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Legal news from Tuesday, August 29, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

British police on Tuesday charged three people with conspiracy to murder and planning to smuggle "component parts of improvised explosive devices" onto airplanes in connection with the alleged terror plot to blow up US-bound planes over the Atlantic, bringing to 15 the total now charged in the episode. All three of the latest …

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by Katerina Ossenova

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said during a one-day visit to Baghdad Tuesday that enforcement of the rule of law is essential to Iraq's future, but stressed that it was up to the country's leaders and people to determine what kind of law that would be. Gonzales met with local US Justice Department personnel working …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The prosecutor in the Libyan retrial of five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor accused of infecting over 400 patients, primarily children, with the HIV virus, on Tuesday called for the death penalty in the case. The trial resumed on May 11 with the testimony of prosecution witnesses, including testimony from a young …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Saudi Arabia has released nine of 29 former Guantanamo detainees in its custody on Tuesday after investigations revealed that they had not committed any crimes. Charges are still being reviewed for the remainder. Earlier this year, the US transferred fifteen Saudi detainees who were then followed by an additional fourteen, after being …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Opposition parties in Jordan on Tuesday condemned anti-terrorism legislation approved Sunday by Jordan's National Assembly, comparing the new measures to "martial law" and voicing fear that the law will be used to curtail individual liberties. The new anti-terror law is the Jordanian government's first attempt to address and impose penalties on those involved in terrorist …

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by Lisl Brunner

Former Central African Republic President Ange Felix Patasse was convicted in absentia Tuesday on fraud charges and sentenced to 20 years hard labor. Patasse and four other members of his former government have been charged with embezzlement and fraud stemming from transactions with the Libyan government in 1999 and 2000, but none were present for the trial …

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by Lisl Brunner

Two hundred families plan later this week to demand damages from SNCF, the French state-run railway system, in connection with the company's transportation of Jewish families to German concentration camps during World War II. The demand comes two months after a French trial court held SNCF liable for damages to the family of Alain Lipietz …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Australian legal and political observers appeared split Tuesday in the wake of the Australian government's first control order under new anti-terror laws limiting the activities of an uncharged terror suspect. A court Monday issued the order at the instance of Attorney General Philip Ruddock; under it, Joseph Terrence "Jihad Jack" Thomas is required to stay …

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by Lisl Brunner

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Tuesday failed to adopt a proposed rule to exempt interest groups from "electioneering communications," tying 3-3 instead. The measure, proposed earlier this month by FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky, would have allowed certain grassroots lobbying groups to air television and radio advertisements that related to public policy …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Guantanamo's oldest known detainee was among the five US-held prisoners transferred to Afghanistan last week, according to his lawyer who found out about the release over the weekend in a US Department of Justice e-mail. Peter King said that Haji Nasrat Khan, who thought he might be as old as 78 although US military records …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called for broader US access to European airline passenger data Tuesday in a Washington Post editorial, citing the recently-alleged plot by UK terror suspects to detonate explosives aboard US airliners flying to the US from Britain. Noting that "British authorities, in partnership with the United States and our allies, were able …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday welcomed Friday's agreement by a UN General Assembly committee on the draft terms of a new UN disability rights treaty. In a statement released by his official spokesman in New York, Annan called the committee's approval of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities an "historic …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist candidate challenging the results of Mexico's disputed July 2 presidential election, has rejected Monday's ruling by the country's Federal Electoral Tribunal reducing the lead of leader Felipe Calderon by only some 4000 votes after a partial recount. In a …

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