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Legal news from Monday, March 14, 2011
by Jennie Ryan

US President Barack Obama called Sunday for greater enforcement of gun laws [op-ed] in the wake of the January shootings in Arizona. In an opinion piece published by the Arizona Daily Star, Obama called for the implementation of "sound and effective steps" aimed at minimizing gun violence. He outlined three steps designed to enhance the …

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by LaToya Sawyer

Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Luis Moreno-Ocampo on Monday warned the six Kenyans suspected of inciting the 2007-2008 post-election violence that arrests would ensue if they did not comply with the court's conditions. The warning follows a summons issued by the ICC last week for the suspects …

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by Erin Bock

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday confirmed the indictment of a former police officer for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Bozidar Kuvelja was ordered into custody in January and has been charged with genocide. According to the indictment, Kuvelja was involved in …

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by Ann Riley

A French court on Monday awarded a Bosnian family 200,000 euros (USD $280,000) for wartime abuses committed by former Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Biljana Plavsic. In an unprecedented civil decision, the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris ordered Karadzic and Plavsic to compensate Adil and Zuhra …

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by Ashley Hileman

A military court in Syria on Sunday sentenced a human rights activist accused of harming the country's relations with Iran to 18 months in prison. Ali Abdullah's sentence was based on allegations that he made critical comments against Iran, thereby harming Syria's relations with a foreign country. Abdullah, an outspoken member of the "Damascus Declaration" group, previously …

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by Michael Haggerson

Two former Blackwater contractors were convicted Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for their role in the May 2009 shooting deaths of two Afghan nationals and the wounding of a third. Prosecutors alleged that the two men, Justin Cannon and Christopher Drotleff, left …

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by Zach Zagger

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf said that the UK gave "tacit approval" for torture of terror suspects, making the statements in a BBC documentary to be aired Monday. Musharraf's claims raise questions over UK's public stance discouraging other countries from torturing UK citizens on its behalf. Musharraf, who was president of Pakistan …

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by Dwyer Arce

A group of 22 Bahraini lawmakers on Sunday called on King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to declare a state of emergency in response to the latest protests against the monarchy. The lawmakers, members of the pro-government Independent Bloc, called on Khalifa to invoke martial law under articles 36 and 123 of the Bahraini Constitution …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Nigerian Bar Association called Sunday for Nigeria's National Assembly (NASS) to pass legislation creating a special electoral offenses commission. The commission would be tasked with investigating and prosecuting election-related abuses, including violence. Presidential elections are scheduled in Nigeria for April 9, while voting for National Assembly …

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