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Legal news from Monday, February 4, 2013
by Sung Un Kim

A military judge on Monday refused to halt further hearings in the 2000 USS Cole bombing trial. The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay Colonel James Pohl held that the defense attorney failed to present any evidence supporting allegations of eavesdropping. Lawyers for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri accused the Central …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee signed an ordinance on Sunday imposing stricter penalties for rape. The ordinance, which was passed by the Union Cabinet on Friday, will be tabled before the parliament within six weeks of the next session beginning on February 21. The new laws are effective immediately with the president's signature …

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by Peter Snyder

A Lebanese judge on Monday issued an arrest warrant for a top Syrian intelligence official and his aide for alleged involvement in a bombing plot in Lebanon. Brigadier General Ali Mamlouk is accused of being involved in plotting a series of bomb attacks with former Lebanese information minister Michel Samaha. Samaha, who was branded a global …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday overturned the genocide convictions of former Rwandan ministers Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza after concluding that the trial chambers had erred in assessing key pieces of evidence. Mugenzi and Mugiraneza were arrested in 1999 and indicted on eight …

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by Sarah Posner

The Supreme Court of Georgia on Monday rejected claims by death row inmate Warren Lee Hill that the Board of Corrections violated the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by not holding a public hearing before changing the state's lethal injection execution procedure. One of the APA's rule-making requirements is …

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by Dan Taglioli

A group of 22 Vietnamese activists were sentenced to lengthy prison terms by the local People's Court in southern central Phu Yen province on Monday after the group was convicted of engaging in subversive activities to overthrow the county's communist government. According to their court-appointed lawyer, the group's 65-year-old leader Phan Van Thu was given a life sentence [Telegraph …

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