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Legal news from Thursday, December 20, 2012
by Julia Zebley

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". Smart is the first civilian minister to be convicted for "Dirty War" crimes, although other civilians and police officers have been convicted in previous …

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by Cynthia Miley

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. The law allows Senegal President Macky Sall to ratifying an accord made in August with the African Union (AU) that will create the tribunal. The accord calls for "Extraordinary …

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by Cynthia Miley

A report 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, France's national council on medical ethics, which will determine the situations in …

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by Julia Zebley

The Moscow City Court commuted the sentences of jailed Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev Thursday from 13 years to 11 years. Both are now eligible for release in 2014, with Lebedev expected …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Thursday convicted former Rwandan minister Augustin Ngirabatware, 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 rape as a crime against humanity. ICTR Chief Prosecutor Hassan …

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