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Legal news from Saturday, April 14, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Friday demanded immediate restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau. His demand came after a military coup on Thursday that led to seizure of power over the government and detention of various officials including interim president Raimundo Pereira and former prime minister Carlos Gomes Junior. The coup occurred just prior …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that an emergency wiretap provision allowing warrantless interceptions is unconstitutional. The specific section [s. 184.4] authorizes a peace officer to intercept private communication when there is reasonable ground for urgency and necessity to prevent serious harm. The case involved a warrantless interception of private communication …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) announced Friday the filing of a lawsuit against three US agencies over the repeated detention and questioning of Muslims about their religious beliefs and practices by federal agents at the US-Canada border. CAIR-MI filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District …

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by Dan Taglioli

Four independent UN human rights experts on Friday called for the immediate release of Bahraini human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence for terrorism-related charges after being tried before the Bahrain military National Safety Court in June 2011. Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Margaret Sekaggya expressed concern that Al-Khawaja's trial …

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