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Legal news from Thursday, February 21, 2008
by Benjamin Klein

The US must do more to meet its obligations to fight racial discrimination under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, UN rights experts from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said Thursday in a scheduled session to review US compliance with the treaty. Committee expert Linos-Alexander …

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by Nick Fiske

French judges Thursday questioned a trader tied to the alleged French "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel, who made $73 billion worth of unauthorized trades while working for French bank Societe Generale. The man, who worked for Societe Generale affiliate Fimat, was originally questioned by French authorities earlier this month and …

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by Mike Rosen-Molina

Serbian demonstrators set fire to the US Embassy in Belgrade Thursday after a massive street demonstration that drew an estimated 150,000 people to protest Kosovo's weekend unilateral declaration of independence. The United States formally recognized Kosovo as a sovereign state on Monday, despite strong opposition from both the Serbian government and minority …

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by Alexis Unkovic

US President George W. Bush Thursday reiterated his call for Congress to extend the temporary Protect America Act, which expired on Saturday without an agreement in Congress on replacement legislation, and said he can foresee "no compromise" with Congressional Democrats on the issue of immunity for telecommunications companies from lawsuits related to …

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by Benjamin Klein

Pakistan’s two main opposition parties have agreed to form a coalition government and to work together towards the reinstatement of ousted Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry and other dismissed superior court judges, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, head of the Pakistan Muslim League, and Asif Zardari [BBC …

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by Nick Fiske

Former Guantanamo Bay chief military prosecutor Col. Morris Davis told AP Thursday that he has agreed to appear as a defense witness in the military commission trial of Guantanamo detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan. In October 2007, Davis resigned [JURIST report; JURIST op-ed] from his position at Guantanamo Bay, saying that politics …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Former Rwandan Minister of Youth and Sports Callixte Nzabonimana Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges relating to Rwanda's 1994 genocide in his first appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Nzabonimana was arrested Monday in Tanzania and faces charges of conspiracy to commit …

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by Alexis Unkovic

A military jury in Hawaii convicted US Army Specialist Christopher P. Shore on Wednesday of aggravated assault on charges stemming from the June 23, 2007 killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, but acquitted him on charges of third-degree murder. Shore could be sentenced to a maximum eight-year prison sentence, as well …

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by Brett Murphy

UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband said Thursday that two US planes landed on the UK territory of Diego Garcia in 2002 to refuel during extraordinary rendition flights. Miliband apologized for previously denying that such stops had been made, saying that:Contrary to earlier explicit assurances that …

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by Brett Murphy

The government of Chad is using the current state of emergency to clamp down on journalists and members of peaceful opposition parties, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Amnesty said that the government has arrested at least three opposition members and that some newspapers in Chad have ceased publishing due to potential …

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by Jaime Jansen

TIME magazine on Thursday asked the Supreme Court of Indonesia to reconsider its August 2007 decision awarding former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto $106 million in damages in Suharto's defamation suit against the publication. Suharto sued TIME over a 1999 article that said Suharto had hidden billions of dollars …

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by Brett Murphy

Former Russian Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison by Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court Wednesday, after being convicted on charges of fraud and abuse of office earlier in the week. He was convicted for his involvement in a corruption scheme which misappropriated $31 million in US …

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by Brett Murphy

Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri on Wednesday appealed the UK Home Office's approval of his extradition to the US on charges of supporting terrorism, arguing that UK courts should review the evidence against Abu Hamza before he is extradited. Abu Hamza, currently serving a seven-year sentence in the UK for …

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by Brett Murphy

Pakistani police in Karachi used tear gas against lawyers rallying for the restoration of ousted Pakistani superior court judges on Thursday, soon after now-dismissed Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry addressed them by telephone from his official residence in Islamabad, where he is still under house arrest. Chaudhry spoke to lawyers at the Sindh …

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by Jaime Jansen

The UN Security Council approved a resolution [Res. 1800 text] Wednesday authorizing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint four additional judges to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The Security Council unanimously approved the measure to enable the ICTY to try all defendants by the end of 2008. The resolution allows the president …

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