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Legal news from Saturday, March 28, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Saturday announced the formation of a parliamentary committee to examine the revision of key terms of the Pakistan Constitution. The revisions would include the elimination of the controversial 17th Amendment and Article 58-2(B), which give the president extraordinary power over Pakistani elected bodies, including the power to …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Crusading Spanish judge Baltazar Garzon has asked prosecutors to examine the US lawyers reportedly behind the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, Spanish media reported Saturday. Garzon's request comes after a criminal complaint was filed last week in the Audiencia …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Humans Rights Watch (HRW) Friday criticized the resumption of activities by Syria's Supreme State Security Court (SSSC), and called for its dissolution. HRW called the court's activities a violation of the right to a fair trial in part because it does not follow procedural rules of Syria's criminal courts and does not allow defendants to appeal …

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by Steve Czajkowski

A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday ordered the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to release reports on the destruction of 92 videotapes of high value terrorism suspect interrogations within the next 30 days or alternatively, explain why it should not do so. Judge …

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