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Legal news from Sunday, September 4, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) reported on Saturday that more detainees have joined a hunger strike in protest of ongoing trials related to recent pro-democracy protests. The nearly 20 jailed doctors face charges in relation to protests and have begun fasting in objection to "continued detention of the doctors and other detainees at …

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by Maureen Cosgrove

Panamanian lawmakers approved a bill Saturday that requires runoffs in close presidential elections. The bill mandates that if no candidate amasses 50 percent of the vote after the election, a second round of voting would take place. A presidential election is currently won by a mere majority vote. Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli praised …

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by Julia Zebley

Former French president Jacques Chirac, 78, and his legal team filed documents with the 11th Criminal Court of Paris on Friday claiming Chirac is too ill to face his corruption trial, just three days before the trial was slated to continue after being delayed in March [JURIST …

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