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Legal news from Monday, May 28, 2007
18:05 EDT

[JURIST] The outgoing government of British Prime Minister Tony Blair has run into stiff criticism of a proposal to give police new "stop and question" powers under toughened anti-terror laws [JURIST report]. The proposal, which was leaked to the media late last week before all government MPs were aware of [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] Only a handful of deportations sought by US immigration authorities between 2004 and 2006 resulted from terrorism charges, according to a study [text] released Sunday by a research institute at Syracuse University. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse [research website] examined the rulings of 200 immigration court judges employed by [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistan judge Monday ordered two women who have publicly acknowledged their same-sex relationship jailed for perjury after one initially claimed to be a man. Sixteen years ago Shumail Raj had herself surgically altered to remove her breasts and uterus, but medical examiners found that she was still a [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Francois-Xavier Byuma, vice-president of the board of the Rwandan League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LIPRODHOR) [advocacy website, in French] and president of the Rwandan Association for the Protection and Promotion of the Child, was sentenced to 19 years in prison Sunday by a local gacaca [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Russian police arrested dozens of demonstrating gay rights [JURIST news archive] activists Sunday, including European lawmakers who wanted to present a letter to Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov [MosNews profile], who had rejected a request by gay rights activists to hold a parade to mark the 14th anniversary of the [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Libyan court acquitted six foreign medics [JURIST news archive] of criminal defamation Sunday. The five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor, previously convicted [JURIST report] of knowingly infecting over 400 Libyan patients with the HIV virus and sentenced to death, faced defamation charges stemming from the medics' accusations [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Yemen has agreed to receive most Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], a senior Yemeni official told Reuters Sunday. The official said that "there are continuous talks with the Americans to hand over the Yemenis in Guantanamo to the Yemeni government," although the official did not [read more]

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