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Legal news from Monday, December 31, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Doctors at Rawalpindi General Hospital were prevented by police from carrying out an autopsy on former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto following her assassination last week, a hospital lawyer said Monday, according to CNN. Hospital manager Athar Minallah said that police violated Pakistani criminal law by preventing doctors from reaching a full …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

At least 185 people were killed in Kenya as demonstrations against alleged election fraud continued Monday. Protests began Sunday when tens of thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets, accusing Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki of electoral fraud and vote-rigging after Kibaki won a narrow victory in Sunday's presidential election. The controversial vote has …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US President George W. Bush Monday signed a bill intended to pressure Sudan to stop the violence in Darfur by allowing US states and local governments to sever investment links to Sudan without penalty under federal or state law. Under the Sudan Accountability and Divestment Act of 2007, state, county …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich has been ordered to face court-martial on charges of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice in connection to the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha in November 2005, the US Marine Corps said Monday. Wuterich was initially charged …

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by Dennis Zawacki II

The South Korean Ministry of Justice on Monday said that 75 politicians and businessmen would receive amnesty as part of President Roh Moo-hyun's last round of presidential pardons. Among those granted amnesty is former chairman of the Daewoo group Kim Woo-choong, who was convicted last year of embezzlement and account fraud …

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by Dennis Zawacki II

Suspected Afghan terrorist Abdul Razzak died of colorectal cancer Sunday while in US custody at Guantanamo Bay. Razzak had been receiving chemotherapy treatment since October after being diagnosed with cancer and is the first detainee to die of natural causes while being held at Guantanamo. According to the military's statement, "Razzak was assessed to …

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