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Legal news from Friday, February 12, 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

French Immigration Minister Eric Besson on Friday presented a bill that would create "transit zones" allowing the French government to immediately detain undocumented immigrants wherever they are found. According to Besson, the draft law will allow the government to hold either a single individual or a group if they arrive …

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by Steve Czajkowski

The head of the UK intelligence service MI5 on Friday denied accusations that it had collaborated with the US over the alleged torture of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed. Director General Jonathan Evans made the comments in response to criticisms by Lord …

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by Steve Dotterer

Nigerian acting President Goodluck Jonathan must take action to "tackle the culture of impunity" in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a letter dated Friday. HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth called on Jonathan to address rights abuses left unaddressed during the two-and-a-half-year term of the Umaru Yar'Adua presidency. Specifically, the letter …

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by Zach Zagger

US Attorney General Eric Holder refused to rule out a military commission for accused 9/11 co-conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, in an interview with the Washington Post published Friday. Holder said that more important than the location or forum is that the trial be transparent and adhere to the rules. Administration …

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by Jonathan Cohen

The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) on Friday dismissed the appeal against the imposition of a court-appointed lawyer by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. Last month, Karadzic appealed the imposition of a court-appointed lawyer claiming his right to "legal assistance of his …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court agreed on Friday to consider a petition questioning the legality of the arrest of opposition presidential candidate and former general Sarath Fonseka. The petition was filed by Fonseka's wife. Also Friday, street protests against Fonseka's arrest continued for a third day. Lawyers marched silently in Sri Lankan capital of Colombo, clad …

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by Patrice Collins

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Friday that Russia breached the European Convention on Human Rights in two cases concerning disappearances in Chechnya. In the cases of Razman Guluyeva and Islam Dubayev, the ECHR held that Russia violated the right to life, the right to liberty and security, …

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by Daniel Makosky

Israel has begun to reroute a segment of its West Bank security barrier, said Ministry of Defense spokesperson Shlomo Dror on Thursday. The modifications, which may not be completed until the end of the year, will shift the controversial barrier's path several hundred yards west of its current …

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by David Manes

An Iraqi appeals panel ruled Thursday that 28 previously banned candidates can stand in the March 7 elections. The ruling came after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Monday that the dispute over banned candidates would be resolved within the week. The Responsibility and Justice Committee had initially ruled that some …

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by Matt Glenn

UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan Muhamed Chande Othman said Thursday that while Sudan has made progress in protecting human rights, grave problems still exist. Othman praised the "institutional and legislative reform" leading to the passage of several laws protecting children and the press and creating election and human …

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by Matt Glenn

The Paris District Court on Thursday ordered Internet auction house eBay to pay LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) €200,000 ($275,000) in damages for paying search engines to direct customers to counterfeit LVMH products. The court found that eBay registered names similar to Louis Vuitton with search engines knowing that consumers …

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by Sarah Miley

US Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair on Wednesday condemned a UK Court of Appeal ruling that the British government must publish intelligence relating to the alleged torture of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed. UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband had expressed concern …

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