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Legal news from Tuesday, July 4, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

Former Qatari justice minister Najib al-Nuaimi has said that any attempt by the Iraqi government to extradite Saddam Hussein's first wife Sajida from her current presumed residence in Qatar would fail. Al-Nuaimi, currently a member of Saddam Hussein's defense team, told AFP in an interview published Tuesday that extradition would require adherence to certain procedures and that …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The appeals chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled Tuesday that eight years solitary confinement in a French prison for the convicted assassin and terrorist known popularly as Carlos the Jackal - Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez - was not inhumane or otherwise violative of his rights. …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The appeals chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled Tuesday that eight years solitary confinement in a French prison for the convicted assassin and terrorist known popularly as Carlos the Jackal - Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez - was not inhumane or otherwise violative of his rights. …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Iraq's justice minister called Tuesday for international supervision of the US investigation of the rape and murder of one Iraqi civilian and the murder of three others in Mahmudiya in March. On Monday, US federal prosecutors charged former US Army soldier Steven Green in connection with the incident. Four other currently-serving soldiers are …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Israel was sharply criticized by Swiss diplomats Monday for allegedly violating international humanitarian law in its latest actions against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as tensions between Israel and Palestinian authorities continue to mount over the seizure of an Israeli soldier by militants. Switzerland, the original host state for the Geneva Conventions which retains the …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Antitrust regulators from EU member states voted unanimously Monday to approve in principle new fines against Microsoft for not following a 2004 European Union antitrust ruling. In December 2005 the European Commission warned the software giant that it may face fines of up to …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke took senior British judges to task over terrorism in an editorial published Monday in London's Evening Standard newspaper, saying that they had repeatedly refused to meet with him to discuss the interpretation of human rights law in light of security needs, and that their disengagement had to change as it was fuelling …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Eleven African jurists were sworn-in Monday as the first members of Africa's first continent-wide human rights court, the African Court on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR), sponsored by the African Union. The swearing-in took place at the end of a two-day AU summit in Banjul, Gambia. The legal experts vowed to "preserve, protect and …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners seeking to challenge their detentions in the US federal courts argued Monday before the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals that no further filings in their cases were necessary and that enough documentation had been provided for the appeals court to decide whether the challenges could be made. Following the US Supreme Court's …

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