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Legal news from Tuesday, October 10, 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi

Nigerian Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was charged Tuesday with more than a dozen counts of corruption. The charges filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, a special corruption court that has the power to strip elected officials of immunity, were related to the alleged diversion of $125 million dollars of public money to private interests, as …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Lawyers representing the estate of former Enron chairman Ken Lay have filed papers asking US District Judge Sim Lake to rule on a nearly two-month-old request to clear Lay’s record, dismissing his 2004 indictment and subsequent conviction. In …

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by Robert DeVries

The whereabouts and fate of at least 40 prisoners captured by Canadian forces in and around Afghanistan and later transferred to local or US authorities since the invasion of the country by US-led forces in 2001 is unknown, according to a Canadian newspaper report. Montreal's La Presse learned about the handovers of the uncharged …

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by Brett Murphy

Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) began hearing public testimony Tuesday, with several people testifying about the crimes and abuse that occurred during the country's 14-year civil war [Globalsecurity.org backgrounder]. One man testified that he was taken by rebel forces as a child soldier to help with terror raids around …

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by Brett Murphy

Lee Boyd Malvo pleaded guilty Tuesday to six Maryland murders that occurred during a three-week shooting spree in the Washington, DC area in 2002. A sentencing hearing for the pleas will occur on November 6, when Malvo is expected to receive six life sentences. Maryland prosecutors say that Malvo is seeking a deal …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in United States v. Resendiz-Ponce, 05-998, a case that asks justices to decide whether leaving an element of a crime out of an indictment is harmless error. Juan Resendiz-Ponce was deported because of a kidnapping conviction but was …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont said Tuesday that his government will lift martial law "as soon as we can and when the situation is suitable." The promise came during the first cabinet meeting of the new government, which was installed Monday after receiving approval of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Human rights groups and …

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by Katerina Ossenova

In a plenary session of the UN General Assembly Monday, judges from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia urged UN member states to work closely with the international courts to arrest suspects. ICTR President Erik Mose [official …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Turkey asked the European Union Monday to express opposition to a proposed French law which would imposes fines and jail terms on anyone who denies that there was an Armenian genocide. France currently has approximately 400,000 citizens of Armenian origin who claim that 1.5 million of their ancestors were …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The military rulers of Myanmar Tuesday resumed discussions on a new constitution amidst criticism of the junta's role in the constitutional drafting process. The military has run Myanmar since 1962 and critics have noted that the talks so far have resulted in a draft that includes a continued leadership role for the …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Saddam Hussein was again thrown out of court during his trial on genocide charges Tuesday after he tried to speak into the microphone during court proceedings. Chief Judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa immediately turned off the microphone and ordered bailiffs to remove Hussein from the courtroom. Hussein has been thrown out of the genocide trial …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The US delivered a list of proposed sanctions against North Korea (DPRK) to the UN Security Council Monday at a meeting to discuss North Korea's reported underground nuclear testing. The US proposed a wide range of sanctions, including freezing all assets given to North Korea for its weapons and missile programs, halting …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a list of felony crimes which prevent convicted individuals from voting in the state. The lawsuit was filed against the offices of the Mississippi Secretary of State and the Mississippi Attorney General on behalf of two state residents. Ten …

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