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Legal news from Monday, October 22, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) plan to subject former Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks to a control order that would restrict his movements and communications as well as require him to check in with police once every year, according to Monday reports. Hicks said in May that he does not plan …

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by Howard Kline

US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Monday utilized his power under the Real ID Act to circumvent a federal district court decision handed down last week that on environmental grounds ordered the delay of fence construction along part of the Arizona-Mexico border. Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the US District …

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by Leslie Schulman

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour Monday chided the Canadian government for not doing enough to maintain Canada's reputation in the global community as an advocate for human rights. Arbour, a former Canadian Supreme Court justice, said at a diversity conference in Ottawa that her country's longstanding commitment to the protection and …

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by Leslie Schulman

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Monday upheld a 1999 conviction of French author Mathieu Lindon for defamation. In his book "The Trial of Jean-Marie Le Pen," Lindon suggested that France's far-right National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen bore responsibility for two 1995 murders committed by …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Myanmar agreed Monday to accept a visit by UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Paulo Sergio Pinheiro ahead of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit meetings next month. Pinheiro has been blocked from visiting Myanmar since 2003. The announcement came as UN special envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari, continued his tour of …

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by Howard Kline

The Canadian government Monday introduced a new security certificates bill in the House of Commons in response to a February Supreme Court decision that gave it one year to re-write existing law or have that voided as unconstitutional. Security certificates allow the Canadian government to order the detention and deportation of foreign …

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by Leslie Schulman

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will not open a formal investigation into allegations that computer chip maker Intel offered unfair discounts to convince computer makers to buy its products over those made by rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), according to the New York Times Monday, citing unnamed officials and lawyers involved in the matter. …

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by Leslie Schulman

Former Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) warlord Germain Katanga made an anticipated appearance in the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague Monday. Katanga, only the second criminal defendant to appear before the tribunal so far, is accused of ordering fighters under his command to "wipe out" …

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by Leslie Schulman

Russian prosecutors will push for a nine-year prison sentence for exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky in connection with charges that he embezzled millions from the Russian national airline Aeroflot, a lawyer appointed to Berezovsky's case said Monday. Berezovsky, who has been residing in the UK since 2001 as a political refugee and …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers argued in documents filed with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Friday that the court does not have jurisdiction to hear an appeal from the US Court of Military Commission Review (CMCR) by Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr. The DOJ argued that under the …

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by Brett Murphy

A Dallas federal judge declared a mistrial Monday on nearly all 197 counts in a controversial case against the Islamic Holy Land Foundation charity and five of its leaders. Judge A. Joe Fish took the step after three jurors insisted that the verdicts of acquittal [verdict for HLF chairman Mohammad El-Mazain, PDF] read by …

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by Brett Murphy

A Supreme Court of Pakistan justice said at a hearing Monday on the results of the recent presidential election ostensibly re-electing President Pervez Musharraf that the spectre of martial law continues "haunting" the country, despite efforts to move past the issue. Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday said that the court has been unable to forget official threats, although Justice …

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by Brett Murphy

Reversing the US Supreme Court's abortion decision in Roe v. Wade would not prevent wealthy women from getting abortions, but would have a "devastating" effect on underprivileged females, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in a Sunday speech at an Atlanta synagogue. Ginsburg said that upper- and middle-class women who can afford to travel …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Microsoft will take the necessary steps to comply with a 2004 European Commission (EC) antitrust ruling against it, the EC announced Monday. The software company has agreed to allow open source software developers to access and use interoperability information, reduce the royalties for a worldwide license, and make agreements between third …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Russia will create an organization to track and monitor human rights abuses in Europe and the US, according to Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer on Russia's new Public Chamber, an ombudsman-like body established two years ago at the urging of Russian President Vladimir Putin to analyze draft legislation and serve as a watchdog on federal and …

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by Katerina Ossenova

UK Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor Jack Straw favors televising proceedings of the UK Supreme Court, the Times reported Monday. The new top court, created by the Constitutional Reform Act of 2005, is expected to open in October 2009 and would technically replace the judicial panel of the House of Lords …

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by Jaime Jansen

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Monday to "take legal action" against 400 companies that allegedly supplied chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein during the 1980-1988 Iraqi war with Iran. Mottaki said that action against the companies involved in supplying chemical weapons to Hussein …

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by Jaime Jansen

Taiwanese lawmaker Gao Jyh-peng of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led by beleaguered Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian was indicted Monday on graft charges. Prosecutors allege that Gao, a close acquaintance of Chen, accepted $15,300 worth of New Taiwan dollars to help a company rent state-owned land. Gao disclaimed any involvement in the …

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