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Legal news from Monday, November 19, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US military will recommend that an Associated Press (AP) photographer accused of collaborating with Iraqi insurgents be charged in Iraqi courts, a Department of Defense spokesperson said Monday. AP photographer Bilal Hussein has been in US military custody since April 2006, detained for allegedly possessing equipment to construct roadside bombs. Pentagon press secretary Geoff …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George proposed a constitutional amendment Monday designed to expedite death penalty appeals by shifting the locus of review from the state supreme court to state appeals courts. The California Supreme Court currently has the authority to transfer any matter to the appellate courts, excepting appeals from judgments …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has registered to run for a third term in office, despite an amendment to the Uzbek constitution limiting presidents to two consecutive terms. Karimov accepted a nomination to run for president earlier this month, but has given no official explanation for how his decision comports with the constitution. The election …

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by Howard Kline

Indonesian prosecutors Monday went to court in a civil lawsuit against Tommy Suharto, the youngest son of former President Haji Mohammed Suharto, in order to recover an alleged $55 million in losses related to a land exchange scam from the mid-1990s. After failing to reach a settlement in the suit …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Taiwanese Vice President Annette Lu pleaded not guilty Monday as her trial on corruption and forgery charges began in Taipei. The charges against Lu stem from allegations that she claimed 5.6 million Taiwan dollars in special expenses using more than 1,000 false receipts from December 2000 to May 2006 in her capacity as vice president. …

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by Michael Sung

An Italian court Monday dismissed false accounting charges against former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, ruling that the statute of limitations had expired. Prosecutors alleged that Berlusconi's broadcasting company, Mediaset, incorrectly reported its costs in purchasing television rights to US films in a ploy to avoid paying higher …

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by Michael Sung

Former Iraqi Deputy Health Minister Hakim al-Zamili and Brigadier General Hameed al-Shimmari will go to trial within days for allegedly channeling millions in government money to the Mehdi Army militia, Iraqi chief prosecutor Ghadanfar Mahmoud told AP Monday. The two high-level officials also allegedly allowed Shiite death squads to use Health Ministry facilities and ambulances to target …

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by Michael Sung

Almost eight percent more hate crimes were reported in 2006 than the previous year, according to the 2006 Hate Crime Statistics released by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Monday. Participating local law enforcement agencies reported a total of 7,722 incidents in 2006, up from 7,163 reported incidents in 2005. The report listed …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistani authorities in Lahore and Balochistan Monday ordered the release of a number of lawyers arrested earlier this month for protesting President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule. In Lahore, an anti-terrorism court judge granted bail to 42 lawyers held in various jails, according to a report by the Associated Press of Pakistan. A legal …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Israeli cabinet on Monday approved the release of 441 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture of good will toward Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in preparation for a US-sponsored peace conference, scheduled to begin at the end of the month. The release approved fell short of the demand for the release of 2,000 prisoners …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Sapporo District Court in Japan dismissed a lawsuit Monday filed by 33 people who claimed that the deployment of Japanese troops in Iraq was unconstitutional. According to the Kyodo news agency, the group, which included the late former Deputy Minister of Defense Noboru Minowa, requested that Japan end its mission in Iraq and compensate each …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus has agreed to pay $50 million to settle more than 100 claims of sexual abuse by its Jesuit priests in Alaska. The claims involved 13 or 14 priests and spanned nearly 30 years. As part of the settlement, which has not yet received final approval, the Roman Catholic religious …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Monday arrested former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan following his release from a hospital. Khieu Samphan, who suffered a stroke last week, will appear before investigating judges later Monday to determine what charges he will face. Khieu Samphan …

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by Jaime Jansen

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has sentenced former Rwandan mayor Juvenal Rugambarara to 11 years in prison. Rugambarara pleaded guilty in July to a single count of extermination, a crime against humanity, as part of a plea deal that eliminated eight other charges including genocide, torture and rape. The …

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by Jaime Jansen

The reconstituted Pakistan Supreme Court Monday dismissed five out of six challenges to the October re-election of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf while still serving as chief of Pakistan's army. The court will hear the sixth petition later this week. Among the rejected petitions was that of former Chief Justice Wajihuddin …

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