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Legal news from Tuesday, February 2, 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

Former Guinean junta aide Lieutenant Aboubacar Cherif "Toumba" Diakite is the sole government official to blame for the killing of more than 150 civilians in Conakry in September, a commission created by Guinea's junta announced on Tuesday. The commission's conclusion contradicts a UN report that blamed junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara, Minister for …

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by Sarah Miley

Former UK international development secretary Clare Short told the Iraq Inquiry in a public hearing on Tuesday that Former UK prime minister Tony Blair was "misleading" and "deceitful" with the Cabinet and parliament regarding the Iraq invasion. Short rejected Blair's statements to the Inquiry last week, …

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by Sarah Miley

Iran will "soon execute" nine more Iranian citizens for their roles in last summer's post-election protests, according to a statement given by senior judiciary official Ebrahim Raisi to the Fars News Agency Tuesday. The nine protesters are charged with the capital crime of moharebeh, which means waging war against God. Opposition leader Mir Hossein …

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by Ann Riley

The Constitutional Court of Togo ruled Tuesday that presidential candidate Kofi Yamgnane is not eliglble to run in the February 28 election. Yamgnane was to face incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe of the ruling Rally of the Togolese People (RTP) party. The …

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by Ann Riley

The Dutch Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed the 2008 acquittals of seven men charged with belonging to a terrorist network, ordering a new trial. The seven men, suspected of belonging to the Dutch Muslim Hofstad Network terrorist group, were originally convicted of planning attacks on Dutch politicians and were connected to …

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by Andrea Bottorff

A French court on Tuesday began the trial to determine the cause of the Air France Concorde jet crash outside Paris in 2000. French officials blame US-based Continental Airlines for the accident, alleging that a piece of metal fell off of a Continental plane and onto the runway, later causing the damage to the Concorde. …

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by Steve Dotterer

The Nigeria-based Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP) has submitted a letter to International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo requesting an inquiry into the spate of religious violence that erupted in the city of Jos in January. SERAP lawyers argue that the ICC should investigate alleged unlawful …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled Tuesday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa will begin his second term in office on November 19, 2010. Rajapaksa won re-election last week with an 18-point victory over his opponent, retired general Sarath Foneska. The election was held two years before the scheduled end to Rajapaksa's first term in office, …

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by Megan McKee

Canadian citizen Maher Arar on Monday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that he cannot sue the US government for damages based on his detention in the US and his detention, interrogation, and torture in Syria after he was mistakenly identified as a terrorist. …

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by Ximena Marinero

The Obama administration continued to criticize the Supreme Court Monday for its recent decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which eased restrictions on political campaign spending by corporations and labor unions. In an appeal for political campaign spending legislative reform, special counsel to the president for ethics and …

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