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Legal news from Thursday, September 12, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

A court in France on Thursday rejected Rwanda's request for the extradition of a Hutu ex-colonel wanted in connection with the country's 1994 genocide and ordered his release. Laurent Serubuga, now 77-years old, had been arrested in France in July on an international arrest warrant issued by Rwanda. The court stated that because …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Northern Ireland will struggle to move forward due to its failure to establish the truth about abuses committed during its civil unrest, Amnesty International (AI) warned in a report published Thursday. The report, entitled "Northern Ireland: Time to Deal with the Past," speaks extensively about the failure of the government to deliver justice or accountability …

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by Samuel Franklin

Legislators in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday rejected a proposal extending amnesty to all military officials involved in the April 12 coup d'etat. With 40 votes in favor, the proposal fell short of the 51 votes needed to secure its passage. The country has been operating under the control of a transitional government until …

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by Samuel Franklin

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general on Thursday denounced the decision by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) to ban the short selling of stocks. Affirmed on nearly 80 percent of final judgments, the ECJ's advocate general, Niilo Jaaskinen, rejected the measure for lack of contribution to market harmonization and overreaching on …

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by Lauren Laing

The Missouri Senate on Wednesday fell one vote short of overriding a veto by Governor Jay Nixon and passing into law a bill implementing a controversial gun measure. After the state's House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 109-49 in favor of overriding Nixon's veto, the senate's 22-12 vote failed to meet the required two-thirds majority. …

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by Peter Snyder

Qatar based news service Al Jazeera will take legal action against the Egyptian military government according to a press release issued Thursday. Al Jazeera has accused the regime of detaining journalists without charges or on politically motivated charges, raiding Al Jazeera offices, confiscating equipment and jamming transmission of broadcasts. According to their press …

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by Peter Snyder

The European Parliament approved legislation Thursday that creates a system of banking supervision overseen by a new centralized bank supervision authority supported by the European Central Bank (ECB). The regulation puts in place a single supervisory mechanism that will cover 150 of the largest banks in the 17 Eurozone nations, …

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by Lauren Laing

The office of Italy's president on Thursday confirmed that it has received a pardon request from a former Milan Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) station chief who was sentenced to nine years in prison for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Robert Seldon Lady …

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by Sung Un Kim

A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Wisconsin's controversial collective bargaining law is constitutional. Judge William Conley for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin held that even if public employees have the right to associate, that right does not require employers to listen. He reasoned that the …

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by Sung Un Kim

A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota on Wednesday partially dismissed a lawsuit against North Dakota's new law that prohibits "abortion for sex selection or genetic abnormalities." US District Judge Daniel Hovland had granted the request by the Red River Women's Clinic to drop …

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