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Legal news from Monday, July 25, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) and Torah Jews for Decency (TJD) filed a complaint on Monday challenging the Marriage Equality Act [A8354-2011 materials], which allows same-sex couples to marry in the state. The plaintiffs argue, among other claims, that the law was enacted in violation of the New York State Open Meetings Laws, …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Accused war criminal Goran Hadzic on Monday refused to enter a plea before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Hadzic was extradited to The Hague last Friday, where he now awaits trial for war crimes. Hadzic was the last fugitive of the original 161 sought by the ICTY …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Turkish court on Monday sentenced Ogun Samast for murdering Turkish-Armenian author Hrant Dink, journalist and former editor of the newspaper Agos, who was shot and killed in Istanbul in January 2007. Samast, a minor at the time of Dink's death and the primary suspect charged in Dink's …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

An Egyptian criminal court on Monday postponed the trial of former interior minister Habib el-Adly until August 3. El-Adly and Egypt's former president Hosni Mubarak face charges of killing pro-democracy protesters during the demonstrations in Egypt earlier this year. Six of el-Adly's former assistants are also charged with murdering demonstrators …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Syrian government on Sunday approved a draft law that would allow the formation of political parties to oppose the ruling Baath Party, led by President Bashar al-Assad. The law would permit a political party to be established so long as it is not based on religious or tribal lines and does not discriminate …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

An independent commission on Sunday began investigating human rights violations related to the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Bahrain. The chairman of the five-person Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), Cherif Bassiouni, announced that the group's investigation would focus on 30 police officers alleged to have committed violations of procedural laws, as well as …

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