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Legal news from Monday, May 29, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

The US military said Monday that the number of Guantanamo Bay detainees participating in a hunger strike has increased from 3 to about 75. Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand described the strike as an effort to attract attention. He speculated that it may be related to the events of May 18, when 4 detainees supposedly …

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by Cathy J. Potter

A UN official Monday warned members of fundamentalist Islamic and secular warlord militias fighting for control of the Somali capital of Mogadishu “that any deliberate attempt to prevent wounded or civilians receiving assistance and protection during fighting in the city may constitute elements of future war crimes.” Fighting between various factions has intensified in the past days and weeks, …

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by Cathy J. Potter

US Marine Corps General Peter Pace, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, declined comment Monday on the Pentagon's investigation into the November 2005 killings of up to two dozen Iraqi civilians in the troubled city of Haditha, in the western Anbar province of Iraq. Pace emphasized that if service members are …

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by Tom Henry

A Bangladesh court in Dhaka Monday sentenced seven Islamic militants, including leaders Shayek Abdur Rahman of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen and Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh, to death for the murder of two judges in a bomb attack last year. Both men shouted "All praise to Allah" as the verdict was …

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by Tom Henry

The defense team for Saddam Hussein on Monday called several witnesses to testify on behalf of Awad al-Bandar, head of the court responsible for sentencing 148 Shiites to death after a 1982 assassination attempt against the former Iraqi leader in the town of Dujail. Though the trial of the Shiites …

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by Tom Henry

EU foreign ministers wrapping up a two day meeting in Austria Sunday agreed to extend the "period of reflection" on the stalled European constitution for another year through the end of the German presidency of the EU in June 2007, but floated the possibility of re-naming the instrument in an effort to allay fears …

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by Tom Henry

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller held a private meeting with representatives from major internet service providers late last week urging them to retain customer internet activities to combat child pornography. The meeting, reported by CNET, follows a speech by Gonzales last month at the National Center for …

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