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Legal news from Thursday, November 16, 2006
by Gabriel Haboubi

US Army Spc. James P. Barker, who pleaded guilty Wednesday for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and the murder of her family in the Mahmudiya (also "Mahmoudiya") area in March, was sentenced Thursday to no more than 90 years in prison. Barker's effective life sentence, which has the possibility of …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

John Altenburg, appointed in 2003 by US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to oversee the military commissions trying terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay, has resigned his post as Appointing Authority and returned to full-time civilian legal practice, law firm Greenberg Traurig announced [press …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani announced on Al-Iraqiya state television Thursday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Harith al-Dhari, the most prominent leader of Iraq's Sunni minority, and head of the powerful Association of Muslim Scholars. The Shiite-led Interior Ministry said that al-Dhari is wanted …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Democratic Republic of Congo Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba said Thursday that he plans to use legal means to challenge the results from last month's run-off election after officials announced Wednesday that he lost the presidency to Joseph Kabila by 16 percentage …

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by Natalie Hrubos

UK independent anti-terror law reviewer Lord Carlile warned British lawmakers Thursday against "rushing" to extend the country's 28-day limit on police detentions of terror suspects without charge. London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair suggested an extension of the limit in a speech Saturday. Carlile's warning comes as UK Prime Minister …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A Rwandan military court Thursday convicted a Roman Catholic Rwandan priest of genocide for rape and assisting the Hutu massacre of Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Father Wenceslas Munyeshyaka, who was sentenced to life in prison, has lived in exile in France since 1995. While French authorities have repeatedly denied …

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by Jaime Jansen

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has submitted to the UN Security Council a proposal on establishing an international tribunal to try suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, a spokesman for Annan said Thursday. Annan submitted the proposal despite the rejection …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The US Department of Labor announced a settlement agreement Thursday with former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, concluding the DOL's civil suit against him. The agreement provides that Skilling "will drop his opposition to a previous $85 million settlement, waive his right to benefits from Enron's pension plans …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The High Court of Australia has held in two separate cases that a "holder of a temporary protection visa is not entitled to further protection in Australia if they are no longer in danger in the country from which they fled" and that the person may not remain a refugee. The cases - NBGM v. Minister for …

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by Jaime Jansen

Senior Thai security officials suggested Thursday that Thailand's Council for National Security may lift martial law next month after investigators wrap up a corruption probe against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The announcement came two days after Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont held off on plans …

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by Jaime Jansen

Microsoft has handed over only 90 percent of the necessary documentation to comply with a 2004 European Union antitrust ruling and may face added fines unless the company complies by November 23, European Union regulators said Wednesday. The 2004 order required Microsoft to provide technical information that …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Khalil al-Dulaimi, chief defense counsel for Saddam Hussein, said Wednesday that the Iraqi High Tribunal is obstructing his efforts to appeal Hussein's death sentence for crimes against humanity committed in the Iraqi town of Dujail. Dulaimi reiterated complaints that the trial did not adhere to fair standards and …

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by Katerina Ossenova

US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), outgoing chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has introduced a new bill, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Oversight and Resource Enhancement Act of 2006, that would authorize domestic surveillance of suspected terrorists. Specter's new proposal is a last-ditch attempt to push through legislation …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Former Hewlett-Packard chairwoman Patricia Dunn pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four felony charges stemming from her role in the corporate spying scandal. Dunn is one of five people charged in the case involving company investigators using "pretexting" by impersonating board members, employees and reporters in order to …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The German Federal Court of Justice Thursday found Moroccan-born Mounir al-Motassadeq guilty of assisting the men who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks on the US. The appeals court overturned a lower court decision acquitting Motassadeq, avoiding a third trial against him. Motassadeq was originally …

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by Holly Manges Jones

US President George Bush on Wednesday renominated six candidates for federal appeals court judgeships, at least four of whom Democrats have already rejected. Senate rules require nominations to be resubmitted after a recess longer than 30 days, and the judicial nominations will expire if not approved during the current lame-duck session …

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