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Legal news from Friday, May 21, 2010
by Hillary Stemple

The Spanish National Court on Friday convicted three members of the Basque separatist group ETA on charges relating to a 2006 bombing in Madrid. Mattin Sarasola, Igor Portu, and Mikel San Sebastian were found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and taking part in a terrorist attack and were each sentenced …

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by Sarah Miley

The interim government of Kyrgyzstan on Thursday approved a draft constitution that will shift power from the president to the prime minister. The draft constitution defines Kyrgyzstan as a secular state and limits the president to one six-year term in office. It also increases the number of seats in parliament from 90 to 120. The …

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by Hillary Stemple

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday promised an independent investigation into recent clashes between anti-government protesters know as red shirts and security officials that left more than 80 dead. Abhisit discussed plans for reconciliation aimed at helping the country heal after a nearly two month-long conflict in Bangkok. …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday in Al Maqaleh v. Gates that detainees held at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan cannot bring habeas corpus challenges in US courts. The circuit court reversed the district court's ruling, which allowed habeas corpus challenges [JURIST …

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by Hillary Stemple

A German court on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss charges against alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk. In a series of motions, Demjanjuk's lawyer asserted that the charges should be dismissed due to lack of credible evidence. The court rejected the argument, saying they found the evidence against Demjanjuk to be strong. The …

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by Sarah Miley

Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced Friday that it has acquired new evidence to support allegations of wartime abuses against civilians by both the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil war. HRW examined more than 200 photographs …

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by Sarah Miley

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Secretary William Hague said Friday that the UK will launch an investigation into allegations that overseas UK operatives were complicit in torture. Hague stated that the new coalition government will initiate a judge-led inquiry into the allegations, but no details were outlined in the legislative program published Thursday by Prime …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Senate on Thursday passed the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010, focused on increasing regulation in the financial sector following the recent economic crisis. The bill creates a new regulatory council to monitor financial institutions in order to prevent the companies from becoming "too big to fail." It …

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