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Legal news from Thursday, July 5, 2007
by Brett Murphy

The Constitutional Court of Turkey ruled Thursday in favor of the constitutionality of proposed changes to the electoral system that would allow for the president to be elected by popular vote. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) backed the reforms as a way to end a deadlock over the election …

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by Brett Murphy

Former US Army germ-warfare researcher Dr. Steven J. Hatfill, named a "person of interest" by the FBI in its investigations of anthrax mailings shortly after the 2001 Sept. 11 attacks, has filed a motion to force journalists to reveal their sources after newspapers printed details about the investigation. Hatfill …

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by Brett Murphy

A Court in London sentenced Younis Tsouli and two accomplices to prison Thursday for collaborating on websites that advocated terrorism. Tsouli, along with Tariq al-Daourm and Waseem Mughal, used the sites to promote terrorist actions and distribute information on how to construct bombs and poisons. Tsouli, who labeled himself "the jihadist James Bond," received a sentence of …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Former Australian High Court chief justice Sir Gerard Brennan Wednesday denounced anti-terrorism laws being used to detain an Indian doctor believed to be connected to last week's attempted terror attacks in London and Glasgow. Dr. Mohammed Haneef has been held in Australian police custody since Sunday, when he was stopped as …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra told Japan's Kyodo News Thursday that he will not return to Thailand to face charges of corruption unless he can be sure that his trial would be fair. Thai officials have ordered Thaksin and his wife to return to the country by July 23, …

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by Michael Sung

The government of Turkmenistan published a law defining the president's powers and duties for the first time in Turkmenistani history Wednesday. The law, printed in the official state newspaper, gives the president the power to appoint the Cabinet and leaders of the armed forces. With the approval of the legislative Halk Maslahaty, the president can …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The trial of former police chaplain Christian Von Wernich began Thursday in Argentina, where the Roman Catholic priest is alleged to have been involved in human rights abuses including torture and murder during Argentina's "dirty war" from the late 1970's to early 1980s. Von Wernich has been accused …

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by Michael Sung

The Turkish criminal justice system continues to tolerate and condone the use of torture and ill-treatment by police and investigators despite the government's official "zero tolerance for torture" policy, according to a report released Thursday by Amnesty International. The report found that the an institutionalized culture that violates human rights with impunity is a …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Thursday filed an urgent motion seeking to move the trial of former Bosnian army commander Rasim Delic out of the international court at The Hague. The move comes in response to an order limiting the number of …

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by Michael Sung

Malaysian former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim Thursday appealed a lower court judge's decision dismissing his defamation suit against former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in connection with renewed allegations that Anwar is homosexual. The appeal challenges Judge Tengku Maimon's order awarding Mahathir legal costs, and also seeks to reverse Tengku's ruling so that …

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by Michael Sung

The Chinese Supreme Court will standardize guidelines for when provincial level courts should impose the death penalty, court vice-president Zhang Jun said Wednesday. Zhang also outlined the top court's intention to strengthen its precedential value and increase oversight over intermediate and lower courts. Ni Shou-ming, spokesperson for the high court, told China Daily …

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by Michael Sung

US Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander of Joint Task Force - Guantanamo Bay, has said that the US military plans to improve conditions by providing low-risk detainees at Guantanamo Bay more educational and recreational opportunities, according to an AP interview published Thursday. Buzby acknowledged that there are benefits to giving detainees external …

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by Michael Sung

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has warned that women's rights activists should not attempt to reconcile or replace the Sharia with international conventions or western ideals of women's rights, saying Wednesday that the current Islamic jurisprudence may only be altered if new insight is supported by the Qur'an and Sunnah [Wikipedia …

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by Michael Sung

Ethiopian troops conducting counter-insurgency operations have violated international humanitarian law by burning homes and property and ordering civilians to vacate from at least a dozen villages in the eastern Somali region, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. HRW Africa director Peter Takirambudde said that the "civilians in Somali region are trapped between the warring parties" …

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by Michael Sung

A Belgian court Wednesday convicted former Rwandan Army Major Bernard Ntuyahaga of premeditated homicide for Ntuyahaga's role in the murder of 10 Belgian peacekeepers tasked with providing security for then-Rwandan Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana in the first week of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The jury also convicted Ntuyahaga of killing several Tutsis, but …

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by Michael Sung

Russian officials with the Office of the Prosecutor-General have formally denied a British extradition request for Andrei Lugovoy on the grounds that the Russian constitution forbids the extradition of its citizens for alleged crimes committed abroad, Interfax reported Thursday. Lugovoy is wanted by Britain's Crown Prosecution …

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