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Legal news from Monday, October 8, 2012
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] African neighbors Burkina Faso and Niger asked [record, in French, PDF] the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] at a public sitting on Monday for a peaceful settlement of the longstanding and ongoing border dispute between the two former French colonies. In what is known as the [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Kazakhstan on Monday sentenced an outspoken political activist to seven-and-a-half years in jail for allegedly colluding with a fugitive billionaire to overthrow the government. Specifically, Judge Berdybek Myrzabekov found Vladimir Kozlov [official profile, in Russian], head of the unofficial Alga! party [official website, in Russian], guilty [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed [JURIST news archive] was arrested and Monday for leaving the capital city of Male in contravention of a court summons and a court-imposed travel ban. Nasheed has twice failed to appear in court [AP report] to face abuse of power charges. Last Monday a [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan citizens are being subject to unlawful detention, enforced disappearances and torture at the hands of the country's military intelligence department, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Monday. "Rwanda: Shrouded in Secrecy: Illegal Detention and Torture by Military Intelligence" documents 45 cases of unlawful detention [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A investigator for the Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] defense team in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] was arrested [press release, PDF] Saturday on charges of contempt. Prince Taylor is accused of interfering with four prosecution witnesses who testified in the Charles Taylor [read more]

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