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Legal news from Friday, October 20, 2017
by Miracle Jones

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called Christmas Day bomber, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the US District Court for the District of Colorado alleging violations of his constitutional rights. Abdulmutallab, who attempted to detonate an underwear bomb in an airplane bathroom on Christmas Day, 2009, argues that his First, Fifth and Eighth Amendment rights are being violated …

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by Erik Slobe

The Guatemalan Constitutional Court on Wednesday withdrew the foreign ministry's warning to the head of the UN International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), Iván Velásquez. The foreign ministry had granted Velásquez a one-year renewal on his visa but warned him to "refrain from interfering …

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by Jonathon Churchin

Iraq's Supreme Justice Council on Thursday ordered the arrest of Kurdistan Regional Government Vice President Kosrat Rasul on charges of "provocation" against Iraq's armed forces. The court order comes after Rasul has spoken out against the increased military presence of Iraqi forces in northern parts of the country. The Kurdish forces have been working with Iraqi forces in …

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by Jonathon Churchin

The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled Wednesday that a 90-year-old cross shaped monument in Maryland violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The monument, erected in 1925 to honor 49 Prince George's County men who died during World War I, was challenged by the American Humanist Association …

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by Erik Slobe

A Brazilian congressional committee voted Wednesday to reject corruption charges against President Michel Temer. The charges are related to a corruption case against meatpacking company JBS. The charges were rejected in a vote of 39-26 that fell largely along party lines. The full lower chamber still needs to …

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by Lawrenz Fares

Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and his son-in-law were indicted by an anti-corruption court on Thursday in connection to leaks that show his family had several offshore shell companies and his purchase of several high-end pieces of property in London. The leaked documents suggested that Sharif's children had offshore assets that were …

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by Lawrenz Fares

The Kenyan High Court on Tuesday lifted a government-imposed ban on protestation after numerous protests against the Kenyan electoral commission. The recent protests were organized by National Super Alliance (NASA), the political coalition that currently stands in opposition to the ruling Jubilee Party. After many of the protests turned violent …

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