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Legal news from Sunday, October 15, 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

Thailand Defense Minister Boonrawd Somtas said Sunday that former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra may "come home," but should wait until martial law is revoked. Martial law has been in place since the mid-September bloodless coup led by Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin. New Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont has said Thaksin contacted him …

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by Caitlin Price

Chinese human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng has been charged with inciting subversion of state power, according to a statement by his lawyer. Gao has been detained without access to his lawyer, Mo Shaoping, since August and was formally arrested on September 21 with no charges declared. Mo learned of the subversion accusation only …

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by Leslie Schulman

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told fellow members of his country's ruling party Saturday that French President Jacques Chirac has apologized to him for the French National Assembly's passage on Thursday of a bill making it a crime to deny that mass killings of Armenians …

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by Leslie Schulman

Iraq’s Interior Ministry announced Saturday that 3,000 members of its Shiite-led police force have been fired since May and top commanders have been reshuffled amid ongoing accusations of corruption and human rights violations. Up to 600 department employees will face prosecution. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told AP that the steps were taken …

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by Michael Sung

Jaafar al-Mussawi, chief prosecutor in the trial of Saddam Hussein, said Sunday that court proceedings will not resume Monday as scheduled. The Iraqi High Tribunal is instead expected to announce the date the verdict against Hussein and his co-defendants will be delivered on crimes against humanity charges arising from the killing …

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by Michael Sung

Chief US Marine Corps defense counsel Col. Carol Joyce has ordered a top Marine Corps lawyer and a paralegal to refrain from speaking with the press concerning allegations of widespread abuse of prisoners by guards at Guantanamo Bay, a military spokesperson confirmed Saturday. The order, initially revealed by Muneer Ahmad, a civilian defense lawyer …

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