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Legal news from Monday, September 10, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

The European Union said Monday that it will only sign a new pre-membership aid and economic deal with Serbia when that country has demonstrated its cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Carla Del Ponte, the ICTY chief prosecutor, will submit a report in the next few weeks to the EU …

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by Melissa Bancroft

Charles McArthur Emmanuel, son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, pleaded not guilty Monday to a US federal indictment charging him with involvement in killings and torture in Liberia. Emmanuel, a Boston-born US citizen, was the first person ever to be indicted under a 1994 federal anti-torture statute. During his father's regime, …

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by Melissa Bancroft

California resident Hamid Hayat was sentenced to 24 years in a federal prison Monday following his 2006 conviction for supporting terrorism and lying to the FBI. Because Hayat had no prior criminal record, US District Court Judge Garland Burrell Jr. determined that the maximum sentence of 39 years imprisonment was more than …

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by Leslie Schulman

Palestinian judges in the Gaza Strip who are unwilling to cooperate with local authorities will be replaced, Hamas spokesmen said Monday in a bid to end a three-month judicial stalemate. The Gaza Strip judiciary, under orders from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, has refused to cooperate with the Hamas government in Gaza and has …

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by Leslie Schulman

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina announced Monday that 25 defendants facing war crimes charges have begun a coordinated hunger strike, demanding to be tried under the criminal code in place at the time of their alleged crimes, not under the 2003 criminal code which authorizes forty-year maximum penalties for the crimes charged. The …

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by Leslie Schulman

US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell Monday urged senators to pass long-term legislation to "modernize" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), contending that a permanently-revised FISA is critical to fighting terrorism. Speaking at a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on the status of …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

An Iraqi judge and spokesman for the Iraqi High Tribunal said at a Baghdad news conference Monday that the execution of three former Saddam-era Iraqi officials sentenced to death for their role in the 1988 Anfal Campaign can proceed without the approval of the Iraqi president because of the scope of their crimes. Iraqi President …

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by Brett Murphy

The United States and other western countries repeatedly impeded efforts by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to arrest Bosnian Serb war crimes fugitive Radovan Karadzic, according to the memoirs of Florence Hartmann, former spokeswoman for ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte, published Monday in …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Several inmates of a federal penitentiary in New York have filed a lawsuit challenging a decision by the US Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to remove religious and spiritual books from prison chapel libraries, according to the New York Times on Monday. Prison chaplains across the country have been directed to remove from prison chapel …

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by Brett Murphy

The Supreme Court of Indonesia has awarded former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto the equivalent of $129 million in damages in Suharto’s defamation suit against Time Magazine, according to a court spokesperson. The ruling was made on August 30. Suharto sued Time over a 1999 article …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has modified its Automated Targeting System to limit its ability to track persons who may be considered a security threat when they travel abroad. Under regulations that went into effect late last week, DHS will now hold risk assessments of those traveling abroad who may pose a potential …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Bangladeshi interim government lifted the complete ban on all indoor political activity Monday, ahead of scheduled voting reforms talks between the country's election commission and its political parties. The ban was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs in March 2007, extending the January 11 state of emergency order by President Iajuddin …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Sunday that he would resign if parliament refuses to extend a special anti-terrorism law. Abe faces opposition from the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which has criticized Abe's ability to function and have threatened to veto the renewal of the legislation. The …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Sunday voiced his disapproval of an administrative decision allowing Muslim women to wear veils and burqas while voting in upcoming by-elections in the province of Quebec. Elections Canada, an independent body that oversees national elections, announced Thursday that Muslim women will be allowed to wear traditional Muslim niqabs …

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by Jaime Jansen

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega will remain in a US federal prison until all appeals relating to an extradition request by France have been exhausted, despite his originally-scheduled September 9 release date, the US Department of State said Friday. Ultimately, the State Department will issue the final order on France's …

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by Jaime Jansen

Israeli police have arrested a gang of neo-Nazis accused of attacking foreigners, homosexuals and Jewish people last month, according to weekend media reports. Each member of the gang, comprised of eight young men between the ages of 16-21, are Israeli citizens who immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union under the Law of Return, …

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by Jaime Jansen

Pakistan Monday deported former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Saudi Arabia shortly after Sharif's attempted return from exile. Sharif was arrested on corruption and money laundering charges shortly after landing in the country on a flight from London. He chose detention over continued exile but then was put on an airplane back to Saudi …

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