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Legal news from Thursday, November 9, 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi

The president of Burundi admitted Thursday that instances of torture and brutality by police and members of the military do sometimes occur in the country, but told reporters in Paris that the perpetrators of those ‘isolated’ incidents are arrested approximately 85% of the time. President Pierre Nkurunziza was responding to new …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The US Army announced Thursday that it will push forward with a court martial of 1st Lt. Ehren Watada, an Army officer who refused deployment to Iraq and openly protested the war as ‘unlawful’. Fort Lewis commander Lt. Gen. James Dubik followed an investigating officer’s recommendation to go …

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by Ryan Olden

Environmental extremists in Oregon pleaded guilty to conspiracy and arson on Thursday for their roles in a streak of environmentally motivated arsons by the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) over the course of five years. US federal prosecutors said they would ask for a five year …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) announced Thursday that a coalition of US and international human rights groups plan to file a war crimes lawsuit against outgoing US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld after his resignation Wednesday. Rumsfeld enjoys statutory immunity in the United States and so CCR, the National Lawyers …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Argentina federal judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral on Thursday authorized the arrest of former Iran President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and eight other Iranian officials for their alleged roles the AMIA Jewish cultural center bombing that killed 85 people and wounded over 200 more in Buenos Aries in 1994. Prosecutors claim …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The president of the UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal told tribunal judges Thursday they should allow Muslim lawyers to wear veils in their courtrooms unless it interferes with the "interests of justice", as long as their clients approve and all parties to the proceedings can hear the representatives speak. Judge George Glossop adjourned an immigration hearing Wednesday …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Kyrgyzstan President Kurmanbek Bakiyev signed the country's new constitution Thursday, which limits his power to dissolve the parliament, gives the legislature the right to form the government and enlarges the parliament from 75 to 90 deputies. The People's Assembly adopted the new constitution Wednesday after opposition party members and …

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by Jaime Jansen

Thailand's National Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Thursday approved the lifting of a ban on public gatherings of more than five people, according to Assembly President Meechai Ruchapan. The Council for National Security, formerly the Council for Democratic Reform, announced the ban on public gatherings one day after the Thai military led …

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by Jaime Jansen

Xiao Yang, president of the Supreme People's Court in China, has encouraged Chinese courts to refrain from passing death sentences, telling judges to always lean toward life when possible. Xiao's comments, reported in the state media Thursday, follow recent legislation passed by the National People's Congress …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The International Criminal Court (ICC) held a hearing Thursday to determine whether there was enough evidence to proceed to trial in the case against a Congolese militia leader. Thomas Lubanga, founder of the militant Union of Patriotic Congolese, was formally charged [ICC press release; …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Russian Supreme Court on Thursday reversed the acquittal of two Chechens accused of murdering Forbes magazine editor Paul Klebnikov in 2004 and ordered a new trial in the case. Kazbek Dukuzov and Musa Vakhayev, who did not appear in court Thursday, were acquitted by eight jurors in the Moscow City Court in …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Ethiopian government is responsible for the deaths of thousands of student protestors and demonstrators over the past 15 years, Judge Teshale Aberra told the Guardian in an interview Wednesday. Aberra, who was president of the Oromia Supreme Court and a judge in Ethiopia for 12 years, defected to the UK in October and is seeking …

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by Jaime Jansen

US District Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California on Wednesday blocked the enforcement of provisions of Proposition 83, a measure approved Tuesday by 70 percent of state voters that prohibits registered sex offenders from residing "within 2,000 feet of any …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Wednesday applauded the resignation of US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as a "step in the right direction" and urged Congress to launch an investigation into his alleged abuses of power. ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said in a statement:Rumsfeld is responsible for the …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Martha Stewart, her company and its insurers are expecting to pay $30 million to settle a class action lawsuit regarding Stewart's 2001 sale of ImClone Systems stocks one day before an FDA announcement resulted in a significant drop in the stock's value, according to the company's quarterly report filed with US Securities and Exchange …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Thai Defense Minister Boonrawd Somtas said Thursday that newly installed Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont will likely lift martial law before he leaves for an international summit in Vietnam on November 18. Thailand has been under martial law since the Thai military seized power from former Prime Minister Thaksin …

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by Holly Manges Jones

China has convicted almost all criminal defendants who have come before the courts over the last nine years, the People's Court Daily reported Thursday. From January 1998 through September 2006, 6.2 million criminal defendants were tried with only 41,038 of them acquitted, representing just 0.66 percent. Chinese judges came together this week …

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