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Legal news from Sunday, September 6, 2009
by Amelia Mathias

Members of the Niger opposition party said Saturday that police had detained 30 former opposition lawmakers, allegedly at the behest of Niger President Mamadou Tandja. The 30 former member of parliament were arrested on charges of embezzlement, but are likely being targeted for their opposition to Tandja's dissolution of parliament and new constitution …

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by Amelia Mathias

Pakistan's rule of law is stymied by long traditions of lawlessness and dictatorship, says the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute in a new report. The report, published Thursday, stems from observations and more than 100 interviews conducted with all Pakistani individuals who have some stake in the court system there, from judges …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Media workers and reformists are urging Iran's new prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolat-Abadi to remove bans placed on newspapers and to free journalists who were imprisoned during the term of his predecessor, Saeed Mortazavi, according to a letter posted Saturday on the website of leading reform party Mosharekat. The letter …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) said Saturday that it is doing its job faithfully and impartially in an attempt to reassure the Afghan public amid allegations of voter fraud in the recent presidential election. The remarks are mainly in response to complaints by Abdullah Abdullah, the central challenger to current President Hamid …

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