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Legal news from Friday, March 28, 2008
by Eric Firkel

Both houses of the UK parliament should approve any UK government proposal to opt-in or opt-out of certain policy provisions of the EU reform treaty, formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon, the UK House of Lords Constitution Committee concluded Friday in a 124-page report on the implications …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A criminal network may have been responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) said Friday. In a press briefing on its latest report, the IIIC said that this network continued to operate after the assassination and …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday condemned a film made by far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders that criticizes the Koran, calling it "offensively anti-Islamic." In a statement, Ban said:I condemn, in the strongest terms, the airing of Geert Wilders' offensively anti-Islamic film. There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to …

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by Eric Firkel

Puerto Rican Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila pleaded not guilty Friday to 19 counts of conspiracy, false statements, wire fraud, federal program fraud and tax crimes related to campaign financing, and other crimes. The charges stem from alleged violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act during Vila's 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 campaigns …

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by Steve Czajkowski

US military prosecutors Friday dropped all charges against a US Marine charged in connection with the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November 2005. Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and aggravated assault, but a US Marine Corps statement said the …

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by Patrick Porter

Over 100 protesters rallied near a United Nations facility in Kathmandu on Friday, demonstrating against China's recent crackdown on pro-Tibet protests. Nepalese police arrested around 60 protesters, while about 20 others, reportedly Tibetan high school students, scaled the walls of the compound and peacefully demonstrated inside. Police asked for the group inside the compound to be handed …

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by Patrick Porter

Chad's Higher Judicial Council on Friday recommended that Chadian President Idriss Deby pardon six French aid workers convicted in Chad in December of attempting to kidnap 103 African children. Deby said earlier this month that he may pardon the aid workers within weeks, but that he was waiting for …

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by Patrick Porter

Five former US secretaries of state Thursday called for the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay at a conference held at the University of Georgia School of Law to discuss foreign policy issues. Colin Powell, Madeline Albright, Henry Kissinger, Warren Christopher, and James Baker III also agreed that the …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Constitutional Court of Uganda ruled Thursday that bail is not a constitutional right, but also found that holding a person in police custody for more than 48 hours without charge is a violation of human rights. The finding overturns sections of several Ugandan laws, including the Trial and Indictment Act, the Uganda People's Defence Forces Act, …

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by Jaime Jansen

Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri signed an executive order Thursday that will require state agencies and companies to verify the legal status of their employees when they do business with the state, and will allow state police, prison and parole officials more flexibility in finding and deporting illegal immigrants. During a news conference, …

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by Jaime Jansen

Kurt Westergaard, one of the Danish cartoonists who drew the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked worldwide protests in 2005, plans to sue the author of an anti-Islam film for copyright infringement, Westergaard said Friday. Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders reproduced Westergaard's cartoon in a controversial anti-Islam film …

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