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Legal news from Sunday, January 27, 2008
by Benjamin Klein

Two former Iranian presidents and an ex-parliamentary speaker said Sunday that they plan to appeal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to overturn a ban prohibiting moderates and reformists in Iran from running in the March 2008 parliamentary election. Former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, a reformist, former President …

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by Devin Montgomery

French authorities on Sunday ordered alleged "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel to be held for an additional 24 hours while police investigate the $73 billion worth of unauthorized trades Kerviel made while working for the French bank Societe Generale. Since news of the fraud - the largest bank fraud in history - broke on Thursday, police …

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by Eric Firkel

Former Indonesian President Haji Mohammed Suharto died Sunday at age 86. Suharto, a former US Cold War ally, presided over what is considered to be one of the most brutal dictatorships of the 20th century with as many as one million political opponents killed during his time in power. Reaction across the country is …

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by Eric Firkel

The Russian Central Election Commission issued a unanimous decision Sunday to ban former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov from running in the March presidential election. The Election Commission found that hundreds of thousands of signatures he had to submit in support of his candidacy were either forged or incorrect. Under Russian law, no more than 5 …

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