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Legal news from Monday, April 5, 2010
by Steve Dotterer

Lawyers for an Algerian national detained at Guantanamo Bay on Monday filed an emergency motion in the US District Court for the District of Columbia to block the detainee's transfer to his home country. Petitioner Ahmed Belbacha renewed his request for an administrative stay of a February court order mandating the transfer. …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

An Egyptian criminal court on Sunday ordered 16 members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) released on bail, including deputy chairman Mahmoud Ezzat and spokesperson Essam al-Erian. The members of MB, which has been banned in Egypt, were arrested in February and charged with plotting to overthrow the Egyptian …

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by Patrice Collins

Australia confirmed Monday that it will accept three Cuban asylum seekers currently held at the Guantanamo Bay Migrations Operation Center. The center, utilized by the US military after the recent Haitian earthquake to house mainly Haitian asylum seekers, is not affiliated with the US detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Upon the …

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by Ann Riley

The US Customs and Border Protection has arrested 115 Haitians who have crossed the border illegally since the January 12 earthquake, according to Sunday reports. Mark Henry, operations officer for the Border Patrol's Swanton sector, which covers 261 miles of the US-Canada border from New Hampshire through Vermont to New …

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by Dwyer Arce

A Thai court on Monday dismissed the government's application for an injunction against protesters gathered in Bangkok's business district. The Internal Security Operations Command, under the direction of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, applied for an injunction that would have ordered the protest organizers to lead the group out of the area after three days …

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by Daniel Richey

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Uzbekistan Monday to deliver on promises to improve its human rights record. In a speech to the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Ban challenged the former Soviet republic to live up to its obligations as a signatory to various international treaties banning torture and civil rights violations. …

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by Hillary Stemple

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger on Sunday announced plans to enact a law to increase protections for journalists using information obtained from government sources. Under section 353b of the German Penal Code, public officials who release state information can be punished by up to five years in prison. While the current law does not specifically target …

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