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Legal news from Thursday, October 11, 2007
by Nick Fiske

Zimbabwe Magistrate Tinashe Ndokera on Thursday denied a motion by eleven white farmers to have their state-sponsored eviction notices thrown out, and instead ordered the men to stand trial for failing to vacate their property by the notices' September 30 deadline. David Drury, a lawyer for the farmers, argued that charges of violating the …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US military is reviewing its classification of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba, according to the Associated Press Thursday. The review could allow for new hearings for inmates who were classified as "enemy combatants" and a reduction in the number of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay. Critics of …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A court in Turkey Thursday convicted Arat Dink, editor of the Armenian newspaper Agos and son of the late Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, of violating Article 301 of the Turkish penal code, which bans insults against Turkish identity. Arat Dink's conviction stems …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Members of parliament in Nepal opened debate at a special session Thursday to address the status of King Gyanendra and the Nepalese monarchy. The Communist Party of Nepal - Maoists (CPN-M) reiterated their desire for the monarchy to be dissolved immediately. The party announced September 18 that it would vacate the interim …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Defense lawyers representing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the 1998 bombing of a Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, Thursday requested access to evidence not previously provided to them that they claim could be used to clear al-Megrahi. Specifically, they are seeking disclosure of a "missing document" which allegedly contains …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Rwandan Information Minister Laurent Nkusi said Thursday that the government of Rwanda has completed setting up a commission charged with investigating the 1994 assassination of then-Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana. The downing of the plane carrying the Hutu leader sparked the 1994 genocide in which more than 800,000 people were killed in the span of 100 …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Spanish lawmakers have reportedly come to an agreement on the text of the proposed anti-Franco Law for the Recovery of the Historical Memory presented to the Spanish Parliament. The legislation is aimed at healing the social wounds from the authoritarian regime of Gen. Francisco Franco that ruled Spain from 1939 to 1975 following …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed a lawsuit against private security contractor Blackwater USA Thursday on behalf of an injured survivor and the families of 3 men killed during a September 16 shooting incident in Baghdad that took the lives of 17 Iraqi civilians. The complaint submitted in the …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Corruption in China's ruling Communist Party could ultimately result in political and economic destabilization within the country, according to a new report from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The report, written by Carnegie Endowment Senior Associate Minxin Pei, says that approximately 10 percent of government …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The number of extrajudicial killings in Colombia at the hands of the Colombian military has almost doubled since 1997, according to a new report by a international conglomerate of human rights workers. The International Observation Mission on Extrajudicial Executions and Impunity in Colombia found there have been approximately …

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by Joshua Pantesco

President Abdullah Gul of Turkey blasted the US House Foreign Relations Committee Thursday for approving a resolution declaring the World War I-era killings of over one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers genocide. Gul released a statement on the resolution:It's a pity that some politicians in the United States closed …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Spain's National Court will announce verdicts and sentences for the 28 defendants in the 2004 Madrid train bombing case on October 31, a court spokesperson said Wednesday. The 28 defendants, mostly of Moroccan descent, were charged with 192 counts of murder and upwards of 1,800 counts of attempted murder related to the …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has hired an attorney as the DOJ and the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) continue their investigations into allegations that Gonzales may have perjured himself before Congress. Gonzales hired former DOJ second-in-command George Terwilliger of the Washington, D.C. firm White & Case …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US government should investigate and, if necessary, prosecute private contractors for killing Iraqis without cause, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a report released Thursday. The UNAMI report warns the US that employing private contractors to provide security in high-tension areas impermissably blurs the distinction between civilians and military combatants relied upon by …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A federal judge on Wednesday granted a temporary restraining order sought by two environmental advocacy groups to enjoin the Bureau of Land Management from building a 1.5 mile US-Mexico border fence over the San Pedro river until an appropriate environmental impact assessment is completed. US District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the US District Court for the District of …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Illinois pharmacists who morally object to dispensing Plan B, the "morning-after" pill, will be permitted to refuse to fill prescriptions for the drug but must work with another pharmacist by phone to dispense the contraceptive, under a settlement submitted to an Illinois legislative panel on Thursday. Pharmacists sued the state in 2005 after Governor Rod Blagojevich passed a rule …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The US House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on Wednesday voted to advance the RESTORE Act of 2007 ("Responsible Electronic Surveillance That is Overseen, Reviewed and Effective Act of 2007"), introduced by House democrats on Tuesday, with several minor changes. The RESTORE Act would replace the temporary Protect America Act, …

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