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Legal news from Monday, August 10, 2009
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Monday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the conviction of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] contractor David Passaro [JURIST news archive] on assault charges related to the abuse of an Afghan detainee [JURIST report]. The court found that the [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official website, in Russian] on Monday submitted a bill [text, in Russian] to the State Duma [official website, in Russian] that would allow Russian troops to intervene beyond Russian borders. The legislation, proposed in response to last August's South Ossetia conflict [BBC backgrounder], would allow [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chief of the UK Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) [official website] John Scarlett said that the British secret service did not participate in or condone torture, during a BBC radio interview [materials] broadcast Monday. Scarlett denied that the SIS, better known as MI6, was involved in torture, saying there has [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Monday directed police to open an investigation into allegations that former president Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive] illegally detained 60 members of the judiciary after declaring emergency rule [proclamation, PDF] in November 2007. The order [APP report] was issued by Islamabad District and [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia is illegally detaining thousands [press release] under the auspices of combating terrorism, according to a report [text, PDF] published Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. HRW reports that since 2003, thousands of terrorism suspects have been detained indefinitely, in violation of Saudi law, which limits [read more]

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