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Legal news from Monday, May 11, 2009
by Ximena Marinero

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on Monday denied a second request for release on bail by former Khmer Rouge official Ieng Thirith. Ieng was Minister of Social Action in the Democratic Kampuchea regime, and is currently under investigation for charges of crimes against humanity. In Novermber 2007, investigating judges …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the Afghan parliament, on Monday demanded that restrictions be placed on foreign forces to avoid further civilian casualties before recessing in protest of recent air strikes. Wolesi Jirga secretary Abdul Sattar Khawaasi said that parliament has given the government one week to come up with a plan to regulate US …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Swedish Sami Association (SSR) on Monday brought a lawsuit against the Swedish government claiming that the state is violating the hunting rights of the indigenous Sami people, also known as Lapps. The SSR filed the lawsuit in the Gallivare District …

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by Ximena Marinero

US journalist Roxana Saberi was released from an Iranian prison Monday after an Iranian court of appeals on Sunday reduced her eight-year sentence for espionage to two years and then suspended the sentence. According to statements from Saberi's lawyer, the court determined that the espionage charge was not valid since the US …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday that it is reversing Bush administration antitrust policies that made it difficult to act against large companies that harm the interests of smaller companies. In a speech before the Center for American Progress, Assistant Attorney General in the Antitrust Division Christine Varney …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Saturday harshly criticized the Obama administration's reported consideration of reviving the military commissions system to try Guantanamo Bay detainees. ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero called the plans "fatally flawed," saying the "military commissions are built on unconstitutional premises and designed to ensure convictions, …

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by Devin Montgomery

Iceland Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir said Sunday that the country's parliament will consider applying to join the European Union (EU) by holding a referendum when it meets on May 15. Sigurdardottir made the announcement shortly after constituting the cabinet of the country's new Social Democratic and …

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by Devin Montgomery

Military judge Colonel James Pohl has rejected a motion to delay a military commission hearing for Saudi Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi, according to a Sunday report by the Miami Herald. The hearing, scheduled for May 27, would be the first to be held since US President Barack Obama suspended …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The FBI has failed to maintain an accurate and effective terrorist watchlist by failing to include known terrorism suspects and to remove records of people that have been cleared, according to a report by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The report, released last Wednesday, …

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