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Legal news from Friday, November 23, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

Lebanon slid into constitutional crisis Friday as pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud purported to declare a "state of emergency" and hand security responsibility to the army in a vaguely worded statement issued just before leaving office midnight at the end of his term without an elected successor in place. Earlier Friday, anti-Syrian and pro-Syrian factions in Lebanon's parliament …

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by Patrick Porter

Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf Friday denounced the UK government's latest proposal to extend beyond 28 days the time that terror suspects can be held without charge, supporting positions taken by other current and former top legal officials earlier in the week. On Wednesday current Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald and former Attorney …

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by Patrick Porter

An International Criminal Court prosecutor said Thursday that the court would not withdraw controversial indictments against leaders of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Alluding to a call for a review of the charges by the Ugandan government, ICC Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda was quoted by AFP as saying that "this …

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by Patrick Porter

UN Special Rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak Friday called on the government of Indonesia to step up efforts at stopping ill-treatment and torture of individuals under police detention. Nowak concluded a two-week visit to the country where he toured various correctional facilities, meeting with government officials and NGOs to make recommendations regarding the legal …

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by Eric Firkel

Courthouses in the northern Indian cities of Lucknow, Varanasi, and Faizabad were hit Friday with bombings that killed at least 13 lawyers and injured over 50 other people. The blasts occurred in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where lawyers decided earlier this year not to defend terrorist suspects. Indian authorities say they suspect militant …

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by Eric Firkel

The Supreme Court of Pakistan Friday upheld President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) and accompanying proclamation of emergency. The seven member bench of the court ruling on the issue - made up entirely of judges named to their posts after the emergency decree - additionally condemned the "judicial activism" of the …

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by Eric Firkel

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour Thursday urged Pakistan to reinstate all of the judges dismissed under President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule before parliamentary elections slated for January. In Dublin to attend a human rights conference, Arbour told reporters that it is not enough to hold free and fair elections lest …

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