Legal news from Saturday, August 20, 2005
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[JURIST] A Metropolitan Police [official website] spokeswoman announced Saturday that the department would not modify its policy of using deadly force against suspected terrorists. The Independent Police Complaints Commission [official website] is conducting a review of police conduct after officers shot and killed an innocent man [JURIST report] they mistakenly [read more]

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[JURIST] Ashraf Qazi, special representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, asked Saturday that Iraq reconsider its decision to resume carrying out executions, three days after the Iraqi government approved three death sentences [JURIST report]. The US-led occupation placed a moratorium on capital punishment after removing former dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] Kurdish officials discussed dropping their demand for a constitutional right to secede Saturday, as negotiations continued on the drafting of the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive]. Kurds have faced opposition to their demand for self-determination [JURIST report] from various Sunni groups associated with Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's Dawa Party [read more]

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[JURIST] Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [official website] officials announced [press release] Friday that the rule allowing truckers to stay behind the wheel for 11 hours straight will not be changed, despite a federal appeals court decision overturning the rule. Rather, the hours of service regulations [FMCSA backgrounder] now require [read more]

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[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court denied a motion to dismiss tax charges against the wife and son of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [Wikipedia profile, JURIST news archive] Friday. Chilean prosecutors filed charges [JURIST report] against Pinochet's relatives last week, alleging they were complicit in hiding millions of dollars in [read more]

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[JURIST] Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo [official website] has admitted that Nigerian police forces have engaged in killings of suspects and innocent civilians, as well as torture and other civil rights violations. Obasanjo's admission comes only weeks after Nigerian officials denied allegations of torture [JURIST report] made in a new report [read more]

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