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Legal news from Monday, September 18, 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

Canada's Arar Commission, the official judicial inquiry into the circumstances under which Canadian Maher Arar was detained in the US in 2002 and removed to Syria where Arar says he was tortured, concluded Monday that Canadian officials did not play a role in the US decision to detain and remove Arar, but Commissioner …

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by Joe Shaulis

Clarence Hill, a convicted murderer on death row in Florida, filed a petition Monday asking the US Supreme Court to stay his execution scheduled for Wednesday. The petition follows Friday's decision by the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit denying a motion to stay the execution while Hill …

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by Joe Shaulis

France will grant amnesty to 6,924 illegal immigrants with school-age children, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy announced Monday. Even though thousands more had applied for amnesty, Sarkozy said in a television interview that the applications approved represent the "final figure." The Education Without Borders Network …

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by Jaime Jansen

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told a press conference Monday that specification of banned interrogation methods in military commissions legislation drafted by the Bush administration currently under consideration in Congress is vital to US counterterrorism efforts and is necessary to provide CIA interrogators with clear guidance on acceptable practices. Gonzales reiterated …

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by Jaime Jansen

A Serbian war crimes court on Monday sentenced Anton Lekaj, a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army, to 13 years in prison for the murder of four Kosovo gypsies, as well as several instances of torture, rape and sexual molestation committed in 1999. The court determined that Lekaj abducted the group of gypsies and held …

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by Jaime Jansen

The European Data Protection Supervisor, the European Union's data watchdog official, on Monday condemned a now-voided agreement [BBC Q/A] between the EU and the US forcing European airlines to share passenger data with US authorities for transatlantic flights, saying it lacked sufficient rights safeguards. Peter Hustinx said in a press conference that a new …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The second Saddam Hussein trial resumed in Baghdad Monday with more testimony from prosecution witnesses in the case involving the "Anfal" operation that killed 180,000 Kurds in northern Iraq in the 1980s. One former Kurdish rebel testified that he was temporarily blinded as a result of chemical attacks allegedly launched on the village by Iraqi …

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by Joshua Pantesco

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan told delegates at the opening of the second session of the UN Human Rights Council Monday that the Council should pay more attention to the Darfur crisis and not focus exclusively on the situation in Lebanon. Urging delegates to "not …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The British government Monday proposed closing off the possibility of overturning criminal convictions on legal technicalities where the guilt of accuseds is clear. In a new consultation paper the Home Secretary, the Lord Chancellor, and the Attorney General argue that if the Court of Appeal is convinced that the defendant in fact committed the offense as charged, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Turkish parliament, the Grand National Assembly, is scheduled to meet Tuesday, two weeks earlier than usual, to work on passing reform measures aimed at gaining membership to the European Union. The EU has cautioned Turkey that its EU bid will not be accepted unless the country improves its record …

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by Joshua Pantesco

An Israeli military court on Monday postponed a decision on whether 21 defendants, who were who were detained following the Hamas capture of Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit in Gaza in June, should be released from detention while their cases are examined. Last Tuesday, the military court ordered the 21 defendants released on bail, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Hewlett-Packard's deadline to submit documents to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee expires Monday, and two top executives have been asked to testify before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on the topic of "pretexting," a method of tricking companies into divulging their customers' records, a practice HP is alleged to have engaged in during an investigation …

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