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Legal news from Sunday, October 7, 2007
by Benjamin Klein

The Iraqi government said Sunday it would sue the former head of the country's Commission on Public Integrity (CPI), Judge Radhi al-Radhi, for smuggling official documents, defaming the prime minister and corruption. In testimony Thursday before the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, al-Radhi accused Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Russian police Saturday briefly detained five foreign activists in Nizhny Novgorod on charges of violating the terms of their Russian travel visas. The activists were detained for approximately four and a half hours, and were ordered to pay a $120 fine. The five, including Neil Hicks, a British citizen and a director of the New York-based group Human Rights …

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by Benjamin Klein

The Court of Appeal in Sudan has rejected a request for the release of 25 uncharged members of the opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), alleged to have plotted the overthrow of the government. Sudan's Criminal Procedure Act of 1983 allows for the detention of suspects under investigation for up to two weeks before they must be …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Twenty-three family members and former associates of late Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet were ordered released on bail Saturday by a three-member panel of an appeals court in Chile. The appeals court upheld a Friday lower court ruling granting the bail. A Chilean judge indicted the individuals - including Pinochet's …

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by Eric Firkel

Myanmar military leaders increased pressure on opponents Sunday, detaining at least 135 Buddhist monks in connection with weapons allegedly seized from monasteries. The ruling junta claims raids have uncovered guns, knives and ammunition and insists they will punish all violators of the law. The crackdown comes on the heels of a sharp reduction in security in the …

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by Josh Camson

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has submitted a new draft anti-terrorism law that would limit Japan's naval support for US operations in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom to refueling and supplying water to coalition ships in the Indian Ocean. The latest proposed extension of the current Anti-Terrorism Special Measures Law would …

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by Eric Firkel

The Washington State Supreme Court has struck down a state statute making it illegal to lie about political opponents. Justice James M. Johnson, writing the 5-4 majority opinion handed down Thursday, said: "There can be no doubt that false personal attacks are too common in political campaigns, with wide-ranging detrimental consequences. However, …

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by Josh Camson

Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz announced Saturday that 55 Saudi prisoners recently transferred from Guantanamo Bay back to their home country will be given a temporary release and stipend of $2,600 to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The release will coincide with the start of the …

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