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Legal news from Sunday, December 7, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

An Iranian court has sentenced 16 former employees of the Central Bank of Iran to jail and lashes for accepting bribes. According to an Iranian state radio broadcast, the staff members were convicted of accepting cash, foreign currency, and gold in exchange for bank credit. The harsh sentences, including a reported 10 years of jail …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Leyla Zana, a Kurdish spokesperson and member of the European Union Turkey Civic Commission (EUTCC), was sentenced Saturday to 10 years in prison for supporting the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). A Turkish court in the city of Diyarbakir ruled that Zana had violated article 314 of the Turkish …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Montana First Judicial District ruled Friday that terminally ill patients in the state have the right to commit physician-assisted suicide. The case, Baxter v. Montana was brought by a number of terminally-ill Montanans, their doctors, and Compassion & Choices, an organization supporting the legalization of physician assisted suicide. In their complaint, …

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