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Legal news from Friday, October 27, 2006
by Joe Shaulis

Canadian officials are considering whether to deport an American sex offender who reached a plea agreement with a US judge allowing him to serve probation in Canada. Malcolm Watson, a former teacher at a private school in Buffalo, was released on bail Friday a day after he was arrested at the US-Canada border on …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The British judge presiding over the trial of 13 men arrested and charged in connection with the alleged terror plot to blow up US-bound jetliners over the Atlantic urged prosecutors and defense lawyers Friday to avoid any further delays in the case, which is already not expected to begin …

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by Joe Shaulis

A UN human rights investigator expressed concern Friday that the US Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) would lead to lower worldwide standards regarding interrogation techniques and trial procedures for noncitizen detainees. Martin Scheinin, special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, said in …

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by Michael Sung

Chilean federal judge Alejandro Solis ordered the arrest of former dictator Augusto Pinochet Friday on charges in connection with 36 cases of kidnapping, 23 cases of torture and a single case of homicide at the Villa Grimaldi prison, an infamous political detention center allegedly operated by Pinochet's secret police between 1974 and …

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by Joe Shaulis

A new domestic violence law took effect in India Friday, with some women's rights advocates welcoming it and others warning that the landmark legislation would not be adequately enforced. The Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005 prohibits marital rape and allows women to obtain protection and maintenance orders against husbands and partners …

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by Lisl Brunner

Four Chinese judges are facing trials for accepting bribes to fix the outcomes of cases in the province of Anhui. The charges coincide with statements [People's Daily report] by Chinese President Hu Jintao [People's Daily profile] - himself a native of Anhui - at an anti-corruption conference in which he claimed that fighting bribery and other scandals …

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by Lisl Brunner

A UN General Assembly committee voted Thursday to begin work on a new treaty aiming to set uniform standards for global arms trade despite vocal opposition from the United States. The treaty would be directed at securing international cooperation in preventing arms deals that fuel wars or lead to human rights abuses. The First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) …

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by Lisl Brunner

The government of Ethiopia has confirmed a report made last week that its security forces killed 193 people during election protests in May and in November last year. Mekonnen Disasa, a member of the inquiry board charged with investigating the government's response, told reporters Thursday that government forces used reasonable force to …

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by Lisl Brunner

The Supreme Court of Israel Thursday rejected an appeal by Palestinian villagers who claim that a 6-kilometer stretch of the border wall currently being built will separate them from their crops. The court cited security concerns in its ruling, noting that the three Jewish settlements in the area, Emanuel, Maale …

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by Kate Heneroty

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) is keeping 4 acquitted genocide suspects in custody because no other countries were willing to accept them, the court announced Friday. The suspects acquitted by the court cannot return to Rwanda or stay in Tanzania, which hosts the tribunal, so must find an alternative …

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by Kate Heneroty

Mexican President Vicente Fox Thursday criticized the Secure Fence Act of 2006 signed earlier in the day by President Bush. Fox called the legislation to build a 700-mile fence along part of the US-Mexican border in an attempt to curb illegal immigration "an embarrassment for the United …

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by Kate Heneroty

US District Judge Algenon Marbley granted a temporary restraining order Thursday blocking enforcement of Ohio's voter ID law as it applies to absentee ballots because Ohio's 88 counties are applying it inconsistently. The order was issued following a suit by the Service Employees International Union Local 1199 [union …

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by Kate Heneroty

The Chilean office of the HSBC bank said Thursday that it has no accounts in the name of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet and that bank documents detailing Pinochet's alleged $160 million gold fortune supposedly held in its Hong Kong branch are forgeries. HSBC released the information following an order by the Santiago Court …

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