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Legal news from Thursday, March 20, 2008
by Benjamin Klein

Attacks carried out by the Sudanese Army in four Darfur villages earlier this year constituted human rights violations, according to a report released Thursday by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR). The attacks, ostensibly meant to drive back the rebel Justice and Equality Movement, left at least …

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by Nick Fiske

Bangladeshi authorities Thursday released a cartoonist detained for allegedly insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad after the police official pressing charges against him repeatedly failed to appear in court. Arifur Rahman was arrested in September after the magazine Alpin, a subsidiary of Prothom Alo, published a cartoon that he created depicting a …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Supreme Court of Canada Thursday ruled that lawyers for Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr could present evidence before the Court that the US is detaining Khadr in violation of international law. At a hearing scheduled for next week, Khadr's lawyers are also expected to argue that Canadian officials have acted contrary …

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by Caitlin Price

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Thursday issued a disbarment order for former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, banning him from practicing law in the District of Columbia. The DC Bar's Board on Professional Responsibility found that Libby's March 2007 conviction on perjury and obstruction of …

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by Caitlin Price

The Russian Office of the Prosecutor-General has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky falsely claimed the country's secret service had targeted him for assassination, an office spokesperson told the Itar-Tass news agency Thursday. Prosecutors are investigating whether Berezovsky violated Article 306 of the Russian …

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by Caitlin Price

Milberg Weiss partner and co-founder Melvyn Weiss on Thursday agreed to plead guilty to federal charges stemming from a long-running US Attorney investigation into an alleged kickback scheme. Weiss was indicted last year for conspiracy, racketeering, obstruction of justice and making false statements and initially pleaded not guilty in October …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Representatives of Cuba and Venezuela Wednesday criticized the US during a UN Security Council meeting for failing to turn over anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles, saying that the US is bound by international treaties, including the International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings and the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful …

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by Brett Murphy

China has arrested 24 suspects in Tibet for their role in pro-Tibet protests that erupted throughout the region last week, the Tibet Daily reported Thursday. The suspects are charged with endangering national security, among other crimes, and many more are expected to be detained in the near future. Some groups maintain, however, that hundreds …

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by Brett Murphy

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Thursday rejected a request by former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea to be released from provisional detention. Nuon Chea, known as Brother Number Two in the Khmer Rouge, was arrested and charged in September and has …

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by Brett Murphy

A Chilean court convicted 24 former Chilean police officers of human rights violations on Wednesday for their role in the 1973 murders of 30 leftist prisoners. A woman who survived the incident, which took place during the regime of former dictator Augusto Pinochet, testified that the officers tortured and shot some 30 inmates, and then dumped …

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by Brett Murphy

Seventeen Chinese Uighur Muslims detained at Guantanamo Bay for six years have still not been told why they are being held at the military facility, according to a letter written by one of the detainees and released by his lawyers Wednesday. According to Abdulghappar Turkistani, he and other Uighur detainees hoped that the US would soon release …

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