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Legal news from Sunday, March 24, 2013
by Cynthia Miley

European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) prosecutor Jonathan Ratel filed additional charges on Friday against seven Kosovo citizens on trial for illegal kidney trafficking. This is the first time Ratel alleged that a link existed between the suspects and high-ranking Kosovo officials. Among the officials, the indictment lists Kosovo Ministry of Health …

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by Cynthia Miley

Amnesty International (AI) on Friday praised Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said's decision to pardon all activists and writers convicted last year for insulting the ruler, information technology crimes and taking part in unauthorized protests. Qaboos issued the pardon on Thursday and AI confirmed that all those held were …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

The US District Court for the Western District of Missouri on Thursday ruled that a law [text, RSMo 451.040.2] requiring a couple applying for a marriage license to sign it in the presence of the recorder of deeds is unconstitutional. The law was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf …

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by Jaimie Cremeans

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday said that Pakistan should hold former military ruler Pervez Musharraf accountable for alleged human rights abuses upon his return to the country. Musharraf is expected to return to Pakistan on Sunday to be a candidate in upcoming parliamentary elections, ending a four-year self-imposed exile. A judge on …

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