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Legal news from Saturday, October 17, 2009
by Matt Glenn

This week's trials of those involved in the deadly July riots in Urumqi, the capital of China's Xinjiang province, failed to meet Chinese and international fairness and due process standards Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Friday. HRW alleges that defendants were not allowed access to the lawyers of their choice due to …

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by Matt Glenn

A judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia refused Friday to force the Department of Defense (DOD) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to release non-redacted versions of documents that allegedly describe the torture and abuse of 14 Guantanamo Bay detainees. Judge Royce Lamberth denied a request …

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by Christian Ehret

Taiwan's Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed an appeal by former president Chen Shui-bian, who faces a life sentence on corruption charges. Chen's appeal was based on a claim that his constitutional rights were violated when judges were replaced during the proceedings against him. The Democratic Progressive …

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by Christian Ehret

A British High Court ruled Friday that previously redacted text regarding the alleged torture of former Guantanamo detainee Binyam Mohamed should be publicly disclosed. The text in question relates to Mohamed's allegations that, while being held in Pakistan, he was tortured by Pakistani agents and interrogated by US and UK agents who were complicit …

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