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Legal news from Sunday, December 7, 2008
18:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian court has sentenced 16 former employees of the Central Bank of Iran [official website] to jail and lashes for accepting bribes. According to an Iranian state radio broadcast [Reuters report], the staff members were convicted of accepting cash, foreign currency, and gold in exchange for bank credit. [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Leyla Zana [NNDB profile], a Kurdish spokesperson and member of the European Union Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC) [official website], was sentenced [EUTCC press release] Saturday to 10 years in prison for supporting the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) [BBC profile; FAS backgrounder]. A Turkish court in the city of Diyarbakir [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Montana First Judicial District [Montana courts materials] ruled Friday that terminally ill patients in the state have the right to commit physician-assisted suicide. The case, Baxter v. Montana [complaint, PDF] was brought by a number of terminally-ill Montanans, their doctors, and Compassion & Choices [advocacy website], an organization [read more]

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