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Legal news from Thursday, June 5, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

The Nicaraguan National Assembly has passed new legislation to provide increased legal protections to refugees and asylum seekers coming from other Central American countries and, increasingly, from Africa and Asia. Nicaragua occupies a strategic location on a common migratory route north to the US and Canada. The measure adopted Tuesday …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Zimbabwean police detained US and UK diplomatic envoys for several hours at a roadblock Thursday, threatening them and beating one of their drivers, according to US Ambassador to Zimbabwe James McGee, who described the incident as an "illegal action." US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that the Zimbabwean government's actions had "flouted all international convention" …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A Tel Aviv court Wednesday charged former Israeli Finance Minister Abraham Hirschon with embezzlement for allegedly misappropriating nearly $1.2 million [Ynet.com report] as head of a trade union between 1998 and 2005. Hirschon and five other union employees allegedly used the money stolen from the National Workers Organization and its subsidiary Nili to pay for personal expenses, …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Five men charged with plotting the Sept. 11 attacks were arraigned before a military court at Guantanamo Bay Thursday. The group includes the alleged lead planner of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who said that he wished to represent himself and that he would welcome a death sentence …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) Thursday levied nearly $26 million in fines against US computer chip manufacturer Intel Corp. after a KFTC probe found that the company had engaged in anti-competitive practices. Intel allegedly offered rebates to South Korean computer makers in return for not using chips made by Intel rival Advanced …

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by Deirdre Jurand

An Afghan journalist employed by a Canadian television network who is being held as an "enemy combatant" in Afghanistan filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration Tuesday, alleging violations of due process and the right to counsel. The complaint, initiated by Ahmad's father, accuses the Bush administration of holding Ahmad illegally for more than six …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Constitutional Court of Turkey Thursday struck down recent amendments to the country's constitution designed to ease a ban on headscarves in universities, finding that they violated the country's secular principles. Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) had proposed the amendments to ensure equal access to higher education, but …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A court-martial panel Wednesday acquitted a US Marine intelligence officer charged in connection with the November 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha. US Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson had been charged with multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) Wednesday asked the UN Security Council to extend the ICTR's mandate so that the court can complete all war crimes trials. Hassan Bubacar Jallow said in a report that the recent arrests of several Rwandan genocide suspects meant that the court …

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by Kiely Lewandowski

The US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma granted a preliminary injunction Wednesday blocking the enforcement of employer-related provisions of Oklahoma's controversial immigration law. Judge Robin Cauthron concluded that it is "substantially likely" that the provisions are preempted by federal immigration law, and that there was a risk of …

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by David Frueh

The Third Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal Wednesday ruled that a plan to ease prison overcrowding by transferring prisoners to out-of-state facilities does not violate the state constitution. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association and Service Employees International Union had challenged the plan, alleging that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Terror suspects should be tried in military commissions, not federal courts, US Attorney General Michael Mukasey said in a Wednesday speech to judges at the 2008 DC Circuit Judicial Conference. Mukasey said that sending terror cases to civilian courts could require the release of sensitive national security information, but human rights …

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