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Legal news from Saturday, May 10, 2008
by Bernard Hibbitts

A US military judge has ruled that US Air Force Reserve Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann, a top Pentagon legal adviser on the Guantanamo military commission trials, is ineligible to participate in the first military commission trial of a detainee because he is too closely associated with the prosecution, the New York Times reported Saturday. The …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Pakistani ministers and officials scrambled Sunday as a second deadline for restoring judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf in November loomed with little prospect of being met. An aide to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has pressed hard for the reinstatement, was quoted by AP as saying that an "acceptable solution" would be worked out by …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

The military junta of Myanmar held a national referendum on a draft constitution Saturday despite sharp international criticism for going ahead with the poll after a devastating cyclone last weekend left at least 60,000 people dead or missing. Voting in the hardest-hit areas has been delayed until later this month, but state media encouraged …

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by Bernard Hibbitts

Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, currently on trial for human rights violations during his three terms in office from 1990-2000, is showing lack of respect for the court and the trial process by his courtroom behavior, Peruvian prosecutors said Friday. Earlier this week Fujimori burst into an uncontrollable fit of laughter after …

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