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Legal news from Wednesday, August 22, 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

Egyptian officials on Wednesday arrested two lawmakers from the Muslim Brotherhood in order to question them in a case involving "other Brotherhood members," according to a police official speaking anonymously. The Brotherhood, banned from officially participating in Egyptian politics, denounced the "arbitrary" arrests:The MB Bloc sees the detention of both MPs as a part …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Wednesday that former Qwest CEO Ralph Nacchio can remain free on bail pending his appeal of his insider trading conviction. Nacchio was convicted in April on 19 counts of insider training for illegally selling 1.33 million shares valued at $52 million dollars in conjunction …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Justice Department (DOJ) argued in court papers filed Tuesday that the White House Office of Administration is not subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Although most of the White House is exempt from FOIA, some internal offices are subject to the act and the Office of Administration has in the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The UK Ministry of Defence has refused to release key evidence about the abuse of Iraqi detainees held by British security forces, lawyers representing the detainees' families said Tuesday. The lawyers have requested that the UK High Court to issue a new order to compel the ministry to hand over documents about 11 Iraqi detainees, including Baha …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Cambodia's decision to transfer an investigating judge away from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) could lead to undue delays in bringing top members of the Khmer Rouge to trial, UN officials said Wednesday as they urged the Cambodian government to rethink the decision. Judge You Bun Leng was …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday rejected a call by the European Union to halt all executions in the state. In a statement, a spokesman for the governor said:230 years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a European monarch and gain the freedom of self-determination. Texans long …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Bush administration violated US law by not producing a study on the effects of global warming, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Rejecting government arguments that it had discretion as to when to produce the reports, US District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong held that the Global Change Research Act of 1990 mandates that a research plan …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The interim government of Bangladesh imposed a curfew Wednesday after three days of student protests against the military-backed interim government resulted in hundreds of injuries and one death. The riots first began at the University of Dhaka, when students demanded that a military post be removed from the campus, and then spilled out into …

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by Jeannie Shawl

A lawyer for recently released Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari said Wednesday that national security charges are still pending against Esfandiari and that a trial is expected. Esfandiari was released from Iranian custody on bail Tuesday, but human rights lawyer and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi said …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The Iraqi High Tribunal judge presiding over the crimes against humanity trial of 15 former Iraqi officials ejected two defendants from the courtroom Wednesday for failing to follow the rules of court. During the first day of witness testimony, chief judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa threw out Iyad Fathi al-Rawi and Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tai and …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Sudan has issued a decree abolishing legal immunities that protect police from criminal prosecution, the Sudanese government said Tuesday. The decree, issued by the police director general, allows police officers to be tried for crimes but also guarantees quick legal proceedings. UN rights experts have long criticized Sudan for giving blanket immunity to police and army …

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