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Legal news from Saturday, November 10, 2007
by Devin Montgomery

Women's rights activist Delaram Ali is to begin a sentence of 34 months in prison and 10 lashes Saturday, despite leniency pleas from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Change for Equality. Ali was sentenced for her part in a 2006 demonstration, where she and other activists protested Iranian …

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by Patrick Porter

Malaysian police Saturday fired tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators participating in an unauthorised election reform rally held by the electoral rights group Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) in the face of official warnings. BERSIH said 23 people were arrested. Marchers managed to reach the National Palace of Malaysia, where they …

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by Howard Kline

New Jersey Assembly speaker Joseph Roberts, Jr. said Friday that the State Assembly will vote Dec. 13 on a proposal to abolish the death penalty. If the vote passes, New Jersey would be the first state to abolish capital punishment since it was reinstated nationally in 1976. The proposal is …

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by Nick Fiske

The Saudi Arabian government said Saturday that 14 Saudi detainees have returned home following their transfers from Guantanamo Bay. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz said that the ex-detainees would be referred to Saudi courts, but it was unclear what charges, if any, that they would face.The …

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by Nick Fiske

Police blocked former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto from visiting deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry Saturday, despite orders issued Friday lifting her house arrest and allowing her to freely move about the country. Bhutto used a megaphone to chant "He is the chief justice, he is the real chief justice," as …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Nineteen lawmakers in the US House of Representatives have introduced a resolution to support Taiwan's bid for UN membership. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) introduced the bill at a Thursday meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, despite opposition by the Bush administration to a recent push by Taiwanese President Chen …

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