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Legal news from Thursday, December 20, 2012

[JURIST] An Argentine court on Thursday sentenced former Interior Minister Jaime Smart to life in prison for crimes against humanity during the nation's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Smart is the first civilian minister [La Nacion report, in Spanish] to be convicted for "Dirty War" crimes, although … [read more]

[JURIST] Senegal's national assembly adopted a law on Wednesday that will allow Senegal to create a special tribunal to try Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre [BBC backgrounder]. The law allows Senegal President Macky Sall to ratifying an accord [JURIST report] made in August with the African Union (AU) [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF, in French] released Tuesday by the French government has recommended that the country permit doctors to "accelerate death" for terminally ill patients seeking doctor-assisted euthanasia. The report will be sent to the National Order of Physicians [official website, in French], France's national council on medical … [read more]

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] commuted the sentences [press release, in Russian] of jailed Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website; JURIST news archive] Thursday from 13 years to 11 years. Both are now eligible … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Thursday convicted [judgment summary; press release] former Rwandan minister Augustin Ngirabatware [case materials], sentencing him to 35 years in prison and concluding the tribunal's final trial. Ngirabatware was found guilty on charges of genocide, incitement to commit genocide and … [read more]

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