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Legal news from Thursday, August 31, 2006
by Joe Shaulis

The Israeli military court trying Palestinian parliament speaker Aziz Dweik and 18 Hamas cabinet ministers on charges of membership in a terrorist organization adjourned Thursday after granting defense lawyers two days to prepare arguments on diplomatic immunity [eDiplomat.com backgrounder]. The defense, which asked for an eight-day extension, contends that the officials …

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by Joe Shaulis

Former Argentine President Raul Alfonsin has testified that amnesty laws preventing prosecution for human rights abuses during the so-called Dirty War [GlobalSecurity.org backgrounder] of the late 1970s and early 80s helped to prevent rebellion during the transition from military rule to democracy. Nevertheless, Alfonsin said he "felt pained in enacting the laws" and was "relieved" when the …

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by Joe Shaulis

The Bangladesh High Court on Thursday confirmed the death sentences that a trial court imposed in May on seven Islamic militants who murdered two judges in a bombing last year. The men include the leaders of two banned groups: Shayek Abdur Rahman of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which wants to turn …

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by Katerina Ossenova

An Australian magistrate called a control order issued for terror suspect Joseph Terrence "Jihad Jack" Thomas "farcical" on Thursday since, among other things, the order prohibits Thomas from contacting Osama Bin Laden. The decision by the Australian government to restrict Thomas from contacting Bin Laden, included among the 50 …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Prosecutors in the war crimes case against Momcilo Krajisnik, a former Bosnian Serb speaker of parliament and the right hand man to former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, have called for a life sentence for Krajisnik due to the seriousness of his alleged crimes. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Ching Cheong, chief China correspondent for Singapore's Straits Times, was sentenced to five years in jail by a Chinese court on Thursday after being convicted on charges of selling state secrets and spying for Taiwan. In addition to the prison sentence, the court ordered the confiscation of $37,500 worth of Ching's …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Ugandan government said Thursday that it will ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) to withdraw its plans to arrest leaders of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). If the indicted LRA leaders agree to the terms of the ongoing truce, reached by a government team in Juba, southern Sudan, and …

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by Holly Manges Jones

German politicians are debating a wave of new anti-terrorism proposals after terrorists attempted to blow up two trains in the country one month ago. Despite recently-passed legislation expanding state intelligence powers and allowing the prosecution of foreign terrorists in Germany, legislators backing other proposals for increased security are likely to face an uphill battle. …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has upheld a lower court ruling that the selection process for New York Supreme Court judges is unconstitutional. US District Court Judge John Gleeson ruled in January that the state's system of nominating its elected state trial court judges in …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The US government will not pursue the death penalty against US Marine Corps Pfc. John Jodka III in the death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania, according to a military prosecutor during Article 32 hearings Wednesday to determine if Jodka and another soldier should face courts-martial for the killing. Jodka is …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The body of missing Tikrit judge Turky al-Dulaimi has been found by Iraqi police near Baghdad, according to a police source speaking on the condition of anonymity Thursday. Dulaimi disappeared four days ago after being transferred from a court in Tikrit to one in Abu Ghraib. The source said Dulaimi was found on a street north of Baghdad near …

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by Brett Murphy

President Bush announced on Wednesday the nominations of five people to serve as federal appeals court judges on the US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits. The nomination of the five conservatives has already caused concern among Senate leaders with a spokesman for Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid labeling …

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by Brett Murphy

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday once again said that Iran will not cease its uranium enrichment program, despite an August 31 deadline set by UN Security Council Resolution 1696, stating that "the Iranian nation will not accept for one moment any bullying, invasion and violation of its rights." Non-compliance with …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The South African National Assembly, the lower house of the country's parliament, has passed the Prohibition of Mercenary Activity and Regulation of Certain Activities in Areas of Armed Conflict Bill, legislation that would prevent South African citizens from serving in foreign armies or security forces abroad without first receiving permission from the South African government. …

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