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Legal news from Monday, April 7, 2008
by David Frueh

The US Department of Defense said Monday that charges have been referred against Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Kamin, who is accused of providing material support to terrorism. If convicted, Kamin faces a maximum life sentence. Kamin is accused of conducting surveillance on US military bases in Afghanistan for …

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by Alexis Unkovic

New EU anti-terror laws proposed by the European Commission fail to adequately reconcile human rights concerns and may conflict with the Council of Europe's Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Rapporteur Dick Marty said Monday in a statement before the European …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Slovakia has signed an enforcement of sentences agreement with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) to allow ICTY convicts to be held in Slovakian prisons, the ICTY announced Monday. Under the agreement, ICTY suspects who are held at a detention unit in The Hague during …

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by Caitlin Price

War crimes suspect Vinko Kondic pleaded not guilty Monday in the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina to crimes against humanity and incitement to genocide charges allegedly committed during the Bosnian war. A former police deputy for the Prijedor region, Kondic is suspected of overseeing the torture, murder, and …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Top officials in Kosovo signed the country's new draft constitution Monday. The constitution now goes to the Assembly of Kosovo, which is expected to approve it. Last Thursday, the European Union certified that the seceded Serbian province's constitution is in line with its international obligations, guaranteeing the …

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by Caitlin Price

Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood Monday announced that it would boycott municipal elections set for April 8, saying that the government has continuously blocked the group's efforts to field candidates in the election. Party Deputy Chairman Dr. Mohamed Habib said that the government has ignored court rulings requiring it to allow Muslim …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Monday submitted to parliament a proposed amendment to the controversial Article 301 of Turkey's penal code, which makes "insulting the Turkish identity" a crime. The amendment was promised last fall after critical comments from EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli …

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by David Frueh

Women face legalized discrimination in nearly every country in the world despite pledges by 185 members to eliminate laws favoring men by 2005, according to a UN-commissioned report released Sunday. Prepared by University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) law professor Fareda Banda for UN High Commissioner for Human Rights …

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by Caitlin Price

Ohio's lethal injection procedures fall short of standards used to euthanize animals, according to Monday testimony from an anesthesiologist before a court hearing on the constitutionality of Ohio's death penalty procedure. Dr. Mark Heath said that the state's method does not comport with the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Pakistani Law and Justice Minister Farooq H. Naik has prepared a constitutional package that could restore judges ousted by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistani Nation daily reported Monday. The package, which has reportedly been forwarded to Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani, calls for a parliamentary committee to limit the tenure …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The UN Human Rights Council held its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Monday, reviewing the human rights record of Bahrain. Under the UPR, the 47-member Council will systematically investigate the human rights situations in all 192 UN member nations. Bahrain's review focused on issues relating to foreign workers, freedom …

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by Katerina Ossenova

A High Court judge in Harare said Monday that the court has jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit seeking a court order to compel the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) to immediately release the results of the nation's March 29 presidential elections, but refused to issue an immediate ruling in the case. Instead, the judge scheduled further hearings on …

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by Michael Sung

The Belfast High Court on Monday heard arguments in a civil lawsuit against five suspected Real IRA members accused of involvement in the deadly 1998 Omagh bombing, in which a car loaded with explosives killed 29 people and wounded 220 on a busy shopping street in the Northern Ireland town. Six families whose relatives died …

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by Michael Sung

A district court in the Netherlands on Monday rejected the Dutch Islamic Federation's efforts to prevent anti-Quran statements by right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders. The court said that that Wilders' controversial statements against Islam and the Quran are protected by the right of free expression and do not constitute speech …

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by Michael Sung

A former Nigerien slave appeared before the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Monday, alleging that the government of Niger failed to fully enforce a 2003 law criminalizing the ownership of slaves. Hadijatou Mani Koraou, sold into slavery at the age of 12 in 1996, …

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