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Legal news from Wednesday, April 8, 2009
by Christian Ehret

US military judge Colonel Patrick Parrish ruled Tuesday that Pentagon officials lacked the authority to dismiss Lieutenant Commander William Kuebler as defense counsel for Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr. Chief defense counsel Colonel Peter Masciola reassigned Kuebler earlier this month after Kuebler filed a formal …

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by Jay Carmella

The Lhasa Municipal Intermediate People's Court in China sentenced two Tibetans to death on Wednesday for their involvement in the March 2008 Lhasa riots. The two men were found guilty of starting fires that led to several deaths. Three other men received delayed death sentences or life imprisonment for their roles in …

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by Jay Carmella

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) on Wednesday sentenced former Revolutionary Union Front (RUF) commanders Issa Hassan Sesay, Morris Kallon, and Augustine Gbao to jail terms of 52, 40, and 25 years, respectively. The three men were each found guilty in February of war crimes and crimes against humanity for …

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by Lucas Tanglen

Human rights activists in Russia are being attacked with greater frequency, Russian Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin said Wednesday in an interview with Vesti television. Lukin was responding to the recent beating of Lev Ponomarev, leader of advocacy group For Human Rights. Lukin said that even though it …

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by Ingrid Burke

The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Tuesday that a female Muslim police officer is not entitled to wear a religious headscarf while on duty. Officer Kimberlie Webb of the Philadelphia Police Department was appealing the ruling of the US District Court for the Eastern District of …

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by Ximena Marinero

The conviction of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori on Tuesday was met with widespread approval from the current Peruvian government and human rights organizations. Peruvian Prime Minister Yehuda Simon said that the verdict highlighted the country's judicial autonomy. Amnesty International trial observer …

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by Matt Glenn

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled Tuesday that US courts cannot prevent the government from transferring detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to foreign countries on the grounds that detainees may face prosecution or torture in the foreign country. The three-judge panel found it had jurisdiction to hear the …

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by Lucas Tanglen

The government of Bangladesh said Tuesday it is working with the UN to organize war crimes prosecutions for alleged violations stemming from the country's 1971 War of Independence against Pakistan and is considering trial in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Rights group Amnesty …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Justice Ian MacDonnell of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada's federal police force and the country's largest law enforcement entity, can form unions. MacDonnell's ruling struck down a portion of the RCMP Regulations [1988, SOR/88-361 text] that established a labor representation …

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by Safiya Boucaud

A federal appeals court in Baghdad on Tuesday reduced the sentence for the Iraqi journalist accused of throwing his shoe at former US president George W. Bush from three years to one year. Lawyers for Muntadar al-Zaidi based their appeal on an Iraqi law that provides a maximum two-year sentence for …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The Council of the District of Columbia voted Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of Washington, DC. The bill, proposed by DC Councilman Phil Mendelson, was approved by a 12-0 vote. A number of council members applauded the vote, citing its historic nature, and hinting at forthcoming legislation …

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