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Legal news from Friday, January 25, 2008
by Eric Firkel

A senior Spanish official said Friday that Spanish authorities have initiated legal proceedings to ban two Basque political parties for ties to ETA, the armed Basque separatist movement. Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said the government has evidence that both the Basque Nationalist Action …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Vidoje Blagojevic, former commander of the Bratunac Brigade of the Bosnian Serb Army, was transferred to Norway Friday to serve the remainder of his 15-year sentence for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in 2005 sentenced …

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by Patrick Porter

US Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday that he does not plan to appoint a special counsel to investigate allegations that the US Central Intelligence Agency ordered the destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects, despite requests by some in Congress. At a press briefing, Mukasey said the investigation was opened merely …

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by Patrick Porter

Slovenian Interior Minister Dragutin Mate said Friday that a European Union plan to archive and exchange air passenger data had general support among EU ministers and could take effect as early as 2009. Interior ministers from EU member countries discussed the Passenger Name Record (PNR) plan at a Friday conference in Slovenia, the current holder …

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by Patrick Porter

Pakistani lawyers demonstrated in Islamabad Thursday to protest the continued detention of ousted Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. The government of Pakistan has kept Chaudhry and several other judges and lawyers under preventative detention since President Musharraf declared emergency rule on November 3. According to a CBC News report, a lawyer …

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by Jeannie Shawl

US District Judge Richard W. Roberts on Thursday ordered the government to submit a report to the court by February 14 detailing why the CIA destroyed videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects, whether other evidence connected to a Guantanamo Bay detainee's lawsuit may have been destroyed, and what steps the government has taken …

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by Lisl Brunner

The Mexican military has committed grave human rights abuses, including the torture, rape and murder of civilians, according to a report from the Mexican National Human Rights Commission submitted to the Mexican National Congress. According to Commission President Jorge Luis Soberanes Fernandez, the military committed these offenses while trying to combat drug-related crime committed by …

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