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Legal news from Friday, October 11, 2013
by Peter Snyder

France Constitutional Council on Friday upheld France's ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, finding that banning the controversial natural gas extraction process is a valid means of protecting the environment. The issue was brought before the council by representatives of Schuepbach Energy, a US based energy explorer that …

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by Peter Snyder

The International Criminal Court (ICC) ruled Friday that the case against former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi is inadmissible before the ICC and can be heard by domestic courts in Libya. The court found that, because "Al-Senussi is currently subject to domestic proceedings conducted by the Libyan competent …

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by Lauren Laing

A New Jersey judge on Thursday denied the state's motion to stay her September 27 order to begin permitting same-sex couples to enter civil marriages on October 21. On October 1 the state requested that the court stay its order until the "ultimate arbiter of substantial constitutional issues of first impression," the Supreme …

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by Lauren Laing

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday applied for a permanent stay of the proceedings in his case before the International Criminal Court (ICC), claiming that a fair trial is impossible due to the prosecution's corrupt witnesses and intermediaries. Kenyatta is charged with crimes against humanity for his alleged …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Spain's National Court accepted an appeal by two Spanish pro-Tibet rights groups to include former Chinese president Hu Jintao in an investigation of alleged genocide against Tibetans. In accepting the appeal, the court ruled that Spain was competent to handle the case because one of the activists, Tibetan monk Thubten Wangchen, is a …

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by Kimberly Bennett

Human Rights Watch reported Friday that rebel fighters in Syria committed war crimes by killing at least 190 civilians and abducting more than 200 during an offensive against pro-regime villages that took place of August 4. The report, titled, "'You Can Still See Their Blood': Executions, Indiscriminate Shootings, and Hostage Taking by Opposition Forces in Latakia …

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by Samuel Franklin

The European Parliament said Thursday that EU member states' complicity with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) rendition program has led to violations of fundamental rights and must end immediately. Members of European Parliament pointed to the recent disclosures surrounding the National Security Agency PRISM program and revelations …

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