Legal news from Sunday, February 13, 2005
10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Israel's cabinet voted Sunday to release 500 Palestinian prisoners in what is being termed a "goodwill gesture" to help build relations with new Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. The cabinet also agreed to allow over 200 Palestinian laborers to enter from the Gaza Strip for the first time in months.The [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Taha al-Amiri, formerly a chief judge at Basra's highest criminal court under Saddam Hussein, was assassinated by two gunmen on his way to work Saturday. Al-Amiri is one of several former Baath party [Wikipedia article] figures to be killed in the last 18 months. Shiite extremists seeking revenge are [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Reuters is reporting that the Iraqi election commission has just issued final results from the January 30 vote and that the Shiite Alliance, a grouping of Islamic parties, has come out on top, garnering 47.5% of the vote. Meanwhile, AP has calculated that only 3,775 valid votes were cast [read more]

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