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Legal news from Tuesday, October 21, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

Mexico and Cuba on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at combating the rising number of Cuban illegal immigrants attempting to reach the US through Mexico. The agreement requires Mexican authorities to deport any illegal Cuban immigrants taken into custody by Mexican authorities, including immigrants who have illegally entered Mexico directly or …

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by Devin Montgomery

Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled that the country's constitution allows the firing-squad execution of three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings. The three members of the southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), Mukhlas, Imam Samudra and Amrozi Nurhasyim, …

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by David Weber

The Bolivian National Congress Tuesday ratified proposed reforms to the country's constitution, paving the way for a national referendum on the changes on January 25, 2009. Bolivian President Evo Morales engineered the endorsement Monday by agreeing not to seek reelection in 2014. …

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by Caitlin Price

Human Rights Watch on Monday accused the Sudanese government of using a special prosecutor as "window dressing" to thwart an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region. ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo applied for an arrest warrant in July for Sudanese President Omar …

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by Christian Ehret

Amnesty International and the Nigerian Legal Defense and Assistance Project (LEDAP) condemned Nigeria's capital punishment practices in a joint report released Tuesday, claiming that death row inmates are being denied their rights to proper representation and appeal and calling for a moratorium on executions. According to the report, capital punishment can only be …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Supreme Court of Thailand on Monday convicted ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of corruption charges related to a 2003 purchase of land by his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra from the government-controlled Financial Institutions Development Fund. Thaksin was sentenced to two years in prison for …

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by Deirdre Jurand

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a report issued Monday that the Iranian government has made limited progress in some areas of human rights but that other areas such as basic freedoms, minority rights and the justice system still need to be improved. The report noted that there have been marked improvements in per capita …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Monday issued an order further delaying the release of 17 Uighur detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay as it set an expedited schedule for hearing an appeal by the US Department of Justice (DOJ). A three-judge panel voted …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Outgoing UK Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald warned Monday against the expansion of government power in gathering intelligence and prosecuting suspected terrorists. In a speech delivered in London Macdonald speculated that present decisions about how the government should use technology are likely to be permanent -- an apparent reference to the proposed Communications Data Bill …

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by Deirdre Jurand

US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) head Scott J. Bloch announced in a letter to President George W. Bush Monday that he will resign when his five-year term ends in January. Bloch could remain head of the OSC for one year after his term expires or until the Senate confirms his replacement, but …

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by Deirdre Jurand

The German cabinet on Monday approved legal conditions that the government will impose on banks that receive financial assistance through the German financial rescue bill. The rescue bill, signed into law on October 17, will provide up …

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