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Legal news from Thursday, February 19, 2009
by Tarah Park

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ordered the UK to pay £2,500 in damages to Islamic cleric Abu Qataba after determining that he was imprisoned by the UK in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. The court unanimously found that the UK detained …

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by Christian Ehret

Judge Abdul-Amir al-Rubaie of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) on Thursday postponed the trial of Muntadar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist accused of throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush. The new trial date is set for March 12. Al-Zaidi's lawyers argued …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The England and Wales Court of Appeals (Civil Division) on Wednesday refused to clarify Britain's law banning assisted suicide in an action initiated by a British woman suffering from multiple sclerosis. Debbie Purdy, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1995 and has since lost most of her ability to function independently, sought the court's …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Sweden's Migration Court on Wednesday granted asylum to former Uighur Guantanamo Bay detainee Adil Hakimjan, also known as Adel Abdu Al-Hakim. The decision overruled a previous ruling by the Swedish Migration Board denying Hakimjan asylum. Hakimjan, who was held at Guantanamo Bay …

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by Steve Czajkowski

US Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday that, despite landmark court decisions and legislation bolstering the official recognition of racial equality, the US remains a country that has not truly resolved its racial divide. Holder, who is the country's first African American attorney general, made his remarks during a Justice Department (DOJ) event commemorating …

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by Ximena Marinero

Judges from more than 30 Spanish provinces went on a one-day strike Wednesday to demand that the country's judicial system hire more judges and adopt electronic technology to decrease the workload faced by current judges. The judges were led by 21 local judges' assemblies and the Francisco de Vitoria Association (AJFV) and Independent Judicial Forum (FJI), and …

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by Ximena Marinero

Egyptian authorities in Cairo released imprisoned political opposition leader Ayman Nour late Wednesday for medical reasons. Egypt's public prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud unexpectedly announced the release of nine prisoners for medical reasons, including Nour. Only two days prior, Nour's wife expressed her belief that her husband would be kept in jail beyond July 2009, …

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