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Legal news from Saturday, March 17, 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Leandro Despouy has urged the Iraqi government not to execute Saddam-era Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan because of "grave shortcomings" in his legal process. Despouy is the second UN special rapporteur to make such a request. Last month, …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The federal judiciary has approved a pilot program that will allow the public to download free audio recordings of court proceedings over the internet. US District Judge Thomas F. Hogan, executive committee chairman of the policy-making Judicial Conference of the United States, said he views the program as an attempt to make court proceedings more transparent. …

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by Michael Sung

Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers in business suits clashed with police Saturday, throwing rocks after riot police fired teargas to disrupt a gathering to protest the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The clash took place notwithstanding Friday's move by the country's Supreme Judicial Council to lift all restrictions on the liberty of …

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by Michael Sung

African Union chairman Alpha Oumar Konare Saturday urged Zimbabwe to "respect human rights and democratic principles" in the wake of this week's arrest and alleged abuse of opposition leader and presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangirai. Tsvangirai was released on Wednesday after goverment lawyers failed to appear in …

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by Michael Sung

US senators Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), both of whom watched last weekend's Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) hearing at Guantanamo Bay for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, insisted in a joint statement Friday that his claims that he was tortured in US custody had to be "taken …

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by Michael Sung

A US military court-martial found 101st Airborne Staff Sgt. Raymond Girouard guilty of three counts of negligent homicide Friday, but not guilty of premeditated murder for the deaths of three Iraqi detainees held after a May 2006 raid in Thar Thar, a town near Samarra in the northern Salahuddin province of …

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