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Legal news from Monday, July 9, 2007
by Caitlin Price

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said it was imperative not to underplay the gravity of terrorist threats and raised the possibility of "targeted killings" of terror suspects like Osama Bin Laden and the indefinite detention of others in a controversial interview with Der Spiegel magazine published Monday. …

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by Caitlin Price

Former Alaska state Representative Tom Anderson was convicted Monday on seven counts of bribery and corruption by an Anchorage federal jury. Anderson, a Republican, was accused of accepting nearly $26,000 he believed to be from private correctional facilities firm Cornell Industries, Inc. in exchange for Anderson's influence on then-pending measures on halfway houses. The deal …

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by Caitlin Price

Iranian police arrested twenty people near the Iraqi border on suspicion of participating in an international spy ring, according to state news agency IRNA Monday. The arrests come several months after the Iranian government first accused four Iranian-Americans of belonging to a US-organized spy network. The latest sweep included some foreigners, but …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Monday challenged the $58 million (USD) fine imposed upon him last month by a London judge, asking a Zambian court to throw out the fine because the UK court had no jurisdiction over Zambian affairs. Last month, High Court judge Peter Smith ordered Chiluba to pay the sum …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The government of Zimbabwe has arrested more than 1300 shop owners and managers who refused to comply with price controls imposed more than two weeks ago, according to Monday police reports. On June 26, Industry Minister Obert Mpofu ordered the prices of all goods and services in Zimbabwe to be halved, saying the measure …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The constitutional scholars who drafted the interim Palestinian constitution spoke out against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas Monday, saying that although Abbas had the right to dismiss former Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, he acted against the constitution in June by appointing the new "emergency" government …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

An English court Monday found four men guilty for plotting the failed bomb attacks on London's subway and bus systems on July 21, 2005, two weeks after a similar attack killed 52 people. The jury at the Woolrich Crown Court unanimously found Muktar Said Ibrahim, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammad, and Hussain Osman [Wikipedia …

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by Michael Sung

Ethiopian prosecutors Monday sought the death penalty against 38 opposition members convicted in June of treason and inciting violence for their roles in mass anti-government demonstrations, saying that the defendants have not demonstrated remorse and therefore should be subjected to the harshest punishment. The opposition members, most of whom belonged to the Coalition for Unity and Democracy …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have charged two men with murder [press release; Q&A] for their role in the 2005 shooting deaths of four Mounties in an Alberta ambush, the highest death toll suffered by Canada's national police force in over 100 years. Dennis Keegan Rodney Cheeseman and Sean William Hennesey are …

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by Michael Sung

House Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) urged the White House Monday to waive executive privilege concerning its decision to commute the prison sentence for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, saying that the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday to determine why President Bush commuted Libby's 30-month prison sentence …

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by Michael Sung

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Monday urged the Filipino government to revisit the controversial 2007 Human Security Act, saying that "many voices are apprehensive" about the anti-terror legislation. Critics say the law defines terrorism too loosely and gives government authorities too much latitude to restrict civil liberties. The law, which …

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by Michael Sung

The White House Monday renewed and elaborated its assertion of executive privilege as regards testimony and materials wanted by Congressional investigators in connection with the US Attorney firings controversy. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), White House …

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by Michael Sung

New French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in an interview published Sunday by the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche that he will not continue with the tradition of granting mass pardons on Bastille Day, adding that he will not use pardons as a way to reduce overcrowding in the prison system. Sarkozy, who …

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by Michael Sung

Thousands of Japanese "war orphans", children abandoned in China after World War II, have accepted an aid proposal from the Japanese government in exchange for abandoning all compensation claims, government spokesperson Yasuhisa Shiozaki announced Monday. The aid proposal will increase the victims' monthly pension from $178 to $535, and the government …

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by Michael Sung

Indonesian prosecutors filed a civil action against former President Haji Mohammad Suharto Monday, alleging that Suharto embezzled $440 million from the Yayasan Supersemar, a state-funded academic scholarship fund, between 1974 and 1998. The suit, which seeks to recover the $440 million and an additional $1.1 billion in damages, represents the latest effort by the Indonesian government to …

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by Michael Sung

The Chinese Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate jointly published new rules Sunday which broaden the definition of bribery to encompass arrangements where officials do not personally receive money, gifts, or favors and close legal loopholes where family members and other third parties receive the bribe on behalf of government officials. The …

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by Natalie Hrubos

The United Nations observer overseeing the Lockerbie trial, Dr. Hans Koechler, has called for a probe into UK and US handling of the investigation of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over the Scottish village of Lockerbie. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission last week granted an appeal in the case of Abdelbaset Ali …

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