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Legal news from Sunday, May 6, 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

The Iraqi High Tribunal heard closing arguments Sunday from defense lawyers in the genocide trial of Ali Hassan al-Majid and other former officials in the Saddam Hussein regime. Al-Majid - Hussein's cousin known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali" - and his co-defendants are …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Suspended Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry appeared Sunday to raise the stakes in his defense against President Pervez Musharraf's charges of abusing authority, telling tens of thousands of supporters at a Lahore rally that the "Era of dictatorship is over" and that "It is the responsibility of the courts to defend human rights of …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

A report released Sunday by Israeli human rights groups B'Tselem and the HaMoked Centre for the Defence of the Individual says that the members of the Israeli security services routinely maltreat Palestinian detainees during interrogations and in some cases even "torture" them, as that term is defined by international law. The report was based …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The government of Ecuador has set up a truth commission to investigate rights abuses committed in the country beginning in the early 1980s, a period that includes the 1984-88 presidency of right wing politician León Febres Cordero. The four-member commission, announced Thursday by current leftist President Rafael Correa and Interior …

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