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Legal news from Sunday, March 11, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

Zimbabwe police arrested at least 100 people - including opposition presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai - in advance of a prayer meeting in the nation's capital Sunday. One activist was reportedly shot dead. Armed police had been deployed in Harare since Friday after the meeting was prospectively declared illegal. As citizens approached the sports field where the "Save …

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by Melissa Bancroft

After initial expressions of concern and regret, several top Japanese politicians said over the weekend they would ignore a proposed US House of Representatives resolution calling for Japan to apologize to "comfort women" used by the Japanese army as sex slaves during World War II. Hidenao Nakagawa, secretary general of …

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by Caitlin Price

The Iraqi judge responsible for sentencing Saddam Hussein to death is not seeking political asylum in Great Britain, according to the Iraqi High Tribunal Sunday. Judge Rauf Rasheed Abdel-Rahman has been in London since December but reportedly confirmed to the tribunal that he does not intend to apply for …

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by Melissa Bancroft

South Carolina US senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, both Republicans, have angrily criticized a Democrat-sponsored proposal to transfer current prisoners held at the US base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the state's penal system or facilities in any other US state. Graham claimed the suggestion was a dangerous and emotionally fueled one which ignored the ongoing …

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by Caitlin Price

A Libyan court Sunday granted the defense team for six foreign medics accused of slandering police agents an additional two weeks to prepare for trial. Five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor were sentenced to death in December for deliberately infecting 426 children with the HIV virus. The medics have maintained that they were …

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by Caitlin Price

A revised version of a controversial bill granting amnesty to groups that allegedly committed war crimes was signed into law Saturday by Afghan President Hamid Karzai after being approved earlier in the day by the Afghan parliament, which includes many former militia leaders. The resolution bars the state from …

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