Legal news from Sunday, April 16, 2006
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[JURIST] Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; JURIST news archive] announced Sunday that she would commute all death sentences to life imprisonment. With the decision affecting 1,200 convicts currently on death row, Arroyo said, "I wish to announce that we are changing our policy on those who have been imposed [read more]

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[JURIST] Over 100 Muslim Brotherhood [FAS backgrounder] members were detained by Egyptian police Sunday, continuing the ruling government's persecution of party members. According to a source from the Interior Ministry, these latest arrests were in response to planned demonstrations by members of the Muslim Brotherhood to protest Egypt's emergency laws. [read more]

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[JURIST] The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) [advocacy website] is urging French prosecutors to open a judicial inquiry into allegations that CIA-operated rendition flights [JURIST news archive] stopped at French airports. A local French prosecutor has already opened a preliminary investigation into claims that CIA planes which landed at [read more]

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