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Legal news from Monday, November 24, 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit heard oral arguments Monday on whether 17 Uighur detainees at Guantanamo Bay [Kiyemba v. Bush backgrounder and materials] can be released into the US. In early October, a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the release of the detainees [opinion …

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by Jake Oresick

A Stuttgart court on Monday granted parole for Christian Klar, a leader of the militant Red Army Faction (RAF), after Klar served 26 years in prison on nine counts of murder and 11 counts of attempted murder. The court found no grounds on which continue to detain him, and Klar will be released in January. …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday upheld the convictions of three men found guilty of involvement in the 1998 bombing of two US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. The court held that Mohamed Sadeek Odeh, Mohamed Rashed Daoud Al-Owhali, and Wadih El Hage had received …

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by Lucas Tanglen

A lawyer for the Dutch government on Monday claimed the statute of limitations bars one survivor and nine widows of victims of a 1947 massacre in Indonesia from seeking compensation. Dutch soldiers allegedly executed more than 400 people in the village of Rawagedeh during the Indonesian War of Independence. In a letter …

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by Christian Ehret

Many convicted felons, including several well-known figures, are seeking clemency from US President George W. Bush before he leaves office, according to a Washington Post report Monday. Among those said to have applied are financier Michael Milken, former congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham and former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards. Presidential pardons are …

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by Safiya Boucaud

An Iraqi court on Sunday began a new trial for 16 former Saddam Hussein-era officials, including Hussein cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid - better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali" - and former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz. The accused are charged in connection with the killings …

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by Ximena Marinero

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Sunday lifted martial law over the the country's northern province of Pando, more than two months after the sanction was imposed following violent regional protests against the country's proposed new constitution. Under the proposed charter, more of Bolivia's land …

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by Tarah Park

A Malaysian labor activist jailed for alleging police brutality against illegal immigrants in detention was acquitted by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on Monday. Irene Fernandez, the director and cofounder of migrant workers' rights group Tenaganita, was arrested in 1996. In 2003 she was convicted on a charge …

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by Deirdre Jurand

US military officials will be unable to detain people without charge under the proposed new Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the Iraqi government, and military officials are now investigating the cases of about 5,000 detainees they consider dangerous in anticipation of the change, according to an AP report Sunday. The new SOFA will …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

The legislature in the Papua province of Indonesia is considering a measure mandating that certain individuals infected with HIV or AIDS be implanted with microchips so the government can monitor their movements. The bill, which has yet to be passed, will attempt to monitor the activities of individuals who are …

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by Jay Carmella

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Monday in a statement in anticipation of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women that migrant and domestic workers still face abusive and exploitative treatment throughout Asia and the Middle East. The rights group observed that workers in several countries throughout the region, including millions …

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