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Legal news from Monday, January 5, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Monday ruled that the US Department of Defense (DOD) may withhold from the Associated Press (AP) certain documents relating to investigations of detainee abuse at the Guantanamo Bay military prison. Monday's decision reverses an earlier decision by the US …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on Monday began hearings in an investigation into how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) failed for years to detect the fraud scheme allegedly perpetrated by Bernard Madoff. The SEC had received numerous complaints against Madoff, dating back to 1999, but did not …

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by Devin Montgomery

UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Manfred Nowak on Monday said more countries around the world should accept released Guantanamo Bay detainees so the military prison can be closed. In an interview with Austrian radio station ORF …

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by Devin Montgomery

Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian on Monday appealed a Taiwan High Court order that he be detained while awaiting his trial on corruption charges . The court made the decision last week, overruling a district court decision , citing risks of flight, collusion, and interference with other witnesses. Lawyers for Chen said the …

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by Eric Firkel

Pakistani officials Saturday announced the re-capture of high-level Taliban operative Ustad Mohammed Yasir in the northern city of Peshawar near the Afghan border. Yasir served as senior aide and spokesman to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. He was first arrested in 2005 by Pakistani officials and handed over to Afghanistan, but was released in a controversial hostage deal …

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by Eric Firkel

South Korea's minority Democratic Party filed a criminal suit Sunday after Assembly Speaker Kim Hyong-o on Saturday ordered security guards to end a sit-in by the minority party, which led to dozens of injuries. Democratic Party officials allege abuse of power by the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) and …

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