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Legal news from Friday, March 5, 2010
by Zach Zagger

Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced Friday that a former Supreme Court of Canada judge will review documents detailing Canadian forces' treatment of Afghan detainees before the documents are released to Parliament. Nicholson appointed former judge Frank Iacobucci to review the documents and report back to Nicholson, who will …

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by Jonathan Cohen

White House advisers are considering recommending that accused 9/11 co-conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed be tried in a military court rather than through the civilian criminal justice system, according to Friday reports. The Washington Post reported that Obama's legal advisers are finishing their review of the Mohammed file, and CNN confirmed …

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by Steve Dotterer

The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) announced on Friday the creation of a working group of rights experts to monitor the support offered to disabled Haitians as they attempt to recover from the damage caused by the January earthquake. The group will focus on ensuring …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

French prosecutors on Friday filed preliminary terrorism charges against the suspected leader of the Basque separatist group ETA, along with two other people who are believed to be senior members of the group. A judicial source said that the charges against the alleged ETA members stem from preparations to commit a terrorist act [AP …

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by Patrice Collins

The president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said Thursday that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will eventually face justice in The Hague. Speaking in London before the British House of Commons, Judge Sang-Hyun Song addressed controversy surrounding the ICC arrest warrant …

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by Steve Dotterer

Lawyers for seven Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay filed a motion Thursday to remand proceedings from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the US District Court for the District of Columbia. The motion comes just days after the US Supreme Court ordered …

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by Daniel Makosky

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown testified to the Iraq Inquiry on Friday that he remains convinced that the decision to participate in the 2003 Iraq invasion was the appropriate course of action. Brown discussed his approval of military funding while serving as head of the Treasury during the invasion as well as …

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by Matt Glenn

The US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs voted 23-22 Tuesday to adopt a resolution that recognizes the Ottoman Empire's treatment of Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as genocide. In his opening remarks, committee chairman Howard Berman (D-CA), noted that every country must face uncomfortable issues …

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by Zach Zagger

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday heard an unlawful prosecution case brought by bankrupt oil company Yukos against the Russian government for allegedly illegally prosecuting the company for tax violations. Representatives of Yukos said they brought the case in the ECHR because they believed that would not recieve a …

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by Matt Glenn

Imam Ahmad Afzali pleaded guilty Thursday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York to charges of lying to FBI agents in connection with a plot to detonate explosives in the New York City subway system. Afzali faces up to six months in prison and must leave the country within 90 …

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