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Legal news from Saturday, July 1, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

Former Mexican president Luis Echeverria was under house arrest Saturday after a Mexican appeals court ruled Friday that it had enough evidence to charge him with genocide in connection with his role in putting down a 1968 student revolt in which dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of protesters were killed by police …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The head of a European inspection team tasked with evaluating the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay said Friday that there may be only 30-40 "real" cases of terrorism there and recommended that the facility be shut down by the end of 2007. Anne-Marie Lizin, the president of the Belgian Senate and …

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by James M Yoch Jr

An African Union panel recommended on Friday that former Chadian president Hissene Habre, accused of committing torture, mass killings, and other abuses in the 1980s, face trial in Africa instead of in Belgium, which last September issued an international arrest warrant for the ex-dictator, who has been in exile in …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Federal prosecutors Friday argued that the homes and other assets owned by former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were obtained by fraud, and petitioned a judge to order the two men to turn over nearly $183 million in assets. Last month, a jury in Houston convicted Lay on all six …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The new Human Rights Council of the United Nations voted Friday to review alleged human rights abuses by Israel in all future council sessions, a move which was protested by both Israel and the US as unfair. Islamic countries lobbied in favor of the resolution, which passed 29-12, while Israel said …

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by Holly Manges Jones

A spokesman for California Attorney General Bill Lockyer Friday criticized the California State Office of Homeland Security for tracking antiwar protests over the past few months, calling it a violation of civil liberties. Reports obtained by the Los Angeles Times document protests including a demonstration where US Rep. George Miller (D-CA) spoke against …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Lawyers for several Guantanamo detainees claimed Friday that the US military had seized letters from them to their clients and had also taken other legal papers from their clients in an investigation into three inmate suicides at the camp last month. Defense Department officials have refused to comment on the allegations. A lawyer for …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Sen. John Warner (R-VA) said Friday that Congress must be cautious about passing an alternative to military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, which were struck down by the US Supreme Court earlier this week. Warner is chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee …

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