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Legal news from Saturday, January 25, 2014

[JURIST] Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych [official website] promised concessions on Friday in response to the growing unrest in the country. The concessions would include [AP report] a change in Yanukovych's cabinet members, amnesty for many imprisoned protesters who have not been accused of serious crimes, and reform of the country's … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Croatia [official website, in Croatian] on Friday upheld a lower court's ruling [JURIST report] that former Yugoslav secret service official Josip Perkovic could be extradited to Germany where he has been implicated in the 1983 murder of a Yugoslav dissident. Perkovic, who helped create Croatia's … [read more]

[JURIST] On Wednesday, Texas executed [official Texas DCJ website] a Mexican national who was convicted of murdering a police officer in 1994. Controversy grew after the arrest because Edgar Arias Tamayo was not notified of his rights under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations [text] to notify Mexican diplomats of the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday filed a lawsuit [text, PDF] alleging fraud against the background check firm, United States Investigations Services (USIS) [corporate website]. USIS was contracted by the DOJ to perform background checks on individuals at varying levels. The DOJ alleges the USIS faked … [read more]

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