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Legal news from Sunday, April 13, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Khasan Yandiyev, deputy head of the Supreme Court in Russia's Ingushetia province was shot dead Sunday while changing a car tire near the town of Karabulak, according to a regional interior ministry spokesman quoted by Russian media. His killers have not yet been identified. Local media said Yandiyev had chaired trials of both …

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by Benjamin Klein

Internecine conflict among factions of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda has killed a rebel commander wanted by International Criminal Court prosecutors, according to sources speaking to Reuters Sunday. Okot Odhiambo had been charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes associated with the LRA attacks on Ugandan …

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by Devin Montgomery

Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim will return to political life Monday as the leader of opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat, marking the expiration of his 10-year ban from public office arising from corruption and now-overturned sodomy convictions. In the country's March 8 elections, the recently formed coalition won …

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by Benjamin Klein

Zimbabwe's High Court Sunday ordered the country’s Electoral Commission to refrain from recounting the results of the combined March 29 elections until the presidential poll results are announced. Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) sought to enjoin the Electoral Commission following the official announcement that a recount in 23 out of …

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by Eric Firkel

A Pakistani rights group Sunday urged Pakistan's new government to immediately release dozens of people its security agencies have secretly detained as part of President Pervez Musharraf's cooperation with the US in its "war on terror". Defense of Human Rights and other critics of Musharraf claim his administration has detained dozens of militant suspects …

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by Eric Firkel

Several top military officials in the Philippines on Sunday called for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to pardon the nine officers sentenced this week for their role in a failed 2003 coup. General Hermogenes Esperon, head of the armed forces and Defence Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said they recommended pardoning …

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