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Legal news from Tuesday, January 30, 2007
by Lisl Brunner

Bulgarian prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov said Tuesday that he plans to file charges against eleven Libyan police officers who are accused of torturing five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor, who have been convicted and sentenced to death by a Libyan court for knowingly infecting over 400 Libyan patients, primarily children, with the HIV virus …

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by Lisl Brunner

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reinstated a conspiracy charge against alleged terrorist Jose Padilla Tuesday, reversing a lower court decision that the charge duplicated the other two counts against Padilla and his two co-defendants. The reinstated charge, conspiracy to "murder, kidnap and maim persons …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Carla Del Ponte said Tuesday that she will step down as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at the end of her current term in September. Del Ponte, who has served for 8 years as chief prosecutor, expressed disappointment about the death of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST …

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by Brett Murphy

Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said Tuesday that he has requested an assessment of the condition of Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks after Hicks' lawyer described Hicks in an interview on ABC Australia as being chained to the floor of an interview room and removed from access to …

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by Brett Murphy

The Tokyo District Court denied financial compensation on Tuesday to 40 displaced Japanese nationals in China who were left there as children after the Japanese defeat in World War II. The plaintiffs sued the government of Japan for 1.32 billion yen in damages for failing to quickly assist in their return and assimilation to Japan. In …

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by Katerina Ossenova

UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak said Tuesday that torture is systematic and widespread in Jordan, especially when used to elicit confessions from suspected terrorists. Nowak found the practice of torture to be routine at the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the …

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by Katerina Ossenova

US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) re-introduced a bill [S.344 summary] Monday which would allow US Supreme Court proceedings to be televised, "unless the Court decides, by a vote of the majority of justices, that allowing such coverage in a particular case would constitute a violation of the due process …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The Bangladesh High Court said Monday that it has banned the government from conducting any elections, including this month's upcoming national election, because of political instability in the country. The Chief Election Commissioner of the Bangladesh Election Commission resigned just last week as further evidence of the current political instability in Bangladesh [JURIST …

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by Brett Murphy

US President Bush has signed an executive order that places a White House-appointed policy administrator in all federal agencies responsible for developing and enforcing public health and safety, environmental, and civil rights policy. Under the order, which will affect groups such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a regulatory policy …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The European Union's Court of First Instance on Tuesday upheld a 10.35 million euro fine imposed on telecommunications operator France Telecom by the European Commission for violating EU antitrust rules by charging consumers low prices for high-speed network access in an effort to stamp out rivals.The company began …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Argentinean Federal Judge Norberto Oyarbide said Monday that extraditing former Argentine President Isabel Peron from Spain could take more than a year, if it ever happens at all. Argentinean authorities are seeking Peron's return to Argentina for questioning about the Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance (Triple A), a government-supported death squad. Oyarbide said if …

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by Holly Manges Jones

The US Marine Corps said Monday that it will launch an investigation into the leak of a Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) report on the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha after the Washington Post earlier this month printed photos of the slain Iraqis. Lt. Gen. James Mattis …

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by Holly Manges Jones

A former US contractor working for the US Department of Defense in Iraq received a nine-year prison sentence Monday and was told he must forfeit the $3.6 million he received for awarding contracts to construction companies owned by an American businessman and through money laundering. Robert Stein, Jr., who worked as the …

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