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Legal news from Monday, August 21, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

Legal papers belonging to Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks were among those seized by US investigators in a probe into the June suicides of three other Guantanamo inmates - a Yemeni and two Saudis - at the US military prison in June, according to Australian media reports Monday. The seizure of Hicks' …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US District Judge Marcia Cooke has dismissed one of the charges brought against terror suspect Jose Padilla and his two co-defendants, ruling that the charge is "multiplicitous" and violates the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution. In an order made available Monday, Cooke dismissed Count 1 …

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by Joshua Pantesco

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Monday called on all states to standardize their criminal statutes dealing with sexual predators during a speech given at the 18th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas. Gonzales praised most states for their efforts in rewriting statutes to effectively charge, convict, sentence, and punish sexual predators, but …

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by Brett Murphy

A Russian court on Monday rejected the case against former Russian Atomic Minister Yevgeny Adamov, citing factual errors in court filings, and told prosecutors to develop the case further before presenting it to the court a second time. Adamov is charged with fraud and abuse of power for allegedly using US government funds [JURIST …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Congolese Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), charged with overseeing the July presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, released the provisional results of the election on Monday, and announced that a run-off between President Joseph Kabila, who won 45 percent of the vote, and Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba …

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by Brett Murphy

A judge in Missouri heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit challenging a Missouri law requiring voters to show photo identification [Missouri Dept. Revenue backgrounder] before being permitted to vote. The class-action lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of the law was filed by Democratic Party officials in July. The bench trial …

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by Joshua Pantesco

UK authorities on Monday charged 11 people in connection with the foiled terror plot to bomb airplanes crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Eight were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and with preparing acts of terrorism, a violation of Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, for the alleged plan to manufacture a bomb to …

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by Brett Murphy

A hearing in China's case against former New York Times researcher Zhao Yan has been scheduled for Friday, Zhao's lawyer announced on Monday. Zhao is charged with providing state secrets to foreigners, and faces a possible prison sentence of 10 years. The court could render a verdict during the hearing, which was previously delayed in both …

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by Brett Murphy

UN nuclear inspectors said Monday that Iran has denied them access to an underground nuclear site, and UN officials said that by refusing to allow access Iran may be in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Meanwhile, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said Monday that the country would continue to pursue …

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by Brett Murphy

Former Burundi President Domitien Ndayizeye was arrested Monday in connection with an ongoing investigation into an alleged plot to overthrow the current government. Authorities say he was taken in for questioning by prosecutors. Earlier this month, Burundi officials arrested five former government officials, including the former vice president, in connection with the alleged planned coup.Family …

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by Brett Murphy

Indonesian authorities on Monday stayed the executions of Amrozi Nurhasyim, Ali Gufron and Imam Samudra, three of the men convicted for the bombings that killed over 200 people at a Bali nightclub in 2002, allowing time for the men to file a final appeal. The executions had been scheduled for Tuesday, but defense lawyers said …

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by Jeannie Shawl

One of the terror suspects arrested in London earlier this month in connection with the foiled terror plot to bomb airplanes crossing the Atlantic Ocean has challenged his continued detention in a London court. Lawyers for "Detainee J" have petitioned the High Court in London for an emergency hearing Monday in an attempt to secure an order …

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by Brett Murphy

Philippine President Gloria Arroyo on Monday appointed an independent commission to investigate "the series of extrajudicial killings of journalists and militant activists in the country." Arroyo has been criticized for the government's failure to solve the growing number of politically motivated killings of leftist activists and journalists. Members of Bayan, a …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Carla Del Ponte, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, on Monday called Serbia's continued failure to arrest war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic "inexcusable," saying he should be on trial with a group of seven Bosnian Serb military and paramilitary officers charged with massacring 8,000 …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Saddam Hussein refused to enter a plea Monday as he and six co-defendants went on trial on genocide and crimes against humanities charges in connection to the so-called "Anfal" operation that led to the killings of as many as 100,000 Kurds in northern Iraq in the 1980s. Chief Judge Abdullah al-Amiri [JURIST …

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