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Legal news from Thursday, March 13, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday condemned Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip and called on Israel to end its use of "disproportionate and excessive force" against Palestinians. Speaking at a summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference in Senegal, Ban said:Let me use this opportunity to once again urge Israel …

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by Leslie Schulman

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to compel the US government to release unredacted transcripts of military hearings conducted at Guantanamo Bay in early 2007 for 14 "high-value" prisoners, during which the prisoners allegedly described torture and abuse sustained during detention in …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has established a panel to investigate the December 2007 disputed presidential election that sparked mass violence in the country, according to a Thursday statement from his office. The panel is expected to probe the election's outcome, as well as the independence of the Electoral Commission of Kenya. Tensions have …

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by Leslie Schulman

The FBI has continued to improperly use so-called national security letters (NSLs), with the number of violations increasing in 2006 over previous years, according to a US Department of Justice follow-up review released Thursday. Last March, the DOJ found in its initial review on NSL abuse that NSL violations …

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by Leslie Schulman

The trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday postponed the trial date of former Union of Patriotic Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga until June 23, 2008. Lubanga's trial was originally scheduled to begin March 31. Lubanga is charged with enlisting child soldiers in the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A US military judge ruled Thursday that some correspondence between the US and Canadian government officials regarding Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr must be turned over to Khadr's defense team. Prosecutors argued that they had found no such correspondence in US State Department records, but military judge Army Colonel Peter Brownback ordered that they conduct …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Armenian President Robert Kocharian Thursday issued a decree lifting media restrictions put in place during a state of emergency declared after last month's contested presidential election. The decree is set to take effect Friday, but restrictions on rallies and public gatherings will still be in force. AP has more.Kocharian declared a state of emergency earlier …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

An ongoing Pentagon investigation into the videotaping of terror suspect interrogations has uncovered at least 50 videotaped interrogations, the New York Times reported Thursday. Most of the videotaped interrogations involved two terror detainees, Jose Padilla and Ali al-Marri. Officials denied that any of the tapes depict interrogation tactics that would …

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by Brett Murphy

The Chinese State Council said Thursday that a US Department of State report critical of the Chinese human rights record is hypocritical given the number of human rights problems in the US. In a report entitled the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007, the Chinese detail alleged human rights violations by the …

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by Brett Murphy

The US Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that a stricter air quality rule on ground-level ozone and smog will go into effect in May, requiring some 345 US counties to reduce air pollution in order to come into compliance with the new standard. The revisions to the National …

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by Brett Murphy

Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Kamin was charged Wednesday with providing material support to terrorism. In its announcement of the sworn charges, the US Defense Department said:The charges allege that between January and May of 2003, Mohammed Kamin provided material support to terrorism by joining the terrorist organization al Qaeda and receiving …

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