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Legal news from Sunday, January 13, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Chief of the South African Police Services Jackie Selebi resigned as president of INTERPOL on Sunday, in the wake of news that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa would be filing charges of corruption against him. In his brief letter of resignation, Selebi wrote that he did …

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by Benjamin Klein

Croatian lawmaker Branimir Glavas, charged with committing war crimes against Serbs during the 1991 Serbo-Croatian war, was stripped of his parliamentary immunity on Saturday so that lawyers could proceed with his prosecution. Glavas, formerly a prominent member of the ruling Croatian Democratic Union, was released from jail on Friday when …

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by Eric Firkel

Ousted Pakistani Supreme Court Justice Rana Bhagwandas was placed under house arrest Saturday for urging members of the Karachi Bar Association to boycott judges who had taken oaths of office under President Pervez Musharraf's now-abrogated Provisional Constitutional Order following his November 3 declaration of emergency rule. It was the second time Bhagwandas had …

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by Eric Firkel

Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was formally charged with extortion in Dhaka on Sunday. Hasina and co-defendant Sheikh Selim, a former Minister of Government, are accused of extorting around $1.16 million from two businessmen while in office. Reuters cited court officials as saying that her trial will begin January 17, and that a …

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by Josh Camson

US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said in an article published in the New Yorker Sunday that waterboarding, the controversial interrogation technique simulating drowning allegedly used against detainees by the CIA, was torture as far as he was concerned. The question of whether waterboarding is in fact illegal torture dogged now-Attorney …

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