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Legal news from Monday, August 8, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

Judges for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) announced on Monday that they have "serious doubts" that the suspects being investigated by the court are those "most responsible" for the for alleged war crimes. The tribunal is responsible for investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Cambodia's …

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by Zach Zagger

Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia and her son, Tarique Rahman, were charged with corruption Monday over alleged inappropriate donations. The Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) brought the charges in connection with USD $1.05 million in donations to a charity named after her late husband Zia Rahman. The charges …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

A Turkish court on Monday issued arrest warrants for seven generals and admirals accused of creating anti-government websites in 2009. Among those wanted are General Nusret Tasdeler, head of the army's educational command, and General Ismail Pekin, the general staff's intelligence chief. The men are expected to voluntarily turn themselves in to authorities. A number of other …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Human rights abuses continue to plague various regions of Iraq, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) concluded in a report released Monday. The report, which analyzes the human rights situation in Iraq throughout the year 2010, is based on information …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Ukrainian Judge Rodion Kireyev on Monday rejected a request from former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to release her from prison during her trial on charges of abuse of power. The announcement was made as thousands of supporters called for her release outside the court in Kiev. Kireyev ordered Tymoshenko's arrest …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Six South Carolina civil rights groups on Friday urged the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to block the state from implementing a new law that would require voters to present photo ID in order to cast their ballots. The coalition, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the League of Women Voters of South …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Alabama lawmakers on Friday filed a response to groups seeking a preliminary injunction against the controversial Alabama immigration law that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. Attorneys for Alabama state officials, including Governor Robert Bentley, argue that the state law is not preempted by federal immigration law and that the text reflects a …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

The Bahraini government on Sunday released two Shiite lawmakers from prison in an effort to comply with political reforms recently drawn up by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. Jawad Fairooz and Matar Matar, who had been held in custody for two months, were arrested in May following their participation in a series of Shiite-led, …

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