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Legal news from Monday, April 8, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych signed a decree on Sunday pardoning Yuriy Lutsenko, a former interior minister and a close ally of the imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Lutsenko was serving a four-year sentence on charges of abuse of office and embezzlement, while Tymoshenko is serving a seven-year …

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by Benjamin Minegar

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday ordered former Pakistani president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf to remain in the country until he has responded to allegations of treason. The allegations stem from Musharraf's 1999 military overthrow of democratically-elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his subsequent suspension …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council on Sunday urged Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdallah to resign and return to his former position as a judge. Abdallah has been criticized by the liberal opposition who accuse him of targeting critics of President Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood, and independent media, including the popular television …

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by Peter Snyder

The Iraqi Cabinet announced an amendment to the De-Baathification law on Monday that would allow thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath party to serve in the public sector and receive pensions. The proposed amendment would allow former Baath party branch chiefs to rejoin the public sector and provide pensions to members …

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by Lauren Laing

The Kansas legislature on Friday approved an anti-abortion bill that declares that life begins at fertilization, granting unborn children "all the rights, privileges and immunities available to other persons, citizens and residents" of the state. The bill prohibits the state from funding abortion services and from granting tax credit for any …

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by Sarah Posner

Turkish judges on Monday delayed closing arguments in the trial of 275 individuals charged with plotting to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Defendants were scheduled to deliver closing statements on Monday, but mass protests outside the courtroom caused delays, as police used water cannons, tear gas and pepper spray …

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