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Legal news from Friday, June 29, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

A military judge at Guantanamo Bay Friday declined to revive charges against Guantanamo detainee Omar Ahmed Khadr. Judge Peter E. Brownback, III reiterated his June ruling that since the Combatant Status Review Tribunal that reviewed Khadr's status had not found him to be an "unlawful enemy combatant" as required under …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The Council of the European Union Friday released changes made to the procedure used in establishing and maintaining its list of terrorist entities. The revisions include a plan to send "letters of notification" to listed parties, who are subject to having their assets frozen, to explain why the individual or group was included on …

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by Michael Sung

Four Sunni members of the Iraqi cabinet will boycott cabinet meetings to protest the arrest warrant issued for Culture Minister Asad Kamal al-Hashimi, a Sunni politician said Friday. Ayad Al-Samarraie, a leading figure in Sunni parliamentary coalition Iraqi Accordance Front, said that the arrest warrant was part of a sectarian effort to remove Sunni leaders. …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The United Nations Security Council called for continued international financial support of the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Thursday. The 15-member group also welcomed the start of the trial against former Liberian President Charles Taylor and applauded the court for handing out its …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Humanitarian group Refugees International Friday released a report documenting flaws in Sudanese law that leaves rapists unpunished and allows the prosecution of rape victims for sex outside marriage. According to the report, government soldiers and sanctioned militias are often the perpetrators, but laws in Sudan grant immunity to members of …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that immigration reform groups can pursue a lawsuit against Governor Janet Napolitano alleging her administration improperly limited Proposition 200, a voter-approved ballot initiative that requires proof of citizenship before a person can vote or receive public benefits. Judge G. Murray Snow held that the …

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by Michael Sung

Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski vowed Friday to reopen debate on the EU Council of Minister's voting mechanisms, insisting on a different interpretation of the EU reform agreement reached last Saturday by EU leaders. Kaczynski, who has previously threatened to veto any proposed treaty unless Poland retained more power in the voting scheme, …

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by Michael Sung

Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) chairman Jerome J. Verdier said Friday that the TRC is facing severe financial difficulties and has fallen three months behind schedule, noting that it has been "very unfortunate that as a truth commission we have to do fund-raising ourselves" as the Liberian government's "minimal …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court Friday agreed to hear the appeals of Guantanamo Bay detainees who are seeking habeas corpus review of their detentions. The Court denied petitions for certiorari in April, but reversed itself Friday:The petitions for rehearing are granted. The orders entered April 2, 2007, denying …

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by Michael Sung

The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress adopted a new labor contract law Friday, passing reforms intended to improve workers' rights by formalizing standards in labor contracts, rights of temporary workers, and severance pay privileges. The law, which will enter effect on January 1, 2008, also codifies administrative and criminal penalties for employers and government officials …

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by Michael Sung

The US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania sentenced Russian nuclear engineer Mark M. Kaushansky to 15 months in prison Thursday for his participation in a corruption scheme with former Russian Atomic Minister Yevgeny Adamov. The two were accused of stealing up to $9 million in aid designated to upgrade …

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by Michael Sung

The Supreme Court of Pakistan granted bail Thursday to Shumail Raj and Shahzina Tariq, a same-sex couple sentenced to three years in prison for perjury by a Lahore high court for "misrepresenting" Raj's sex, and agreed to hear an appeal in the case. Raj underwent surgery 16 years ago to remove her uterus and breasts …

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by Michael Sung

The United States has renewed pressure on Myanmar to release democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a US State Department spokesperson said Thursday. Spokesman Tom Casey said that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric G. John met with officials from Myanmar earlier …

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