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Legal news from Thursday, December 16, 2010
by John Paul Putney

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that Ireland failed to provide "effective and accessible procedures" to allow a Lithuanian women to assert her constitutional right to a lawful abortion. Ireland has some of the most conservative abortion laws in Europe, prohibiting abortions except where there is a real and …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Zubaydah on Thursday asked Polish prosecutors to investigate claims that he was abused in a secret CIA prison in the country. Zubaydah, a top al Qaeda suspect, alleges that he was transferred to Poland and subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques. Zubaydah's lawyer said he is hoping that his client's case …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York on Wednesday sentenced former Guyana parliament member Abdul Kadir to life in prison for plotting to blow up John F Kennedy International Airport. Kadir and coconspirator Russell Defreitas, originally arrested in 2007, were convicted by a …

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by Andrea Bottorff

Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, accused of attempting to set off an explosive device on a flight last December, was arraigned Thursday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on two new federal charges. A federal grand jury charged Abdulmutallab Wednesday on two new counts of …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that a 1979 Brazilian amnesty law is invalid and that Brazil is responsible for the disappearance of 61 people during its 1964-1985 military dictatorship. In a decision announced Tuesday, the court found that the …

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by Andrea Bottorff

The UN Security Council on Wednesday voted to remove sanctions imposed on Iraq between 1991 and 2003 during the country's wars under former Iraqi dictator Suddam Hussein. The Security Council approved three resolutions that eliminated the Development Fund for Iraq, lifted sanctions prohibiting civil nuclear projects and ended the …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

An Italian appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 former CIA agents for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, increasing their sentences. Former Milan CIA station chief Robert Seldon Lady was originally sentenced to eight years in prison, while 22 other Americans were sentenced to …

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