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Legal news from Monday, February 19, 2007
by Caitlin Price

Two US Congressmen Monday pressed their case for legislation investigating the treatment of 2,300 Japanese descendants from 13 Latin American countries held in US internment camps during World War II. Bill sponsors Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Dan Lungren (R-CA) spoke out in a Washington Post editorial on the Day of Remembrance marking the anniversary …

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by Caitlin Price

The lead judge in the mass trial of suspects in the 2004 Madrid train bombings asked the Spanish government Monday to declassify documents allegedly linking a defendant to the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA). The 29 defendants are charged with 192 counts of murder and over 1,800 counts of attempted …

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by Brett Murphy

Former Canadian Supreme Court Justice John Major temporarily closed proceedings on the 1985 Air India bombing investigation on Monday until certain documents are publicly released. Major said he cannot carry out the probe without particular documents from the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP) and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), but the Canadian government …

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by Brett Murphy

The Philippines House of Representatives adopted a new anti-terrorism law on Monday allowing authorities to detain suspected terrorists for up to three days without filing charges. The legislation, known as the Human Security Act of 2007, includes a provision that grants wrongfully detained persons a right to compensation of up to P500,000, equivalent to roughly …

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by Brett Murphy

Italian Justice Minister Clemente Mastella told Rome's Il Messaggero daily on Monday that it is unlikely that Italy will seek extradition of 26 Americans who were indicted last week for their alleged role in the February 2003 abduction and extraordinary rendition of alleged terror suspect Osama Moustafa …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Rwanda released 8,000 prisoners implicated in the country's 1994 genocide Monday in an effort to combat prison overcrowding and promote reconciliation. Human Rights Watch (HRW) and genocide survivors' group Ibuka, among others, have denounced the prisoners' release, warning that could precipitate retribution and violence against genocide survivors. According …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan, sentenced to death in connection with crimes against humanity committed in the town of Dujail in 1982, has alleged in a sworn statement that US forces in Iraq mistreated him and subjected him to "methods of torture" for three weeks …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The Georgia General Assembly is set to consider a bill passed by the state Senate last week requiring state residents to acquire a valid state driver's license and confirm they are legally present in the US before they can register their automobiles. The Senate bill, sponsored by State Sen. Chip Rogers (R-GA), was one …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Former Canadian chief justice Antonio Lamer, who led the Supreme Court of Canada from 1990-2000, warned Prime Minister Stephen Harper Monday against influencing the judiciary to carry out his legislative agenda. In an interview with CanWest News Service, Lamer expressed concern with comments Harper made last week in the Canadian House of Commons …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said in letter to parishioners Sunday that it will consider declaring bankruptcy in light of the more than 140 pending lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests. Signed by Bishop Robert Brom, the letter stated that if fair settlements cannot be reached in the cases, the diocese …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Monday that the Australian government will put more pressure on the US to expedite the trial of Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks when US Vice President Dick Cheney arrives in Australia on Tuesday for a two-day visit. Speaking to Australian television, Howard called for a speedy …

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by Holly Manges Jones

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said Sunday that he is in favor of toughening Britain's gun laws after the deaths of three teenagers in London during the past month. Blair said that the applicable age to receive a minimum 5-year jail sentence for illegal gun possession should be lowered from the current age …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso Monday rejected a US House of Representatives proposed resolution which urges Japan to apologize to women who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II. Aso said the US resolution was "regrettable" and not factual after three women testified last week before the US …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Iraqi legislators delivered a draft law to Iraq's cabinet over the weekend which outlines the development and distribution of oil in the country, according to two members of a negotiating committee tasked with developing the resolution. Negotiations concerning the proposed law have been a source of tension in Iraq for months as Kurds were adamant …

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