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World Legal News Round Up for Saturday, 17 February 2018
Here's the international legal news we covered this week: A federal grand jury in Washington, DC, indicted 13 Russian citizens and three Russian organizations for interfering in the 2016 US presidential election. UN High Commissioner for Human Rig (More)
Guatemala ex-president, 10 cabinet members arrested on corruption charges
The UN International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and the Guatemala Special Prosecutor for Impunity , a division of Guatemala's public ministry, on Tuesday arrested former president Álvaro Colom and 10 former cabinet members on c (More)
Colombia and FARC agree to bilateral ceasefire
The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a ceasefire , marking an end to more than 50 years of armed conflict between the two groups. Among its terms are a demobilization plan and a security guarantee for (More)
Colombia bars presidents from seeking re-election
Colombia's Congress voted on Wednesday to limit presidents to a single term, a measure backed by President Juan Manuel Santos . The presidential term limit undoes a law passed by Santos' predecessor and rival, Alvaro Uribe, and reverts to the term l (More)
UN commission presents plan to promote rule of law in Guatemala
The head of the UN International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala presented a strategic work plan at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday outlining efforts in four specific areas to improve the rule of law in the Latin American nation (More)
Guatemala ex-president to be extradited to US for embezzlement trial
The Embassy of the US Guatemala on Thursday praised the decision of the Guatemala Constitutional Court allowing former president Alfonso Portillo to be extradited to the US on charges of embezzling foreign donations. Upon extradition Portillo will (More)
Guatemala medical experimentation victims to appeal dismissal of suit
Seven Guatemalans who alleged that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the US Public Health Service (PHS) in the 1940s appealed the dismissal of their lawsuit to the US Court of Appeals for the District of (More)
Federal judge dismisses lawsuit over US medical experiments in Guatemala
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven Guatemalans who alleged that they had been the subject of non-consensual human medical experimentation by the US Public Health Service ( (More)
Thailand court sentences Indian financier to jail for embezzlement
A court in Thailand sentenced former Indian financier Rakesh Saxena to 10 years in prison on Friday for embezzling tens of millions of dollars from a bank in Thailand during the 1990s. The Bangkok South Criminal Court, found Saxena guilty of five c (More)
Guatemala president approves US extradition of former president
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom on Tuesday said he will allow former president Alfonso Portillo to be extradited to the US for trial. The charges against Portillo in the US stem from accusations of his involvement in money laundering and the emb (More)
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