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Legal news from Saturday, April 12, 2008
by David Frueh

Nine Tibetan monks have been arrested by Chinese authorities in connection with the March bombing of a government building as part of recent protests against Chinese rule in Tibet. China's Xinhua news agency reported Saturday that the Buddhist monks have confessed to the bombing. Also Saturday, Chinese President Hu Jintao said that the ongoing conflict …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Communist Party of Nepal - Maoists (CPN-M) has won 27 constituencies where vote counting has been completed in the election for Nepal's Constituent Assembly, election officials said Saturday. The 601 member assembly will be in charge of drafting a new constitution, which is seen as marking the end of the …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Indonesian Internet providers said Friday that they will remove a ban on file-sharing websites including YouTube, Google Video, and MySpace, which was put in place to prevent the transmission of a controversial anti-Islamic film created by far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders. Due to complaints from Web users, the Internet …

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by David Frueh

China's chief justice has instructed judges to impose harsh sentences, including the death penalty, for violent crimes, China's Xinhua news agency reported Saturday. Touring the Guangdong province last week, president of the Supreme People's Court Wang Shengjun, said that crimes posing a serious threat to the "social order" should be dealt with especially harshly. The …

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by Nick Fiske

Frustrations over the delay of the US military commission trial of Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr continued Friday, with prosecutors urging US military judge Col. Peter Brownback to set a trial date and Khadr's defense team blaming the prosecution for delays, saying that they have blocked access to evidence that could exonerate Khadr. …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

A Colombian court Friday temporarily blocked extradition to the US of narcotics trafficker and former paramilitary chief Carlos Mario Jimenez Naranjo, also known as "Macaco," staying extradition approval granted last week by President Alvaro Uribe that had followed the Colombian Supreme Court's ruling permitting extradition. Jimenez, who was indicted in the US District Court for the District …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The US will continue to hold Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein despite an Iraqi judicial order dismissing terrorism-related charges against Hussein, a US military spokesman has said. Hussein, who has been detained in Iraq by the US for two years, was granted amnesty this week under Iraq's amnesty law, which …

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by Nick Fiske

US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff said Friday that DHS will move forward with plans to use spy satellites as part of a domestic intelligence program designed to assist law enforcement agencies. In his response to concerns by Representatives Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Jane Harman (D-CA), and Chris P. Carney …

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