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Legal news from Tuesday, January 1, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

The Iraqi government sent a draft bill to the speaker of Iraq's parliament Tuesday which could allow for the pardon and release of around 5,000 detainees currently held in Iraqi prisons. The bill, approved by the Iraqi cabinet last week, would exclude prisoners held in US custody and others who are imprisoned for a …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has signed a decree granting amnesty to anyone involved in an aborted 2002 coup against him, as well as other attempts to assassinate him or overthrow the government, Chavez said in a Monday phone call to state television. The law would grant amnesty to anyone who signed a …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A US federal appeals court on Monday temporarily blocked the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha to his home country of Algeria while it considers Belbacha's request for a permanent bar against the transfer. Belbacha has been cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay, but he argues that he will be tortured and perhaps …

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