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Legal news from Saturday, March 22, 2008
by Nick Fiske

The Taiwanese Central Election Commission said Saturday that two national referendums on whether to proceed with a proposed bid for United Nations (UN) membership have failed. The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), headed by outgoing Taiwanese President Chen Shui-Bian, put forth one of the referendums which sought reinstatement to the UN under …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Hundreds of Bangladesh veterans who took part in the 1971 War of Independence issued a call Friday for war crimes trials against those Bangladeshis who assisted Pakistani forces in the war. Veterans and commanders from the war gathered in the city of Dhaka, under the banner of the Bangladesh Liberation War Sector Commanders' Forum, …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The Office of Serbia's War Crimes Prosecutor said Friday that it is investigating "informal statements" it has received from investigators at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) that dozens of imprisoned Serbs were killed by Albanian rebels in 1999 so that their organs could be used in an international trafficking operation. Former …

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by Nick Fiske

US Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday that he was willing to compromise with Congress on legislation amending the Foreign Intelligence Security Act but that the legislature would have to provide a "workable bill". Mukasey said that the bill passed by the US House of Representatives last week, which did not …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Ousted Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has characterized Pakistan's February parliamentary elections which resulted in the victory of opposition parties now joined in a coalition government as a popular verdict in favor of the country's constitution, abrogated in November when President Pervez Musharraf proclaimed emergency rule in the country and deposed its superior court judges. …

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