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Mauritanian lawyers protest trial of soldiers

[JURIST] The defense team for more than 100 Mauritanian soldiers and civilians accused of a coup attempt said Sunday they will boycott a trial they view as unfair. The lawyers cite the appointment of 2 military officers as judges and removal of the trial to a distant military base. The lawyers put a halt to the opening session of the trial and vowed not to return until the military officers were taken off of the judicial panel. The defendants are charged with attempting to topple President Mowaiya Wald al-Tayei in June 2003 and August 2004 and could face the death penalty if convicted. UPI has more. AP has background.

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