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Legal news from Sunday, April 22, 2007
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Bangladeshi court issued a warrant Sunday for the arrest of former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed [Wikipedia profile] who is currently exiled in London. Wajed was stopped from boarding a plane [AP report] in London Sunday after the interim government issued an international warning to prohibit Wajed [read more]

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[JURIST] A previously undisclosed report [Post excerpts] by US Army Major General Eldon Bargewell [Post profile] into the November 2005 killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [JURIST news archive; USMC timeline] found "serious misconduct" on all levels of the US Marine Corps [official website] chain of command, the Washington [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire [official website] signed legislation [press release] Saturday recognizing domestic partnership status for same-sex couples. The law [PDF text] guarantees gay and lesbian couples some of the legal rights that previously were afforded only to husband and wife. To be considered a legally recognizable domestic partnership, [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The two major opposition parties in Nigeria [JURIST news archive] and an election watch group on Sunday challenged the legitimacy of the country's Saturday presidential elections, reporting voting delays and potential ballot-rigging in favor of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) [BBC backgrounder], party of outgoing Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former chess champion and liberal United Civil Front [party website, in Russian] leader Garry Kasparov [official website, in Russian] has accused Russian police of "brutality" after meeting with Kremlin officials Friday to give an account of his treatment at the hands of police agents following his arrest participating in [read more]

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