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Legal news from Thursday, March 3, 2011
by Daniel Makosky

Turkish authorities on Thursday jailed an estimated 10 individuals, including several journalists, allegedly involved with aiding the Ergenekon coup plot, amid continued foreign concerns for the treatment of journalists within the country. The arrests were carried out in conjunction with police raids in Ankara and Istanbul, during which authorities copied computer hard drives and …

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by Julia Zebley

Muslim student Yasir Afifi and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit against the FBI on Wednesday after Afifi discovered a global positioning system (GPS) device on the undercarriage of his car. The suit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that …

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by Daniel Richey

International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo announced Thursday that he will investigate allegations of crimes against humanity by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his inner circle. According to Moreno-Ocampo, "the office of the prosecutor decided to open an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed in Libya" based …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday condemned the assassination of Pakistani Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti and expressed her opposition to Pakistan's controversial blasphemy law. Bhatti, a member of Pakistan's Christian minority and outspoken critic of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, was killed Tuesday while traveling to work …

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by Ann Riley

The UK government on Tuesday commenced legal measures to overturn a controversial European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling that declared the UK's ban on prisoner voting rights unlawful. The government requested that the ECHR decision in Greens and MT v. the United Kingdom be appealed to the …

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