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Legal news from Monday, September 4, 2006
by Kate Heneroty

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert denied rumors Monday that a deal was underway to trade Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Cpl. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held by Palestinian militants since June 25. In a speech to parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee, Olmert said he heard of the negotiations from …

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by Kate Heneroty

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's leftist presidential candidate challenging the results of the disputed July 2nd presidential election, has told supporters that he plans to organize a constitutional convention to draft a new constitution. Lopez Obrador said Sunday that the country was in need of "radical transformation" and that he …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has warned senior government and military officials that inflammatory statements some made about the recent conflict with Lebanon, such as advocating the bombing of villages that housed Hezbollah rebels, could lead to war crimes prosecutions abroad, the Israeli Army Radio reported Monday. Several Israeli Defense Forces generals have recently …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Eight men allegedly involved in a plot to blow up US-bound planes leaving a London airport will probably not go to trial until 2008, prosecutor Colin Gibbs told the Central Criminal Court during a brief hearing in London Monday. It is unclear why they will not be brought to trial sooner. All eight defendants are …

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by Natalie Hrubos

US military officials in Iraq said Monday that, despite press reports to the contrary, three soldiers killed earlier this summer near Mahmudiya were not involved in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl and the murder of her family in that area. The military has charged five US soldiers from the …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The number of terrorism-related prosecutions has sharply declined in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks and less than half of those convicted on terror charges received prison sentences, according to a study released Sunday by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The study, based on US Justice Department data, found …

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