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Legal news from Monday, October 9, 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

Mexico may ask the UN to intervene in a brewing border fence dispute with the United States, Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez said Monday. Legal experts are investigating the legality of the US Secure Fence Act of 2006 before asking the UN to intervene. Dobez said it was a …

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by Jonathan Rhein

An April trial date has been set for former Cabinet Office spokesman David Keogh and former parliamentary researcher Leo O'Connor, accused of violating Section 3 of Britain's Official Secrets Act by leaking a secret memo in which President Bush was said to have told Prime Minister Tony Blair in April 2004 of a plan to bomb …

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by Joe Shaulis

Khaled el-Masri wept Monday as he testified before a Spanish judge about his alleged extraordinary rendition to Afghanistan by US intelligence agents. El-Masri, a German citizen born in Kuwait, described how he was abducted in December 2003 while vacationing along the Serbian-Madedonian border, tortured for 23 days at a Skopje hotel, and then …

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by Joe Shaulis

British Home Secretary John Reid Monday outlined steps to combat the increasingly urgent problem of prison overcrowding [BBC backgrounder; Guardian Q&A]. Over the weekend, the prison population of England and Wales reached a record of 79,843, theoretically leaving space available for only 125 more prisoners. In a speech to Parliament, Reid …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Navy lawyer who successfully represented the plaintiff Guantanamo detainee in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and took his case all the way to the US Supreme Court has been denied a promotion and will leave the military by spring, the Miami Herald reports. Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, who has worked in the Department of Defense …

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by Jeannie Shawl

JURIST is seeking to expand its Webby award-winning staff of professional editors by hiring a talented, public-service oriented individual with law and/or journalism experience to serve as a part-time legal news editor based in California. JURIST's West Coast Editor will share responsibility for managing JURIST's daily research, writing and publishing operations and will help supervise production of content for …

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by Jaime Jansen

Leaders of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) on Monday repeated their call for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to lift international arrest warrants against five top LRA leaders, and threatened to continue their violent resistance movement otherwise. Although the Ugandan government and the LRA have pledged to work out a peace agreement, LRA leader …

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by Jaime Jansen

The UN Security Council Monday nominated Ban Ki-Moon, the current South Korean Foreign Minister, to succeed UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan when Annan's term ends in January. Ban won the Council's nomination after four straw polls in the Security Council definitively favored him over six other contenders from Asian countries. South Korea nominated Ban …

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by Jaime Jansen

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has said that France will impose a smoking ban in public locations in February 2007, and will likely extend a smoking ban in restaurants, clubs and bars in 2008. The ban will include schools, train stations, airports, offices, public buildings and other enclosed public …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont has declined to set a timeline for lifting martial law in Thailand, but will return the country to normalcy "as soon as possible," a government spokesperson said Monday. The spokesperson said the decision would be made in consultation with the new cabinet, which was installed Monday after gaining …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Saddam Hussein's genocide trial continued Monday in Baghdad as a witness for the prosecution testified that troops under Hussein's command bulldozed her family into a mass grave. The woman was 13 during the alleged 1988 atrocities, living in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq. She further testified that after the mass burials, she was …

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by Joshua Pantesco

UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith on Sunday voiced tentative support for a formal, written UK constitution, saying that the possibility merited "serious" consideration. Goldsmith, however, rejected a proposal by Conservative leader David Cameron for a written bill of rights to replace the UK Human Rights Act, Britain's codification of the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Militia attacks in Sudan's Darfur region may have killed hundreds of people in August, many more than previously thought, according to a report issued Monday by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour. Arbour also urged the Sudanese government to open an independent investigation into the alleged killings, …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The UN Security Council is set to meet in emergency session to discuss possible courses of action after North Korea (DPRK) exploded several test nuclear weapons underground Monday. North Korea's official Central News Agency reported that the tests were performed safely and no radiation leakage was detected. North Korea pulled out of …

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