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Legal news from Sunday, February 17, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Human Rights Watch on Sunday called on Kenya's political leaders to enact reforms that would hold both recent and past human rights violators accountable for their actions in order to ensure lasting stability in the country. HRW's statement praised efforts by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to broker a deal between ruling and opposition …

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by Benjamin Klein

The Assembly of Kosovo on Sunday declared the disputed territory independent from Serbia, formally marking the erstwhile Serbian province's bid to become "an independent, democratic and sovereign state." Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci, President Fatmir Sejdiu and members of parliament overwhelmingly approved …

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by Devin Montgomery

South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak was questioned Sunday by a special prosecutor's team regarding his alleged involvement in a 2001 stock manipulation scheme involving a former business partner and the investment firm BBK. Lee, former mayor of Seoul, had previously been cleared of the allegations, but the Constituional Court of Korea …

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by Eric Firkel

Paul Rester, chief military interrogator at Guantanamo Bay and director of the Joint Intelligence Group, said in an interview with AP published Saturday that most of the intelligence obtained from detainees at the prison has come through non-coercive questioning and "rapport building," not harsh interrogation methods like waterboarding which have featured heavily in …

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by Eric Firkel

Spanish officials said Saturday the remaining members of Basque separatist group ETA allegedly involved in the December 2006 Madrid airport bombing were arrested Friday in France. The suspects, Mikel San Sebastian and Joseba Iturbide, were reportedly members of the Elurra commando, one of the most active factions of the armed Basque separatist …

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