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Legal news from Friday, July 4, 2008
by Nick Fiske

Former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the first time Friday after Belgium's Court of Cassation approved his transfer on Tuesday. Bemba was identified before the court and said that …

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by Nick Fiske

A US district court judge Thursday released two US Marines who had previously been jailed for refusing to testify about the deaths of Iraqi detainees during the November 2004 offensive in Fallujah. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan G. Weemer and Sgt. Jermaine Nelson were held in contempt of court [JURIST …

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by Nick Fiske

Officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC) told journalists Thursday that the trial of Congolese ex-militia leader Thomas Lubanga would proceed as planned after evidentiary problems which had threatened the case were settled, according to AFP. Late last month, the ICC imposed an indefinite stay on Lubanga's war crimes …

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by Devin Montgomery

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said Thursday that the administration is still working to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, but suggested that a recent US Supreme Court decision could lead to the release of "dangerous detainees" into the US. The Court ruled in Boumediene v. Bush last …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers said Thursday that there may be applications of Sharia law in the British legal system during a speech at the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre. Phillips' comments were in support of the Archbishop of …

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by Steve Czajkowski

US Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad submitted a draft resolution in the UN Security Council Thursday calling for sanctions against Zimbabwe's newly reinstalled president Robert Mugabe and eleven of his government and security aides. The sanctions are said to include an arms embargo on Zimbabwe, and travel bans …

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