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Legal news from Friday, May 2, 2008
by Nick Fiske

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz filed an appeal Friday against the court's acquittal of former Kosovo Prime Minister and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander Ramush Haradinaj. Brammertz asked that the case be retried before a different chamber of the tribunal, arguing …

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by Nick Fiske

Ousted Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry and all other judges removed by President Pervez Musharraf last November after his declaration of emergency rule will be reinstated on May 12, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday. Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) …

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by Nick Fiske

Italian dairy giant Parmalat SpA Friday reached a settlement with shareholders, agreeing to issue 10.5 million shares of stock, valued at almost 24 million euros, to satisfy a securities fraud class action filed against the company. The suit was filed by investors in the US District Court for the Southern District …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Opposition Movement for Democratic Change candidate Morgan Tsvangirai won a slim majority in Zimbabwe's contested March presidential election but not enough to avoid a run-off vote against current Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, election officials said Friday. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) had long delayed releasing the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Three Indonesian Islamic militants sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings will file for a third appeal, according to their lawyer. The three men - Mukhlas, Amrozi, and Imam Samudra - Wednesday gave separate review requests to the head Java prison where they are held and asked that these be …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The UK High Court has agreed to consider whether the UK government must put the ratification of the new EU reform treaty, properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon, to a public vote. Influential UK Conservative Party donor Stuart Wheeler launched a legal bid to force a referendum …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor controlled about five billion dollars held at two US banks during his presidency, Special Court for Sierra Leone head prosecutor Stephen Rapp told the BBC Friday. It is unclear what funds Taylor still holds, but a June 2007 UN report concluded that Taylor may control millions …

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by Steve Czajkowski

An Al Jazeera cameraman from Sudan who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 was released from the prison on Thursday and flown back to Sudan early Friday morning. Sami al Haj was among nine prisoners who were transferred from Guantanamo; three were sent to Sudan, five to Afghanistan …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A former US Marine sergeant, charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter for allegedly killing two Iraqi insurgents during the Multinational National Force-Iraq's November 2004 offensive in Fallujah, can stand trial in federal court, according to a ruling from US District Court Judge Stephen Larson. Jose Nazario's lawyers had argued that a civilian court does …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted Thursday to approve a ban prohibiting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from allowing private contractors to interrogate detainees. The ban is part of a bill authorizing intelligence expenditures for the 2009 fiscal year which would also require intelligence agencies to give the International Committee of the Red …

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