Legal news from Sunday, October 17, 2004
20:10 EDT

Meeting in Florence on Sunday, ministers of the European Union states have begun reviewing proposals that address, among other topics, illegal migration from North Africa into Europe. One highly controversial proposal on the agenda calls for large holding centers to be set up in North Africa where refugees would be [read more]

19:10 EDT

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Sunday rejected a call for a national referendum on his plan to withdraw outposts from the Gaza Strip after a meeting with Jewish settlers. Sharon's withdrawal plan is scheduled for debate and vote before the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, on October 25. VOA has more. [read more]

16:10 EDT

The Supreme Court of Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) has dismissed lawsuits filed by the National League for Democracy (NLD) demanding that the governing military junta free detained opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and allow the NLD, which won parliamentary elections in 1990 but has yet [read more]

15:10 EDT

The New York Times (registration required) reported Sunday that abusive treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay has been widespread, longstanding, and primarily directed at intelligence targets, according to several military guards, agents and other staff at the detention facility. This contradicts repeated assertions by military officials, including the drafters of [read more]

15:10 EDT

Prosecutors in Indonesia have charged militant Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir in connection with the 2002 Bali bombings that killed some 200 tourists and nightclub workers. On Friday, as previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, Bashir was also charged with involvement in last year's deadly bombing of a Marriot hotel [read more]

15:10 EDT

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan reiterated his criticism of the decision to invade Iraq in an interview with British TV network ITV Sunday, saying that it had done nothing to make the world safer. While acknowledging that the country is currently "on track" to hold elections early next year, he [read more]

11:10 EDT

Voters in Belarus (official government website) are deciding Sunday whether to amend their constitution to abolish presidential terms limits and allow President Alexander Lukashenko (official website; BBC profile here) to run for a third term in 2006. Currently under Article 81 presidents can only serve two five-year terms. Many observers [read more]

11:10 EDT

The United States and six Central American countries are voicing their support this weekend for Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos, facing possible impeachment and removal by the Nicaraguan legislature next week on corruption charges. Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and the US all fear that the removal of [read more]

10:10 EDT

Jordan's military prosecutor Sunday indicted Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi and twelve other suspects on charges of plotting to attack the US Embassy in Amman and various Jordanian government targets with chemical and conventional weapons. The seven formal counts include conspiring to commit terror attacks, possessing and manufacturing explosive material and affiliation with [read more]

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