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Legal news from Tuesday, July 6, 2010
by Sarah Miley

The US Department of Justice on Tuesday filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Arizona seeking to permanently enjoin the state's controversial new immigration law. The complaint states that the law is preempted by federal law and therefore violates the …

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by Drew Singer

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday that he will create a panel to investigate claims that British government agents were complicit in the torture of terrorism suspects held overseas. The inquiry comes after 12 ex-detainees brought civil cases against the government, claiming that British agents took part in their mistreatment while they were held in prisons …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Army on Tuesday formally charged Pfc. Bradley Manning for leaking a controversial classified video of a 2007 US helicopter strike in Iraq and classified State Department documents. Manning faces two charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) for the transfer of …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced Tuesday that several Israeli soldiers will face disciplinary action for their role in the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza strip. The announcement was made following an independent Israeli investigation into the conflict, as well as the allegations contained in the …

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by Sarah Miley

The Spanish Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a lower court to reopen the investigation into the death of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso who was mortally wounded by US tank fire in Iraq in 2003. Details as to why the court decided to reopen the investigation are not yet available. The Spanish …

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by Hillary Stemple

Sri Lankan pro-government protesters on Tuesday demanded the UN end plans to have an international panel investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war. The protesters, led by Sri Lankan cabinet member Wimal Weerawansa, demonstrated outside UN offices in the country's capital, preventing UN workers from …

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by Sarah Miley

The Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday charged the eldest son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia with corruption for allegedly laundering three million dollars through bank accounts in Singapore. Police officials stated that the ACC filed suit against Tarique Rahman and his business partner Giasuddin Al Mamun in October, but officially …

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by Sarah Miley

The Federal Court of Canada on Monday ordered the Canadian government to provide Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr with a list of remedies to ameliorate its breach of his constitutional rights. The court held that Khadr, who is a Canadian citizen, has a right to "procedural fairness and natural justice" …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Thai government on Tuesday extended the state of emergency in Bangkok and 18 provinces for another three months based on claims of continuing unrest related to the country's latest round of political violence. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said the decision was based on intelligence reports regarding certain areas …

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