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Legal news from Monday, February 4, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

Former Cambodian Foreign Minister Ieng Sary, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the Khmer Rouge communist regime of the 1970s, was hospitalized Monday for a urinary tract problem. A spokesman for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) said that …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Lawyers representing the families of 17 US Navy personnel killed in the 2000 al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole have filed court papers asking US District Judge Robert G. Doumar of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to reopen their lawsuit against the …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A UK jury Monday sentenced five men to prison terms ranging from seven to 17 years for aiding the perpetrators of the failed July 21, 2005 bomb attacks on London's transit system evade arrest. Ismail Abdurahman, Muhedin Ali, Siraj Ali, Wahbi Mohammed, and Abdul Sherif were collectively convicted of 22 charges of assisting an offender and …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday called for Kenya to establish a truth and reconciliation commission in hopes of soothing underlying social and ethnic pressures that erupted into violence in the wake of January's disputed presidential election. Annan is currently in the country to help mediate the conflict between Kenyan President Mwai …

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by Caitlin Price

Four Kurds accused in Syria of separatism were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison by Syria's Supreme State Security Court (SSSC), independent rights group National Organization for Human Rights in Syria said Monday. Two of the men, Hamid Suleiman Mohammed and Adnan Muwaymesh, were sentenced to 10 years, while Ibrahim Haj Yussef and Ahmed Hassan …

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by Caitlin Price

A lawyer for British national Simon Mann, alleged to have plotted a coup against Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo in 2004, accused Zimbabwean officials Monday of criminal conspiracy to kidnap after Mann was reportedly deported to Equatorial Guinea in secret before his appeal process against extradition was completed, according to the Guardian reported …

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by Alexis Unkovic

The French Senate and National Assembly voted 560-181 at a special parliamentary session Monday to pass an amendment to the French Constitution that paves the way for France to adopt the new EU reform treaty, properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon. …

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by Caitlin Price

Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr Monday argued that the US military commission responsible for trying him lacks jurisdiction over the case, saying that Khadr did not commit a war crime by allegedly throwing a grenade that killed one US soldier and wounded another while fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan …

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by Michael Sung

The European Commission (EC) said Monday that new EU members Bulgaria and Romania must do more to achieve judicial reform and fight corruption and organized crime. An interim report on Bulgaria criticized Bulgarian efforts to counter high-level corruption and organized crime for not demonstrating "convincing results." Another interim report on Romania …

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by Michael Sung

The Moscow City Court on Monday rejected the appeal of exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky. Berezovsky has been sentenced to six years in prison, after being found guilty last November of embezzling 214 million rubles from Russian national airline Aeroflot. Berezovsky was tried in absentia, as he now resides in the UK …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea made his first public appearance before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) on Monday, though the court quickly adjourned the pre-trial hearing. The adjournment was due to a dispute over Nuon Chea's Dutch lawyer, Victor Koppe, who has been denied admission …

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by Michael Sung

A Spanish court on Monday ordered the release of 10 suspected terrorists accused of participating in a plot to bomb the Spanish National Court in Madrid, several days before the court is scheduled to announce the verdicts and sentences of all 30 suspected conspirators on charges of membership in a terrorist organization, conspiracy to commit a terrorist …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Supreme Court of Indonesia on Monday announced it will consider a second appeal of the convictions of three men found responsible at trial for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings. The Supreme Court ordered a lower district court to assemble a panel of judges to review the merits of the bombers' latest appeal, after which their recommendation …

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by Joshua Pantesco

A Bangladesh trial judge on Monday adjourned proceedings and admonished defense lawyers for former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed after they accused the judge of partiality in open court for refusing to allow cross examination of the main witness against Hasina. The witness is a businessman who accused Hasina and her cousin of extorting …

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