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Legal news from Saturday, July 15, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

The UN Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to adopt a compromise resolution on recent missile tests by North Korea (DPRK) directing it to stop the launches and calling on member states to impose weapons-related sanctions, but did not invoke Chapter 7 of the UN Charter as proposed by Japan in an earlier …

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by Krista-Ann Staley

Italian prosecutors on Saturday questioned Nicolo Pollari, chief of the Italian Intelligence and Security Services, regarding his role in the alleged CIA extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar. Italian police arrested two intelligence officials with the Military Intelligence and Security Service (SISMI) …

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by Krista-Ann Staley

Politicians, civil rights advocates and privacy advocates have criticized the recent White House agreement allowing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to determine the constitutionality of the NSA's controversial domestic spying program. In reaction to the plan US Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) plans to re-introduce a proposal [H. Amdt. 1065 …

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by Krista-Ann Staley

Former NatWest bankers David Bermingham, Giles Darby and Gary Mulgrew, pleaded not guilty Friday to a total of seven counts of wire fraud for an allegedly fraudulent sale of Enron stock. The bankers were extradited to the US Thursday following a three year court battle to prevent the extradition. The extradition also prompted …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Leandro Despouy, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights' Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, on Friday expressed "serious concern" over a recently passed Egyptian judicial reforms bill. Despouy said:Concerning the text of the law, the Special Rapporteur expressed particular concern over the fact that it does not set out clear criteria for the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Chinese Ministry of Health has approved new regulations governing the use and international transport of corpses in an attempt to crackdown on the illegal trade of organs. China has been criticized in recent months for harvesting and selling the organs of executed prisoners without the consent of the prisoners or …

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