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Legal news from Sunday, December 28, 2008
by Benjamin Klein

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Sunday condemned what she called Israel’s “disproportionate use of force” against Hamas targets in Gaza and urged the Israeli government to “uphold international humanitarian law principles, especially those relating to proportionality in the use of military force and the prevention of collective punishment and …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

Egyptian Deputy Interior Minister Hamid Rashid Sunday announced the suspension and investigation of 280 police officers alleged to have abused their power and committed human rights violations. In a statement before the Egyptian Parliament, Rashid said as many as 1,164 police officers have already been fired for similar reasons. Egypt has recently come …

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by Benjamin Klein

The Taiwan High Court on Sunday overruled a district court decision to release former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian pending his trial on corruption charges, citing risks of flight, collusion and interference with other witnesses. The Taipei district court’s decision to release Chen was originally overruled on December 17 by the High Court. …

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by Benjamin Klein

Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski expressed reservations Saturday over the prospect of accepting detainees released from Guantanamo Bay as part of a US strategy to close the prison. In an interview with the Dziennik daily, Sikorski ventured that "the establishment of prisons outside the US legal system was one of the …

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