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Legal news from Monday, February 18, 2013
by Peter Snyder

A Moscow court on Monday ordered a trial to begin next month against deceased whistle-blowing lawyer Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky, who died in prison in 2009, was a lawyer for the Hermitage Capital Fund and was arrested in 2008 by Russian Interior Ministry officials on suspicion of tax evasion after he …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The French data protection agency Commission nationale de l'nformatique et des libertes (CNIL) said Monday that EU data protection agencies intend to take action against Google and investigate the Internet company's failure to comply with EU privacy laws. In October, after several months of investigating, 27 EU states warned [JURIST …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Both Syrian government forces and anti-government rebels have committed war crimes throughout the two-year armed conflict in Syria, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria in Syria reported Monday. According to the Commission, government forces have utilized a "contraction strategy" to target suspected rebel areas with indiscriminate aerial attacks that have struck hospitals, …

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by Sarah Posner

A Maldives court issued a second arrest warrant on Monday for former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed on charges of the illegal detention of a judge. The charges against Nasheed stem from his unilateral order to arrest Chief Justice Abdulla Mohamed on corruption charges in January, when Nasheed was still president. Nasheed remains in the …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court announced Monday that it has rejected parts of the draft election law that will govern the country's upcoming parliamentary elections. While the court must ratify the legislation before it can be enacted by President Mohamed Morsi, the court has remanded the law to Egypt's acting legislature to …

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