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Legal news from Monday, September 26, 2016
by Emelina Perez

A Spanish court began hearing the fraud trial of former International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Rodrigo Rato and more than 60 other bankers on Monday concerning allegations the defendants fraudulently used secret credit cards from Bankia bank to pay for personal luxuries. Rato also served as economic minister of Spain, was a member of the Popular Party and …

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by Mark Casper

A southern China court on Monday sentenced three prominent labor organizers to suspended prison terms, almost nine months after they were arrested during a crackdown on civic organizations working outside of the Communist Party. Zeng Feiyang, who was indicted on claims of "gathering a crowd to disturb social order" was sentenced to three years with a four-year suspension, …

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by Mark Casper

Swiss voters on Sunday voted to approve a new surveillance law allowing their national intelligence service broad powers to spy on 'terrorist' suspects and cyber criminals, as well as the ability to cooperate with foreign intelligence agencies. While Switzerland is a country where the right to privacy is considered very important, the new law will allow security agents to tap …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Pakistani police are committing serious human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday, calling for a complete overhaul of the country's police system. The report, "This Crooked System," looks at the history of the Pakistani police and details occurrences of arbitrary arrest, torture, extra-judicial killings and sexual violence, especially among religious minorities that are …

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by Emelina Perez

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will enact laws to have stricter regulations on the sale and operation of drones, according to a statement by the country's General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Monday. The regulations will focus on imports, sales, and performance and will also address separate regulations for heavier drones and pilotless aircraft. The GCAA is …

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by Gwenyth Gamble Jarvi

Bosnian Serbs voted in a referendum Sunday to maintain January 9 as a national holiday in defiance of a court ruling. The date remembers January 9, 1992, when ethnic Serbians declared their own state within Bosnia and triggered a deadly conflict in which it is estimated 100,000 people died. The Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina …

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