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Legal news from Friday, December 19, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

A panel of the UK High Court of Justice ruled Friday that Iraqis Faisal Attiyah Nassar al-Saadoon and Khalaf Hussain Mufdhi, suspected in the 2003 deaths of two British soldiers, may be transferred to Iraqi custody to face trial. Lawyers for the men had contested their transfer, arguing that it would violate the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged Indian President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil to reject the recently passed Unlawful Activities Prevention Amendment of 2008 (UAPA), which would allow the government to hold terrorism suspects for up to 180 days. The bill, which comes in response to the recent Mumbai terror attacks [BBC …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Canadian Federal Court judge ruled Thursday that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) must stop monitoring phone calls between terrorism suspects and their lawyers and must erase any such calls that it accidentally records. Judge Carolyn Layden-Stevenson on Thursday morning released a two-page summary of testimony given during a secret hearing Wednesday …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN General Assembly was divided Thursday over the the issue of decriminalizing homosexuality as 66 nations signed a statement calling for decriminalization, and nearly 60 nations signed an opposing statement. The representative from Argentina, speaking on behalf of primarily European and Latin American countries, including the UK, Germany, and Brazil, read a statement urging …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The Venezuelan National Assembly on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a measure authorizing a national referendum on a constitutional amendment that would abolish presidential term limits. The amendment would allow Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to seek re-election in 2012. Also on Thursday, a petition signed by …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has ordered the Pentagon to draft a proposal for shutting down the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in preparation for a possible order from President-elect Barack Obama, a Pentagon spokesperson said Thursday. Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters that Gates wants to have a …

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by Steve Czajkowski

An Argentine court Thursday released 14 suspects who are accused of committing human rights violations during the country's military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. The court released the men pending bail, saying that the two-year legal deadline for holding them without a conviction had expired. The suspects are said to have committed human rights violations during Argentina's …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz said Thursday that the tribunal may not be able to meet the UN deadline of 2010 for completing its work. Brammertz said that the July arrest of war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic may …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

An Italian court in Milan Thursday sentenced Parmalat SpA founder Calisto Tanzi to 10 years in prison for his role in the collapse of the Italian dairy giant. Tanzi is the first executive to be sentenced in connection with the €14 billion fraud scheme in 2003 that bankrupted the company. He was …

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