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Legal news from Friday, August 31, 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

Rwandan prosecutors have called for Canada to extradite five suspects in the 1994 Rwanda genocide, according to Friday media reports. The five, who all appear on Rwanda's most-wanted list and whom Rwandan officials described as "masterminds" of the genocide, are accused of planning and encouraging massacres, supplying weapons to militia groups, and other crimes. …

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by Leslie Schulman

Former terrorist suspect Karim Koubriti, a Moroccan national whose 2003 convictions for document fraud and conspiracy to aid terrorists were later overturned by a US federal judge, filed a $9 million lawsuit in federal court Thursday against former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino, former federal security officer Harry Smith, and FBI agent Michael Thomas, alleging they violated his …

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by Leslie Schulman

Some protesters being detained by authorities in Myanmar have begun a hunger strike, demanding that police camp officials provide medical treatment a fellow detainee with a broken leg, prominent labor rights activist Suu Suu Nway said Friday. Nway said the man, whose leg was broken during an a anti-government protest march …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Thursday that the language used in policies by Nationwide Insurance was not "ambiguous" about whether damage caused by combinations of wind and water is covered under a policy that only lists one of the two. Although Nationwide defeated a lawsuit …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

Several dozen Muslims in Kenya protested in front of the Nairobi police headquarters Thursday, saying that the country has been detaining and torturing Muslim citizens at the request of the US government. The protesters alleged that suspects detained in Kenya were flown on secret rendition flights to Ethiopia, where "aggressive interrogation" took place …

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by Jaime Jansen

Leandro Despouy, UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, expressed apprehension Thursday over the conviction and sentencing of UN Special Rapporteur Sigma Huda. Huda was sentenced to a three-year jail term by the Bangladesh Supreme Court Monday for her involvement in a corruption scheme headed by her husband, former …

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by Jaime Jansen

Up to one-fourth of US Department of Justice civil appellate lawyers are refusing to represent the government on the appeals of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, according to a story in US News & World Report. A February court ruling upholding the Military Commissions Act (MCA) put all Guantanamo …

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by Jaime Jansen

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) will likely invoke the state secrets privilege to halt a lawsuit against the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), the Belgium-based international banking cooperative that disclosed personal information about its customers to third parties, the New York Times reported Friday. The DOJ wants to dismiss the …

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by Jaime Jansen

The Thai government said Friday that it has lifted a five-month ban on the popular video-sharing website YouTube, now owned by Google, after YouTube's site operator agreed to prohibit offensive videos from appearing on the site. Thailand banned access to YouTube and several other websites in April that contained material deemed offensive to …

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by Jaime Jansen

US forces in Iraq will release 50 Iraqi detainees per day during the Muslim religious month of Ramadan, according to an announcement by Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi Friday. The US military confirmed Hashemi's announcement, saying the military has reached a deal with the vice president to begin releasing detainees. Ramadan begins the …

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by Jaime Jansen

A judge sitting in Polk County, Iowa Thursday struck down Iowa's same-sex marriage ban as an unconstitutional violation of due process and equal protection. Judge Robert Hanson ordered officials to process marriage license applications for same-sex couples despite an announcement by county attorney John Sarcone that the county will appeal Hanson's ruling directly to the …

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by Gabriel Haboubi

The number of executions worldwide increased slightly in 2006 while the number of countries that employ capital punishment decreased, according to a report released Thursday by the Rome-based anti-death penalty group Hands Off Cain. According to statistics compiled from news reports and NGOs, there were 5628 executions in 27 countries in 2006, up from …

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