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Legal news from Sunday, November 5, 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

Iraqi High Tribunal officials said Sunday following the handing down of death sentences to Saddam Hussein and two others in the Dujail crimes against humanity case that they would file complaints against several defense lawyers for alleged misconduct. Chief prosecutor Jaafar Moussawai told a news conference that complaints would be filed against members of …

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by Michael Sung

Saddam Hussein and two co-defendants may not be executed until early 2007 because there is no specific time limit for the appeals process, chief investigative judge Raed Juhi said on Sunday after death sentences were handed down by the Iraqi High Tribunal in the Dujail crimes against humanity case. Under Article 25 of Statute …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The chairman of Britain's Commission for Racial Equality says that he plans to investigate possible racial biases in the nation's crime-fighting DNA database in the wake of reports that according to initial Home Office figures, 77 percent of the UK's black men ages 18 - 34 will be entered into the database by …

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by Caitlin Price

Philippines President Gloria Arroyo will move forward with plans for constitutional change despite last month's ruling by the nation's Supreme Court that her planned referendum on modifying the country's charter to abolish the upper house of Congress cannot proceed, according to presidential press secretary Ignacio Bunye. In a column to be published Monday, Bunye confirms …

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by Leslie Schulman

News of the guilty verdict and death sentence handed down for Saddam Hussein Sunday has elicited mixed reactions in Iraq and abroad. About 1000 protestors marched in Saddam's home town of Tikrit, and gunmen clashed with police in parts of Baghdad. In the Shiite-dominated south, however, Iraqis celebrated by coming …

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by Caitlin Price

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Sunday with representatives of nearly a dozen non-governmental organizations to discuss possible reforms to the controversial Article 301 of Turkey's penal code, which criminalizes the denigration of Turkishness, the Republic, and the foundation and institutions of the Turkish State. Members of organizations including the Turkish Union …

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by Michael Sung

Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian delivered a nationally-televised address Sunday denying allegations that he and first lady Wu Shu-chen have been embezzling money from state funds and pledging to resign if his wife is found guilty on embezzlement, forgery, and perjury charges laid against her Friday. The address was Chen's first public …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Saddam Hussein and two co-defendants were convicted and sentenced to death by hanging Sunday for crimes against humanity committed in the Iraqi town of Dujail. Hussein was charged with killing, torturing and illegally detaining Dujail residents, including 148 …

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