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Legal news from Friday, September 11, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Belgian school officials announced Friday that Muslim headscarves will be banned in about 700 schools in the Dutch-speaking northern region of Flanders. The move came after an administrative tribunal ruled Tuesday that individual schools could not impose a ban in response to complaints after two Antwerp schools banned headscarves at the beginning of the …

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by Andrew Morgan

Military lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee and alleged 9/11 co-conspirator Ramzi bin al-Shibh on Wednesday asked the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to declare the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) unconstitutional. Commander Suzanne Lachelier and Lt. Commander Richard Federico of the US Navy Judge …

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by Andrew Morgan

UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband announced Friday that the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) has referred allegations of torture by its officers to Attorney General Patricia Scotland and the Metropolitan Police for investigation. In an open letter to Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague, Miliband called the "scope and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

US Department of Defense (DOD) general counsel Jeh Johnson said Thursday that the Obama administration remains committed to closing the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay by early next year. Speaking before the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security, Johnson said that the administration was still …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian was found guilty Friday on corruption charges and sentenced to life in prison. Chen's wife Wu Shu-Chen was also given a life sentence after the pair were convicted on charges of embezzlement, receiving bribes, forgery, and money laundering. A three-judge panel of the Taipei District Court [official …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) on Thursday invalidated ballots from last month's presidential election from certain polls in Kandahar, Ghazni, and Paktika provinces. The ECC found "clear and convincing evidence of fraud" at 51 polling stations in Kandahar, 27 polling stations in Ghazni, and five polling stations in Paktika, including "unfolded ballots, votes …

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