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Legal news from Thursday, October 10, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) on Thursday indicted Hassan Merhi on charges including terrorism and intentional homicide in a 2005 truck bombing that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others. Merhi is charged with helping to create a video claiming false …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

Iraqi authorities on Thursday announced the execution of 42 people convicted on terrorism charges. The executions took place over the course of two days and bring the total number of executions in Iraq this year to 132. The government of Iraq has been resorting to executions in the face of increased violence in the country. …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was arrested on Thursday for charges relating to the death of radical cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi who died during an operation ordered by Musharraf on Islamabad's Red Mosque, which left more than 100 dead. Musharraf, however, alleges that the arrest was politically motivated. He has been on …

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by Laura Klein Mullen

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia on Thursday upheld Canada's law against doctor-assisted suicide. Justice Lynn Smith for the Supreme Court of British Columbia had ruled last year that the provisions of Canada's Criminal Code unjustly violate the rights to life, liberty and equality. She reasoned that physician-assisted suicide could be executed if …

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by Samuel Franklin

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) on Wednesday indicted Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Zahid Hossain Khokon in absentia on war crimes charges stemming from the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. The charges include genocide, torture, abduction and confinement, coming to a total of 11 charges with involvement in …

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by Lauren Laing

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor will serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in the UK, according to a written statement to Parliament from the UK Ministry of Justice on Thursday. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice Jeremy Wright said that Taylor will be transferred to …

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by Lauren Laing

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday reopened criminal proceedings for a man convicted of war crimes in 2006, after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in July that his rights were violated. Abduladhim Maktouf, an Iraqi-born Islamic militant, was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to five years in …

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by Sung Un Kim

California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill [AB-154] that allows nurse practitioners and other non-physicians to perform an early abortion during the first trimester. The bill was introduced due to a lack of physicians who could perform abortions, which was preventing women from accessing such procedures. The new law requires non-physicians to undergo …

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by Sung Un Kim

The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomas Ojea Quintana, on Wednesday welcomed a recent release of 56 prisoners of conscience in Myanmar through presidential amnesty. Quintana noted that the releases are important for a "democratic transition and national reconciliation." Still, he stressed the continuing arrests and maltreatment …

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