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Legal news from Monday, July 2, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) has charged Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky on suspicion of plotting a violent coup against President Vladimir Putin, Berezovsky's lawyer said Monday. The charge is related to an interview Berezovsky gave to Britain's Guardian newspaper in April in which he said he …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Lawyers for Rabei Osman el Sayed, the alleged mastermind behind the 2004 Madrid train bombings, demanded Monday that Osman be acquitted, accusing prosecutors of trying to convict him "based on nothing, and with an astounding frivolousness." El Sayed was convicted in Italy for belonging to a terrorist group and was extradited to …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

US President George W. Bush spared former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby from prison Monday, commuting his punishment to the $250,000 fine and the two years of supervised release ordered by the court. Bush said that although he respected the jury's verdict, the 30-month sentence was …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The trial of suspects allegedly involved in the January murder of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink began in Turkey on Monday, with several humanitarian groups calling the case a "test" for the Turkish judiciary. Amnesty International called for authorities to "leave no stone unturned" and said that …

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by Michael Sung

Lawyers for former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky filed a lawsuit Monday against Russian deputy chief prosecutor Viktor Grin and prosecutor Salavat Karimov, alleging that the two officials are ignoring a March court order to transfer Khodorkovsky from a Siberian penal colony in Chita Oblast to a detention facility in Moscow. …

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by Michael Sung

The Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) announced Monday that US Army Sgt. Evan Vela has been charged with premeditated murder, obstruction of justice, wrongfully placing weapons with the remains of deceased Iraqis, and making a false official statement in connection with the killing of three unarmed Iraqis in three separate incidents between April and June 2007 in …

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by Michael Sung

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday unanimously denied a motion by former US vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby to delay his prison sentence pending appeal. The appeals court found that Libby did not demonstrate that his appeal raises a "substantial question." …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Former Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu was sentenced to 6 months in prison Monday after being convicted of violating the terms of his parole by granting interviews to foreign media. Vanunu spent 18 years in an Israeli prison after being convicted of treason for leaking details of Israel's secret …

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by Michael Sung

The Supreme Court of Pakistan tossed out "vexatious and scandalous" evidence introduced by the government in the case of suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and rebuked prosecutors Monday, ordering the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to search the high court and the homes of its justices for surveillance devices. The evidence, …

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by Michael Sung

Lawyers for former Israeli President Moshe Katsav Monday defended a controversial plea agreement in which Katsav is to plead guilty to lesser sex charges in exchange for a suspended sentence and the dropping of rape charges, accusing critics who have filed a legal challenge against the deal of shedding the "blood …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

On Monday, UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith told the British Parliament that investigating last week's terror incidents in London and at the Glasgow International Airport are the government's top priority, and confirmed that two additional suspects from the Glasgow area have been arrested. Police reported that the new arrests, …

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by Michael Sung

Kevin Andrews, Australia's minister for immigration and citizenship, said Monday that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) is considering remedial action, including providing financial compensation to 247 individuals found to be wrongfully detained or deported by the DIAC between 1993 and 2007. Andrews' statement follows the release of the fourth and final …

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by Michael Sung

The Iranian Supreme Court held a hearing Sunday in the case of murdered Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi on an appeal of a lower court order that the case be reopened. Kazemi's family argued that there hasn't been an adequate investigation into her death and urged that the case be revisited. In addition to ordering …

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by Michael Sung

US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said Sunday that he is prepared to initiate a Senate vote to hold officials in the White House, the Vice President's office, and the Department of Justice in contempt of Congress if they refuse to cooperate with congressional subpoenas issued in the investigation of the US Attorney firings controversy …

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by Michael Sung

Palestinian rocket attacks against Israeli civilians and Israeli military reprisals "constitute serious violations of the laws of war", according to a report released Sunday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report found that Palestinian militant groups, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades, and the Popular Resistance Committees, deliberately launched approximately …

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