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Legal news from Sunday, December 21, 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

An Argentine court on Friday suspended its decision to release up to 20 suspects who are accused of committing human rights violations during the country's military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983, known as the "Dirty War". The court Thursday released the men pending bail, saying that the two-year legal deadline for holding …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Four white Zimbabwean farmers were charged Thursday with trespassing on state property for failing to vacate farms that were seized by the government. The charges are in defiance of a November ruling by the South African Development Community Tribunal that ordered Zimbabwe to halt its controversial Land Reform Program. The tribunal held that …

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by Eric Firkel

The Iraqi parliament Saturday voted down a status of forces draft law which would have permitted 6,000 troops from the United Kingdom, Australia, Romania, El Salvador, and Estonia to remain in the country after the current UN mandate authorizing the multi-national force in Iraq expires on December 31, 2008. Iraqi members of parliament voted …

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by Eric Firkel

Iraqi judge Dhia Al Kinani Friday announced an investigation into the alleged beating of Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi. Al-Zaidi was allegedly beaten after throwing his shoes at US President George W. Bush on December 14 during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki where the two leaders discussed the signing of the …

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