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Legal news from Tuesday, April 7, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

The Court of Appeal of Fiji on Tuesday began considering a challenge to the legitimacy of the sitting government brought by ousted Fijian prime minister Laisenia Qarase. Qarase appeals from a November High Court decision holding that President Ratu Josefa Iloilo had the authority to name new leaders …

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by Andrew Morgan

A judge from the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday granted a government motion to set aside the conviction of former senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) on corruption charges. The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed the motion last week asking the court to set aside Stevens' October …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Monday dismissed the appeal of former Bosnian Serb leader and war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic, in which he asserted that he is immune from prosecution. Karadzic alleged that US ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke [PBS …

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by Devin Montgomery

Deputy International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [professional profile] has called on world leaders to end all support for Sudanese president and war crimes suspect Omar al-Bashir, according to a Monday report by the Associated Press. Bashir has come under increasing international pressure to comply with the ICC's warrant for his …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

Kenyan Justice Minister Martha Karua resigned Monday from the ruling coalition, claiming that the government had thwarted much needed judiciary reforms by appointing judges without her knowledge. Karua, the leader of the Narc-Kenya party and an outspoken critic of the government of President Mwai Kibaki, is said to have tendered her resignation despite …

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by Brian Jackson

The Vermont Legislature on Tuesday voted to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. Both the House and Senate surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto, which Douglas executed Monday [Burlington …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori was found guilty of committing human rights abuses during his 1990-2000 rule by a special court in Lima Tuesday. Fujimori, who maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings, was convicted on charges of approving the November 1991 killing of 15 people in Lima's Barrios Altos neighborhood and the July …

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by Adrienne Lester

Austrian Interior Minister Maria Fekter said Monday that the country would not accept released Guantanamo Bay  detainees from the US, according to a report by the Associated Press. Fekter said the detainees could pose a security threat to the European Union (EU) during a meeting of EU leaders in Luxembourg. The leaders convened …

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by Amelia Mathias

Medical professionals violated codes of medical ethics by participating in and assisting in ill-treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees, says a report by the International Committee of the Red Cross, made public Monday. The report, which was written in 2007 based on interviews of fourteen detainees, alleges that doctors and psychologists in Guantanamo …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A US immigration judge on Monday revoked a stay of deportation issued Friday for accused Nazi prison camp guard John Demjanjuk. The stay had been ordered Friday after Demjanjuk filed a motion to reopen his case. On Monday, the judge ruled that the stay had been ordered in error and …

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by Andrew Gilmore

A group of 17 Chinese Uighur Muslims held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center filed a petition for certiorari with the US Supreme Court Monday, asking the Court to order their release. The petition seeks the Court's review of a February decision by the US Court …

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