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Ex Post Facto

Describing anything, especially a law, that is applied retroactively. For example, a law criminalizing a certain action, which was passed on November 20, 2010, but gives the state the power to prosecute offenders retroactively to January 1, 2010, is an ex post facto law. Many jurisdictions do not permit their governments to enact ex post facto laws, at least in criminal cases.
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The cabinet also gave ex-post facto approval for $200-million loan from the Bank of China and $1-billion loan from China Development Bank.
The Cabinet Division raised objections over the amounts and sought ex-post facto approval by the ECC for regularisation.
Apart from the former naval chief, ex-post facto approval was also accorded for the Acceptance of 'Star of Merit' by the Palestinian government to former ambassador Zamir Akram.
Ex-post facto approval of acceptance of Argentine award 'Order of Mayo' by Imtiaz Ahmed, additional secretary, Foreign Affairs Division was also granted.
New Delhi: At the last meeting of the World Trade Organisation held in Nairobi, the Cabinet cleared ex-post facto the stand taken by India on food security.
The Government, on the directives of Public accounts committee, has also banned approval of Ex-Post facto funds for Purchasing.
Summary: New Delhi [India], June 12 (ANI): The Union Cabinet has accorded ex-post facto approval for the extension of the term of the Commission to examine the issue of Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes, by two months i.e.
Ex-post facto approval of acceptance of awards 'King Abdul Aziz Medal of Excellence' and 'Legion of Merit' by Saudi Arabia and the Turkish government to Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, NI (M), Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, was also granted.
By Islamabad, July 28, 2009 (Frontier Star) -- Economic Coordination Committee granted ex-post facto approval of GOP guarantee for the loan of Rs 1 billion for conversion of Shahbaz Forward Operating base into main operating base.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Apr 15 (ANI): The Union Cabinet on Monday gave ex-post facto approval to the MoUs between India and Bolivia on cooperation in geology and traditional systems of medicine.