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Legal news from Thursday, August 10, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

US District Judge T.S. Ellis has upheld the constitutionality of the 1917 Espionage Act, refusing to dismiss charges against two former lobbyists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman were indicted last year under the Espionage Act for allegedly conspiring to receive …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ordered that seventeen cases challenging the legality of the NSA's domestic surveillance program be transferred to the chief judge of the US Northern District of California. In an order issued Wednesday, the panel wrote:On the basis of the papers filed and hearing session …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A US federal appeals court opinion upholding the convictions of five accused Cuban spies prompted condemnation from the Cuban government Thursday, who called the decision political and unfair. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, sitting en banc, on Wednesday handed down a 120-page decision overturning the decision of a three-judge Eleventh Circuit …

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by Jaime Jansen

Police in Argentina have arrested three former officials suspected of human rights violations during the country's "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity.com backgrounder], the former military junta's campaign against its domestic opponents - at least 13,000 of whom "disappeared" from 1976 to 1983. Authorities arrested Raul Antonio Guglielminetti, a former intelligence agent, late Wednesday in connection with a series …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika on Thursday called for the resignation of Ishmael Wadi, Director of Public Prosecutions, who in July dropped corruption charges against former President Bakili Muluzi on the eve of Muluzi's trial. Mutharika, who was elected as Muluzi's hand-picked successor on a platform of ending government corruption, suspended the director …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Dutch prosecutors have charged a Rwandan immigrant arrested in Amsterdam with committing war crimes and torture in Rwanda, officials said Thursday. Specifically, prosecutors alleged that "Joseph M." ordered the killing of several Tutsis that were dragged out of an ambulance and shot during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The defendant, who was arrested earlier this week, faces a …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Swiss Justice Ministry has decided to grant US investigators access to information about bank accounts of terrorism suspects, a justice ministry spokesman said Wednesday. Prosecutors in the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia requested the information in a four-year old investigation into money laundering to support terrorist activities. The US prosecutors …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The human rights situation continues to deteriorate in some parts of Darfur despite the Darfur Peace Agreement signed in May by the Sudanese government and the main rebel group in the region, the Sudan Liberation Movement [Globalsecurity.org backgrounder], according to a report released Wednesday by the UN Office of the …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Australian House of Representatives approved the Migration Amendment (Designated Unauthorised Arrivals) Bill by a margin of 78-62 Thursday, a bill that will require asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat to be processed in offshore camps. As expected, the bill passed despite opposition from four MPs within the governing Liberal Party [party …

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by Jaime Jansen

Efraim Zuroff, a director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, urged Serbia on Wednesday to request the extradition of Ivo Rojnica and Milivoj Asner, two Croatian-born men accused of committing atrocities against Jews, Serbs and Gypsies during World War II. As part of Operation: Last Chance, an initiative committed to bringing elderly …

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by Joshua Pantesco

An attorney for former Enron CEO Kenneth Lay has indicated that he intends to ask a federal court to vacate Lay's criminal convictions and dismiss the indictment in the case. Lawyer Samuel Buffone filed a motion in federal court Wednesday to supplant Lay's name in court records with Lay's estate, clearing the way …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday introduced plans to give small public US companies and some foreign companies additional time to comply with restrictive internal control requirements relating to financial reporting. The requirements were adopted by Congress in 2002 as part of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in …

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by Jaime Jansen

The London Metropolitan Police Service announced Thursday that it had foiled an alleged terrorist plot to simultaneously blow up several planes traveling from London's Heathrow airport and surrounding airports to various destinations in the United States and had arrested 21 people suspected to be involved. Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson referred to …

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