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Legal news from Sunday, March 1, 2009
by Devin Montgomery

The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), tasked with investigating the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, officially began operating Sunday. The STL will be located in The Hague and the prosecution of its cases will be lead by Daniel Bellemare. In an open letter to …

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by Devin Montgomery

Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said Saturday that he would support the imposition of a moderate form of Sharia, Islamic religious law, as part of a cease-fire agreement with the country's Hizb al-Islamiya and Al-Shabaab rebels. Ahmed said, however, that he would not agree to provisions that would prohibit girls …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Police in Bangladesh on Sunday charged more than 1,000 members of the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in last week's border guards mutiny [BBC Q&A], which killed dozens of top BDR officers, including the force's commander. The government plans to organize a special tribunal to try the organizers of the revolt. Among …

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by Lucas Tanglen

A military jury in Kentucky on Saturday sentenced US Army First Lt. Michael Behenna to 25 years in prison after convicting him Friday of the murder and assault of an Iraqi detainee. The 101st Airborne Division officer, who claimed he acted in self-defense by shooting the victim, could have received a life sentence in the proceedings …

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