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Yesterday The Raw Story published an AFP article titled “Bradley Manning trial to be closed for some testimony: judge.”
The article reads:
Some testimony in the espionage trial of a US soldier who passed secret files to WikiLeaks will be held behind closed doors to safeguard classified information, a US judge ruled Tuesday.
Evidence from 24 witnesses, including some US ambassadors, will be given in closed session as requested by prosecutors in the court-martial of army private Bradley Manning, which is due to start June 3.
The decision by Colonel Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the case, is sure to spark renewed criticism from civil liberties groups who say the Manning case has been shrouded in excessive secrecy.
Yesterday Amnesty International published an article titled “Guatemala overturns historic genocide conviction.”
The article reads:
Guatemala’s Constitutional Court on Monday overturned the recent conviction and sentencing of former military ruler Efrain Rios Montt for genocide and crimes against humanity.
“This ruling is a devastating blow for the victims of the serious human rights violations committed during the conflict,” said Sebastian Elgueta, Amnesty International’s researcher on Guatemala.
IN OTHER NEWS
Yesterday Think Progress published an article titled “California Police Beat Man Nearly To Death For Asking To Read His Ticket.”
The article’s author Zack Beauchamp writes:
A Berkeley truck driver is suing the California High Patrol for a brutal assault that brought him to the brink of death — provoked, according to a report by the local NBC affiliate, only by the man’s request to read the ticket he was being given before he signed it.
On September 2nd, 2011, Russian immigrant Olegs Kozacenko was driving his truck when he was pulled over by Officer Andrew P. Murrill of the California Highway Police. Murrill attempted to ticket him for driving too many hours in the truck. Kozacenko refused to sign the ticket before reading it.
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