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Legal news from Tuesday, September 12, 2006
by Lisl Brunner

US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty expressed support at a Senate hearing Tuesday for a Department of Justice (DOJ) policy that encourages corporations to turn over confidential records to officials investigating corporate fraud. The 2003 Thompson Memorandum instructs prosecutors that cooperation by officials is one of nine factors to take into …

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by Lisl Brunner

Ethiopian President Girma Woldegiorgis granted amnesty to 263 prisoners on Tuesday, including full clemency for 237, reduced sentences for 15 and commuting of the death penalty for 11. President Woldegiorgis described the unprecedented amnesty as motivated by the inmates' good behavior and repentance. Ethiopia arrested thousands of protestors after 2005 elections that were perceived to …

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by Lisl Brunner

Eight former police and military officers have been indicted by a Uruguayan court on counts of kidnapping and conspiracy committed during Uruguay's military dictatorship of 1973-85. The crimes relate to the 1976 disappearances of five members of an Uruguayan leftist group who fled to Argentina and were detained there by police. Investigators suspect that the men were …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) sentenced a former Rwandan army officer to 25 years in prison on Tuesday on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity connected to the 1994 genocide that left at least 937,000 Tutsis and Hutus dead. Lt. Col. Tharcisse Muvunyi, …

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by Katerina Ossenova

An Israeli military court Tuesday ordered the release of 21 Palestinian lawmakers, including three cabinet ministers, who were detained following the Hamas capture of Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit in Gaza in June. Prosecutors are appealing the decision to release the detainees on bail, however, and the lawmakers will remain in jail for another 48 hours …

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by Katerina Ossenova

International human rights groups have denounced China's release of new media regulations governing the domestic release of news and information by foreign news agencies. The regulations, which give China's official Xinhua News Agency ultimate rights of approval over the distribution and release of foreign news content, are being seen as a threat to the …

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by Brett Murphy

US District Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that Canadian oil and gas producer Talisman Energy aided genocide in order to access oil in Sudan. The judge ruled that "the plaintiffs have failed to locate admissible evidence that Talisman has violated international law."The …

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by Brett Murphy

A Kurdish witness testifying Tuesday in the resumed genocide trial of Saddam Hussein described how Iraqi troops bombed his village outside the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya in 1988 and of how he fled to Iran with relatives, but lost his mother and two sisters, whose identity cards were found in 2004 in a mass …

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by Brett Murphy

British prosecutors have charged Yassin Mutegombwa with receiving training for terrorism, making him the first person in the UK charged with the new offense under the recently enacted Terrorism Act 2006. Mutegombwa was one of 14 suspects arrested during anti-terror raids in Britain conducted in early September. A British court Tuesday ordered four of …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Senators John Warner (R-VA), John McCain (R-AZ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday circulated a revised draft of a bill that would establish military commissions for terror detainees. Although the draft is closer to the Bush administration's own proposed legislation, the senators' revision retains several points at …

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by Jeannie Shawl

An Indian court Tuesday convicted four people - all members of the same family - of conspiracy and aiding a terrorist act in the 1993 Mumbai bombings, a series of attacks which killed 257 people and injured over 700 others in India's financial center. Indian prosecutors charged 123 defendants in connection with the attacks and during the …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US District Judge Roslyn Silver on Monday refused to prevent enforcement of an Arizona law requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID [AZ Sec. State materials] or two non-photo forms of identification before casting a ballot. The measure, which also requires voters to show proof of citizenship, was approved in 2004 in an effort to stop …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The European Court of Justice Tuesday upheld a UK law that extends the right to vote in European Parliament elections to residents of Gibraltar, the tiny British overseas territory at the mouth of the Mediterranean. In 2003, the UK established a new electoral region combining an existing …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on Monday charged freelance Croatian journalist Domagoj Margetic with contempt of court for posting the names of two protected witnesses on his website. Margetic is accused of publishing the names of witnesses who testified in the trial of Tihomir Blaskic, a former Croatian militia …

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by Jeannie Shawl

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has agreed to pay $3.4 billion to settle Internal Revenue Service claims in what the IRS calls "the largest tax dispute in the history of the Internal Revenue Service." According to the IRS:The agreement between GSK and the IRS brings to a conclusion a dispute dating back to the 1980s …

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