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Legal news from Friday, April 24, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit rejected Friday a lawsuit by four UK citizens and former Guantanamo Bay detainees against former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other military officials. The court's opinion in affirmed in part district court decision dismissing illegal …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

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by Andrew Gilmore

Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said Friday that the government would name new judges to replace those discharged following the suspension of the country's constitution by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo two weeks ago. Speaking to Radio New Zealand (RNZ), Khaiyum said that the Fiji government anticipates having judges appointed by next week …

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by Adrienne Lester

North Korean state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Friday that two US journalists arrested in March will stand trial. While the charges remain unclear, it is possible the journalists will face charges of espionage. According to the South Korea Ministry of Unification, espionage charges in North Korea carry at least a …

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by Amelia Mathias

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva lifted the emergency rule decree Friday and promised constitutional reforms to bring stability back to Thailand after months of protests and violence. The state of emergency, which went into force on April 11, was an attempt to control the actions of Red Shirts, supporters of ex-prime minister Thaksin …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the Obama administration opposes the formation of an independent commission to investigate Bush administration interrogation techniques. During a press conference aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, Gibbs said that the president had not left the door open to a commission "because what he's saying - he was asked, …

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by Tere Miller-Sporrer

A Spanish court assigned a new judge Thursday to decide whether to prosecute members of the Bush administration behind the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, a court spokesperson told CNN. Eloy Velasco will replace Baltasar Garzon in determining whether to seek legal action against former US attorney …

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by Brian Jackson

Four former Serbian policemen were convicted Thursday of the killing of 48 Albanian civilians in Suva Reka during the war in Kosovo in 1999. Their trial in a Serbian war crimes court began in October 2005 with eight men accused of rounding up and shooting the civilians, including 46 members of one …

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by Christian Ehret

US Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday testified in front of a House Appropriations subcommittee that he is willing to release as much information as possible in regards to interrogation techniques used on Guantanamo Bay detainees. Holder said that the recent release of four CIA interrogation memos was not …

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by Brian Jackson

The lawyer for Guantanamo Bay detainee Rafik Alhami filed suit Thursday in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey alleging that Alhami was tortured before the Bush administration approved of the techniques. The suit claims [Star-Ledger report] that Alhami was kicked, punched, stripped naked, and threatened with …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

US Department of Justice (DOJ) officials said Thursday that they would release at least 44 photographs "depicting the treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan," pursuant to a court order. In a letter sent to Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, the DOJ said …

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by Christian Ehret

A Canadian Federal Court ruled Thursday that Prime Minister Stephen Harper must advocate for the repatriation of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr. Khadr claims that the Canadian government's refusal to request repatriation from the US violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Honourable Mr. Justice O'Reilly found that …

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