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Legal news from Monday, January 25, 2010
by Steve Dotterer

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday that three Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to Slovakia. Slovakia announced last week that it would accept the detainees, in what was widely seen as an endorsement of US president Barack Obama's foreign policy. The DOJ made this statement about the …

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by Patrice Collins

Iraqi officials on Monday executed Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known as "Chemical Ali," for ordering the Kurdish village of Halabja gassed in 1988. Government spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh stated that al-Majid had committed crimes of mass murder and premeditated bodily harm against the Iraqi population. Al-Majid was convicted earlier …

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by Megan McKee

The French parliament will likely limit a proposal to ban the burqa and niqab, full face veils worn by some devout Muslim women, to public buildings only, according to Monday reports. A parliamentary panel charged with examining the issue is set to report its recommendations on Tuesday, and they …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

An Indian court on Monday rejected a request by suspected Mumbai terror attack gunman Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab to be tried in an international court. Kasab claimed he would not receive a fair trial in India and that police had falsely accused him of taking part in the 2008 terror attacks. Special …

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by Andrew Morgan

The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal brought by former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega challenging a lower court ruling denying his habeas corpus petition and authorizing his extradition to France on money laundering charges. Noriega, who has been declared a prisoner …

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by Ann Riley

Zimbabwe’s high court Monday struck out evidence from a key witness in the trial of Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-nominee Roy Bennett. Peter Michael Hitschmann was called as the attorney general’s main witness against Bennett, but alleged in court that security officials tortured him while …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-3 in Hemi Group, LLC v. City of New York that the city government lacks standing under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to bring a suit against Hemi Group, which operates websites offering cigarettes for sale …

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by Dwyer Arce

Guatemalan authorities have issued an arrest warrant for former president Alfonso Portillo, after the US government requested his extradition on Sunday to face charges of money laundering. Portillo, who was president of Guatemala from 2000 to 2004, has been charged in the US District Court for …

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by Hillary Stemple

A Myanmar government official has said that pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be released from house arrest in November when her sentence is scheduled to end. Witnesses reported that Home Minister Major General Maung Oo made the statement Thursday during a speech to several hundred local officials in …

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