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Legal news from Saturday, April 19, 2008
by David Frueh

Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai has condemned as "illegal" a process of recounting votes in 23 constituencies that began Saturday after a judge dismissed an opposition appeal. The MDC won 109 seats in the country's 210-seat assembly in the original count. Tsvangirai told Al Jazeera television that "as …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Eight former British Guantanamo Bay detainees are suing the UK's MI5 (domestic) and MI6 (foreign) intelligence services over alleged complicity with the US in their illegal abduction, treatment and interrogation at the prison, according to a report Saturday in London's Daily Mail. Two separate writs have been issued at the High Court in …

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by David Frueh

Retired Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers was 'hoodwinked' into believing aggressive interrogation techniques used on Guantanamo detainees were taken from the army's field manual, University College London law professor Philippe Sands claims in his new book, Torture Team, scheduled for release in May. Excerpts from the book …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A Chilean court indicted five navy officers and a navy doctor Friday for their role in the kidnapping, torture, and killings of British-Chilean priest Micheal Woodward and other political dissidents. Retired admirals Sergio Barros, Guillermo Aldoney and Adolfo Walbaum and retired navy captains Sergio Barra and Ricardo Riesgo, were all indicted on kidnapping and torture charges and are …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

US prison officials said Friday that convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla will serve his approximately 17-year term at a "supermax" federal prison in Colorado. The maximum-security facility located in Florence also holds "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, and September 11 attacks conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui. Padilla's co-defendants remain …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The Constitutional Court of Colombia has held that same-sex couples should be given the same pension and health benefits as those held by opposite-sex couples. The Constitutional Court reached its decision Thursday after considering arguments presented by domestic and foreign human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch. In its decision [court materials, in …

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