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Legal news from Thursday, March 12, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

Members of the Pakistan lawyers' movement and opposition politicians and supporters began a "long march" from Karachi to Islamabad Thursday against the government of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). The protesters, led by Nawaz Sharif of …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Ontario Superior Court Justice Douglas Rutherford Thursday sentenced Ottawa software developer Mohammed Momin Khawaja to 10.5 years in prison for his involvement in an alleged terrorist plot to bomb targets in the UK. Khawaja was convicted in October 2008 of designing a remote detonator and providing other support to …

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by Caitlin Price

Officials from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) said Thursday that a ban on video-sharing website YouTube has been lifted, but did not comment on access to several other blocked websites that also posted a recording in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is criticized by army officers over how she handled …

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by Caitlin Price

The Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) on Thursday sentenced Muntadar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist accused of throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush, to three years in prison for assaulting a foreign leader. The verdict came after a three week postponement during which the court …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US financier Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to all 11 charges of securities fraud. The plea was entered at a hearing before Judge Denny Chin of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Victims of Madoff's alleged multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme are expected …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The number of employment discrimination charges against private employers filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) increased by 15 percent in 2008 to reach record highs, according to EEOC statistics released Wednesday. The EEOC cited several possible reasons for the increase, "including economic conditions, increased diversity and demographic shifts …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Zimbabwean authorities on Thursday released jailed Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party treasurer general and opposition cabinet member-designate Roy Bennett, one day after the nation's Supreme Court denied a state appeal to keep him in prison. Bennett, a top aide to MDC head Morgan Tsvangirai, faces charges …

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