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Legal news from Monday, October 14, 2013
by Addison Morris

Chinese officials on Monday denounced the Spanish National Court's recent indictment against former Chinese president Hu Jintao. The Spanish criminal court on Friday accepted an appeal by two Spanish pro-Tibet rights groups to include Hu in an investigation of alleged genocide against Tibetans. In accepting the appeal, the court ruled that …

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by Addison Morris

Belgian authorities announced on Monday that suspected Somali pirate leader Mohammed Abdi Hassan was detained by authorities at the Brussels Airport on Saturday. Thought to be responsible for numerous vessel hijackings, Belgian prosecutors have been seeking Abdi Hassan, also known as "Big Mouth," for some time. However, as Abdi Hassan rarely traveled, authorities were unable to arrest …

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by Cynthia Miley

Amnesty International (AI) on Sunday stated that the African Union (AU) declaration on Saturday that no senior government officials should appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) was "deplorable." AI also criticized the AU's denouncement of the ICC trials of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [official website; JURIST …

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by Peter Snyder

Egyptian security forces used live ammunition to break up demonstrations on October 6, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Monday. According to AI, more than 49 people were killed and hundreds injured in the Egyptian capitol of Cairo. The report was based on first-hand interviews of witnesses and health officials collected by AI representatives …

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by Cynthia Miley

Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) court on Monday reopened five cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari. While president, Zardari had been immune from prosecution, but when Zardari stepped down on September 5 and Mamnoon Hussain became Pakistan's president, Zardari lost that immunity. The allegations before the anti-corruption court relate to kickbacks and …

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by Peter Snyder

Three Somali pirates accused of hijacking a private yacht off the coast of Somalia in 2009 went on trial in France Monday. The situation garnered heavy media coverage after French special services attempted to rescue the three french nationals being held captive on the sailboat on April 10, 2009, four days after they were taken hostage. The …

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by Max Slater

An appeals court in Malaysia on Monday ruled that the nation's government can legally ban the use of the word "Allah" to refer to God in faiths other than Islam. The case was originally brought by the Herald, a weekly Catholic publication, against the Malaysian government in response to the ban. Allah is the Arabic word for …

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by Max Slater

The High Court of England and Wales on Monday dismissed a libel suit against a British financier who has criticized corruption in Russia. Russian police officer Pavel Karpov sued William Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital Fund after Browder accused Karpov of being involved in a circle of corrupt Russian officials that were allegedly complicit in the …

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