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Legal news from Tuesday, February 17, 2009
by Jake Oresick

A military judge ruled that a US Army sergeant may testify for the prosecution against Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr., who is charged in connection with the killing of four Iraqi prisoners, as court-martial proceedings began Tuesday. Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham will be allowed to testify, despite defense counsel's objection that its limited time to prepare …

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by Andrew Morgan

Italian authorities Monday began dismantling illegal immigrant camps around Rome heavily populated by members of the Roma minority ("gypsies") following the alleged weekend rape of a 14-year old girl by East European immigrants which led to public outcry and vigilante reprisals. Interior Minister Roberto Maroni meanwhile proposed an emergency decree which would …

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by Andrew Morgan

The Federal Court of Canada Monday dismissed an application by two Guantanamo Bay detainees requesting access to Canadian interrogation records. Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian with landed immigrant status in Canada, and Ahcene Zemiri, an Algerian permanent resident of Canada, sought disclosure of records of interrogations conducted by the Canadian …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Speaker for Italy's Chamber of Deputies Gianfranco Fini  said Monday that Italy will not accept detainees released from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay. Fini made the announcement after a meeting with US House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in Rome, and it contradicts earlier statements by Italian defense minister Ignazio La Russa …

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by Jay Carmella

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday began the trial of former Khmer Rouge leader Kaing Guek-Eav. Kaing, also known as "Duch," faces charges [scheduling order, PDF; JURIST report] of murder and torture in addition to charges [closing order, PDF; JURIST report] of crimes against humanity and violations of the Geneva …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The administration of US President Barack Obama on Monday proposed the development of a binding international treaty to regulate global mercury levels. The announcement by US State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Sustainable Development Daniel Reifsnyder came at the 25th Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environmental Forum, a …

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by Jay Carmella

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office said Monday that additional charges will be filed against Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The charges include allegations of embezzlement and theft, contending that Khodorkovsky and a group of investors embezzled more than $100 million from his former company Yukos [JURIST …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The government of Pakistan reached an agreement Monday with Islamic militants in the Pakistani North West Frontier Province (NWFP) area of Swat to implement Islamic Sharia law, according to Pakistani government officials. The implementation of Sharia law in Swat is contingent upon peace between the Pakistani government and Islamic …

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