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Legal news from Tuesday, September 7, 2010
by Sarah Miley

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the Zambian government to investigate the inhumane treatment of prisoners in the nation's jails and to hold those implicated accountable. HRW claims that Zambian police officials "routinely engage" in abusing and torturing prisoners in order to extract confessions. HRW urged the Zambian government to train officials on non-abusive …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) on Monday began the trial of former Kivumu, Rwanda, mayor Gregoire Ndahimana. Ndahimana was charged in July 2001 on charges of genocide or, alternatively, complicity in genocide, and crimes against humanity in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide …

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by Sarah Miley

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) challenging a government policy that allows border patrol to search electronic devices without reasonable suspicion. The plaintiffs, which also include …

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by Jay Carmella

Founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) James Boyd, Jr. called Tuesday for the US Senate to fund a settlement in a discrimination case involving minority farmers. The request comes a month after the Senate failed to approve over a billion dollars …

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by Jay Carmella

The Criminal Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court unanimously confirmed on Tuesday the lower court order that National Court judge Baltasar Garzon abused his power and must face trial. Garzon was charged in April for his attempt to investigate the war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco [BBC …

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by Hillary Stemple

A Kenyan court on Monday convicted seven Somali pirates on charges related to the attack on a German naval supply ship in March 2009, sentencing them to five years in prison. According to prosecutors, the men attempted to hijack the ship using AK47 rifles and rocket propelled grenades, but the hijacking was prevented by …

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by Hillary Stemple

A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled Friday that the US government can indefinitely hold an Afghan detainee at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The detainee, Shawali Khan, is accused of belonging to Hezb Islami Gulbuddin (HIG), an anti-American insurgency group …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on Tuesday approved a proposed constitutional amendment to eliminate presidential term limits, holding that the amendment is not inconsistent with the Sri Lankan Constitution. The proposed amendment, which would allow current President Mahinda Rajapaksa to run for an unlimited number of terms in office, will next …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A Somalia native pleaded not guilty Tuesday in an Oslo District Court at Norway's first trial under its 2002 terror financing law. The unidentified Somali-born Norwegian citizen has been accused of sending at least USD $33,000 to senior commanders of the al-Shabaab rebel movement between August 2007 …

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