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Legal news from Monday, June 16, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

The district court in The Hague Monday began hearing the first civil action against the Dutch State for the actions of its peacekeeping troops during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The plaintiffs - UN translator Hasan Nuhanovic, whose family was killed in the massacre, and the family members of …

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by Devin Montgomery

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Monday announced it has imposed an indefinite stay on the war crimes trial of Congolese ex-militia leader Thomas Lubanga. The court said it may consider releasing Lubanga because prosecutorial misconduct could deny him a fair trial; the court accused the prosecution of using confidentiality …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia Monday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) seeking access to e-mail records from the White House Office of Administration (OA) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court held that the …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A man accused of hacking US government computers in 2001 and 2002 appealed to the judicial panel of the UK House of Lords Monday, arguing that his extradition to the US would violate his human rights. British police arrested systems analyst Gary McKinnon in 2002, and US authorities indicted [PDF …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Dozens of accused terror detainees held in US military prisons actually have no ties to terrorism, according to an investigative report published Sunday by McClatchy Newspapers. McClatchy reporters found that many of the 66 former terror detainees interviewed were ordinary civilians or petty criminals; only 34 had ties to militant groups or activities and of those only …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear three cases, including Ashcroft v. Iqbal, et al. (07-1015) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will consider whether high-ranking US officials are protected by qualified immunity from suit for alleged religious and ethnic discrimination by their subordinates. Javaid Iqbal, a …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Victoria Court of Appeal Monday upheld a December 2006 decision ordering a retrial of suspected terrorist Joseph Thomas, nicknamed "Jihad Jack" by the popular media. Thomas' original convictions for carrying a fake passport and receiving funds from terrorists were overturned when a lower court …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A Singapore court Monday charged a US citizen and former Singapore lawyer with insulting a public servant after he published critical comments about a judge on his blog. California-based Gopalan Nair was arrested last week after accusing a judge presiding over a defamation case brought by former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew against the …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The government of Bangladesh plans to release certain inmates who have served half their prison sentences in order to reduce the country's overcrowded prison populations, Bangladeshi officials said Monday. The prisoner release plan comes following the June announcement of a clampdown on crime. The prisons are now at triple their intended capacity, …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The US Supreme Court handed down two decisions Monday, including Florida Dept. of Revenue v. Piccadilly Cafeterias, in which the Court ruled that a federal bankruptcy code provision [11 USC §1146(a) text] exempting certain court-confirmed transfers from state and local transfer taxes applies only after the plan has been …

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by Nick Fiske

Kosovo's new constitution went into effect Sunday despite a declaration by Serbian President Boris Tadic that the charter of the breakaway Serbian province was legally void. The constitution was adopted by the Assembly of Kosovo in April and later certified by the European Union as guaranteeing the individual and community rights of …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali", denied involvement in the killing of Shi'ite civilians at a demonstration during the reign of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Al-Majid is charged with crimes against humanity for his alleged role in the violent suppression of a predominately Shi'a protest in …

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by Devin Montgomery

UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband said Sunday that parliament would continue the process to ratify the EU reform treaty, formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon, despite an Irish referendum which rejected the treaty last week. Miliband said that even though the Treaty requires unanimous approval by all …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Officials from Pakistani co-ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) will soon present an impeachment motion against President Pervez Musharraf, a PML-N MP told a National Assembly meeting Sunday. PML-N and coalition partner Pakistan People's Party (PPP) officials have disagreed on how to limit or amend Musharraf's powers, with the PML-N generally …

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