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Legal news from Tuesday, September 2, 2008
by Joe Shaulis

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report on Tuesday concluding that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales violated DOJ regulations by storing highly classified documents in unsecure locations. Written by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, the report noted that although …

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by Joe Shaulis

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has placed senior officials of the intelligence service Abin on suspension pending investigations of a report that its agents wiretapped a variety of high-ranking government figures. Silva removed Abin Director Paulo Lacerda and Deputy Director Jose Milton Campana on Monday …

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by Devin Montgomery

Thailand's Election Commission on Tuesday voted to recommend that the country's ruling People's Power Party (PPP) be disbanded for election fraud allegedly committed by one of its former top officers. The five-member panel voted unanimously after finding that the party was complicit in a vote-buying scheme devised by former deputy leader Yongyuth …

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by Joe Shaulis

The administration of Bolivian President Evo Morales is refusing to recognize a National Electoral Court (CNE) decision suspending a constitutional referendum set for Dec. 7. Nationalization Minister Hector Arce said Monday that letters sent to Morales by CNE President Jose Luis Exeni purporting to suspend the referendum …

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by Devin Montgomery

South African judge Navanethem Pillay on Monday assumed the role of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing departing commissioner Louise Arbour. Pillay will hold the office for four years, and prior to her appointment, she had served on both the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the International Criminal Court …

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by Joe Shaulis

Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon on Monday began an investigation to assemble a definitive registry of the tens of thousands of victims of the Spanish Civil War and the regime of Gen. Francisco Franco. Garzon ordered government agencies, the Episcopal Conference, the University of Granada and the mayors of …

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by Joe Shaulis

Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) is seeking to reopen corruption cases against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother, said the NAB's Deputy Prosecutor General Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta on Tuesday. Bhutta said the NAB had filed an application in Accountability Court IV in Rawalpindi asking the court to reverse last month's …

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