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Legal news from Monday, February 8, 2010
by Steve Dotterer

Sri Lankan military police on Monday arrested defeated opposition presidential candidate and former general Sarath Fonseka. The Sri Lankan Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) announced that Fonseka was arrested "in connection with certain fraudulent acts and other military offences." Fonseka, who orchestrated the successful military campaign against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

Former Iranian deputy foreign minister Mohsen Aminzadeh has been sentenced to six years in prison for his participation in protesting last year's contested Iranian presidential election, state-run Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) reported Monday. Aminzadeh was a leading member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front and a supporter …

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by Megan McKee

The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday declined to confirm charges against Darfur rebel chief Bahr Idriss Abu Garda. The ruling came after a preliminary hearing in October to address war crimes charges that arose out of Abu Garda's alleged involvement in the September 2007 attacks …

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by Patrice Collins

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday that a dispute over banned candidates will be resolved by Friday when campaigning is scheduled to begin for the upcoming elections. He assured Iraqis that the appeals panel will be able to rule on candidates' eligibility within the week. Al-Maliki's endorsement of the …

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by Ann Riley

Sir Mota Singh QC, Britain’s first Asian judge, said in an interview with BBC's Asian Network Monday that Sikhs should be permitted to wear their ceremonial daggers to school and other public places. Sikhism requires that Sikh males wear the ceremonial dagger, known as a kirpan, at all times, but they …

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by Dwyer Arce

US President Barack Obama said Sunday in an interview with CBS News that he hasn't ruled out a civilian trial in New York City for accused 9/11 co-conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. However, Obama stressed that he was considering the logistical and security issues that have been presented in making the decision. The Obama administration has …

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by Hillary Stemple

The sodomy trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was temporarily suspended Monday as defense lawyers sought the removal of high court Judge Mohamad Zabidin Diah for his failure to control prejudicial media coverage. The defense filed an objection asking Mohamad Zabidin to admonish Utusan Malaysia, a government-linked newspaper, for …

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