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Legal news from Friday, December 7, 2007
by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistani Attorney General Malik Qayyum told Geo-TV Friday that emergency rule in Pakistan would be lifted and the country's constitution restored on December 15, one day earlier than the date set last week by President Pervez Musharraf in a televised address after being sworn into office for a third term. Qayyum said that two …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Four of the five UK residents being detained at Guantanamo Bay are scheduled to be released, the BBC reported Friday. Jordanian Jamil el Banna, Libyan Omar Deghayes and Algerian Abdennour Sameur will return to the UK, while Saudi Arabian Shaker Abdur-Raheem Aamer will return to his native country. A fifth detainee, Ethiopian Binyam Mohammed al Habashi, …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Rhode Island Supreme Court Friday ruled that a lesbian couple legally married in Massachusetts does not have the right to divorce in Rhode Island because Rhode Island does not explicitly recognize same-sex marriage. In Chambers v. Ormiston, Rhode Island residents Cassandra Ormiston and Margaret Chambers sought to …

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by Nick Fiske

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Friday sentenced Francois Karera to life imprisonment for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Karera, the former prefect of Kigali-Rural, was found guilty on three of four genocide and crimes against humanity counts brought against him, but was acquitted of complicity to commit genocide. In determining …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US State Department officials Friday announced the resignation of State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, following a long controversy over allegations that he obstructed inquiries that could harm the Bush administration. Last month, Krongard testified before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and denied allegations that he politicized the Inspector …

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by Nick Fiske

US Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter to US Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday, asking that the US Department of Justice launch an investigation into whether the CIA's destruction of videotaped recordings of two terror suspects in 2002 could be considered obstruction of justice. Existence of the videotapes was verified in November after …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former interim Liberian President Gyude Bryant was arrested Friday after he failed to appear in court on charges of corruption this week. Bryant was charged in February with embezzling $1.3 million during his tenure from October 2003 until January 2006. The indictment was based on an audit conducted by the Economic Community of West African …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in six cases Friday afternoon, including the consolidated cases of Munaf v. Geren (06-1666) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and Geren v. Omar (07-394), where the Court will decide whether US citizens held by US forces in Iraq can challenge their detention and seek to …

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by Michael Sung

The Austrian Parliament passed legislation setting a complete ban on cluster munitions Thursday, and making a disarmament goal to destroy Austria's stockpile of approximately 10,000 devices over three years. Austria is the second country to ban cluster munitions. In 2006, Belgium banned the manufacture and use of cluster munitions and criminalized …

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by Michael Sung

A legal challenge has been filed to the eligibility of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto as a candidate in the upcoming January parliamentary election, an Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) official said Friday. The challenge, filed by a Bhutto rival from President Pervez Musharraf's Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), says that …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Samani Al-Wasilla on Thursday dismissed as politically motivated the latest report from the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) condemning Sudan for failing to arrest crimes against humanity suspects wanted by the ICC and accusing the Sudanese government of continuing to commit crimes in Darfur. …

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by Michael Sung

The US Department of Homeland Security fails to provide adequate medical care to HIV-positive immigration detainees, according to a report issued Friday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). HRW said DHS policies do not meet international and domestic standards of care, and that the DHS consistently fails to enforce its own minimum standards. …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Japanese officials executed three death row inmates Friday and publicly disclosed their identities for the first time under a new policy that the Justice Ministry of Japan says is designed to increase understanding about the death penalty. Previously only the number of prisoners executed and the time of their execution was made publicly available, but victims' families …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross have visited for the first time with detainees held in Iraqi prisons, according to a statement from the ICRC Thursday. ICRC spokesperson Dorothea Krimitsas said that ICRC monitors met with some of the 1,700 detainees held at Fort Suse, an Iraqi-controlled prison in northern Iraq. The …

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by Nick Fiske

CIA Director Michael Hayden sent a memo to CIA employees Thursday saying that the agency videotaped the interrogations of two terror suspects in 2002, but that the tapes were destroyed in 2005 amid concerns that they could be leaked to the public and compromise the identities of the interrogators. The videotapes were used as an internal check …

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