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Legal news from Monday, July 28, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

The Constitutional Court of Turkey began proceedings on Monday to determine whether to ban the country's ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has allegedly failed to respect secular principles of the country's constitution. In March, Chief Prosecutor Abdurrahman Yalcinkaya petitioned the …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A report released Monday by Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq indicates that officials for Palestinian security and military agencies frequently detain, torture and mistreat citizens from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The report, released the same day as a similar report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Iranian officials on Sunday hanged 29 people in the capital Tehran as part of what the government says was a push to enforce Islamic moral codes. Government sources and local media presented conflicting reports regarding what crimes those executed had committed, but offenses ranging from adultery to murder qualify for the punishment under the country's use of …

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by Devin Montgomery

A lawyer for Bosnian Serb leader and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic says he has filed an appeal with a Serbian court to block the transfer of his client to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where Karadzic faces war crimes charges. The lawyer said he had intentionally delayed …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

The armed forces of the United Kingdom may have used officially-banned tactics to interrogate detainees in Iraq, according to a report released Sunday by Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights. In previous testimony before the committee, top defense officials had denied the use of "wall standing, hooding, subjection to noise, sleep deprivation and deprivation of food …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Newspapers in Tennessee, California, Georgia, and Ohio and several other states carried editorials Monday in support of US Senate passage of a proposed federal reporter shield law [S. 2035 text, PDF; bill materials], of the law, citing the occasional necessity of source anonymity. The Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 would allow reporters to refuse to reveal …

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by Devin Montgomery

The government of the Philippines reached a peace agreement Monday with rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, granting expanded boundaries to the country's southern Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). In addition to the recognized size of the region, the two sides say they have also reached tentative agreements on …

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by Deirdre Jurand

New poll results released Sunday by think tank Open Europe indicate that Irish voters do not support a second referendum on the EU reform treaty, formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon, and that they would reject the treaty again if the country held another referendum. …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Basmany Court in Moscow resumed proceedings Monday in a lawsuit filed by the Russian Federal Customs Service against the Bank of New York Mellon (BNYMellon) under the US Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute. In a novel use of US law in a foreign court, Russian government lawyers are seeking $22.5 billion …

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