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Legal news from Monday, May 7, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

German president Horst Koehler has refused to grant a plea for clemency from an imprisoned former terrorist, his office said Monday. Christian Klar, eligible for parole in 2009, was a member of the Red Army Faction, commonly known as the Baader-Meinhof gang, a radical leftist group that killed 34 people before …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) will not try to block Congress's decision to grant immunity to former DOJ official Monica Goodling to testify about the firing of eight US Attorneys, according to Monday reports. In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Inspector General Glenn Fine and …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed arrived in Bangladesh Monday after the government last week lifted a ban against her returning to the country. When asked if she feared arrest on her return, Hasina described her brief exile to supporters as a "mistake" and said the government would not "repeat" it. Hasina and her …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Gen. David Petraeus, the top commanding officer of US troops in Iraq, told a gathering of reporters Monday that he was "greatly concerned" by a survey released by the Pentagon Friday that revealed many US troops in Iraq felt that Iraqi civilians did not deserve to be treated "with respect and dignity," that torture …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Indonesian prosecutors registered their appeal Monday against the acquittal of American Richard Ness, the regional chief executive of Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation, and Newmont's local subsidiary on criminal pollution charges. An Indonesian court acquitted Ness and Newmont last month and after registering the appeal, prosecutors …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Pakistan Supreme Court on Monday suspended an investigation into misconduct charges against Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. Pakistan's Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) has been conducting an inquiry into Chaudhry's alleged misconduct, but Chaudhry appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that the SJC lacked competence to try him. Chaudhry's lawyer …

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by Jeannie Shawl

A defense lawyer for former Liberian President Charles Taylor told the Special Court for Sierra Leone Monday that potential defense witnesses are refusing to testify for the defense because they fear the possibility of UN-imposed sanctions. Lawyer Karim Khan told the court he planned to file a motion asking the court to …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The convincing victory of conservative French Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy over Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal in the French presidential run-off election Sunday means that the incoming French president will have the chance to implement a series of tough-minded legal reforms he touted during his campaign. Stiffer sentences …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Turkish parliament opened debate Monday on an amendment to the Turkish constitution that would see the country's president elected by a popular vote rather than by members of parliament, as is current practice. The move comes the day after sole presidential candidate Abdullah Gul, currently Turkey's foreign minister, ended his candidacy [AP …

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