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Legal news from Monday, November 19, 2012
by Blake Lynch

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that US forces were capturing and holding Afghans in violation of a detainee transfer pact and that US forces should turn over that responsibility to Karzai's forces. Karzai's statement urged Afghan officials to make efforts towards toward obtaining entire responsibility for Bagram Prison. Listed abuses included Afghan detainees …

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by Brandon Gatto

A court in Kazakhstan on Monday upheld the conviction of an outspoken opposition leader accused of inciting dissent in an attempt to overthrow the country's government. Vladimir Kozlov, head of the unofficial Alga! party, was found guilty of fomenting unrest and sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail [JURIST …

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by Brandon Gatto

The government of Myanmar on Monday began releasing a number of political prisoners at the same time US President Barack Obama arrived for a historic visit to the former dictatorship. Specifically, 66 prisoners were to be freed in conjunction with the first trip to the country made by any sitting US president. …

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by Addison Morris

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ended a long-running territorial and maritime dispute between Colombia and Nicaragua by ruling Monday that Colombia has sovereignty over a group of small islands in the western Caribbean, while Nicaragua has control over a large amount of the surrounding sea and seabed. The court decided unanimously [press …

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by Daniel Mullen

A spokesperson for the Australian Minister for Justice said Saturday that he has approved the extradition of Serbian war crimes suspect, Dragan Vasiljkovic, to Croatia. Vasiljkovic is accused of torturing and killing captured members of the Croatian army and police during the 1991-1995 Croatian War for Independence. The spokesperson stated …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The Ivory Coast's military committed widespread human rights abuses in August and September, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Monday. The report details the alleged abuses including arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, extortion and torture. The military crackdown was in response to a series of coordinated attacks on military installations in August, allegedly …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against online auction company eBay alleging violations of antitrust law occurring from 2006 to 2009. The complaint avers that eBay violated the Sherman Act [15 USC § 1 …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

A dissident Chinese poet was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment on Monday on charges of contract fraud. Li Bifing was sentenced by the Shehong County Court in China's Sichuan province, according to a lawyer. Li previously served five years in jail for his involvement in the 1989 protests on Tiananmen Square. Li was detained …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the US Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama, which held that sentencing minors to life without parole constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment, will not apply retroactively. The appeals court ruled that the Supreme Court decision "is not …

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