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Legal news from Thursday, January 18, 2007
by Robert DeVries

More than a hundred officials of Saddam Hussein's regime have been charged for their roles in quelling the Shiite uprising following the 1990-91 Gulf War that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Shiites, according to Iraqi High Tribunal prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi. Among the 102 individuals expected to stand trial are Saddam's …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The father and military lawyer of Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks spoke out against new US military commission rules Thursday, insisting that the regulations are even more unfair for defendants than those which applied under the original commission system which the US Supreme Court struck down …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The military government of Myanmar has accused National League for Democracy leader, and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of tax evasion, claiming in the state newspaper that she violated Myanmar law by spending her 1991 Nobel Peace Prize award money outside the …

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by Robert DeVries

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that two Chechen brothers were tortured by the Russian military during their 6-month detention in 2000 and awarded each brother €35,000 ($57,665) compensation. Adam and Arbi Chitayev, captured by Russian forces in April of 2000 and held for alleged ties to Chechen rebels, alleged …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Terror detainees may be convicted solely on hearsay or coerced evidence and defendants may not present classified evidence unless the government approves its use, according to the Manual for Military Commissions, released by the US Defense Department Thursday. The manual describes the procedures to govern upcoming detainee trials under the Military Commissions Act of 2006 …

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by Joshua Pantesco

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that it is not " decision" whether or not the Justice Department agrees to release the text of the order granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) authorizing government surveillance of transmissions coming into or going outside of the country where one party …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke criticized Britain's judges Thursday for rulings that he said undermined the war on terror. Clarke, who led the Home Office from December 2004 until May 2006, spoke before the Lords Constitution Committee about the inability of judges to see the implications of their rulings on national …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) held Thursday that the militant Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) can appeal the decision of the Council of the European Union in 2002 to include the PKK on its list of terrorist organizations. The court set aside a lower court ruling which held that Kurdish …

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by Katerina Ossenova

President Bush Wednesday urged Congress to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007, promoting genetic testing for disease by making genetic discrimination illegal. In a speech at the National Institutes of Health, Bush said "If a person is willing to share his or her genetic information, it is important that that …

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by Joshua Pantesco

US Marine Cpl. Trent Thomas is expected to plead guilty during a Thursday court hearing to unpremeditated murder charges stemming from the alleged murder of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania. Awad was allegedly shot and killed by eight servicemen who allegedly left Awad's body by the side of the road …

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by Joshua Pantesco

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that he is concerned about the status of ongoing discussions between the UN and Lebanon on the proposed UN-supported international tribunal to try suspects accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. Ban said:It is important that the Security Council has decided to …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The "no-fly" terrorist watch list now used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is being redrafted and will likely be cut in half, according to testimony given by TSA Administrator Kip Hawley during a Wednesday Senate Commerce Committee hearing. Hawley said that "To assure the accuracy of the No-Fly list …

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