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Legal news from Sunday, November 22, 2009
by Safiya Boucaud

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Court has sentenced former vice president and reformer Mohammad Ali Abtahi to six years in jail for his role in the unrest that followed the disputed June 12 presidential elections, according to Iranian news agencies Saturday. Abtahi, who had been in custody since just after the election has been temporarily …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Marking its own 20th anniversary, Israeli human rights group B'Tselem claimed Sunday that almost 9,000 people have been killed in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians since 1989. A majority of the deaths - 7,398 - were Palestinians. Of that number, 1,537 were thought to be minors. The report also said that 2009 …

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by Steve Czajkowski

Federal prosecutors from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) indicated Friday that they will drop manslaughter charges against a Blackwater Worldwide security guard who had been involved in the September 2007 shooting incident in Baghdad that killed 17 Iraqis. According to the US Attorney for the District of Columbia, Channing Phillips [official …

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