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Legal news from Monday, May 26, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Bangladesh has approved the creation of a so-called Truth and Accountability Commission which would allow corrupt officials and businessmen guilty of corruption to avoid jail by confessing and returning money taken, officials said Monday. The commission would operate under the country's new Voluntary Disclosure of Information Ordinance for five months, and those officials who come forward …

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by Devin Montgomery

Pakistan officials who ignored a Supreme Court order and went along with President Pervez Musharaff's declaration of emergency rule in November 2007 will be punished regardless of their position, ousted Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry told a rally of lawyers and supporters in Faisalabad Sunday. Chaudhry told the group …

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by Devin Montgomery

Myanmar's draft constitution has been overwhelmingly approved in a national referendum after two rounds of voting with 92 percent of votes cast favoring the proposed charter and 98 percent of the country's 27 million eligible voters turning out, state television reported Monday. Voting concluded Saturday in the 47 townships hit hardest earlier this month …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Egyptian parliamentarians voted 305-103 Monday to extend the country's emergency laws for two more years at the behest of the government. The laws, which were first implemented after the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, permit the government and security services to arrest and detain anyone deemed a threat to state security, with detentions renewable every …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Security officials in Nepal banned protests and rallies near the royal palace and the residence of King Gyanendra on Monday, in anticipation of Wednesday's expected abolition of the Nepalese monarchy. Nepal's interim parliament voted in December 2007 to abolish the monarchy of as a part of a plan to bring members …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Mengistu Haile Mariam, the former Marxist president of Ethiopia, was sentenced to death Monday after the Ethiopian Supreme Court allowed Ethiopian prosecutors' appeal of his January 2007 life sentence on charges of genocide, homicide, illegal imprisonment, and illegal property seizure. Mengistu and 11 associates convicted in absentia …

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