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Legal news from Wednesday, February 11, 2009
by Lucas Tanglen

An Egyptian military court on Wednesday sentenced an Islamist opposition leader to two years in prison for illegally entering Gaza. Magdy Ahmed Hussein, leader of the Labor Party, was arrested last month on suspicion of crossing into the territory via an illegal tunnel. Hussein was also fined 5,000 Egyptian pounds, or about USD $900. Hussein's …

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by Ximena Marinero

Tibetan courts have convicted 76 people involved in the March 2008 Lhasa riots, according to official remarks on Tuesday by vice-president of the Tibet regional People's Congress Nyima Cering. The high ranking Tibetan official did not discuss sentence terms at the press conference, part of a state sponsored tour of the …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Lawyers for Omar Khadr presented a plan Wednesday to return the Guantanamo Bay detainee to Canadian society. The outline, laid out at a news conference in Toronto, calls for assessments of the 22-year-old's health and education, and proposes he be housed in a foster home. Dennis Edney, one …

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by Jake Oresick

The Kenyan Parliament on Tuesday delayed voting on a constitutional amendment that would create a special tribunal for the country, following allegations by MP Gitobu Imanyara that government officials tried to bribe or blackmail MPs into voting for the bill. President Mwai Kibaki recently made an appeal for MPs to support …

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by Kayleigh Shebs

The Central Jakarta District Court on Wednesday dismissed a corruption lawsuit against Hutomo Mandala Putra, son of former Indonesian President Haji Mohammed Suharto. The suit against Putra, also known as "Tommy Suharto," had been brought by the state and alleged  that he had defrauded the government out of more than $300 …

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by Caitlin Price

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir must cooperate with any indictment or decision the International Criminal Court (ICC) may issue against him, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Tuesday. On Monday, Ban had a rare meeting with Bashir at a UN-African Union summit, where Ban urged …

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by Jake Oresick

A bill has been introduced into the US House of Representatives that would end the ban on travel by US residents to Cuba. The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, introduced last week by Representative William Delahunt (D-MA), would allow all US citizens and legal residents to visit the island. Exceptions would include instances …

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by Devin Montgomery

US State Department spokesperson Robert Wood on Tuesday defended the silence of the US delegates during the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of potential rights abuses, saying that the US is not actively participating because the administration of President Barack Obama  is still deciding how it wants to …

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by Caitlin Price

Taliban insurgents on Wednesday targeted the Afghan Ministry of Justice, the Prisons Directorate and other government buildings in coordinated attacks in the capital city of Kabul. Early estimates reported 28 killed and more than 60 injured. At least five gunmen stormed the Justice Ministry, several outfitted with explosive devices that apparently did not detonate. …

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by Devin Montgomery

The European Court of Justice on Tuesday dismissed a challenge to a European Commission directive [EC 2006/24 text] requiring telecommunication companies operating in European Union (EU) member countries to retain phone and email data for at least six months. The rule was designed to help law enforcement investigate gang, terrorism and …

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by Andrew Gilmore

US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced plans Tuesday to reverse offshore drilling policies established by former US President George W. Bush at the end of his presidency. The move comes as part of a larger effort by the administration of President Barack Obama to create a comprehensive energy …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A South Korea appellate court on Tuesday upheld a landmark lower court ruling authorizing removal of life-support from a comatose woman. Tuesday's decision by the Seoul High Court affirmed the December ruling of the Seoul Western District Court that ordered Yonsei Severance Hospital to remove the 77-year-old woman from a life-support respirator she has …

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