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Legal news from Tuesday, December 11, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

CIA Director Michael Hayden appeared before the US Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed session Tuesday to testify about the CIA's destruction of videotapes allegedly showing the harsh interrogation of "high value" terror suspects. Panel members noted that major questions still remained following Hayden's testimony, including who actually authorized the tapes' destruction …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) Tuesday ruled against publicly releasing documents regarding the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic surveillance program, finding that the documents deal with national security secrets. In August, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a motion with FISC, asking the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for abuse of authority in the last months of his 1990-2000 rule. Fujimori was convicted of ordering a warrantless search in 2000 on the apartment of the wife of former Peruvian Intelligence Director Vladimiro Montesino. Prosecutors alleged that the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Cuba will sign the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in the first quarter of the coming year, Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque said Monday during an event to mark International Human Rights Day. He also said Cuba would join the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and that …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) Tuesday ruled that labor unions can try to prevent employers from hiring cheaper labor from other EU countries, but limited workers' right to strike. The court found that workers were entitled to strike to protect existing jobs or to preserve existing employment conditions, but that they could not …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Prosecution and defense lawyers said Tuesday that they will be ready to present evidence when the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor resumes in January at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Taylor's trial began in June, but proceedings were postponed to allow Taylor's new defense team [JURIST …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A former Guantanamo detainee who alleges he was tortured when the CIA handed him over to Moroccan interrogators has asked the UK government to ensure that photographic evidence of his torture is preserved, according to Tuesday reports. Ethiopian Binyam Mohamed says that in 2002 US forces "outsourced" his interrogation to Moroccan agents, who tortured him; he was …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The superior courts of Pakistan are facing a massive shortage of judges in the wake of automatic dismissals following President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule, according to Pakistani officials in the country's Law Ministry quoted by Pakistan's News daily Tuesday. While the country's Supreme Court has been staffed with 14 judges so …

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by Jaime Jansen

About one dozen officers on trial in the Philippines in connection with a failed 2003 mutiny apologized to the court Tuesday for an aborted coup attempt against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last month. In a letter provided by their lawyers, the defendants said they walked out of …

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by Jaime Jansen

A retired US CIA agent told ABC News Monday that CIA interrogators have successfully used waterboarding to get crucial information about planned terror attacks, though the agent did say he considered the technique to be torture. Retired agent John Kiriakou, in an ABC News interview [ABC News video; PDF transcript part 1 & part 2], confirmed …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Thailand will pardon as many as 25,000 prisoners in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday, Thai Department of Corrections Director Wanchai Roujanavong told AFP Tuesday. Approximately 25,000 inmates are eligible for pardons and a number of other prisoners will have their sentences reduced, though Wanchai said that a final number has not been …

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by Jeannie Shawl

Lawyers from the CIA's clandestine operations branch, formerly known as the Directorate of Operations, provided written approval for the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects, the New York Times reported Tuesday. According to the Times' source, a former CIA official speaking on the condition of anonymity, discussions about destroying the videotapes lasted close …

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by Jaime Jansen

Portions of the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and its 2004 amendment, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act which make it a crime to help groups considered to be terrorist organizations by the US government are too vague, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Monday. Judge Harry …

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