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Legal news from Monday, July 7, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

The Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled Monday that sentences imposed on seven aboriginal protesters in March for opposing mining company operations on community land were too severe. In February, Robert Lovelace, a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN), was sentenced to six months in jail for contempt after he refused to comply …

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by Devin Montgomery

More than 3000 members of the People's Alliance for Democracy rallied outside of the Royal Thai Police Headquarters in Bangkok on Monday, calling for a speedy resolution to the corruption trials of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.   According to a Bangkok Post report, the National Counter Corruption Commission (NCCC) has also …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The International Criminal Court (ICC) Monday granted the suspensive effect of the prosecutors' appeal against the release of Congolese ex-militia leader Thomas Lubanga. The granting of the appeal means that Lubanga will not be released until a final decision is made by the ICC. Late last month, the …

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by Devin Montgomery

A new association of political prisoners formed by Russia's National Bolshevik Party (NBP) will advocate for prisoners' rights and call attention to the plight of political prisoners in the country, party spokesman Alexander Averin said Sunday. Averin also called on the Russian government to release 25 alleged political prisoners, but government officials denied that they …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

A UN spokesperson said that East Timor police used teargas on a group of 200 students who were demonstrating before the National Parliament on Monday. Police reportedly used force against the students and arrested 21 protesters who disregarded police instructions to disperse. The protesters had accused the government of spending over $2 million on …

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by Devin Montgomery

Former US Department of Justice (DOJ) intern Sean Gerlich is seeking class action status for a suit he has filed against the DOJ for discrimination based on political affiliation. In the suit, Gerlich alleges that he was denied a position in the department's Honors Program because of his earlier work with a human …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The Sudanese parliament Monday passed a long-anticipated electoral law that is expected to ease the country's transition to democracy. The law establishes that 60 percent of parliamentary seats will be chosen by majority voting, while the remaining 40 percent will be filled by a proportional representation of political parties. Of the proportional representation seats, 25 percent will be reserved …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A court in Equatorial Guinea Monday convicted British national Simon Mann for his involvement in an alleged 2004 coup attempt against President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Mann was sentenced to 34 years in prison, to be served at Blackbeach prison in Malabo. The sentence is longer than the 31 years …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Italy's National Association of Magistrates voted Saturday to proclaim a "state of agitation," preparing for a possible strike over anticipated judicial budget cuts by the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Judges argued that the proposed cuts would drastically reduce the judiciary's ability to combat lawlessness. The …

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by Devin Montgomery

Turkish police Sunday arrested former generals Sener Eruygur and Hursit Tolon, accusing them of plotting to overthrow the country's current regime. The country's majority Islamic Justice Development Party (AKP) has alleged that the generals belong to secular extremist group Ergenekon, which is suspected of involvement in bombings, …

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