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Legal news from Friday, January 11, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa will charge Jackie Selebi, chief of the South African Police Services (SAPS) and President of INTERPOL, with corruption and defeating the course of justice, a NPA spokesman said Friday. Selebi's charges relate to payments he received from a his friend Glenn Agliotti [Mail …

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by Eric Firkel

Russian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into a survivor organization formed after the 2004 Beslan school siege, according to the organization's chairwoman, quoted by AP Friday. The Voice of Beslan, is accused of extremist activity. Prosecutors point to a 2005 Voice of Beslan statement criticizing Russian President …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Supreme Court on Friday granted certiorari in four cases, including Davis v. Federal Election Commission (07-320), in which the Court will consider whether the so-called millionaire's amendment, part of a 2002 campaign finance law that allows political candidates to accept larger contributions from supporters if an …

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by Eric Firkel

A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts Friday convicted three former leaders of defunct Muslim charity Care International Inc. (not to be confused with CARE) were convicted Friday of illegally obtaining tax-exempt status by hiding the group's pro-jihad activities. Care International Inc. purported to help war orphans, widows, and …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Seventy-one people were arrested at the US Supreme Court Friday during a protest calling for the closing of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Protesters were arrested inside and outside the building and charged with violating an ordinance that bars demonstrations of any kind on court grounds. The court building had to …

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by Josh Camson

The ACLU of Michigan filed a federal suit Friday challenging a Michigan election law that limits access to information on presidential primary voters to the Democratic and Republican parties. The complaint alleges that Section 615c of the Michigan Election Law is unconstitutional because it excludes other smaller parties, as well as individuals, citizen …

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by Josh Camson

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that four former Guantanamo Bay detainees do not have the right to sue high-ranking government officials for alleged torture and infringement of religious practice during their captivity. UK citizens Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal, Rhuhel Ahmed and Jamal Al-Harith filed the lawsuit …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Friday issued a final rule establishing new minimum standards for state-issued identification cards under the Real ID Act. DHS will phase in the heightened requirements between 2011 and 2017. Opponents of the Real ID Act have expressed privacy and civil …

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by Jaime Jansen

Kenya's main opposition party, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Friday called for three days of protests over the disputed re-election of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki. More than 500 people have already died in violent demonstrations since Kibaki's re-election at the end of December. A spokesman for ODM said that the call for rallies …

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by Jaime Jansen

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks wants the US to close the Cuba-based detention center, Hicks' father told a rally in Australia Friday. Hicks fears that the remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay will be held indefinitely without charge and without due process, according to statements made by his father at the rally marking …

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by Jaime Jansen

Japan's parliament approved new anti-terror legislation Friday that will grant an extension to a Japanese refueling mission in the Indian Ocean. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), led by Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, used its two-thirds majority in the parliament's lower house to override Friday's earlier rejection of the bill in the …

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by Jaime Jansen

US Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, whose conviction relating to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal was thrown out earlier this week, told AP Thursday that the investigation into the scandal did not adequately scrutinize those involved. Jordan was the only commissioned officer charged in connection with the …

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