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Legal news from Sunday, May 28, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

The British prisoners rights group Reprieve has claimed that over 60 of the foreign detainees imprisoned by the US at Guantanamo Bay were juveniles under 18 years of age when captured, and that some were as young as 14. Reprieve told the Independent newspaper that 17 detainees on the latest US list …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Over 1000 UK service personnel have deserted since the beginning of the war in Iraq, the BBC reported Sunday. A total of 134 deserted in 2003, 229 in 2004, 377 in 2005, and 189 so far in 2006, up from 86 in 2001, and 118 in 2002. The UK Ministry of Defence disputes the figures, saying that …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Iran has delivered a "bill of indictment" against former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, which will submit it to Iraq's High Criminal Court, according to a joint statement issued Saturday by the governments of Iran and Iraq on the visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to Baghdad. The statement said the two countries …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

US Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), a former US Marine now senior Democrat on the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said Sunday on ABC's This Week that Marine killings of up to 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November after a comrade was killed by a roadside bomb had been committed "in cold blood", …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The US Department of Justice late Friday filed for dismissal of two lawsuits brought over the National Security Agency's domestic wiretapping program, saying that defending them would require disclosure of state secrets and would be contrary to national security interests. The first suit [CCR press release; complaint, …

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