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Legal news from Sunday, November 23, 2008
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Some officials in the formative administration of US President-elect Barack Obama [transition website] have said they support the creation of a bipartisan congressional commission to investigate potentially abusive US counter-terrorism policies, according to a Newsweek report [text] Saturday. The officials have suggested that such an investigation should be similar [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Supreme Court has decided to review the actions of a Moscow District Military Court judge presiding over the trial of three men accused in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary], according to a court spokesman quoted in local media reports [Moscow Times report; Russia Today report] [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has assigned Army judge Col. Stephen Henley [DOD biography, PDF] to preside over the the war crimes trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the self proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report], according to a Miami Herald report [text]. Henley replaces [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website, in Chinese] Sunday called [press release, in Chinese; autotranslation] a report released [JURIST report] last week by the UN Committee Against Torture [official website] prejudiced and false. The Committee's report had expressed "deep concern" over continued allegations that China authorities [read more]

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