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Legal news from Saturday, January 3, 2009
by Christian Ehret

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Friday signed a controversial media bill into law that gives power to a communication commission to regulate broadcasting with threats of fines or incarceration. The Communications Amendment Bill of 2008 allows the minister of information to control aspects of broadcast content. Kibaki stated that his assent to the …

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by Christian Ehret

The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) on Friday charged Captain Robert Semrau with second-degree murder in the killing of an Afghan citizen. Semrau is specifically charged under the National Defense Act with shooting, with the intent to kill, an unarmed Afghan male in the Helmand province of Afghanistan in October. Semrau was stationed …

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by Tarah Park

A Zimbabwe judge ruled Friday that Zimbabwe Peace Project leader Jestina Mukoko and 31 other activists charged with plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe must remain in jail over the weekend. High Court Judge Alphias Chitakunye denied a motion for the activists' immediate …

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by Tarah Park

Human rights group Amnesty International USA on Friday accused the US of insufficiently responding to the Gaza crisis in a letter sent to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The letter claimed that the US response has been "lopsided," and urged Rice to push all parties to an immediate cease-fire:Amnesty International USA …

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