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Legal news from Saturday, March 29, 2008
by David Frueh

Zimbabweans voted Saturday in local, senate, assembly and presidential elections amid opposition allegations that the government was rigging the results. President Robert Mugabe was challenged by ruling party defector Simba Makoni and opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai. MDC officials claimed detergent could remove …

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by David Frueh

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told parliament Saturday that he will 'work for the reinstatement' of superior court judges purged by President Pervez Musharraf last fall. The commitment was made in Gilani's first major policy speech on terrorism since taking office. He also promised to abolish criminal codes still in place …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution Friday condemning the military government of Myanmar for ongoing systematic violations of human rights and people's fundamental freedoms. The European Union expressed particular concern over human rights violations in the country and the lack of investigations in the aftermath of last year's …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (D) was released from federal prison Friday after a federal appeals court ruled that he was not a flight risk while his appeal of his fraud and bribery conviction is pending. The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit made the ruling Thursday, which coincided with …

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by Nick Fiske

Former USA Today reporter Toni Locy on Friday asked the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to reverse a federal judge's decision to impose sanctions against her for refusing to disclose government sources who provided information about former US Army germ-warfare researcher Dr. Steven J. Hatfill. In a ruling …

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by Nick Fiske

Malaysia's opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) on Saturday denounced the government's refusal to release five prominent members of the Hindu Rights Action Force, including M. Manoharan who was recently elected to the state legislature. The five were arrested in December for allegedly orchestrating a November street demonstration by thousands of the …

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by Nick Fiske

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen born in Germany, detailed his allegations that he was tortured while in US custody in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay in a new interview to air Sunday on CBS' 60 Minutes. Kurnaz told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley that he was exposed …

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