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Legal news from Monday, April 22, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction. According to the criminal complaint, Tsarnaev was charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction against persons and property within the US …

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by Alison Sacriponte

The US Military confirmed on Monday that 84 of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are on hunger strike, protesting their conditions and indefinite detention. The hunger strike began in February with just a few prisoners and has grown over the past weeks to include more than half of the detainees. According to the military, …

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by Lauren Laing

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg held Monday in a 9-8 vote that a ban on an advertisement by an animal rights group did not violate freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights. In 2005 Animal Defenders International (ADI) submitted …

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by Peter Snyder

Kuwait's court of appeals on Monday released opposition leader and former MP Mussallam Al Barrak on bail. The trial has been adjourned until May 13. Barrak was sentenced last week to five years in prison for criticizing Kuwaiti Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, which is a crime …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The interim government of Pakistan on Monday refused to try former president Pervez Musharraf for treason. The interim administration, which took office one month ago, told the Pakistani Supreme Court that trying the former president is beyond its mandate because its sole purposes are to oversee the upcoming vote and maintain the …

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by Sarah Posner

Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki resigned Sunday in response to both supporters and opponents calling for his resignation. Mekki's letter of resignation was made public the day after President Mohammed Morsi announced a reshuffling of this cabinet. As part of the reason for his resignation, Mekki cited the public protests against him. …

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