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Legal news from Monday, April 28, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

US House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) Monday threatened to seek subpoenas to compel three current and former administration officials, including former Attorney General John Ashcroft, to testify about a recently released Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel memorandum that advised the US Department of Defense that military interrogators …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Top members of Pakistan's government coalition have met to continue their discussion of proposals for restoring judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf last year after he declared emergency rule, according to Monday media reports. The two leading coalition parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan People's Party, reportedly disagree on …

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by Brett Murphy

US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer resumed settlement negotiations with the Nigerian state of Kano for allegedly illegal clinical trials conducted by the drug company, Kano state Justice Commissioner Aliyu Umar said Monday. Pfizer is accused of administering 200 Nigerian children with meningitis medication - including 100 with the then-experimental anti-biotic Trovan - without the authorization of …

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by Brett Murphy

Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan said Monday that he will join fellow detainees in a boycott of his upcoming military commission trial. Hamdan, a former driver for Osama bin Laden who has been in US custody since 2001, said at a pre-trial hearing that he will not participate in the trial and …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The UN Security Council should push the US to address human rights concerns over policies governing detainees held by US-led coalition forces in Iraq, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a Monday letter to Council representatives. HRW accused the Multi-National Force-Iraq of holding thousands of detainees without proper judicial review, and said that MNF-I …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Spain's National Court on Monday ruled that former Argentinean President Isabel Peron would not be extradited to face charges in Argentina related to her alleged role in "Dirty War" disappearances before she left office in 1976. The court found that the charges against Peron did not amount to crimes against humanity and that therefore the statute of …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Kenyan military forces tortured over 4,000 suspected rebels in a recent crackdown against the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF), according to a report released Monday by human rights group Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU). The group accused soldiers of crimes against humanity in a campaign against the SLDF, a guerrilla militia along the Uganda-Kenya border, and accused top …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Zimbabwean lawyers Monday appealed for the release of several hundred opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) members detained after police raids on Friday, saying that the the MDC members were being held in defiance of a court order. Witnesses say that police were searching for vote counting materials that might show that MDC candidate Morgan …

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by Jeannie Shawl

The US Supreme Court on Monday let stand Indiana's controversial voter identification statute, which requires voters to present photo identification as a prerequisite to voting. The decision comes in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, where the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit …

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