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Legal news from Thursday, December 27, 2007
by Caitlin Price

A Russian military court in the North Caucasus region sentenced Russian Interior Force officers Yevgeny Khudyakov and Sergei Arakcheyev to 17 and 15 years in prison respectively Thursday for killing three construction workers during a January 2003 operation in the war-torn region of Chechnya. Khudyakov was sentenced in absentia, his …

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by Caitlin Price

Israeli military officials said Thursday there was a 36 per cent increase in 2007 of investigations of members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for acts of violence committed against Palestinian civilians. The announcement came a week after a report from Israeli human rights group Yesh Din criticized the Israeli government …

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by Caitlin Price

The French Foreign Ministry Thursday formally requested that Chadian authorities transfer six French aid workers to a French prison, one day after the workers were sentenced to eight years of hard labor by a Chadian court for attempting to kidnap 103 African children. The request was made under the 1976 France-Chad Agreement …

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by Leslie Schulman

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a suicide attack Thursday at a rally in Rawalpindi. Bhutto, head of the opposition Pakistan People's Party, was campaigning in the lead-up to January 8 parliamentary elections, where her party is challenging Pakistani Prime Minister Pervez Musharraf's Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q). …

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by Leslie Schulman

Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be arrested if he returns home from self-imposed exile in England, despite his party's success in general election earlier this week, according to Thai officials Thursday. Thaksin and his wife Pojamarn, who have been living in exile since a bloodless military coup ousted him last September, have …

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by Leslie Schulman

Leading legislators from Lebanon's majority party were expected to file a petition in parliament Thursday seeking a constitutional amendment to allow Gen. Michel Suleiman to become president of Lebanon. Under the current Lebanese constitution, the presidency cannot be held by a sitting military commander. Anti-Syrian and pro-Syrian members of Lebanon's parliament have …

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