Legal news from Sunday, January 9, 2005
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Victorious Palestinian presidential candidate Mahmoud Abbas pledged to supporters in Ramallah late Sunday night that he would work towards securing the release of all Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. Israeli officials, for their part, have already indicated they will free the Palestinian prisoners if Abbas cracks down on [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Two exit polls taken of voters in Palestine's presidential election indicate Mahmoud Abbas (official campaign website here) has won a landslide victory, taking at least 66% of the vote. AP has more. The official count is now underway after polls closed at 9 PM local time (2 PM ET).4:48 [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinan election officials announced Sunday that the vote to choose a successor for late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat would be extended by two hours until 9 PM local time (2 PM ET) to accommodate what they described as a heavy turnout and also to compensate for confusion at the [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A peace agreement ceremoniously signed in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday between the Sudanese government (official website here) and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement (official website here; profile here) formally ended a 21-year civil war, the longest-running internal struggle on the African continent. The deal outlines power and resource sharing [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Perkins was sentenced late Saturday to six months in a military prison, a demotion in rank to Staff Sgt. and a cut in pay for ordering two Iraqis to be pushed into the Tigris river north of Baghdad in January 2004. Although prosecutors [read more]

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