May 12, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
The Iraqi Council of Ministers has amended the General Amnesty Law to exclude prisoners who have committed certain types of serious crimes, an Iraqi government official said Sunday. The legislature passed the amnesty law in February as part of the Maliki government's reconciliation effort. The b... ...[read more]
May 12, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
Bolivian President Evo Morales signed a bill Monday authorizing a recall election to be held on August 10, in which Morales and Bolivia's nine governors must win both more votes and a larger share of total votes cast in the 2005 election in order to keep their seats. If Morales or the nine gover... ...[read more]
May 12, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
An estimated 200-300 detainees held by Afghan authorities at the Afghan-controlled men's prison in Kandahar who went on hunger strike last week protesting the slow nature of the Afghanistan judicial system ended their action Monday after a visit by Afghan lawmakers who said their cases would be... ...[read more]
May 12, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim called Monday for the prosecution of public officials involved in a judicial fixing scandal, one week after government officials ended their investigation into a video allegedly showing prominent lawyer VK Lingam brokering the appointment of the ...[read more]
April 21, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
White House lawyers argued on Monday before a federal appeals court that White House visitor logs maintained by the Secret Service are executive branch documents and thus not subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The appeals court judges hearing the case seemed skeptical of the ...[read more]
April 21, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
Australia has acquired exploration and drilling rights to an additional 2.5 million square kilometers of ocean shelf after a UN commission ruled that Australia's continental shelf extends farther than previously defined, the Australian government said Monday. The UN Commission on the Limits of t... ...[read more]
April 21, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
An Indonesian judge handed down 15-year sentences to two leaders of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), after convicting them on terrorism charges. The judge also ruled that JI is a terrorist organization, the first time an Indonesian court has recognized JI as such. The two ...[read more]
April 17, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
Two videotapes showing CIA officers interrogating al Qaeda suspects are likely not related to a federal case filed by a Guantanamo Bay detainee and thus not covered by a court order entered in that case directing the CIA to preserve evidence relating to the case, the CIA argued in court papers ...[read more]
April 17, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
The movement in Malaysia to reform the judiciary took another step forward Thursday as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told a Bar Council assembly that the government will implement a Judicial Appointments Commission that will identify and nominate candidates for the bench, ...[read more]
April 17, 2008
by Joshua Pantesco
Afghan President Hamid Karzai should reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty and should not sign execution orders for 100 prisoners, approved by the Supreme Court this week, advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. According to the HRW press release :Supreme Court officials told ...[read more]

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