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  • 12 Aug 2011 12:24 PM | Deleted user

    US Seeks to Deport Wife, Son of Man It Agreed to Protect
    As reported in the ABA Law Journal
    A decade ago, Edmond Demiraj, an Albanian citizen who was in this country illegally, made a deal with the federal government: Testify against an Albanian mobster charged with human smuggling, and he and his family would be protected. But the mobster was allowed to post bail and fled the country for Albania. And the government, having no more use for Demiraj, deported him back to Albania, where he was kidnapped, beaten and shot by the mobster he was supposed to testify against. The mobster didn't just exact his revenge on Demiraj, either. He kidnapped two of Demiraj's nieces and forced them to become prostitutes in Italy. Fast forward 10 years: Demiraj, who survived, and his nieces, who also escaped with their lives, are now legally living in this country. But the government is trying to deport Demiraj's wife, Rodina, and his teenage son, Rediol, who are both here illegally, back to Albania!!  Детальніше-Read More

  • 12 Aug 2011 12:16 PM | Deleted user

    In the face of mounting debt among the nation's students, the ABA House of Delegates voted today to urge the U.S. government to provide for more flexible and competitive terms for federal student loans. The House also passed a resolution that calls for increased transparency in the reporting of employment data, graduate salaries and the “actual” cost of law school.  Детальніше-Read More
     

  • 12 Aug 2011 12:05 PM | Deleted user

    Those who drafted and ratified Ukraine's Constitution in 1996 realized something rather important: they understood that one of the lynchpins of democracy is respect for the rule of law......   Two recent events have shattered confidence in whether or not the rule of law and these other protections are being upheld in Ukraine. Детальніше-Read More

  • 10 Aug 2011 6:08 PM | Deleted user

    KIEV, Aug. 9 – The U.S. issued its second statement over the past three days urging the Ukrainian government to consider immediately releasing imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, citing signs of “politically motivated prosecution.” The statement comes after a judge on Monday declined to release Tymoshenko, while reports indicate the authorities have been training massive police forces in anticipation of clashes with protesters.Детальніше-Read More

  • 10 Aug 2011 6:02 PM | Deleted user

    Russian Foreign Ministry urged justice and impartiality in the trial of Ukrainian ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko, saying that the 2009 gas agreements between Russia and Ukraine were signed in strict accordance with the law.
    The Russian Foreign Ministry published the statement on its web-site after a district court in the Ukrainian capital Kiev ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who has been charged with abuse of power and damaging the national economy when she signed a 2009 gas transit deal with Russia.
    The Russian Foreign Ministry insisted that all gas agreements between Russia and Ukraine in 2009 were signed in strict accordance with the national laws of the two states as well as with international law norms. The deals also received all the necessary approvals from the presidents of the two countries. Therefore, the Russian side insisted that "the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko be fair and impartial, respond to all the requirements of Ukrainian legislation, must allow her to defend herself, and observe basic humanitarian standards and rules."
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  • 10 Aug 2011 5:44 PM | Deleted user
    Ukraine's relations with the EU will directly depend on a sentence the court will hand down to ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Volodymyr Fesenko, the board chairman of the Ukrainian Applied Political Research Center 'Penta', said. Детальніше-Read More Kyiv Post:
  • 10 Aug 2011 5:36 PM | Deleted user

    ED Note: This is the official Aug. 9 Party of Regions Statement
    Some politicians in Ukraine and abroad call the Ukrainian government to stop the trial against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, finding political motivesin it. Some apologists represent the former head of the government as a fighter against corruption and a sample of democracy.  Is this true? And how can one restore the legal order in the country, when calling the executive authorities to interfere in affairs of judicial power? Why are these politicians afraid to establish the truth in an open and public trial? And is there any reason to stop legitimate lawsuit?
    The answer is no - if to be guided by interests of people and rule of law, inevitability of legal assessment of actions, detrimental to Ukraine. Детальніше-Read More Kyiv Post: 

  • 09 Aug 2011 11:57 AM | Deleted user

    On 27 July 2011 amendments to the Competition Law have came into effect. The most notable changes aim to:
    • introduce fines for giving recommendations which induce or facilitate competition law offences in the amount of up to 1% of the offender's turnover;
    • vest local subdivisions of the competition authority with a broader competence and increase the cap on fines which they can impose (to be approx. EUR 6,000);
    • eliminate some procedural imperfections of Phase 2 review of mergers and concerted practices;
    • detail the authority's powers to remove the effects of competition offences, in particular through requesting elimination or mitigation of the negative effects of concerted practices or concentrations; and
    • allow foreign applicants for merger clearance, authorization of concerted practices, and official clarifications to pay filing fees and make other payments in EUR or US Dollars.
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  • 05 Aug 2011 1:46 PM | Deleted user
    In the opinion, Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said prosecutors could not force the writer, James Risen, who is also a New York Times reporter to testify about how he learned certain classified information for a book. But she also said that his unauthorized receipt of classified information might be a felony, an assertion that startled media law specialists. Детальніше-Read More NY Times; Court Opinion 
  • 05 Aug 2011 12:52 PM | Deleted user

    The former prime minister of Ukraine was arrested in a courtroom in Kyiv on Friday August 5th; prosecutors said they had Ms. Tymoshenko arrested on the contempt charge after she openly mocked a witness, the current prime minister, Mykola Azarov, for speaking in Russian. Детальніше-Read More  NY Times;   RFE/RL ReportTymoshenko Address to the Ukrainian Nation;   Video: International Reation to Arrest; US Statement of Concern;

     

     

     

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