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Legal news from Saturday, February 23, 2008
by David Frueh

Bosnian Serb lawmakers have backed a resolution calling Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia illegal and threatening to call a referendum on their own possible separation from the amalgamated state of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). The resolution, passed late Thursday by the People's Assembly of Republika Srpska, cautioned that recognition of Kosovo would set an international …

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by Steve Czajkowski

British troops may have tortured and executed up to 20 Iraqi civilians after a 2004 clash between insurgents and a British convoy in Majar al Kabir, according to evidence released Friday by the lawyers of five Iraqi men detained after the battle. The evidence includes testimony from several witnesses, death certificates, and video footage of mutilated bodies. …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

An Iranian official with the country's Supreme National Security Council said Saturday that a potential UN Security Council resolution imposing new sanctions on Iran in connection with its nuclear activities would be "legally and technically baseless," according to the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA). On Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported …

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by Nick Fiske

US Attorney General Michael Mukasey and US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said Friday that some telecommunications companies are circumventing wiretapping orders after the temporary Protect America Act expired last week without an agreement in Congress on replacement legislation, causing intelligence agencies to lose vital information. In a letter to …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba urged the US Friday to adopt preventive measures to stop further crimes by American troops in Japan. The warning comes after a US Marine was arrested last week for allegedly raping a 14 year-old girl on Okinawa, an incident that sparked outrage among the public and Japanese media. …

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