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Legal news from Monday, January 21, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

Four professors at the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh were acquitted Monday of inciting students during campus protests which caused the interim government to impose a curfew in August 2007. Eleven students were also acquitted for their part in the protests. Four other youths were sentenced in absentia to two years imprisonment. …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Lawyers for the east African state of Djibouti Monday asked the International Court of Justice to allow the country to take over a French murder probe into the death of French judge Bernard Borrel as public hearings in Djibouti v. France began at The Hague. The case was …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The most popular independent television network in Pakistan, Geo-TV, resumed on-air broadcasting Monday after the government lifted a ban imposed during the declaration of emergency rule issued by President Pervez Musharraf in November. The network was allowed to start broadcasting again only after it signed a government code of conduct which included …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Iraqi parliament gave first reading Monday to a draft bill forwarded by the Iraqi cabinet which could allow for the pardon and release of around 5,000 detainees currently held in Iraqi prisons. The bill, approved by the cabinet in December 2007, would exclude prisoners held in US custody and others …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Malaysian lawyer whose 2001 video of a deal over a judicial appointment has sparked accusations and investigations into judicial corruption, claimed Monday he must have been intoxicated when he appeared to be arranging for the appointment of "friendly" senior judges. V.K. Lingam told an official inquiry that he "must have had …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Human Rights Watch Sunday condemned the appointment of a suspected Janjaweed militia leader as an advisor to Sudan's Ministry of Federal Affairs and special advisor to President Omar El Bashir. Musa Hilal is a tribal leader from northern Darfur and is suspected of running one of the 16 known Janjaweed bases. …

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