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Legal news from Saturday, October 6, 2007
by Patrick Porter

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has announced a plan to create a supreme court for the country, as well as new appeals and general courts. The new supreme court will replace the current Supreme Judicial Council, which will be relegated to handling issues involving judicial salaries and staffing under a new administrative supreme court. The changes are …

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by Patrick Porter

Bulgaria will not legalize prostitution as previously planned, according to Interior Minister Rumen Petkov, speaking Friday at a Sofia conference on "Legal and Institutional Mechanisms for Combating Trafficking of Women." Bulgarian Prosecutor General Boris Belchev told attendees at the same gathering that although legalization might theoretically yield income for the state, the option was unacceptable. The abrupt policy shift …

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by Howard Kline

The head of a special three-judge panel of Peru's Supreme Court announced Friday that the court would consolidate six separate charges against former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori into three "megatrials" and one other trial proceeding. The first trial, set to begin November 26, will look into the 1992 murder of 25 people, including nine …

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by Howard Kline

A second US Army officer who sat on Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs) at Guantanamo Bay has made an affidavit criticizing the panels for being inconsistent and biased towards the government. Attorneys for Adel Hassan Hamad, a Sudanese detainee captured in Pakistan in 2002, filed the affidavit in …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Pakistan's current president and military leader General Pervez Musharraf won an overwhelming victory in presidential elections Saturday, according to unofficial results. Musharraf collected 252 out of 257 votes in the National Assembly of Pakistan and so far has won the support of a majority of lawmakers in three of Pakistan's four provinces. Many opposition politicians …

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by Nick Fiske

US President George W. Bush and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone Friday about their concerns over potential damage to US-Turkey relations if the US House of Representatives passes HR 106, a resolution labeling the World War I-era killings by Turkish soldiers of over one million Armenians as genocide. While …

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by Steve Czajkowski

US District Judge Benjamin Settle Friday temporarily blocked a second court-martial for US Army Iraq war objector 1st Lt. Ehren Watada that had been scheduled to begin October 9. Settle ruled that a second proceeding would include the harm that the double jeopardy clause of the Fifth Amendment was intended to prevent, and the …

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by Nick Fiske

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Friday responded to growing concerns over the conduct of Blackwater security escorts working for the State Department in Iraq by directing that all Blackwater USA vehicles be fitted with security cameras and that all convoys have at least one federal agent present while escorting …

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