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Legal news from Monday, September 24, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Court of Military Commission Review Monday reinstated terrorism charges against Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr. In June, a military commission judge dropped charges against Khadr, ruling that the court had no jurisdiction because a Guantanamo Combatant Status Review Tribunal had found that Khadr was an "enemy …

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by Melissa Bancroft

The Israeli Attorney General announced Monday that he was opening an investigation into a real estate purchase made by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The criminal probe centers on a Jerusalem apartment for which Olmert paid the value of 320,000 American dollars. Olmert is accused of receiving the apartment at a substantially reduced price in exchange for …

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by Melissa Bancroft

South African President Thabo Mbeki suspended National Prosecuting Authority chief Vusi Pikoli Monday, citing a strained relationship between Pikoli and his superior, Minister of Justice Bridget Mabandla, as the primary motive for the suspension. Pikoli was appointed to lead an elite corruption fighting agency in 2005, but last May complained before parliament of attacks against …

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by Leslie Schulman

Former Argentinean military officer Ernesto Guillermo Barreiro has been sentenced in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to six months in jail for one count of visa fraud, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Monday. According to ICE, he will likely be deported to Argentina when his US …

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by Leslie Schulman

Indonesian prosecutors began court proceedings Monday against former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto, bringing the government's civil corruption lawsuit against Suharto for allegedly embezzling $440 million between 1974 and 1998 from the Yayasan Supersemar, a state-funded academic scholarship fund. The court proceedings began after prosecutors for the government failed to reach …

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by Leslie Schulman

The American Bar Association death penalty assessment team has recommended a moratorium on the death penalty in Ohio, in a report released Monday that cited major flaws in the state's administration of capital punishment. The assessment team, composed of Ohio lawmakers, judges, and law professors, studied the …

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by Brett Murphy

Violent crime in the US has increased for the second year in a row, according to the 2006 Crime in the United States report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Monday. The FBI reported that violent crime rose by 1.9 percent in 2006, with the homicide rate increasing 1.8 percent and the number …

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by Brett Murphy

US federal judges have expressed concern about the salary gap between federal judges and lawyers in the private sector, saying that judges are resigning in greater numbers than ever before due to inadequate pay, USA Today reported Monday. According to the Federal Judicial Pay Increase Fact Sheet from the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the pay …

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by Brett Murphy

The military government in Myanmar on Monday threatened to punish the thousands of monks who have been leading protests against the government [BBC Q&A]. The monks are protesting rights abuses by the government, including the detention of demonstrators who peacefully protested a sharp rise in fuel prices in August. Tens of thousands of citizens have joined …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Saddam Hussein's cousin and former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, ordered the execution of 25 villagers at a time as he crushed a Shi'a uprising in southern Iraq following the 1991 Persian Gulf War, according to testimony Monday in the crimes against humanity trial …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A group of experts presented an interim report to the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation in Darfur Monday, citing continued human rights violations. The report noted that the government of Sudan demonstrated cooperation during the period under review and has partially implemented some recommendations. Since other recommendations remain without implementation, …

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by Brett Murphy

The Israeli cabinet decided Sunday to release 90 Palestinians currently imprisoned by Israel this week in an attempt to sway Palestinian opinion, including that of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, on Israel. Aides to Abbas, however, said that the release of a mere 90 of the 11,000 Palestinians detained by Israel is not …

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by Brett Murphy

Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association nominated former judge Wajeehuddin Ahmed on Monday to run in the upcoming presidential election against current Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf's eligibility to run is still being contested, despite the Supreme Court of Pakistan's dismissal of three petitions against Musharraf's re-election campaign. Ahmed was one of the few judges to …

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