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Legal news from Tuesday, January 27, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

Indonesian police plan to request access to suspected al Qaeda bomber Ridhuan Isammudin (a.k.a. Hambali), currently held at Guantanamo Bay. A spokesman for the Indonesian National Police said that they would coordinate a formal request to question Hambali regarding the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and …

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by Andrew Morgan

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday urged participants in the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to respect human rights and international law. Pillay expressed particular concern about reports of continuous abuses by the Lord's Resistance Army …

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by Jake Oresick

The Ontario Court of Appeal Monday affirmed a lower court ruling that prohibits the media from reporting on the terrorism trial of a group known as the "Toronto 18". The 3-2 decision found that a Canadian criminal statute allowing defendants to request a media blackout is applicable in this instance. The …

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by Jake Oresick

A spokesperson for the US Department of Defense (DOD) said Monday that the US will not change its policy on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Saudi Arabia, despite reports that two former prisoners have joined al Qaeda in Yemen. A US counterterrorism official has confirmed that two of the nine alumni of …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Council of the European Union Secretary-General Javier Solana on Monday said that while the US bears ultimate responsibility for detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay military prison, several EU member states would likely be willing to accept some former prisoners. Solana made the statement during a European Commission meeting …

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by Jay Carmella

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Monday heard oral arguments by lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui, requesting Moussaoui's guilty plea and life sentence be withdrawn and a new trial be granted. The lawyers argued that Moussaoui's Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights were violated, making his guilty …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Monday found for the US that large parts of China's intellectual property scheme are inconsistent with its obligations under several international treaties, including the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). The panel's findings come as the result …

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