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Legal news from Monday, July 24, 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud accused Israel Monday of using incendiary phosphorous bombs against Lebanese civilians in violation of international standards, and urged the United Nations to call for an immediate ceasefire. Lahoud, considered to be pro-Syrian, said Israel's use of the bombs is in violation of the Geneva Conventions, but a military …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) filed a lawsuit Monday against the Bush administration, alleging that the US government failed to fulfill its obligations to protect US citizens in Lebanon when the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah began earlier this month. The suit was filed on behalf of over …

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by Joe Shaulis

A report released Monday by UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith recommends longer sentences and increased use of plea bargaining in fraud cases. Estimates have placed the cost of fraud to the British economy at over £14 billion a year. The report, the result of a Fraud Review begun last year, also suggests consolidating …

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by Joe Shaulis

The first prisoner at Guantanamo Bay to be turned over to a foreign government for prosecution was released Monday by the Spanish Supreme Court, which found that the evidence against him was insufficient to support a conviction. Hamed Abderrahaman Ahmad, known as the "Spanish Taliban," was captured by Pakistani soldiers while leaving …

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by Joe Shaulis

Italy refused a CIA request to participate in the alleged extraordinary rendition of an Egyptian cleric suspected of terrorism, a lawyer for an Italian spy agency official told Reuters in an interview published Monday. Luigi Panella, the lawyer representing Marco Mancini - then a division director of Italy's Military Intelligence …

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by Jaime Jansen

The UK Court of Appeal heard arguments Monday in a case where the families of three Guantanamo Bay detainees who were UK residents prior to their detention are seeking an order requiring the British government to lobby the US for the release of their relatives. The High Court ruled in May that …

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by Joe Shaulis

The EU Council of Ministers agreed Monday to continue funding for embryonic stem cell research, but that aid may not be used to procure stem cell embryos. The competitiveness council ministers approved an EU research budget that includes funding for the research but forbids the money from being used …

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by Joe Shaulis

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) must tighten its anti-terrorism laws to conform with those of other states and territories, Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Monday. If the ACT - the federal district that includes Canberra - does not revise the laws, the federal government may invalidate them, Howard said. Nevertheless, ACT Chief Minister Jon …

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by Jaime Jansen

Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has sued anti-government activist Sondhi Limthongkul and 11 others for defamation and $26 million in damages, according to Thaksin's lawyer Monday. Thaksin sued Sondhi and the state-run Communications Authority of Thailand for allegedly saying on television that Thaksin and his Thai Rak Thai party tried to …

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by Jaime Jansen

Indian authorities on Sunday arrested a fourth suspect in the July 11 Mumbai train bombings that killed over 180 people. Authorities arrested Dr. Tanyir Ansari late Sunday after several days of questioning in connection to the bombings. The Press Trust of India reports that Ansari is an alleged operative of the …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said Monday that weekend statements by visiting United Nations relief coordinator Jan Egeland that damage caused by Israeli airstrikes in Beirut was excessive and in violation of international humanitarian law conflicted with those of other UN bodies. Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor …

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by Jaime Jansen

Jordan is a "central hub in a global complex of secret detention centers" allegedly operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency and foreign intelligence agencies, according to an Amnesty International report written by Malcolm Smart, the director of Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa unit. The report identifies at …

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by Jaime Jansen

US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) told Fox News Sunday over the weekend that he might challenge a July 10 federal court order allowing the FBI to view documents seized in the congressional office raid of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) in May. Chief Judge Thomas Hogan ruled [JURIST …

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by Jaime Jansen

US Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) promised Sunday that US United Nations Ambassador John Bolton would face a difficult fight in his upcoming Senate confirmation hearing. Last summer, President Bush bypassed the Senate confirmation process and appointed Bolton during the Senate's summer recess, despite Senate Democrat opposition that had stalled debate on Bolton's confirmation …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Saddam Hussein trial resumed in Baghdad on Monday, though the former Iraqi leader was not in court due to his weekend hospitalization after collapsing in jail on the sixteenth day of his hunger strike protesting trial court procedures and a lack of adequate security for defense lawyers. Defense closing arguments …

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by Jaime Jansen

An American Bar Association Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine has determined that President Bush's practice of attaching signing statements to new laws "undermine the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers." In a report and recommendations to be released Monday, the …

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