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Legal news from Monday, November 20, 2006
by Melissa Bancroft

Nepal's High Level Probe Commission submitted its final report Monday to the Nepalese government, concluding that King Gyanendra and some 200 members of his administration were responsible for the violent response to the democracy protests last April that left 22 dead and more than 5,000 wounded. The commission, formed [JURIST …

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by Melissa Bancroft

China's deputy chief prosecutor has said that almost every wrongful conviction in the country in recent years has been the result of torture and intensive interrogation techniques. The government has discovered at least 30 people who were wrongfully convicted using confessions extracted by torture, and even estimates the number could be higher. Wang Zhenchuan said that China …

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by Jonathan Rhein

US District Judge Paul L. Friedman Monday rejected a Guantanamo Bay detainee's petition to have his heart operation transferred to a civilian facility. Saifullah Paracha, a multimillionaire businessman and television producer from Pakistan, petitioned the US District Court for District of Columbia on November 15 to enjoin …

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by Joe Shaulis

The New York State Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the state must spend about $2 billion more per year to provide children in the New York City public school system with "a sound basic education" guaranteed by the state constitution. In a 4-2 decision, the state's highest court embraced as "reasonable" …

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by Joe Shaulis

UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith spoke out Monday against a proposal by Prime Minister Tony Blair to extend the 28-day limit on police detentions of terrorism suspects who have not been charged. Goldsmith, the government's chief legal adviser, said during a media briefing that he had not seen evidence to justify increasing …

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by Jaime Jansen

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Dan Halutz Monday expressed disappointment about Israel's use of cluster bombs during the recent Middle East conflict and ordered an investigation into how the order to use the munitions was given. Major General Gershon Hacohen will lead the inquiry into whether Halutz's …

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by Jaime Jansen

Thai human rights groups have demanded that former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra face charges for crimes against humanity relating to his rough anti-drug campaign. The Lawyers Council of Thailand and the National Human Rights Commission allege that more than 2,500 people died as a result of Thaksin's crackdown on drug dealers. …

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by Joe Shaulis

The governors of six of Bolivia's nine states vowed over the weekend to break off relations with President Evo Morales following a move to give Morales' leftist party more power to rewrite the country's constitution. The six governors, who all belong to opposition parties but represent 80 percent of Bolivia's population, pledged not …

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by Jaime Jansen

Tom Noe, a former Republican fundraiser and prominent coin dealer in Ohio, was sentenced on Monday to 18 years in prison after his conviction last week on theft, corrupt activity, money laundering, forgery and tampering with records charges in a rare coin investment scandal. Noe managed a $50 million state investment in …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Thirty Philippine military officers will face courts-martial on mutiny charges in connection with their alleged involvement in a February coup plot to overthrow the government of Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a general told a news conference on Sunday. The general indicated that the decision to proceed with courts-martial against the officers, a …

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by Joshua Pantesco

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour on Monday condemned human rights violations occurring in the Palestinian authorities, saying that violations were "intolerable" and expressing concern for civilians in the area. Arbour is currently visiting the Gaza strip in order to "examine developments" connected to "the protection of civilians during armed conflict and the …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos has signed a law that bans all abortion and eliminates a longstanding exception for the health of the mother. Abortion has long been illegal in Nicaragua, though tempered by the medical necessity exception. Opponents of the complete abortion ban had hoped that Bolanos would reject the bill because it …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on Sunday urged state legislators to vote on a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage ban and said he will petition the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to place the question on the next ballot if legislators fail to vote on the issue before the end of their term on January …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Italian cabinet met Monday to relieve the head of Italy's intelligence agency of his duties, a move prompted by suspicions that he was involved in the alleged 2003 CIA kidnapping of Egyptian cleric Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Nicolo Pollari, now the former head of the Italian Intelligence and Security Services (SISMI) [official …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Saddam Hussein's trial for crimes against humanity committed in Dujail was "fundamentally unfair" and the guilty verdict lacks legitimacy due to procedural and substantive flaws, according to a report released by advocacy group Human Rights Watch on Monday. Nehal Bhuta, the report's author, said that the Iraqi High Tribunal "squandered an important opportunity to deliver credible …

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