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Legal news from Sunday, August 5, 2007
by Natalie Hrubos

The military trial of 40 senior members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood resumed in Egypt Sunday despite criticism from Amnesty International regarding the country's failure to allow independent observers into the courtroom. Amnesty also questioned the government's use of a military court to try civilians, saying that "Military courts cannot be …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Sunday that he refuses to accept the resignations submitted by six Cabinet ministers who belong to the country's largest Sunni parliamentary bloc. The Iraqi Accordance Front. The Accordance Front announced last week that it was leaving the government, in a move said to be a response to …

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by Natalie Hrubos

Egypt's Judicial Affairs Minister Mufid Shehab said Saturday that the country will lift its 25-year-old state of emergency by June 2008, according to state news agency Mena. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak promised in 2005 and again 2006 to lift the emergency laws once a new terrorism law was passed. Shehab said, however, that …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US House of Representatives voted 227-183 late Saturday in favor of the Protect America Act 2007, legislation that gives the Executive Branch expanded surveillance authority for a period of six months while Congress works on long-term legislation to "modernize" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). The bill was passed …

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