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Legal news from Saturday, November 24, 2007
by Patrick Porter

Former chess champion and liberal United Civil Front leader Garry Kasparov was arrested Saturday at a demonstration in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin, two weeks before parliamentary elections. AP reports that Kasparov was sentenced to five days in jail for organizing an unsanctioned protest. He was also charged with …

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by Patrick Porter

Lawyers across Pakistan's populous Sindh province went on strike Friday to protest President Pervez Musharraf's emergency rule. Lawyers observed a strike call from the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) at the Sindh High Court in Karachi, causing cases to be rescheduled. Sindh lawyers had previously engaged in a token one-hour boycott of lower courts. Pakistan's News …

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by Patrick Porter

The UN Committee against Torture said Friday it was concerned about ill-treatment and torture of detainees by Uzbekistan law enforcement officials. The committee issued a report concluding a three-week meeting in Geneva where it reviewed the compliance of six countries with the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak was charged Friday with fraud and attempting to embezzle $43.3 million in state funds, according to his lawyer. After an initial investigation the Russian Prosecutor General's Office accused Storchak of working with Sodexim head Viktor Zakharov and Interregional Investment Bank chairman Vadim Volkov …

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by Steve Czajkowski

French prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin has dismissed a war crimes claim against former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld alleging that Rumsfeld authorized US personnel to torture prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, according to a lawyer for the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) on Friday. The complaint was …

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