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Legal news from Sunday, March 30, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appeared in court Sunday, shortly after being released from hospital care for severe ear and eye conditions, to face charges that she received approximately $440,000 in illegal kickbacks on a power-plant deal while in office between 1996 and 2001. Her appearance before the court has been …

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by Benjamin Klein

British national Simon Mann, accused of participating in an alleged coup attempt against Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in 2004, has accused Sir Mark Thatcher of being involved in the plot, Equatorial Guinea Attorney General Jose Olo said Sunday. According to Olo, Mann, whose trial is …

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by Eric Firkel

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday criticized Egypt for arresting over 800 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood, including 148 candidates slated to run in local council elections scheduled for April 8. HRW characterized the arrests as a "shameless attempt to fix the upcoming elections." The Muslim Brotherhood currently …

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by Eric Firkel

EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn warned Turkey on Saturday that there would be serious ramifications for its bid to join the European Union if the Constitutional Court of Turkey decides to shut down the ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP). Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya [official …

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