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Legal news from Sunday, May 11, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

The lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden said on Sunday that he would no longer represent him after receiving threats from militants. Lawyer Samiullah Khan Afridi told the Associated Press (AP) that he made the decision after he received a "final" warning from militants. Afridi had been …

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by Elizabeth LaForgia

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, appeared via videolink at a court in Tripoli on Sunday. Saif al-Islam and 36 other defendants are facing a variety of charges including corruption and war crimes from their alleged role in suppressing the 2011 uprising. At …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Israel's Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill on Sunday that would allow Israel's courts to impose restrictions the president's ability to pardon murderers. The stated purpose of the bill is to prevent diplomatic overtures and "prisoner swapping," which is the exchange of hostages or prisoners by opposing sides of a conflict. The bill, which …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) officially charged Abdul Jabbar, a former Jatiya Party lawmaker, with war crimes on Sunday. The charges, which include genocide, come at the conclusion of a year-long probe into allegations against the former member of Bangladesh's parliament. The probe produced evidence of Jabbar's involvement in the …

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