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Legal news from Tuesday, October 3, 2006
by Robert DeVries

Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Tuesday began the long process of documenting personal statements on crimes and abuses committed during the country's 14-year civil war [Globalsecurity.org backgrounder]. Jerome Verdier, head of the commission which was established under the 2003 peace accords, has dispatched 192 people to all …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The International Committee of the Red Cross has completed its first meeting with prisoners now held by US forces at the expanded Camp Cropper prison in Iraq, according to a press release posted on the organization’s website Tuesday. The 16-member delegation included one medical doctor, and was able to meet privately with detainees of …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill officially ratifying the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Kremlin announced Tuesday. A Kremlin statement described the convention as "the first universal treaty designed to prevent acts of terrorism with weapons of mass destruction" and said it provided for "a mechanism …

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by Robert DeVries

Dick Marty, the Swiss parliamentarian who has been leading the Council of Europe probe into CIA terror secret prisons and renditions in Europe, announced Tuesday that he intends to accompany UN Special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak in a visit to the US prison at Guantanamo Bay. In a …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in the consolidated case of Lopez v. Gonzales and Toledo-Flores v. US, in which the Court will decide whether immigrants convicted of state drug felonies can remain in the US if their crimes were misdemeanors under federal …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A coalition of Thai democracy activists and academics Tuesday called for newly appointed Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont to lift the martial law imposed on the country by the military leaders who seized power from Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless coup on September 19. The so-called Confederation …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A group of four UN human rights envoys reported Tuesday that Israel and Hezbollah both broke international humanitarian law during the 34-day Middle East conflict. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's representative on displaced people Walter Kaelin, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston, Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment …

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by Brett Murphy

The US military commission expected to try Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks will not allow evidence coerced through torture, Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock told ABC News on Tuesday. Ruddock added that "sleep deprivation is ordinarily not regarded as torture," however, if a commission were to deem it as such, any …

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by Brett Murphy

Microsoft filed an appeal with the European Court of First Instance on Tuesday, contesting the $357 million fine imposed against it by the European Commission in July for violations of antitrust laws. Microsoft also appealed the 2004 European Union antitrust ruling which resulted in …

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by Brett Murphy

The verdict in the Dujail crimes against humanity case against Saddam Hussein has been postponed despite previous expectations that it would be delivered October 16, the court trying the case announced Tuesday. The court said it decided to postpone the verdict in order to reserve time "for the judges' review of the …

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by Brett Murphy

The FBI Tuesday continued an investigation into possible sex crimes by Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) that may lead to charges under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, a bill Foley co-sponsored. Under the law, persons found to be "sex offenders" are required to register their name, social security …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The US and UK governments have been discussing the release of nine British residents currently being held at the US prison base in Guantanamo Bay, but the British government has so far refused to accept the men, saying that US demands for continued surveillance of the prisoners after their hand-over are unnecessary and unworkable, …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled Tuesday that European companies may pay their male employees more in wages based on years of service even though women in the same positions may have less seniority due to childcare issues. The case was brought in 2001 against Great Britain's Health and Safety Executive by a …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Lawyers representing 25 detainees in US custody at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan filed a habeas corpus petition Monday calling for their release and permission to meet with attorneys, two requests not afforded to terrorist suspects under controversial detainee legislation approved by the US Congress last week. The Center for …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told opposition leaders in the lower house of Parliament Tuesday that while he intends to change the role of the country's military in the Japanese constitution, he does not want to make such revisions in order to go to war abroad. Abe assumed the prime ministership last …

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