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Legal news from Saturday, December 9, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud formally announced Saturday that he would not approve the Lebanese cabinet's latest endorsement of a plan to establish a UN-supported international tribunal to try suspects accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. A statement from Lahoud's office called on the cabinet to take up …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Egypt officials announced Saturday that they will release from prison two leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood who were jailed in May for their involvement in pro-judicial independence protests. Essam el-Erian and Mohamed Mursi were previously arrested in 2005 for protesting a constitutional referendum aimed at implementing multi-party elections, which they …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The federal government of Germany has scrapped a proposed nationwide ban on smoking in restaurants amidst concern that it would impermissibly intrude on police powers guaranteed to the states in the wake of landmark federalism reforms approved this summer. The government will instead ban smoking in federal buildings. The Interior and Justice …

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by Joshua Pantesco

An Abuja High Court ruled Friday that Nigeria's ruling political party violated the country's constitution by suspending Nigeria's Vice President from membership. The decision sustains the presidential hopes of Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who has announced his intention to run in Nigeria's 2007 presidential election. The Nigerian constitution requires all presidential candidates …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Hundreds of people have lobbied Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office for the position of hangman for Saddam Hussein if he is actually executed, according to the New York Times Saturday. A top aide to Maliki has speculated that so many people were interested in executing the former Iraqi dictator because they wanted to exact revenge …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Mexican ex-president Luis Echeverria was found unable to undergo a psychological examination Friday due to his deteriorating health, according to his lawyer. The former president, who held office from 1970 to 1976, has been charged with genocide and other crimes committed during his time in the Mexican government. Last week, Echeverria was placed …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The US Senate passed a bill by voice vote Friday that would make obtaining phone records through fraud or lying a criminal act. People found guilty of so-called "pretexting" would face fines and imprisonment for up to 10 years. Punishment may be doubled if the violation involves more than $100,000 or more than 50 …

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