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Legal news from Saturday, March 1, 2008
by David Frueh

Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic has said that Serbia plans to ask the International Court of Justice to determine whether the Kosovo's recent declaration of independence "represents a violation of international law." Jeremic's comments came following a Thursday meeting of Balkan foreign ministers in Sofia. Meanwhile Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostiunica …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Armenia President Robert Kocharian declared a state of emergency Saturday, as police forced approximately 15,000 demonstrators to disperse from the capital city of Yerevan. The protests are the result of the contested February 19 presidential election in which Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan, a Kocharian ally, was declared the winner. Supporters of the opposition …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Pakistani police on Saturday filed preliminary charges against Baitullah Mehsud, the top Taliban leader in Pakistan, and four others in the assassination of former prime minister Benzhair Bhutto. The charges were filed at an anti-terrorism court in the city of Rawalpindi and arrest warrants were issued for Mehsud, Ibadur Rehman, Imramullah, Faiz …

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by Nick Fiske

An Iraqi appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction and death sentence of Mohammad Munaf, a US citizen and former translator charged with orchestrating the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists held for 55 days in Iraq in 2005. Munaf's lawyer said that the charges were dismissed after the court could not determine the role …

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by Nick Fiske

The court-martial of US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich was postponed indefinitely on Friday to allow prosecutors time to appeal a judge's decision to throw out a subpoena for unaired footage from a CBS interview with Wuterich. Military prosecutors argued that the additional footage contains information vital to the case, and that Wuterich may have admitted to …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The military government of Myanmar on Friday brought charges against 20 pro-democracy dissidents under a new security law, charges which carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. The dissidents were charged under the so-called 5/96 law, which prohibits, among others, any "inciting, demonstrating, delivering of speeches...in order to undermine the stability of …

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by Nick Fiske

Spain's National Court on Friday said that it will drop its prosecution of former Argentine naval officer Ricardo Miguel Cavallo and extradite him back to his home country where he will stand trial for for his role in the disappearance of hundreds of people during a 1976 Argentine military coup. Cavallo has been in …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The Supreme Court of Virginia on Friday upheld the nation's first felony conviction for computer spamming, rejecting admitted spammer Jeremy Jaynes' appeal of a lower court ruling that Virginia's anti-spamming statute does not violate the First Amendment or the so-called dormant Commerce Clause of the US Constitution and is not unconstitutionally vague. The court …

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