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Legal news from Wednesday, May 6, 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

Alleged Mumbai terror attack suspect Mohammed Ajmal Kasab pleaded not guilty Wednesday in an Indian court to 86 charges stemming from his participation in the November 2008 attack. Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was formally charged at a special court in Mumbai in front of Judge M.L. Tahiliyani, where he denied any involvement …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Iranian authorities issued stays of execution Wednesday for two teens sentenced to death for crimes committed as juveniles. The two individuals facing the death penalty, Amir Khaleqi and Safar Angooti, were scheduled to be executed Wednesday morning after being convicted of murder committed while the were under the age of 18. Amnesty International (AI) called …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Maine Governor John Baldacci on Wednesday signed into law a bill that will allow same-sex marriages to be performed in the state, making Maine the fifth state to allow same-sex marriage. On Tuesday, the Maine House of Representatives voted 89-57 in favor of the legislation, which followed last week's …

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by Andrew Morgan

A Spanish judge has said that he will ask the US if it plans to prosecute six US officials for allegedly contributing to torture at Guantanamo Bay before deciding whether to open an investigation in Spain. Judge Eloy Velasco of Spain's Audiencia Nacional on Monday requested information from the US about potential charges …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A court in Zimbabwe on Wednesday released on bail 15 human rights activists, including activist and journalist Jestina Mukoko, who had been ordered back into custody Tuesday. Mukoko is the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP). The indicted activists were accused of planning a coup against …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A German court on Wednesday rejected an emergency suit filed by accused Nazi prison guard John Demjanjuk seeking to block his deportation from the US. Demjanjuk faces deportation to Germany, where in March a Munich district court charged him with 29,000 counts of accessory to murder for his alleged involvement at the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Wednesday that the US is considering sending Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainees to Saudi Arabia for rehabilitation as part of the efforts to close the prison facility. Gates told reporters in Saudi Arabia that while no official decisions have been made, he has been impressed with …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A Greek court ruled Tuesday that same-sex marriages performed in the country are invalid. Two same-sex couples were married last year by a local mayor on a small Aegean island, as the 1982 Greek civil marriage law simply saying that marriages must be between two "persons" without specifying that …

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by Adrienne Lester

The Appeals Chamber for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Tuesday increased the sentence of Veselin Sljivancanin from five to 17 years. Sljivancanin was convicted of aiding and abetting the killings of over 200 Croatian prisoners of war near Vukovar [BBC backgrounder; ICTY backgrounder, …

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