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Legal news from Friday, December 5, 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Russian State Duma on Friday gave first reading to a bill that would ban jury trials for terrorism, espionage, and treason, among other crimes. In a vote of 351 to 34 with no abstentions, the lower house of parliament approved the bill that proponents call necessary as a result of lenient jurors …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) said Friday that it would add charges of murder and torture to the case against Khmer Rouge leader Kaing Guek-Eav, also known as "Duch." Duch already faces charges of crimes against …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari Friday in two cases. In al-Marri v. Pucciarelli [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will decide whether the Authorization for Use of Military Force, passed after the 9/11 attacks, authorizes the indefinite military detention of of a person lawfully residing …

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by Devin Montgomery

A Moroccan court on Friday sentenced Hicham Ahmidan to 10 years in prison for his role in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed almost 200 people. Ahmidan, who was in custody at the time of the attack, was convicted of providing support to the bombers, but had earlier been …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously ruled Thursday that there was no human rights violation when a French school expelled two students for refusing to remove their headscarves. Two French nationals, Belgin Dogru and Esma-Nur Kervanci, were expelled from school in 1999 …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Taiwan Taipei District Court on Thursday sentenced former head of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau Yeh Sheng-mao to 10 years in prison on corruption charges. Yeh was convicted of corruption, concealing a government file, and leaking confidential information to former President Chen Shui-bian. In addition …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Two US congressman on Thursday sent a letter to US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, calling on him to explain comments he made Wednesday about pardoning US counterterrorism officials for their controversial policies. Mukasey told reporters at a news conference that he did not see a need to issue a blanket pardon …

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by Ximena Marinero

The European Court of First Instance on Thursday annulled a July decision of the Council of the European Union to place the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) on the list of terrorist organizations and freeze its assets for the third time since the court's …

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by Ximena Marinero

Israeli police Thursday forcibly removed 250 settlers who had barricaded themselves inside the four-story so-called House of Peace (Beit HaShalom) on the West Bank that the Israeli Supreme Court last month ordered cleared pending judicial resolution of a dispute over land ownership. The raid lasted an hour …

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by Eric Firkel

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Thursday ruled on six Chechnya disappearance cases, ordering Russia to pay a total of €320,000 to the relatives of the victims. In each case, the applicants, all Russian nationals, alleged their relatives disappeared between 2001-2003 after being taken into custody by members of the Russian military and that …

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by Eric Firkel

Lawyers for former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre filed a complaint with the court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in October to prevent his trial for crimes against humanity in Senegal from moving forward, according to an AFP report. The move is a response to 14 Chadian and Senegalese …

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