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Legal news from Thursday, April 5, 2007
by Robert DeVries

Kosovo's parliament voted 100-1 Thursday in support of a UN plan to establish an independent Kosovar state under UN supervision. The plan was drafted by UN envoy Martti Ahtisaari, who believes independence from Serbia with international supervision "the only viable option" for Kosovo.The plan needs the approval of the UN Security Council before it can …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday that Mexico's now-closed Special Prosecutor's Office failed in its effort to address past human rights abuses stemming from the "Dirty War" of the late 1960s to 1970s. The office was created by former Mexican President Vicente Fox to investigate potential …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Three men arrested last month in connection with the July 7, 2005 London transit bombings were charged Thursday with unlawfully and maliciously conspiring with the suicide bombers to cause explosions on London's transportation system and tourist attractions in London. The men, Mohammed Shakil, 30, Waheed …

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by Robert DeVries

A Turkish parliamentary committee okayed legislation Thursday that would censor websites seen as insulting to the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Atatürk. Legislators debated whether Turkey should also have the right to censor sites that questioned the unity of the Turkish state, or the legitimacy of Turkey's secular government. It is unknown when the …

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by Leslie Schulman

The England and Wales Court of Appeals (Civil Division) on Wednesday ruled that three Africans formerly living in the Darfur region of Sudan could be granted asylum in the UK, overruling a decision by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) to send the appellants back to Khartoum, the capital of …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said Thursday that officials who refuse to comply with his decree ordering new elections could face criminal prosecution. Yushchenko issued the decree Monday, ordering parliament dissolved and new elections in May over what Yushchenko has called "systemic violations of the constitution by the parliamentary majority." Ukrainian Prime Minister …

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by Leslie Schulman

Ecuador's Constitutional Tribunal on Wednesday upheld last month's decision by the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal to dismiss 57 members of the legislature. The lawmakers, who oppose a planned April 15 referendum to amend the constitution, had been reinstated by a judge last Thursday. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Florida Board of Executive Clemency on Thursday voted 3-1 to change the Rules of Executive Clemency so that non-violent felons will automatically have their civil rights restored upon release from prison, and released violent offenders can have theirs restored after a board hearing or other type of review. The changes take effect immediately. Board …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

New Hampshire's House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday to allow civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, placing the state in line to become fourth in the country to allow such relationships. The large Democratic majority in the House propelled the 243-129 vote, but Democrats hold only a narrow majority …

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by Joshua Pantesco

John M. "Mike" McConnell, who succeeded John Negroponte as US Director of National Intelligence in February, delivered a policy address to the 2007 Excellence in Government Conference Wednesday criticizing federal surveillance laws as outdated and unresponsive to terrorist threats. McConnell, who previously served as the director of the National Security Agency (NSA) …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The Constitutional Court of Uganda Thursday rejected a law criminalizing adultery by women and parts of an estate law according greater rights to surviving husbands than to surviving wives. The adultery legislation effectively permitted married men to engage in extramarital affairs with unmarried women, but punished married women with fines or up to 12 years' imprisonment …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Iraq has lost $8 billion through corruption over the past three years, Radi al-Radhi, the head of Iraq's public corruption commission, told AP Wednesday. Al-Radhi said his office has investigated 2,600 cases of wasted or stolen public funds, and blamed a clause of the Iraqi constitution for allowing cabinet ministers to block investigations. The Commission on Public …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Amnesty International decried worsening conditions at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in a report released Thursday, claiming detainees have "suffered harsh treatment throughout their detention, confined to mesh cages or maximum security cells" and that the new facility opened late last year subjects detainees to "even harsher and apparently …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The family of John Walker Lindh said Wednesday that a clemency petition has been filed on their son's behalf, seeking to reduce his 20-year sentence in light of the nine-month sentence handed down to Australian David Hicks last week. Lindh, the American caught fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001, pleaded …

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by Joe Shaulis

Virginia became the first US state to require by statute that girls be vaccinated against human papillomavirus when its General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to accept the governor's proposed amendment to a previously passed bill. The amendment makes it easier for parents and guardians to …

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