Legal news from Saturday, November 26, 2005
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[JURIST] US military officials announced Saturday that four American soldiers will not face criminal charges for burning the bodies of two Taliban rebels in Afghanistan [JURIST report], though they will be subject to disciplinary action. The US Department of Defense [official website] began an investigation into the alleged desecration of [read more]

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[JURIST] The head of the Council of Europe [official website] investigation into possible secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe said Friday that the existence of large detention centers for US terror detainees in the region was unlikely. In a statement before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council, Europe's human rights [read more]

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[JURIST] Hundreds of supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [Wikipedia backgrounder] complained of unwarranted arrests Saturday during the runoff for the second round of Egyptian parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive], alleging that at least 270 were detained outside of polling stations in Alexandria, the Nile Delta and Qena. The Muslim [read more]

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[JURIST] Syria agreed Friday to allow UN investigators to question five unidentified Syrian officials at the Vienna UN offices [UN Security Council official website] in connection with the February assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive]. The agreement has pleased chief UN investigator Detlev Mehlis, who [read more]

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[JURIST] The scope of the US Department of Justice [official website] probe into the dealings of former high-powered Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] may implicate more public officials than previously anticipated, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Prosecutors indicted Abramoff in August [JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] The office of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer [official website; JURIST news archive] announced Friday that it does not expect to pursue state criminal charges against Maurice "Hank" Greenberg [Wikipedia profile], former AIG [corporate website] chairman and CEO. Spitzer originally filed suit [JURIST report] against AIG, Greenberg and [read more]

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