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Legal news from Monday, March 25, 2013
by Michael Haggerson

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday condemned a coup by Central African Republic (CAR) Seleka rebels after they seized the country's capital of Bangui, causing President Francois Bozize to flee the country. Ban appealed for calm and demanded the "swift restoration of constitutional order." The fighting …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Amnesty International (AI) urged Monday that Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire be allowed an appeal in line with international standards after being convicted and sentenced to eight years imprisonment for denying the 1994 Rwanda genocide. According to AI's report, Ingabire, president of the United Democratic Forces …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Supreme Court of Kenya on Monday ordered scrutiny of two documents used to tally votes in the March 4 presidential election and ordered a recount of all votes from 22 polling stations. The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) and two other groups reportedly petitioned the court for a recount of the election results, …

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by Peter Snyder

Two Bahraini human rights activists have intensified their hunger strike and are refusing fluids, according to a report released Monday by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR). According to the report Zainab al-Khawaja and her father, prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja began refusing fluids in response to being …

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by Benjamin Minegar

Zambian authorities on Monday arrested former president Rupiah Banda on allegations that he misappropriated over USD $11 million during his three-year tenure in office. Banda allegedly channelled money from the sale of Nigerian crude oil into a private account instead of the nation's treasury. The Zambian Parliament officially charged Banda with abuse of authority, fraud and misappropriation …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Zimbabwe's High Court on Monday ordered the immediate release of Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent human rights lawyer who was detained for eight days for obstructing the course of justice. Mtetwa was arrested on March 17 along with four officials from the party of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai. The officials are accused of illegally compiling information …

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by Sarah Posner

The US gave full control of Bagram Prison to Afghanistan on Monday, winding down US military presence in Afghanistan. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai sought to regain control of the detention center in efforts to reclaim sovereignty over the country, as the US begins withdrawing troops from the region. The US was concerned that …

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