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Legal news from Friday, September 28, 2007
by Katerina Ossenova

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, the newly elected successor to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said Friday that he plans to submit a new anti-terrorism law to parliament that will allow Japan to continue to refuel allied ships in the Indian Ocean connected to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Thursday refused to sign a bill that would have limited the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) to only investigating crimes committed after 2003. The amendment, deleting portions of the 2003 Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, would have made it impossible for the commission to continue investigations into some of …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A military panel Friday found US Army Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval not guilty of murder in the shooting deaths of three unarmed Iraqis but convicted him of planting evidence to cover up the shootings. Sandoval, along with Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley and Sgt. Evan Vela, was charged with premeditated murder and wrongfully placing a …

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by Lisl Brunner

The government of Cuba Thursday detained at least forty protesters who gathered outside the Ministry of Justice to demand humane treatment for the country's estimated 250 political prisoners. All but one of those detained were released on Friday, but former political prisoner Jose Luis Garcia Perez, who was released in April, reported that he had been …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Over 1,000 demonstrators faced off with riot police in Lima, Peru Thursday, demanding the release of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. Fujimori was extradited to Peru Saturday following the Supreme Court of Chile's decision last week that Fujimori should be extradited on human rights and corruption charges. Fujimori is accused …

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by Jaime Jansen

The government of the Philippines has used an immigration blacklist, consisting of 504 people allegedly linked to al Qaeda or the Taliban, to ban its critics from entering the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday. The Philippines government confirmed the blacklist, but said it was created to prevent …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US will donate $5 million to the UN-backed tribunal established to investigate and try suspects in the 2005 murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, US Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad announced Thursday. Khalilzad said the financial supportreflects our commitment to the process of accountability for political murder and assassination …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Supreme Court of Pakistan dismissed legal challenges Friday to a bid by current Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to run for another term as president while still serving as chief of the Pakistani army. The challengers had also opposed Musharraf's bid to avoid a general election by seeking re-election from the outgoing parliament …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Department of Defense has formally allowed fourteen "high-value" terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay the right to request lawyers, the Washington Post reported Friday. The move could pave the way for the "high-value" detainees to challenge their status as enemy combatants in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. In …

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by Jaime Jansen

Three senior Bush administration officials urged the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee to approve the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea Thursday. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Patrick Walsh argued that US military interests are at risk while …

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by Jaime Jansen

An east Siberian court Friday ruled that former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky should remain in custody for another three months in order to prevent him from obstructing a new investigation into Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev. Russian prosecutors are investigating new charges against the former Yukos Oil …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Supreme Court issued a stay of execution Thursday for a a Texas inmate just hours before he was scheduled to be executed. Earlier this week, the Court granted certiorari in Baze v. Rees (07-5439) [docket; cert. petition], where the Court will consider whether lethal injections of death row …

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