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Legal news from Thursday, September 22, 2016
by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

European Court of Justice (ECJ) Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston released two opinions Thursday arguing that Hamas and the Tamil Tigers should be removed from the EU's Terror List. The opinions reason that because the organizations' governments followed the wrong procedures when including the two groups the court should reevaluate their place on the …

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by Ashley Hogan

A policing unit in Afghanistan set up to investigate alleged war crimes committed by UK soldiers stationed in the war-torn country reportedly received around 600 complaints of ill treatment and abuse occurring between 2005 and 2013. Members of the Royal Military Police are investigating the allegations, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed her concern …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Authorities in Kashmir re-arrested a human rights advocate on Wednesday night under color of a controversial security law, the Public Safety Act, which allows the detention of suspects for up to six months without a trial. The arrest came almost immediately after a court had ordered him released from police custody. Khurram Parvez had been in administrative detention …

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by Ashley Hogan

The Afghanistan government signed a peace agreement on Thursday with insurgent group Hezb-i Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The US Embassy applauded the peace accord as an important step towards ending violence and protecting constitutional rights in the country. The peace negotiations focused on Hezb-i Islami renouncing ties to extremist groups and acts of terrorism in exchange for …

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by Miracle Jones

Noted human rights lawyer Xia Lin was sentenced to 12 years in prison by a Chinese court on Thursday. Xia, who famously represented many Chinese dissidents including artist Ai Weiwei, was arrested and accused of fraudulently obtaining more than a million dollars to take care of gambling debts. He was convicted of obtaining less then half …

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by Brittany Felder

The UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes Baskut Tuncak on Wednesday urged the international community to help end the "silent pandemic" of childhood disease and disability..." caused by exposure to toxins and waste. Stating that children were the "most vulnerable to toxics and pollution," and that they are "impacted in …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A Brazilian judge on Tuesday accepted charges against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after the Petrobas Oil Scandal. Judge Sergio Moro allowed charges that include complaints that da Silva illegally received almost USD $1.1 million in improvements and expenses from a construction company for a beachfront apartment. In return, it is reported, da Silva …

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by Justin Cosgrove

A German court said Wednesday that Volkswagen (VW) faces over USD $8.2 billion in damage claims from investors over its emissions scandal. Roughly 1,400 lawsuits have been filed at the Braunschweig court near VW's Wolfsburg headquarters. Plaintiffs allege that VW did not inform shareholders quickly enough of the impending scandal. …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday filed a civil suit in federal district court against Leon Cooperman, billionaire and head of major hedge fund firm Omega Advisors. Cooperman is a major shareholder in Atlas Pipeline Partners and was allegedly informed in 2010 that the company …

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by Matthew Santiago

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Wednesday that a power plant in Wales has violated the EU's limit on nitrogen oxide emissions. The Aberthaw plant has operated for 45 years and primarily uses Welsh coal as its fuel source. In 2008 the EU forced member states to reduce their emissions to …

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