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Legal news from Monday, December 22, 2008
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Sudanese man charged with aiding an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of a Darfur war crimes suspect appeared in court Monday. Mohamed Alsary Ibrahim is charged with working to overthrow the constitutional government, waging war against the state, dealing with an enemy country, spying, and passing on confidential military documents in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Five men were found guilty Monday in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey of plotting to kill US soldiers at Fort Dix. The five men, Serdar Tatar, Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, Dritan Duka, Eljvir Duka, and Shain Duka, were acquitted of attempted murder, but were convicted of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

An Iraqi national living in Maryland on Sunday pleaded guilty to charges of spying for the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein. Saubhe Jassim Al-Dellemy, a former Baath party member, pleaded guilty to "conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government," and faces up to five years in prison. …

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by Benjamin Klein

The Iraqi Council of Representatives on Monday delayed a vote to determine the future of non-US foreign troops in the country. On Saturday, the parliament rejected a draft law that 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 …

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by Benjamin Klein

Russia's Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, gave final approval Monday to amendments to the Russian Constitution that would extend presidential terms [Article 81(1) text] from four to six years and terms for parliament members [Article 96(1) text] from four to five years. The Council issued a unanimous resolution approving the amendments [RIA …

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by Jay Carmella

Australian authorities on Sunday removed the final restrictions against former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks. Hicks, who served more than five years in the military prison without a trial before pleading guilty to providing material support to al Qaeda, had been under control order since his release last year. The Australian …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

German government spokesperson Thomas Steg said Monday that Germany would consider taking in detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay military prison if US President-elect Barack Obama closed the facility. Steg said that Germany supports closure of the facility and that all European Union (EU) member states should cooperate to formulate a plan for taking …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

An Iraqi court on Sunday began a new trial for Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali," and three other Saddam Hussein-era officials accused in a 1998 gas attack that killed 5,000 Kurds. The relatives of the plaintiffs were allegedly gassed to death in the Kurdish village of Halabja. …

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by Jay Carmella

Iranian security forces on Sunday raided and closed the offices of a human rights group run by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi. The Iranian judiciary declared that the office of Ebadi's Center for the Defense of Human Rights did not have the proper legal permits. The closure prevented the group from conducting its …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The deposed president of Mauritania Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi was freed from house arrest Sunday, according to Mauritanian officials. Abdallahi was picked up by military forces early Sunday at his home in Lemden and was taken to the capital Nouakchott where he was released. Abdallahi had been under house …

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