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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Grilled at Court on Corruption Charges

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lula Grilled at Court on Corruption Charges

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva, already a front-runner in the next year’s election despite facing multiple corruption cases, calls himself the victim of a “witch-hunt,” arguing that the financial charges brought against him are meant to prevent his return to power.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Court Obligates Australia to Pay Damages to Refugees

Victoria State’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the Australian government had to award the litigants AUD 70 million (USD 56 million) for detaining them illegally and mistreating them. The filing of the legal complaint marked the largest human rights class action settlement involving Australia.

Rory Walsh of the law firm said, “These detainees came to Australia seeking refuge, compassion and protection, which were all denied to them by successive Commonwealth governments.”

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KENYA POLITICS: Here’s What Kenyatta Said About the Election Overturned By Court

KENYA POLITICS: Here’s What Kenyatta Said About the Election Overturned By Court

“We shall revisit this thing. We clearly have a problem,” he said, referring to the judiciary,” Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

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KENYA POLITICS: Presidential Election Invalid! Supreme Court Declares, Calls for New Election

KENYA POLITICS: Presidential Election Invalid! Supreme Court Declares, Calls for New Election

“The declaration (of Kenyatta’s win) is invalid, null and void,” said Judge David Maranga, announcing the verdict backed by four out of the six judges.

“The first respondent (the election board) failed neglected or refused to conduct the presidential election in a manner consistent with the dictates of the constitution.”

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Constitutional Court Says: ‘New Homeowners Not Liable for Debts of Previous Owners’

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: Constitutional Court Says: ‘New Homeowners Not Liable for Debts of Previous Owners’

Constitutional Court handed down judgment in an application for confirmation of an order by the High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division: Pretoria (High Court) that declared section 118(3) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 2000 constitutionally invalid. This section provides that an amount due for municipal services rendered on any property is a charge upon that property and enjoys preference over any mortgage bond registered against the property.

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EL SALVADOR POLITICS: El Salvador Court Quashes Arrest Order for Soldiers Over 1989 Murders

EL SALVADOR POLITICS: El Salvador Court Quashes Arrest Order for Soldiers Over 1989 Murders

El Salvador’s government made the announcement after a Spanish judge had sent a new petition to international police agency Interpol, ordering the arrests of the soldiers. Among the wanted men were three generals and four colonels.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Shia Dissident Haider Al Lif Must Die: Saudi Court Verdict

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Shia Dissident Haider Al Lif Must Die: Saudi Court Verdict

The Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh issued the ruling against Haider Al Lif on Friday, Arabic-language Ahrar television network reported. Saudi rights activists have condemned the verdict, arguing that Saudi authorities had earlier decided to overturn the decision against the Shia activist.

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USA POLITICS: Court Battle Draw Huge Money into Attorney General Races

USA POLITICS: Court Battle Draw Huge Money into Attorney General Races

Attorneys general, who as the top elected legal officers in each state are charged with defending state agencies from lawsuits as well as initiating litigation on their own, have always helped shape national politics.

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KENYA POLITICS: 300 Lawsuits Distract IEBC as Election Looms

KENYA POLITICS: 300 Lawsuits Distract IEBC as Election Looms

Paul Mwangi, head of Odinga’s legal team, said he had lost count of cases they had filed against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

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UK POLITICS: Court Ruling May Stop UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

UK POLITICS: Court Ruling May Stop UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The court has been studying the case lodged with it by UK-based Campaign Against the Arms Trade NGO since February, and is due to issue its ruling on Monday, The Guardian reported.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Court Rejects Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky’s Lawsuit Against Army

NIGERIA POLITICS: Court Rejects Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky’s Lawsuit Against Army

Zakzaky was seeking 5.6 million dollars in damages over 2015 attacks by army troopers killing of 350 of his followers in Zaria including his three children.

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SINGAPORE POLITICS: Lee Hsien Loong Siblings to Privately Settle Dispute Over Lee Kuan Yew’s House, Or Go to Court

SINGAPORE POLITICS: Lee Hsien Loong Siblings to Privately Settle Dispute Over Lee Kuan Yew’s House, Or Go to Court

“We therefore welcome Hsien Loong’s stated desire on 4 July 2017 to manage his disagreement with us in private … without the involvement of lawyers or government agencies,” they said in the statement

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CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Brushes Off Criticism to Pay C$10m Compensate to Omar Khadr Ex-Guantanamo Inmate

CANADA POLITICS: Trudeau Brushes Off Criticism to Pay C$10m Compensate to Omar Khadr Ex-Guantanamo Inmate

Trudeau’s Liberal government would pay Omar Khadr around C$10 million ($7.7 million) and offer a formal apology to compensate him for abuses he suffered as an inmate at the U.S. military prison in Cuba.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Court Refuses To Dismiss $1.6b Fraud Charges Against Jide Omokore

NIGERIA POLITICS: Court Refuses To Dismiss $1.6b Fraud Charges Against Jide Omokore

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba refused to strike out additional proof of evidence exhibiting the statement made to EFCC by additional proposed prosecution witness on June 7, 2017.

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USA POLITICS: Supreme Court to Hear Major Wisconsin Case on Electoral Maps

USA POLITICS: Supreme Court to Hear Major Wisconsin Case on Electoral Maps

“I am thrilled the Supreme Court has granted our request to review the redistricting decision,” said Wisconsin Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel.

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PAKISTAN POLITICS: Counter-Terrorism Court Sentences Taimoor Raza to Death for Blasphemy on Facebook

PAKISTAN POLITICS: Counter-Terrorism Court Sentences Taimoor Raza to Death for Blasphemy on Facebook

The conviction of Taimoor Raza, 30, follows a high-profile crackdown against blasphemy on social media by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Court Votes Not to Oust Michel Temer

BRAZIL POLITICS: Court Votes Not to Oust Michel Temer

Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) — considering charges that Temer’s election in 2014 should be annulled because of the role of corruption money — voted 4-3 to acquit the embattled center-right president.

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IRELAND POLITICS: Ban on Asylum Seekers Working in Ireland Unconstitutional: Supreme Court

IRELAND POLITICS: Ban on Asylum Seekers Working in Ireland Unconstitutional: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court gave lawmakers six months to consider how to address a law it said damages the self-worth of those seeking refugee status.

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SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Ordered to Die: 14 Shia Activists Sentenced By Saudi Court to Die Because of Peaceful Protest

SAUDI ARABIA POLITICS: Ordered to Die: 14 Shia Activists Sentenced By Saudi Court to Die Because of Peaceful Protest

The tough verdicts were issued amid wave of unrest in Shia town of Awamiyah in Qatif, which has come under attack by regime forces over the past weeks.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ANC Dismisses Zuma Removal Report as ‘Fabrication’

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ANC Dismisses Zuma Removal Report as ‘Fabrication’

Zuma, 75, whose term ends in 2019, survived an internal bid to remove him in 2016 following a Constitutional Court ruling that he had violated his oath of office by refusing to reimburse the state for upgrades to his personal residence.

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