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Legal news from Monday, September 15, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

Zimabwean president Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Monday signed a power-sharing agreement between their African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) parties. Under the agreement, Mugabe would remain president, Tsvangirai would become prime minister and each would have …

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by Devin Montgomery

The US has denied a Pakistani delegation's request to meet with Pakistani detainees held at the US military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, according to a Daily Times report published Sunday. According to the report, the US said that it does not permit delegations to meet with specific detainees held at the center, but did …

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by Joe Shaulis

An Australian jury on Monday convicted radical cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika and five other Muslims in that country's highest-profile terrorism trial to date. Benbrika, also known as Abu Bakr, was found guilty in the Supreme Court of Victoria on charges of directing the activities of a terrorist organization, belonging to a terrorist organization …

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by Joe Shaulis

A US soldier and an Iraqi translator for the US military testified against Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner as an Article 32 preliminary hearing concluded Sunday in Iraq. Military prosecutors are seeking to court-martial Warner, of the Army's 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, in connection with the murder …

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by Joe Shaulis

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday convicted former Bosnian army commander Rasim Delic of cruel treatment and sentenced him to three years in prison. With one judge dissenting, a trial chamber found Delic responsible for actions of the El Mujahedin …

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by Deirdre Jurand

Officials from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday announced plans to implement new guidelines extending the FBI's investigatory powers relating to terrorism. The plan calls for the merger of the Guidelines on General Crimes, the National Security Investigative Guidelines (NSIG), and the confidential Supplemental Foreign Intelligence …

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by Deirdre Jurand

A judge in South Africa's Pietermaritzburg High Court ruled Friday that an earlier decision to prosecute politician Jacob Zuma on corruption charges was procedurally invalid because Zuma was not given the chance to respond to the allegations against him. In December 2007, South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority served an indictment …

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by Joe Shaulis

The Virginia Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional a state law criminalizing the production of falsified, unsolicited bulk e-mail. The court on Friday vacated the conviction of prominent spammer Jeremy Jaynes, and held that the statute is substantially overbroad because it "prohibits the anonymous transmission of all unsolicited bulk e-mails including those containing …

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