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Legal news from Sunday, August 17, 2008
by Nick Fiske

The US Justice Department has sent so-called target letters to six Blackwater USA guards involved in the September 16 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Sources told the Post that the letters, which provide an opportunity for the recipients to contest grand jury evidence, indicate …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-Iraq) announced Saturday that the first hearing of a US soldier charged in connection with the death of an Iraqi detainee will begin on September 5. Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner, who was stationed about 130 miles north of Baghdad, was charged early this month with premeditated …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Officials of Myanmar opposition group the National League for Democracy (NLD) said Sunday that the government has sentenced five of its members to prison for participating in a march commemorating the mass student protests against the junta held on August 8, 1988. The 2008 protest, held in the Rakhine province, included 48 people, and police arrested the …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Belarusian officials released opposition politician Alexander Kozulin from prison Saturday after two years' detention for staging political protests. Kozulin was sentenced to more than five years in prison in July 2006 for leading unauthorized protests over the controversial re-election of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko earlier that year. Authorities granted …

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