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Legal news from Sunday, August 20, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

Israeli intelligence forces on Sunday arrested Mahmoud al-Ramahi, a top member of Hamas and secretary-general of the Palestinian Legislative Council, one day after Israeli forces detained the Palestinian deputy prime minister. Israel regards Hamas as a terrorist organization and has arrested many members of the Hamas leadership in recent months, beginning with the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

A spokesman for the government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged Iranian prosecutors to pursue charges against several Iranian newspapers who have published articles accusing Ahmadinejad of financial wrongdoing in recent weeks. In a letter sent to Tehran's prosecutor, government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham accused the media of "spreading lies" and said that the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Sunday that Israel had committed crimes against humanity during its month-long bombing campaign in the current Middle East conflict. Touring areas outside of Beirut that had been hard hit by the bombings, Siniora called Israel's actions criminal, saying they reflected "Israel's hatred to destroy Lebanon and its unity." …

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by Brett Murphy

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya on Sunday called for the release of Deputy Prime Minister and Hamas party member Nasser Shaer, who was arrested Saturday morning after Israeli soldiers forced entry into an apartment where Shaer and his family have been hiding for several weeks. Israeli forces took Shaer for questioning as part of its …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US District Judge T. S. Ellis III has set aside the $10 million verdict against private military contractor Custer Battles, ruling that the former Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq could not be considered a US government entity. Custer Battles was sued for defrauding the US government under the False Claims Act …

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