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Legal news from Sunday, April 1, 2007
by Caitlin Price

The Australian Federal Police will determine whether Guantanamo Bay military prison detainee David Hicks will be subject to a control order when released from prison later this year, members of the Australian government said Sunday. On Friday a US military commission recommended sentencing Hicks to …

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by Caitlin Price

British resident and Iraqi citizen Bisher al-Rawi was released this weekend from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay after nearly five years in custody as an enemy combatant. Officials have not confirmed the exact time of al-Rawi's release, but he issued a statement Sunday from his family's home in London. Al-Rawi expressed his …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Israeli Attorney General Meni Mazuz notified lawyers for Israeli President Moshe Katsav that a second rape charge may be added to Katsav's indictment for alleged sex crimes. The additional charges were made by the same woman who originally accused Katsav of sexual assault, fraud, and rape but it has not been made …

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by Caitlin Price

US President George W. Bush again defended US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over his role in the firings of federal prosecutors in a press conference Saturday, saying that Gonzales has his "full confidence." Bush called Gonzales "an honorable and honest man" and said that "there is no credible evidence that there …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Arab residents of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk expressed anger Sunday at the government's plan to encourage relocation of the city's Arab population. Most of the city's current residents were forced to move to the now ethnically diverse, oil-rich city during the "Arabization" phase of Saddam Hussein's Anfal campaign, which drove out Kurds …

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by Melissa Bancroft

A Russian law banning all foreigners from the country's retail industry took effect Sunday. The new law, passed by the Russian assembly last year, is expected to affect tens of thousands of workers from the former Soviet Republics. The complete ban follows an earlier phase out of foreign workers in the retail industry. Beginning January 15, foreigners could make …

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