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Legal news from Sunday, June 1, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

Bangladesh police have arrested dozens of politicians since Friday in a renewed anti-corruption drive. The drive comes amid an even wider crackdown in which authorities have arrested more than 1,600 political activists and suspected criminals. On Sunday, a judge issued arrest warrants for electricity supply leaders on charges of corruption, …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The Election Commission of Pakistan Sunday cleared former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his younger brother to run in the June 26 by-elections. Sharif was barred from running in the February 18 national parliamentary elections because of criminal convictions arising out of circumstances surrounding the 1999 coup against him led by …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Former attorney general for England and Wales Lord Peter Goldsmith said Sunday in a Telegraph op-ed that extending the time for which terror suspects can be detained by British police without charge from 28 to 42 days would be an abandonment of the Britain's fundamental principles [op-ed text]. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has continued his support …

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by Deirdre Jurand

US military prosecutors Saturday charged the last British resident detained at Guantanamo Bay with conspiring to commit terrorism, according to British prisoners rights group Reprieve. Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian who sought refuge in Britain, has denied the charge. Mohamed was originally arrested in Pakistan and turned over …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A senior member of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) presented its proposed constitutional amendment package to its principal coalition partner Sunday. The 62-point package, which anticipates restoring the judiciary deposed by President Pervez Musharraf last November and limiting executive powers, was also submitted to the other parties belonging to the governing coalition, but Law Minister …

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