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Legal news from Saturday, March 15, 2008
by Benjamin Klein

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that a bid by the country's top prosecutor to disband his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and to bar him and President Abdullah Gul from political office was a "step against the national will." Chief prosecutor …

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by Benjamin Klein

The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Friday that an alleged top al-Qaeda operative has been transferred from CIA custody to Guantanamo Bay. Muhammad Rahim, a former messenger for Osama bin Laden said to have helped the terrorist leader escape from Afghanistan in 2001, was captured by local authorities in Pakistan last summer and turned over to …

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by Steve Czajkowski

US Attorney General Michael Mukasey told an audience in London Friday that he hopes those accused in the 9/11 attacks do not receive the death penalty if found guilty because it would make them martyrs. Mukasey made the comment in response to a question after a speech at the …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Hundreds of Serbs took control of a UN courthouse in the northern Kosovo city of Mitrovica Friday in an apparent protest against Kosovo's recent declaration of independence from Serbia. The group initially demanded a deal with UN authorities, but it was not immediately clear what the details of those demands were. The regional UN representative held …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Norwegian government brought forward a draft law Friday that would grant same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples, replacing a 1993 law which merely granted gay couples the right to enter into civil unions. The proposal would allow gay couples to be married in a church but does not require a minister or religious organization …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom vetoed a bill Friday that would have restored the country's death penalty. Decree 06-2008 would also have given Colom, sworn into office just last month the power to decide whether to grant clemency and commute the sentences of the 34 inmates currently on …

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