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Legal news from Tuesday, August 4, 2009
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il [BBC profile] on Tuesday pardoned [KCNA report, in Korean] US journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee [BBC profile] during a visit from former US president Bill Clinton [official profile], according to a state media report. The journalists were arrested [JURIST report] in March for [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights [official website] released a report [text] Tuesday calling for an independent inquiry into allegations regarding government complicity in the torture of UK terrorism suspects in Pakistan and elsewhere. Maintaining that complicity in torture is a violation of international human rights obligations, [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Niger held a referendum Tuesday on a proposed constitution that would allow President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] to remain in office. Tandja had previously promised to step down when his second five-year term expires in December, but if the new constitution is approved, he will be allowed to remain [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a 20-year prison sentence and a 10-year Internet ban imposed on a man convicted of receiving child pornography. Paul Thielemann, who pleaded guilty to one count of receiving child pornography challenged his prison [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistan National Assembly [official website], the lower house of parliament, on Tuesday unanimously approved the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, 2008 [text, PDF], moving a step closer to outlawing domestic violence in the country. Under the proposed legislation, women, children, and domestic employees would be protected [APP report] [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Janet Scotland [official profile] pledged to improve Britain's policies on combating fraud and corruption in an interview [text] published Monday in the Financial Times [media website]. Scotland's comments came in response to accusations that the country's current stance on financial fraud is flawed and that it [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Cambodian court ruled Tuesday that opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua [personal website] is guilty of defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen [official profile; BBC profile], ordering her to pay nearly USD $4000 in fines and restitution. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found [AP report] that Sochua, a member of the [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian official confirmed Tuesday the arrest of three US citizens who entered the country on Saturday from Iraq's Kuridish region, according to a state media report [FNA report]. The Americans, who possessed Iraqi and Syrian visas, have been charged with illegal entry near the city of Marivan at [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Several cases involving Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been assigned to federal prosecutors [AP report] in Washington DC, New York, and Virginia, the Associated Press reported Monday. White House officials reportedly said that Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] met last week with federal prosecutors in four [read more]

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