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Legal news from Saturday, January 26, 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

A Sudanese aid worker formerly held at Guantanamo Bay was among a group of ex-prisoners that demanded money and an apology from the US government Saturday for physical and mental torture they say they were subjected to at the prison. Adil Hassan Hamad, freed last December, told a conference in Khartoum that he and …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Jerome Kerviel, a former trader at the French bank Societe Generale, turned himself in to French police Saturday in connection with an investigation of what caused the bank to lose more than $7 billion. Kerviel has been accused of carrying out a scheme which amounted to the largest bank fraud in history. Societe Generale, where Kerviel worked …

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by Nick Fiske

Afghan Ambassador to Canada Omar Samad said Friday that his country still considers its agreement with Canada regarding the transfer of detainees to be in effect and is working closely with NATO forces to ensure the safety of prisoners in Afghan custody. The statement comes two days after reports surfaced that Canada had ceased turning …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Suspected Russian crime lord Semyon Y. Mogilevich has been arrested in Moscow on tax evasion charges, Russian officials said Friday. Mogilevich was arrested late Wednesday and a court approved his arrest on Thursday. Mogilevich is also wanted in the US on unrelated charges for allegedly manipulating the stock of the billion dollar Pennsylvania corporation YBM Magnex International. …

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by Nick Fiske

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed concern Saturday about "gross and systematic abuses of human rights" taking place in Kenya in the wake of last month's disputed presidential election. Annan is in the country to help mediate the conflict between Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and opposition candidate Raila Odinga. Annan acknowledged …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The military government of Myanmar continues to arrest political dissidents despite assurances given by Prime Minister Thein Sein in November that the arrests had stopped and no more would take place, Amnesty International reported Friday. There have been 96 arrests since November and at least 700 of those arrested during September protests and …

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