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Legal news from Monday, September 21, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski on Monday proposed "net neutrality" regulations that would prevent Internet providers from restricting access to particular services. At a speech at the Brookings Institution, Genachowski unveiled OpenInternet.gov, stressing the importance of "open Internet" principles. …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A US military judge on Monday granted the government's request for a 60-day continuance in the trial of five Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks. Judge Stephen Henley granted the delay in the case of self-proclaimed architect of the attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Ramzi …

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by Matt Glenn

Italy systematically forces migrants to return to Libya where they face human rights abuses without screening them for possible asylum claims, according to a report released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report found that Italy often intercepts migrants traveling by boat from Libya and fails to screen migrants for potential refugee …

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by Matt Glenn

British Liberal Democrats voted Monday to support a motion calling for a public investigation into the UK's potential complicity in torture. The motion, passed at the party's conference, calls for:A full and independent public inquiry into the facts relating to the involvement or knowledge of the British Government on matters relating to …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Pakistani authorities on Monday placed under house arrest the leader of an Islamist group suspected of playing a key role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder and leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was restricted from leaving his home by Pakistani authorities pursuant to Pakistani governmental orders. This …

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by Safiya Boucaud

A French court on Monday began the trial of former prime minister Dominique de Villepin, accused of slandering businessmen and top politicians including current French President Nicolas Sarkozy. De Villepin is accused of having orchestrated the release of a fabricated list of government officials and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The German Bundesrat gave final approval to a bill Friday that will allow Germany to ratify the EU reform treaty, known as the Lisbon Treaty. Although both houses of Germany's parliament had previously approved the treaty, the German Constitutional Court ruled in June …

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