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Legal news from Tuesday, May 6, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Six Guantanamo Bay detainees charged in connection with the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks will probably not be put on trial by the US military before the end of the Bush administration in January 2009, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Officials and watchdog groups cited by the Post noted that the current …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Bangladesh's Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed formal charges against former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, officials said Tuesday. Zia and 10 other officials are accused of corruption and abuse of power for an alleged kickback scheme that awarded lucrative gas contracts to Canadian oil company Niko Resources Ltd. PTI has more.Bangladesh's current …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A British resident still detained at Guantanamo Bay filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the UK government alleging that the UK Foreign Office has refused to turn over evidence necessary to his defense before a US military commission, according to the Guardian newspaper. The evidence sought allegedly shows that Binyam Mohamed was the victim of …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Gojko Klickovic Tuesday refused to appear before the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzogovina to face charges of crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. In a statement, Klickovic said that his presence is not necessary for the trial to proceed, …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A panel of the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday in a government appeal against a lower court order directing the Pentagon to release additional documents revealing the names of Guantanamo Bay detainees who have either been released or who have alleged abuse by prison guards or other …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Five Afghan detainees freed from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay last week have been taken to Pul-i-Charkhe prison outside the capital Kabul and will likely face trial, Al Jazeera reported Tuesday. The five were among a group of nine detainees released on Thursday and flown back to their home countries - three …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Myanmar opposition group the National League for Democracy (NLD) Tuesday slammed the country's ruling junta for plans to go ahead with a scheduled May 10 referendum on a draft constitution despite a devastating weekend storm that left at least 15,000 people dead and thousands more homeless. The NLD accused the government of ignoring storm victims' immediate …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Former Rwandan Minister of the Interior Callixte Kalimanzira went to trial Monday before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Kalimanzira, who served as interior minister during the 1994 genocide, is accused of inciting the genocide in his public speeches, distributing weapons used in the massacres and participating in some of …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US House Judiciary Committee Tuesday voted to issue a subpoena to compel Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff David Addington to testify about a recently released Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel memorandum that advised the US Department of Defense that military interrogators could employ a wide range …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The number of UK employers prosecuted for hiring illegal immigrants has spiked since changes to British immigration laws were implemented in February, the BBC reported Monday. So far, 137 companies have been cited for employing illegal immigrants, 10 times more than were cited in all of 2007. Employers caught hiring illegal aliens could be subject to fines of up …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The annual Webby Awards in Law and more than 100 other subject categories were announced in New York Tuesday as the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences honored excellence in interactive design, creativity, usability and functionality on the Internet in 2008. OUT-LAW.com, an IT/e-commerce news site sponsored by London(UK)-based law firm Pinsent Masons [law …

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