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Legal news from Thursday, September 16, 2010
by Megan McKee

Lebanon should improve its judicial system by providing mechanisms to better protect the basic rights of domestic workers and more ardently prosecuting those who violate them, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released Thursday. The report cites lengthy judicial procedures, stringent visa policies that make it difficult for workers to stay in …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Two terror suspects accused of aiding al Qaeda pleaded not guilty Thursday to three additional charges. On Tuesday, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced a superseding indictment against Wesam El-Hanafi and Sabirhan Hasanoff for allegedly providing material support [18 USC § 2339B materials], including money …

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by Drew Singer

The US Department of Defense announced Thursday that two former Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to Germany. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that state authorities in Hamburg and Rhineland-Palatinate will help the former detainees adapt to life in Germany as the nation's humanitarian contribution to …

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by Hillary Stemple

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday asked a federal judge to drop fraud and conspiracy charges against a former Merrill Lynch executive accused of taking part in the Enron Nigerian barge scam. James Brown was convicted, along with three other former Merrill Lynch executives in 2004, in the …

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by Jay Carmella

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Wednesday indicted four former Khmer Rouge leaders. The indicted leaders, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith, Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea, have been detained since 2007 and are charged with crimes against …

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by Jay Carmella

The European Court of Justice ruled Tuesday that communication between in-house lawyers and management is not protected by legal professional privilege during competition investigations by the European Commission (EC). The ECJ found that, in order for the privilege to exist, the lawyer must be independent, which is not the case for …

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by Erin Bock

A Long Island man was charged Wednesday with providing funds to the man who attempted to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in May. The US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York, FBI and New York Police Department filed an indictment against Mohammad Younis, charging him with conducting an unlicensed …

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by Dwyer Arce

Senegalese security forces are engaging in systematic torture, often leading to the death of those detained, according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI). AI claims that this leaves victims' families with no recourse against security forces because the prosecution of members of the security forces must be approved by the ministries of …

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by Dwyer Arce

A court in Kyrgyzstan issued the first convictions Wednesday in connection with the June 2010 ethnic violence, handing down prison terms for eight ethnic Uzbeks. The case stems from the murder of a Kyrgyz police officer during the violence, which resulted in the deaths of 309 people, with an additional 2,000 reportedly injured. Judge …

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