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Legal news from Sunday, October 14, 2007
by Andrew Gilmore

Erik Prince, founder and owner of private security firm Blackwater USA, said Sunday that his company welcomes the ongoing US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation into the killing of 17 Iraqis last month by a Blackwater security detail. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Prince said that he has …

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by Benjamin Klein

Israeli Attorney General Menahem Mazuz Sunday ordered a new criminal investigation into the activities of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert while he was serving as the country's trade minister from 2003-2006. According to a justice ministry statement obtained by AFP, Olmert will face a police investigation over "political appointments and assisting political cronies in different public …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Saturday called on citizens worldwide to "break the silence" and pressure their governments to help apprehend Sudanese war crimes suspects in Darfur for prosecution by the ICC. In an interview with the Canadian Press, Luis Moreno-Ocampo urged foreign governments to take a …

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by Benjamin Klein

The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China has flagged ongoing human rights abuses and the stalled development of the rule of law in China in its latest Annual Report. The Commission, consisting of nine US senators, nine House members and five executive appointees, highlighted two general concerns in its 2007 review submitted Wednesday: 1) Chinese …

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by Eric Firkel

General Yasar Buyukanit, commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, warned Sunday that US-Turkish ties will be permanently damaged if the US House of Representatives passes a resolution labeling as genocide the World War I-era killings of over one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers. The resolution was …

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by Dennis Zawacki II

The US military announced Saturday that a former senior officer at the Camp Cropper detention camp in Iraq will face a Baghdad court-martial beginning Monday on four counts of violating the United States Code of Military Justice. Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, former commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment, is charged with …

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by Josh Camson

Philippine law enforcement officers are reluctant to use the powers allocated them in a new anti-terrorism law due to strict punishments provided for rights violations, according to a government security advisor speaking to AP Sunday. The controversial Human Security Act of 2007 was signed in March by President Gloria Arroyo. It authorizes the …

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