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Legal news from Thursday, July 8, 2010
by Drew Singer

UK Home Secretary Theresa May on Thursday announced interim stop-and-search guidelines for suspected terrorists in response to a January ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which found that searches performed by police without legitimate suspicion are illegal. Following the judgment, the government suspended Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Cuban government on Thursday began the process of releasing political prisoners as part of an agreement with the Roman Catholic Church, which was brokered by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. Under the agreement, five prisoners will be released within the next several days, while several others will be moved …

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by Sarah Miley

The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) on Thursday upheld a Swedish law restricting Internet gambling. The suit was brought by the publishers of two Swedish newspapers, Expressen and Aftonbladet, which both ran online gambling advertisements for several foreign agencies in 2004. The Swedish lottery law in question prohibits the promotion of Internet gambling by private …

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by Hillary Stemple

Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday suspended the trial of accused Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo, stating that the trial could not proceed until the prosecution obeyed the judge's orders to disclose specific information to the defense. The ICC indicated that Lubanga could not …

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by Sarah Miley

The UK Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday convicted three British Muslims for attempting to blow up transatlantic planes leaving London's Heathrow Airport in 2006. Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zahman were part of a conspiracy to detonate liquid bombs hidden in soft drink bottles on airliners bound for the US and …

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by Hillary Stemple

The Council of Europe's European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) reported Thursday that racist violence and rhetoric has risen in Europe during 2009, following the recent economic crisis. According to the report, the economic crisis has led to a rise in the unemployment rate and a decrease in social …

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by Sarah Miley

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday stayed the extradition of four terrorism suspects from the UK to the US, holding that potential punishment could violate Human Rights Convention provisions on the prohibition of torture and inhumane or degrading treatment. The court issued the injunction in order to further examine evidence against …

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by Hillary Stemple

The EU Parliament on Thursday approved the adoption of an agreement giving the US access to bank data in order to track the finances of suspected terrorists. Under the agreement, the US can use the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) to access information from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication …

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by Sarah Miley

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday announced charges against five members of al Qaeda allegedly involved in the New York City subway bomb plot in September 2009. The attempted bombing is thought to be part of a larger plot that included a failed terrorist attack in the UK. The indictment, …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit released a partially redacted opinion Wednesday denying habeas corpus relief to Guantanamo Bay detainee Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad Al Odah. In its opinion, the court affirmed the district court's ruling that there was sufficient …

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by Erin Bock

A Sudanese terrorism suspect held at Guantanamo Bay pleaded guilty on Wednesday before a military judge to charges of conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism. Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi admitted that he supported al Qaeda since 1996 in their hostilities against the US, acting …

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by Erin Bock

The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information announced Wednesday that he has initiated legal proceedings against Facebook for accessing and saving non-users' personal information. Dr. Johannes Caspar stated the social networking site could be fined tens of thousands of euros for violating …

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