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Legal news from Wednesday, June 10, 2009
by Brian Jackson

A naturalized American citizen believed to have ties to a Canadian terrorist cell was convicted Wednesday of conspiracy to commit terrorism in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Syed Haris Ahmed was found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists following a bench trial presided over by Judge …

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by Christian Ehret

The French Constitutional Council ruled Wednesday that certain provisions of the proposed Internet piracy law violate the French Constitution. The challenge was brought by the opposition Socialist party on the grounds that the bill fails to find the balance [press …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Aza Gazgireyeva, deputy head of the Supreme Court in Russia's Ingushetia province was shot dead Wednesday while taking her children to school in the town of Nazran, according to a regional interior ministry spokesman quoted by Russian media. Four others also sustained injuries. Ingushetia President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said that her …

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by Christian Ehret

A panel of nine UK Law Lords decided Wednesday that the use of secret evidence to impose controversial control orders to detain terrorism suspects violates the European Convention on Human Rights, ordering the cases of three suspects to be reheard. The Lords held that a fair trial is not possible where a case is …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Palau President Johnson Toribiong has said that his country is willing to accept 17 Uighur detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, according to a statement provided to the Associated Press Wednesday. A senior US official said later Wednesday that the US is still considering Palau's offer and that no final arrangement has yet …

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by Christian Ehret

Council of Europe (COE) Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg on Tuesday sent a letter to all member states urging them to welcome certain released Guantanamo Bay detainees. The letter, addressed to all 47 COE member states, called on the states to cooperate with and contribute to US plans to close the …

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by Christian Ehret

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to allegations of involvement in the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. The plea was delivered during his initial appearance before the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Having been held at the Guantanamo …

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by Christian Ehret

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday night released an order allowing the sale of Chrysler Group assets to Italian automaker Fiat to proceed. The two-page opinion vacates a temporary stay issued on Monday by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the grounds that the petitioners did not meet their …

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by Eszter Bardi

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled Tuesday that a Massachusetts regulation prohibiting prisoners from receiving sexually explicit mail is constitutional. The petitioners challenged the portions of 103 CMR § 481.15, which regulate the receipt of sexually explicit pictures in the mail and the display of sexually explicit or suggestive …

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by Brian Jackson

The US-led Multi-National Force (MNF) in Iraq said Tuesday that it is still holding 11,057 Iraqi prisoners in three separate camps throughout the country. The prisoners currently held in the three US camps, Camp Taji, Camp Cropper, and Camp Bucca, will either be released or transferred to Iraqi authorities as the military works to transfer …

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