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Thai opposition lawyer asks court to annul poll, disband ruling party

A lawyer for Thailand's opposition party on Tuesday urged a key court to annul last weekend's snap election and disband the embattled ruling party of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. "I submitted the petition... the court will inform us later if they take the case or not," Democrat Party lawyer, Virat Kalayasiri, told reporters. tp/apj/lm

Accused in alleged terror plot seeks lawyer who will use Qu'ran as 'reference'

TORONTO - A man charged in an alleged plot to attack a Via Rail passenger train says he wants to be represented by a lawyer who agrees the Qu'ran should be used as a "reference" in his case. Chiheb Esseghaier appeared in a Toronto court by video link from jail Thursday morning and said he has made an application for representation by legal aid, but is seeking a lawyer who can co-operate with his need to use the Muslim religious text in his defence. "I am agreed to have a lawyer, no problem," said the 30-year-old Montreal man, who appeared wearing an orange prison jumpsuit.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Vietnam jails 22 activists: lawyer

Vietnam on Monday handed long jail terms ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment to 22 activists, a defence lawyer said, in one of the country's largest subversion trials for years. The defendants were convicted of trying to overthrow the communist government, lawyer Nguyen Huong Que said -- a charge which rights groups say is routinely laid against peaceful dissidents in the communist nation. bur-dr/ac
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