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Legal news from Monday, November 26, 2007
by Kiely Lewandowski

The Philippines armed forces have followed a "deliberate strategy" of killing left-wing activists, according to a report Monday by UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston. According to the summary of Alston's report:Many in the Government have concluded that numerous civil society organizations are "fronts" for the Communist …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Senegalese prosecutors will begin an investigation into former Chadian president Hissene Habre within months so that Habre can face trial for alleged torture and mass killings in Senegal in the 1980s, victims' lawyers said Monday. Senegalese officials said earlier this year that Habre's trial would probably not begin for another three years …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in LaRue v. DeWolff, Boberg & Associates, 06-856, a case where the Court considered whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) allows an employee to sue for losses incurred when administrators of his retirement plan ignore his …

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by Michael Sung

Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Monday pushed for a life sentence for Father Athanase Seromba, arguing that Seromba's 15 year prison sentence for committing genocide and extermination during the 1994 mass killings of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda was too lenient. Seromba, who was …

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by Michael Sung

A Russian court ruled against former chess champion and liberal United Civil Front leader Garry Kasparov Monday, denying Kasparov's appeal and ordering him to serve a five day jail sentence for organizing an unsanctioned protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin and resisting arrest. Kasparov says he complied …

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by Michael Sung

Human rights groups Amnesty International and JUSTICE Monday argued against the UK government's proposal to extend the pre-charge detention period of suspected terrorists from 28 days to 56 days, saying separately that the extended detention is neither merited by the circumstances nor in keeping with the principals of liberal democracy. Amnesty issued "Ten good reasons why extending …

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by Brett Murphy

Croatian lawmaker Branimir Glavas, charged with committing war crimes against Serbs during the 1991 Serbo-Croatian war, was re-elected to the Croatian parliament in Sunday's legislative elections, according to election results released Monday. Glavas was indicted in April along with six others on charges of war crimes committed in Osijek, including …

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by Brett Murphy

Some 8,000 Kenyans have been killed over the last five years as a result of a police crackdown on the outlawed Mungiki sect, according to the Oscar Foundation Free Legal Aid Clinic-Kenya (OFFLACK). In a report issued over the weekend, OFFLACK said:The Oscar Foundation has documented eight thousand and forty (8,040) cases of death by …

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by Brett Murphy

Iraqi Kurdish and Shiite lawmakers on Monday criticized the delay in the executions of Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in Western media as "Chemical Ali," and two others, all of whom are currently being held by the US military until a legal debate on the executions is resolved. Several legal and procedural requirements for …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Philippine House of Representatives Monday defeated an impeachment bid against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for alleged bribery, graft, corruption, and human rights abuses. The impeachment petition, filed by opposition lawmakers earlier this month, needed approval of one-third of the House before the Philippines Senate could initiate a trial. However, 184 …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday urged the government of Pakistan to return to the rule of law and restore democracy in the country, now under emergency rule. At a press conference a day after his return from a seven-year exile in Saudi Arabia, Sharif also called for …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Bangladesh Supreme Court Monday ordered a stay of the bail granted to former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed, who has been charged by Bangladesh's anti-corruption commission with corruption, and most recently, bribery. A lower court had granted Hasina bail on November 4 while also staying the case proceedings; the …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Munir Malik, a former president of Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) who was taken into custody by police in the wake of President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency, was reported to be in critical condition in hospital Monday after his detention order was lifted. On Sunday Malik was transferred from …

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by Jaime Jansen

Xiao Yang, chief justice of China's Supreme People's Court has said that court reforms over the last 10 years have achieved judicial efficiency and improved the quality of trials and rulings in China, the China Daily reported Monday. Xiao noted that judicial committees, the highest decision-making bodies at each level of …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Pakistani government said Sunday that all of the Supreme Court of Pakistan judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf when he declared emergency rule in early November must vacate their government-provided accommodations by Friday and return to their own homes. Previously, the Interior Ministry had said the deposed judges were welcome to stay in their …

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by Jaime Jansen

Former Canadian Chief Justice Antonio Lamer, 74, passed away on Saturday of natural causes, the Globe & Mail reported Sunday. Lamer led the Supreme Court of Canada from 1990-2000, and served on the high court for a total of two decades. On the bench, Lamer vigorously promoted the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms, …

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