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Legal news from Monday, July 6, 2009
by Andrew Morgan

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf should be subject to public sanctions, including a 30-year ban on holding public office, for her role in supporting the country's 1997-2003 civil wars, according to a final report released Monday by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC). Sirleaf testified before the TRC that she provided …

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by Andrew Morgan

UK Secretary of State for Defence Bob Ainsworth announced Monday that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) was prepared to establish an independent inquiry into the deaths of 20 Iraqis at a British base outside of Basra in 2004. In a letter read to the High Court of Justice, Ainsworth admitted that …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF) announced Monday that it had begun construction of a training facility for Iraqi corrections officers (ICO) in anticipation of transferring control of MNF detention facilities to Iraqi forces. Military police commander Lt. Col. Bradley Graul said that the creation of the Tactical Operations Center at Camp Cropper "will not only …

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by Andrew Morgan

US President Barack Obama said Monday that a renewed commitment to the rule of law should be part of a "reset" in US relations with Russia during an official visit to Moscow. In an interview with Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta, Obama applauded the "courageous initiative" of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official …

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by Andrew Morgan

Turkish military officials on Sunday sent President Abdullah Gul a letter urging him not to approve a law that would allow prosecution of military personnel in civilian courts during peacetime. Members of the General Staff said that the law runs counter to Article 145 of the Turkish Constitution, …

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by Andrew Morgan

A federal bankruptcy judge on Sunday approved the sale of assets held by General Motors (GM) to a new, government-backed company. Judge Robert Gerber of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York granted a motion seeking the court's approval for sale of the automaker under US Bankruptcy …

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