Legal news from Sunday, June 12, 2005
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi prime minister spokesman Laith Kuba said during a press conference Sunday that the Sunni community's lack of experience in the political arena is a weak link in drafting the new constitution since this is the first time they have been in a negotiation process. However, Kuba also indicated [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Italians began voting at 8 AM Rome time Sunday in referendums [referendum questions on ballot] to lessen the limitations on existing legislation on fertility treatment and stem cell research. Pre-referendum polls [JURIST report] predicted that the referendum would fail, suggesting that only 30-40% of voters would show up, when [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Representative Duncan Hunter [official website], chairman of the House Armed Services Committee [official website], said in an interview with Fox News Sunday that there are members of the Bush administration who want to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to end the debate over allegations of abuse and [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] New York-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch [official website] said Sunday that the presidential election in Iran set for Friday cannot be free and fair because the country's unelected religious authority has approved a narrow list of candidates. A new HRW report [text; accompanying press release] highlights the fact [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Palestinian National Authority [official website] carried out four death sentences Sunday, the first time the Palestinian government had put convicts to death since 2002, when Bashir Atari, 21, was executed by firing squad for cutting the throats of two women. The four men executed Sunday had been convicted [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan officials announced Sunday that the nation will set up its own court to investigate and prosecute crimes committed during the uprising in Darfur [BBC backgrounder]. Last week the Sudan [JURIST news archive] government backed down [JURIST report] from its opposition to International Criminal Court [official website] investigations [JURIST [read more]

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