

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