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Legal news from Tuesday, June 24, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

US Ambassador to Albania John L. Withers colluded with Albanian officials to hide evidence of an illegal ammunition selling plan from New York Times reporters, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Henry Waxman (D-CA) alleged in a letter Monday. Government arms contractor AEY allegedly sold ammunition produced in China to the US …

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by Devin Montgomery

Rights group Equipo Nizkor has petitioned Spain's National Court to extradite and try four former Nazi officers for alleged war crimes committed during WWII, a group lawyer said Tuesday. The suit was brought on behalf of a concentration camp survivor and families of three who died at the camp. …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Pakistan government will challenge Monday's Lahore High Court ruling blocking Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from running in upcoming parliamentary elections, current Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Tuesday. The ruling, which bars Sharif from a June 26 by-election, was criticized by …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Department of Justice improperly granted preferential treatment to conservative candidates in assessing job and summer internship applications under a 2002 screening program, according to a Tuesday report by the DOJ Office of the Inspector General. It was found that political officials played a greater role in the department's hiring processes, supporting long-standing accusations by …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously ruled against Turkey Tuesday in two cases concerning the deaths of Greek Cypriots. Anastasios Issac was killed at a 1996 protest, and Solomos Solomou was shot at Issac's funeral; the ECHR found that Turkish agents were responsible for both deaths. The court held that Turkey …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Accused terrorist Mohammed Momin Khawaja pleaded not guilty in an Ottawa court Monday to charges related to an alleged UK bomb plot. Khawaja's lawyer said the allegations were exaggerated and that Monday testimony by former al Qaeda operative Mohammed Babar should be excluded as hearsay. The National Post has more. CTV has additional coverage.Last year, …

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by Deirdre Jurand

More than 560 inmates in Kosovo's Dubrava Prison began a hunger strike Sunday to protest poor conditions at the prison and to pressure the government to pass an anticipated amnesty law. The inmates have demanded that "prison year" terms be reduced to nine months rather than a full calendar year, that the president have the …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A coalition of international and African human rights groups Monday criticized Senegal for delays in the prosecution of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre and called on the African Union to press the issue at an upcoming summit. The Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) filed a petition Monday asking the court not to consider releasing suspected war criminal Thomas Lubanga. The petition also seeks leave from the court to appeal the ICC's June 16 decision to indefinitely stay the proceedings in Lubanga's …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The UN Security Council condemned the increasing violence against opposition activists and politicians in Zimbabwe in a presidential statement issued Monday. The statement calls on the government of Zimbabwe to "stop the violence, to cease political intimidation, to end the restrictions on the right of assembly and to release the political leaders who have been detained." …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The UK House of Commons and the House of Lords Monday approved a draft order to remove the opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) from the country's list of prohibited organizations. The votes confirm a May court ruling  that there was no evidence that the PMOI had been involved …

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by Devin Montgomery

Corruption and repression are increasingly threatening legal rights in former Soviet republics like Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, according to a Monday report released by rights group Freedom House. The group said that Russia especially has seen a significant deterioration of the rule of law, finding that the country's court system is controlled by powerful …

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