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Legal news from Wednesday, August 28, 2013
by Samuel Franklin

Pakistan officials on Tuesday launched a mobile mediation program in the city of Peshawar, with 30 cases, both civil and crimnal, decided on board a bus. Judge Syed Fazal Wadood presided over the internally-modified Isuzu coach bus, rendering his first verdict within 10 minutes in a civil matter. Litigants were overheard saying that they had waited …

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by Samuel Franklin

The Croatian government on Wednesday announced its full cooperation with European legislation regarding extradition laws. Just two days after European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding said that Croatia may face legal action for failure to comply with the law, both Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic and Justice Minister Orsat Milijenic gave assurances …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday sentenced Goran Saric, a former police chief, to 14 years for crimes against humanity. His charges specifically involved detention, forced transfer and murder of civilian Bosniak population of Sarajevo's Centar municipality between June and July 1992 during the Bosnian Civil War in …

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by Matthew Pomy

A Nigerian court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a suspected member of al Qaeda, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, to the US on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and unlawful use of firearms. Babafemi, who did not contest his extradition, is thought to have received training from al Qaeda in Yemen …

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by Sung Un Kim

Iran's Parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would direct the government to sue the US for its involvement during the 1953 coup. The recent decision came amid the release of newly declassified documents by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) earlier this month. The documents officially revealed that the CIA …

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by Matthew Pomy

Former Salvadoran Minister of Public Safety, Inocente Orlando Montano, was convicted of immigration fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to 21 months in prison followed by one year of probation. Montano is suspected in connection with a conspiracy with other commanders to murder six priests and two others. The case against Montano was brought as immigration fraud …

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by Max Slater

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has secretly launched at least a dozen terrorism investigations into mosques since the 9/11 attacks, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. By designating mosques as "terrorism enterprises," the AP claims the NYPD allowed police to spy on imams and mosque attendees without any specific evidence of …

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by Max Slater

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi was charged on Tuesday with murder, relating to the 2011 Libya conflict, a Libyan prosecutor said. Prosecutors also charged former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi with murder. If convicted, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi faces …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday expressed concern that the forced eviction of Palestinians in the West Bank by Israeli authorities could amount to a violation of international law. Last week Israeli authorities began the demolition of structures lacking building permits in six locations. Inhabitants were ordered …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

A coalition of international human rights groups on Tuesday criticized the trial and sentencing of more than 60 activists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Last month the Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced a group of 69 people to prison for associating with the Reform and Social Guidance Association (al-Islah) [advocacy website, …

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