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Legal news from Friday, February 1, 2008
by Eric Firkel

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Friday called for Saudi Arabia to abolish laws that give men complete guardianship over women. Under current Saudi law, women have few or no rights as regards marriage, divorce, child custody, and property ownership. The committee also urged Saudi Arabia to outlaw polygamy, which …

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by Patrick Porter

Suspended South Africa police commissioner and former INTERPOL president Jackie Selebi was provisionally charged Friday in a South African regional court with three counts of corruption and one count of defeating the ends of justice. A spokesperson for South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) told BBC News that the charges …

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by Patrick Porter

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Friday that it will not reconsider its July 2007 decision that federal appeals courts reviewing the "enemy combatant" designation of Guantanamo Bay detainees must review all evidence regarding that detainee. In the July decision, the appeals court rejected …

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by Eric Firkel

The Constitutional Court of Romania Thursday ruled that parts of the law creating the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives (CNSAS) are unconstitutional. Head of the Supreme Council of Magistrates Linda Barbulescu said that the court's ruling effectively strikes down all previous findings by the CNSAS, the …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that Turkey violated the human rights of two men when police subjected them to inhuman and degrading treatment and then failed to properly investigate their allegations of abuse. In Donmus and Kaplan v. Turkey, two plaintiffs said they were physically tortured while …

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by Jaime Jansen

Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan Friday called for the resignation of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after being freed from house arrest late Thursday. Ahsan was detained in a security sweep after Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule; he was held for a time in Rawalpindi’s Adiala …

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by Patrick Porter

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Thursday upheld a district court's dismissal of a lawsuit against a Massachusetts town that allows its public school system to teach children about same-sex marriage. The appeals court held that "Public schools are not obliged to shield individual students from …

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by Jaime Jansen

The UK military is investigating allegations surrounding the 2004 deaths of 22 Iraqi detainees who may have been in UK custody and the alleged torture of nine other detainees, officials said Thursday after a court-imposed gag order on the probe was lifted. The investigation concerns a 2004 clash between insurgents and a British convoy in Majar al Kabir [Guardian …

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by Jaime Jansen

Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black lost his bid Thursday to remain free on bail pending the appeal of his July conviction on mail fraud and obstruction of justice charges. In December, Black was sentenced to 78 months in prison and ordered to pay $125,000 and forfeit another …

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by Lisl Brunner

Hundreds of judges and lawyers in El Salvador marched to the Supreme Court of Justice on Thursday to protest challenges that the Attorney General has made to the rulings of four judges. Last week, Attorney General Felix Safie asked the Supreme Court to investigate judges' decisions, which freed prisoners convicted of acts of murder, …

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by Jaime Jansen

Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia has been formally arrested and charged with inciting subversion of state power, his lawyer said Friday. His lawyer said that Hu's father had been allowed to visit Hu in jail recently, marking the first contact Hu has had with his family since he was taken from his home in December in …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US military has charged a Guantanamo Bay detainee with attempted murder and intentionally causing serious bodily harm, the Defense Department said Thursday. Mohammed Jawad, an Afghan national, allegedly threw a grenade at two US soldiers and an interpreter in their vehicle on December 17, 2002 in Kabul. Jawad is the fourth …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Senate Judiciary Committee approved a 29 percent pay raise for all federal judges Thursday by a margin of 10-7. If passed by Congress, the Federal Judicial Salary Restoration Act of 2007 would mark the first significant raise federal judges have received since 1991. The bill stops judicial pay from being set at …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

US District Judge Paul Huck ruled Thursday that former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega will remain in the US until all appeals relating to an extradition request by France have been exhausted. Earlier this month, Huck denied Noriega's request to block his extradition to France, but on Thursday granted the defense's motion to …

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