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Legal news from Tuesday, September 29, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday denied the habeas corpus petition of suspected terrorist and US citizen Shawqi Omar, allowing him to be transferred to Iraqi custody. Omar, detained by the US military in Iraq, had filed the petition arguing that the transfer would …

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by Matt Glenn

Head of the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict Richard Goldstone formally presented the group's findings to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Tuesday. In his opening remarks, Goldstone defended the report against criticism from Israel, which has called the report biased. Goldstone …

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by Matt Glenn

Former Enron Broadband Services (EBS) CEO Joe Hirko was sentenced Monday to 16 months in prison for misrepresenting to investors the capabilities of Enron's broadband service. Hirko pleaded guilty last October to one count of wire fraud for issuing a press release falsely claiming that EBS had integrated a new feature into its …

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by Safiya Boucaud

Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori pleaded guilty Monday to multiple counts of illegal wiretapping and bribery. Fujimori was charged with ordering former Peruvian intelligence director Vladimiro Montesino to use government funds to secretly wiretap politicians, journalists, and other prominent Peruvians and to bribe congressmen and journalists to join his party …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Joint Task Force responsible for reviewing the Guantanamo Bay detainees on Monday released a list of 78 detainees cleared for transfer. The list contains the nationalities and the number of detainees to be released but does not specifically identify the detainees by name. It also does not list where these detainees …

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by Ximena Marinero

The head of the Honduran interim government Roberto Micheletti said Monday that he may lift restrictions on constitutional rights imposed Sunday by the end of the week. The de facto government passed an executive decree late on Sunday night suspending five articles in the Honduran Constitution for 45 days: personal freedom (Art. 69), freedom of …

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