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Ousted Egyptian President in Stable Condition; To Appear in Court

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- Doctors at the hospital where former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is staying say he is in stable condition after being admitted with heart problems.

The ousted leader was formally detained Wednesday by state prosecutors and he's now expected to be transferred from the Sharm el-Sheikh hospital to a medical facility in Cairo where he's been called into court.

Egyptian state TV says Mubarak and his two sons, Gamal and Alaa, will appear in a Cairo court on Tuesday, April 19.  The hearing is believed to be related to the 15-day detention all three have been put under by the prosecutor general.  They're being investigated on allegations of corruption, abuse of power and ordering the killings of protesters.

Pro-democracy activists have been demanding Mubarak be put on trial.  Many believe if he is not formally charged, another wave of mass protests could break out against the new military government.

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Pakistan Court Adjourns Raymond Davis' Immunity Case

Photo Courtesy - Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- The decision on whether Raymond Davis, the U.S. government official accused of killing two Pakistani men in Lahore last month, will receive diplomatic immunity will have to wait another three weeks.

Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik, representing Pakistan's government, asked Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry for the extension Thursday in order to prepare their case on whether Davis qualifies for immunity.  Chaudhry granted the extra time, saying the case is premature until the government can establish Davis' status.

The case is now adjourned until March 14.

At Thursday's hearing, a number of lawyers argued that the name Raymond Allen Davis is an alias and that his passport has been issued under a false name.  They prayed before the court that, therefore, his picture should be placed on record and that Davis should be placed on the Exit Control List, which prohibits him from leaving the country.

The lawyers asked why an espionage case had not been registered against Davis, and also prayed for additional cases to be filed, including a case against Davis for illegally entering Pakistan.

They also argued that former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who recently met with Sen. John Kerry, should also be summoned to the court.  Qureshi had stated that Davis does not enjoy immunity and is willing to appear before the court in this regard.
One of the emotionally charged lawyers argued that Davis has access to alcohol, a cell phone, a television and other things of pleasure, and said these commodities should be stopped immediately and that Davis should be treated like an ordinary prisoner.

Davis is now in a judicial lock up in Lahore.  He has been placed on the Exit Control List, the judge confirmed.

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WikiLeaks Founder's Extradition Hearing Wraps Up in London

Photo Courtesy - Bertil Ericson/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared at the Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London again on Tuesday for the second and final day of his extradition hearing.

Assange's lawyers tried to hammer home the idea their client doesn't have a case to argue.  They said Assange could be questioned in the United Kingdom and there was no need for him to return to Sweden.

If Assange were to go back to Sweden, where two women have accused him of sexual assault, he would put himself at risk of being extradited to the United States, his lawyers have said.  But at Tuesday's hearing, a defense witness revealed under cross examination that the chances that Sweden would extradite Assange to the U.S. would be almost impossible.

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WikiLeaks Founder Appears in Court Over Extradition

Photo Courtesy - Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, made a short appearance at Belmarsh Magistrates’ Court in London Tuesday for a procedural hearing related to his extradition to Sweden.

During the case management hearing, bail conditions were relaxed to allow Assange to stay in London for two days so he can attend his next scheduled court dates on Feb. 7 and 8, when a final decision on his extradition will be made.

Assange is fighting extradition from the United Kingdom to Sweden, where two women have accused him of sexual assault.  He was freed on bail in England after being arrested on Dec. 7 in London.

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