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Legal news from Sunday, March 4, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

The UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights said in a report issued Sunday that so-called control orders issued by the government to limit the movement and conduct of uncharged terror suspects violate the European Convention on Human Rights and should give way to actual criminal prosecutions. In its summary …

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by Melissa Bancroft

British EU Minister Geoff Hoon said Sunday that the term "constitution" may be to blame for the slow progress of an official set of EU operating rules. Speaking to ITV, Hoon said "It seems to me much better, instead of talking about details of alleged constitutions, that we actually concentrate on what the European Union does for …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alemo criticized the US Saturday for failing to claim responsibility for the March 2005 shooting of Italian intelligence agent Nicola Calipari. The minister's comments called for the US government's intervention in bringing the US soldier accused of the shooting to trial. Last week, an Italian judge …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Netherlands Minister of Integration Ella Vogelaar told Dutch radio Saturday that she has no plans to implement a ban on the public wearing of the full-length Muslim burqa despite two parliamentary votes supporting the prohibition. She told Netherlands Radio 1 that a ban would be counterproductive and disrespectful of Islam, and that …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Iraqi special forces and coalition troops Sunday uncovered an Iraqi intelligence facility in Basra in southern Iraq apparently used to torture prisoners and produce bomb-making equipment. The government building, local headquarters of the Iraqi interior ministry's domestic intelligence agency, also housed 37 inmates. The troops arrested five suspects on suspicion of "serious terrorist activity, including involvement with roadside bombs …

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by Melissa Bancroft

US District Judge Stanley S. Brotman ruled late last week that the US Virgin Islands has inadequate health care available for the territory's mentally ill prisoners awaiting trial. Brotman threatened to find the government in contempt if the conditions do not improve within two months. This is the fourth time in 12 years the court has …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Russian President Vladimir Putin Sunday signed into law legislation that removes "reservations to some international treaties" made by the Soviet Union refusing to recognize the jurisdiction of the UN's International Court of Justice. When signing several international treaties concerning anti-terrorism in the 1980s, the Soviet Union included reservations refusing to recognize …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Members of the Cherokee Nation voted Saturday to adopt an amendment to the tribe's constitution, limiting membership in the Cherokee Nation and stripping approximately 2,800 descendants of former Cherokee slaves of tribal membership. Over 76 percent of voters backed the amendment, which limits citizenship "to those who are original enrollees or …

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