Legal news from Sunday, November 20, 2005
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Saddam Hussein said Sunday they are willing to attend the next trial hearing sxheduled for November 28 if proper protection is provided for the entire defense team. Khalil Dulaimi, head of the defense, stated "[w]e are prepared to attend the trial if our demands to secure proper [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] US senators and the White House [official website] are discussing a possible ban on torture of suspected terrorists in US custody, but are struggling to find a consensus, according to US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, speaking Sunday on ABC's This Week. The Senate's plan under the so-called McCain [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] By a two-vote margin, the US House of Representatives Friday passed a spending bill that would alter the General Mining Law of 1872 [text; Seattle PI report] by allowing individuals or companies to file and expand mining claims on federal public land, including areas stripped of minerals with no [read more]

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[JURIST] Nearly 400 Iraqi protesters marched in western Baghdad Sunday demanding an end to detainee torture and the release of detainees while calling on the international community to pressure the US and Iraq to prevent further abuse. The mostly-Sunni protest came as Iraqi officials met in Egypt for a reconciliation [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] On a state visit to China during a six-day Asia tour [White House backgrounder], President Bush Sunday pressed Chinese President Hu Jintao [official profile; Wikipedia profile] to expand religious, political and social freedoms in the country and later suggested to reporters [White House text] that if more religious rights [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] More than 200 people were arrested and one person was killed Sunday in clashes between government supporters and supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [Wikipedia profile] during the second round of Egypt's parliamentary elections. The Brotherhood has been outlawed for more than 50 years but did very well in [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's parliament voted Sunday to require the government to block International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] inspectors from its nuclear facilities if Iran is referred to the UN Security Council [website] for regulatory violations. This is the second time Iranian deputies have attempted to force the government into [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Romanian defense minister Ioan Mihai Pascu has acknowledged that US planes carrying detainees may have refueled in the country, but has denied the existence of a secret CIA-run prison there.  His comments, published Saturday in Evenimentul Zileli [media website, English version] are the first by a senior Romanian official [read more]

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