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Legal news from Monday, September 11, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the region's official human rights watchdog organization, said Monday that US practices of allegedly subjecting terror suspects to torture do nothing to make the country safer in its prosecution of the war on terror. Marking the five-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, …

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by Jaime Jansen

Lawyers for the US Department of Justice told a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Monday that the court lacked the power to prevent the case of an American held in Iraq from being transferred to the Iraqi courts. The American, Shawqi Omar, has dual US and Jordanian …

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by Jaime Jansen

Fifteen allies of French President Jacques Chirac went on trial Monday for allegedly rigging a Paris election during Chirac's tenure as the mayor of Paris. Prosecutors allege that the 15 politicians and officials planted 327 fake voters in the electoral register for a 1989 municipal election where Chirac's conservative party won the majority of all …

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by D. Wes Rist

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) urged the Nepali Maoist party Monday to keep its promises to stop its human rights violations. OHCHR-Nepal alleges that Maoist troops are still conducting kidnappings, torture, and murder of political as well as civilian targets. OHCHR-Nepal said it has undertaken probes …

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by Jaime Jansen

A large percentage of US Central Intelligence Agency counterterrorism officers have bought government-reimbursed private insurance plans that cover potential civil judgments and legal expenses associated with charges of criminal wrongdoing, according to Monday's Washington Post. Some current and former intelligence officers revealed the growing trend to the Post, highlighting fears that officers are vulnerable to …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The trial of Saddam Hussein and six co-defendants on genocide and crimes against humanity charges related to the so-called "Anfal" operation, which led to the killings of as many as 180,000 Kurds in northern Iraq in the 1980s, resumed in Baghdad Monday with the testimony of a former Kurdish guerrilla who described the aftermath …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed three major changes to the rules regulating when companies' oil process facilities must integrate new pollution control equipment. Environmental advocates say the rule changes, put forward Friday, allow companies to ignore the total pollution produced by a facility, instead focusing on emissions produced by individual pieces …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Chinese prosecutors have charged a police officer with negligent conduct in connection with the death of a suspect that occurred after a 21-hour interrogation, according to state media reports published Monday. The suspect, Tan Gangshan, was arrested on unknown charges after police saw him "looking suspicious" while riding a motorcycle. The autopsy report concluded in part that "body wounds, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, recently transferred from US to Iraqi control, are allegedly being tortured by prison officials, according to an independent observer who told the UK's Telegraph that screaming was heard coming from the inmate cell blocks, that health conditions there are unacceptable, and that inmates are given inadequate food and …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Iraqi National Assembly on Sunday postponed debate on proposed federalism legislation that would allow Iraq's 18 provinces to form strong governments with their own security forces. Debate on the bill, supported by Kurdish and Shiite politicians and opposed by most Sunnis, is now postponed until September 19, a month before the recently agreed-upon October 22 deadline …

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by Joshua Pantesco

US violent and property crime rates in 2005 reached the lowest levels since 1973, the first year such statistics were kept, according to estimations released Sunday by the US Justice Department. The report, Criminal Victimization, 2005 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics also shows that while slightly more robberies and gun violence …

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