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Legal news from Thursday, November 22, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

Commonwealth foreign ministers meeting in Uganda announced Thursday that they had agreed to suspend Pakistan from the group of 53 nations "pending the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in that country." A statement issued by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) said that despite progress in Pakistan since President Pervez Musharraf …

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by Leslie Schulman

The Supreme Court of Chile on Wednesday upheld an appeals court decision to drop embezzlement charges brought against the widow and five sons of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The six were originally indicted along with 17 others on October …

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by Leslie Schulman

The UN General Assembly Third Committee Wednesday approved a draft resolution imploring the government of Belarus to uphold its "obligation to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to fulfil international obligations." The draft expressed concern about ongoing human rights violations in Belarus, including the continued detention and harassment …

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by Leslie Schulman

Abdelhaleem Ashqar, a former associate professor of business at Howard University in Washington DC who was one of three men indicted in 2004 by a US federal grand jury on charges of engaging in a 15-year conspiracy of providing funds to Hamas, was sentenced Wednesday to eleven years in prison for his refusal to …

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by Dennis Zawacki II

The bankruptcy administrator for the embattled Russian oil company Yukos announced Thursday that the company no longer legally exists. The Moscow Arbitration Court completed Yukos' liquidation this month and removed it as a legal entity Wednesday. Once Russia's largest oil company, Yukos was forced to declare bankruptcy in August 2006 when it …

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by Dennis Zawacki II

The reconstituted Supreme Court of Pakistan Thursday dismissed the final outstanding legal challenge to General Pervez Musharraf's October legislative re-election to the post of president of Pakistan. Rival candidate Zahoor Mehdi had argued that the Pakistan election commission should not have denied Mehdi a slot on the October ballot. The Supreme Court ruled that Mehdi's …

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