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Panama Supreme Court opens corruption probe of former president
January 29, 2015
The Supreme Court of Panama voted Wednesday to open a corruption probe against former president Ricardo Martinelli. All nine judges of the court voted to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of Martinelli inflating contracts. Allegations are based on testimony by former head of th....... [more]

Former Guatemala police official convicted in 1980 Spanish embassy siege
January 20, 2015
A Guatemalan court on Monday convicted a former police official for the killings of 37 people when the Spanish Embassy burned down during the country's civil conflict in 1980. Pedro Garcia Arredondo, a former special investigations chief for the Sixth Commando of the National Police, was sentenced t....... [more]

Spain court orders investigation into French gunman
January 15, 2015
Spain's High Court on Thursday ordered an initial investigation of the time Amedy Coulibaly spent in Spain prior to the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. Coulibaly is one of the gunmen associated with the shooting of a policewoman and attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris that left four dead....... [more]

Spain authorities arrest 16 for ties with Basque group
January 12, 2015
Spain's Interior Ministry on Monday arrested 16 individuals for alleged connections with Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), an armed Basque separatist group. Twelve of the individuals arrested were lawyers, while the other four were treasurers for a group that represents ETA prisoners. All 16 will be cha....... [more]

Cuba rights group reports record number of dissident detentions
January 6, 2015
The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCHRN) reported on Monday that the Cuban government detained 8,899 dissidents and activists in 2014. These detentions mark a significant increase from previous years—2,000 more than in 2013 and four times the number in 2010. Det....... [more]

Argentina high court approves extradition of US fugitive
January 5, 2015
The Supreme Court of Argentina confirmed Saturday the extradition of a US fugitive wanted for a 2002 murder in Colorado. Kurt Sonnenfeld, a former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cameraman and 9/11 conspiracy theorist, fled to Argentina in 2003 after Denver prosecutors charged him with fi....... [more]

Catalonia court opens investigation of mock independence vote
December 22, 2014
The Catalonia High Court of Justice announced Monday that it will open an investigation of the unofficial Catalan independence vote held in opposition of the central Spanish government. The formal investigation will center on Catalonia's President Artus Mas, as well as Deputy Prime Minister Joana Or....... [more]

Argentina court recognizes orangutan as 'non-human person'
December 22, 2014
An Argentine court unanimously ruled that an orangutan is a "non-human person" with a legal right to freedom. Last November, Argentina's Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (AFADA) filed a habeas corpus writ on behalf of Sandra, an orangutan held in a Buenos Aires zoo, alleging she....... [more]

Spain's new public security laws ignite nationwide protests
December 21, 2014
Protests erupted in more than 30 cities in Spain on Saturday due to a new public security law that criminalizes certain types of social protests and demonstrations. Protests took place in both large and small cities, including Barcelona, Madrid, Almeria and Valencia. Some protesters wore tape on the....... [more]

Catalans vote for independence in mock poll
November 10, 2014
Around 2 million people in Spain's Catalonia region voted in a mock independence poll for Catalonia's independence from Spain. Results released on Monday showed that 1.6 million voters favored breaking away from Spain to create their own nation. However, with 5.4 million people eligible to vote, les....... [more]

People of Catalonia vote in non-binding independence poll
November 9, 2014
Over one million Catalans on Sunday participated in a non-binding vote on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain. The wealthy region's government decided to move ahead with the vote despite the Spanish Constitutional Court suspending the vote on Tuesday to hear arguments claiming that the vote i....... [more]




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