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Legal news from Sunday, September 3, 2006
by Natalie Hrubos

Former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma is set to appear in court again Tuesday, where he faces corruption charges stemming from an arms-procurement scandal. Zuma was fired as South Africa's deputy president in June 2005 after a close business associate was convicted of fraud and corruption.Zuma's corruption trial was postponed …

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by Natalie Hrubos

A former Bosnian Serb police chief convicted of war crimes in 2001 was found dead in his home in Bosnia Friday with a gunshot to his head and a pistol in his hand. An autopsy has not yet been completed, though it appears the 49-year-old committed suicide.Stevan Todorovic was released from prison last year after …

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by Natalie Hrubos

A US district judge in Tucson Friday dismissed a controversial case against two humanitarians arrested in July 2005 for aiding illegal immigrants they found in need of emergency medical attention in the Arizona desert. At the time of their arrests, Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss were volunteering for No More Deaths, a group that works …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Egyptian-mediated negotiations to free an Israeli soldier held by Palestinian Hamas militants are ongoing, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told a Cairo newspaper Saturday. The capture of Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit by Hamas in Gaza in June prompted Israel to detain about 30 Palestinian lawmakers in retaliation, including nearly a …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A report released Saturday by OpenTheGovernment.org, a private monitoring group, reveals what it described as further expansion of US government secrecy notwithstanding an increase in the number of classified government documents unsealed in 2005. In comparison to 2004, the public's use of the Freedom of Information Act in 2005 increased and the number …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The ruling military junta in Myanmar will resume negotiations for a new constitution in the second week of October, junta spokesman Lt. Gen. Thein Sein announced Saturday. The constitutional convention was suspended on January 31, with delegates postponing talks until the end of the year to allow farmers to cultivate their harvests. …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A Lebanese prosecutor Saturday charged six suspects - four held in Lebanon and two in Germany - with attempted murder after they were arrested in connection with a plot to blow up trains in Germany one month ago. The two suspects held in Germany, a Lebanese and a Syrian, were charged by the Lebanese prosecutor in absentia. …

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