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Legal news from Sunday, January 7, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, a staunch supporter of President Bush's Iraq policy, broke a week-long silence on the circumstances of the hanging of Saddam Hussein Sunday, saying through a spokesperson that the filmed execution which showed Hussein taunted on the gallows was "completely wrong." He plans to speak personally on the hanging …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The Nepal Supreme Court decided Sunday to ask that the country's government revisit twelve separate portions of the temporary constitution on the country's judicial branch. The court's concern stems from the document's posture on judicial independence, especially the clause that gives the Prime Minister sole discretion in appointing the Chief Justice. The …

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by Michael Sung

An Iraqi government spokesman said Sunday that the execution orders for two of Saddam Hussein's co-defendants, former chief judge of Iraq's Hussein-era Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed al-Bandar and former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti, have been signed and will be carried out "this week" after final "technical preparations" are made. Ali al-Dabbagh …

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by Michael Sung

A proposed German constitutional amendment supported by Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble that would grant the military the legal authority to shoot down a hijacked aircraft drew opposition Sunday from Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries. Zypries told Bild that the Social Democratic Party (SPD) is against involving the military to bolster domestic security. …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

US and Iraqi officials disagreed strongly over legal procedures and interpretations in the run-up to the December 30 hanging of Saddam Hussein, the New York Times reported Sunday. Disagreements were reported very soon after the hanging, but the latest revelations provide new insight into their extent and severity. In the face of Iraqi insistence …

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by Michael Sung

The Cambodian People's Party (CPP), the ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen, urged critics of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) Sunday to adopt "more balanced views on their stands and activities" and to refrain from "trying to blackmail [Cambodia's] judiciary system, sovereignty …

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