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Legal news from Wednesday, December 26, 2007
by Eric Firkel

Six French aid workers were sentenced to eight years of hard labor Wednesday after being convicted in a Chadian court for attempting to kidnap 103 African children. The six, affiliated with the Zoe's Ark charity, claimed that they were attempting to airlift orphaned children from the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur to …

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by Eric Firkel

Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor Vladmir Vukcevic said Wednesday that fugitive Bosnian Serb leader Ratko Mladic is in Serbia, and that authorities are closing in on him. Vukevic's comments are the first acknowledgement by a Serbian official that Mladic is hiding in the country, although that has been widely suspected. Vukcevic said that Serbian authorities …

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by Howard Kline

The Russian Supreme Court has overruled a lower court decision that had held that a new investigation into the activities of Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his partner Platon Lebedev was illegal. The Supreme Court decision permits Russian prosecutors to press ahead with …

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by Howard Kline

Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina went on trial on one of two alleged extortion charges in a Dhaka courtroom Wednesday, according to a court official cited by Reuters. Sheikh Selim, a former Minister of Government, also appeared on similar charges. Hasina is accused of extorting around $1.16 million from two businessmen. In October, she …

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by Howard Kline

The Iraqi cabinet passed a draft law on Wednesday that would grant a general pardon to "innocent" detainees held in Iraqi and US prisons in the country, according to an Iraqi official speaking to AFP Wednesday. Currently, there are more than 26,000 detainees held in US-run Camp Cropper and Camp Bucca and some 24,000 more held in facilities run …

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