Legal news from Saturday, December 17, 2005
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis, the outgoing head of a UN committee investigating the February 14 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], said Saturday that he is convinced Syrian authorities are responsible for Hariri's death. This was the first time that Mehlis unequivocally accused Syria [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] An anti-bribery panel for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) [official website] urged governments on Friday to dig deeper into evidence of kickbacks and corruption reported by an independent UN commission investigating the UN's now-defunct Iraq oil-for-food program [official website; JURIST news archive]. Only 11 of the [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Britain ran a secret prison at Bad Nenndorf in northwest Germany that tortured and starved to death inmates for two years after the end of World War II, according to a Saturday report from the Guardian. Inmates included Nazi party members, former members of the SS, suspected spies, and [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi authorities began to ease tight election security measures [JURIST report] Saturday by lifting the ban on traffic and opening all borders except for the border with Syria, which will reopen in a few days. Thursday's election [JURIST report] drew as many as 11 million people to the polls, [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] In his weekly radio address [transcript] Saturday, President Bush acknowledged that he has approved secret eavesdropping in the US [JURIST report] and said that he has no intention of putting an end to National Security Agency [official website] monitoring of possibly thousands of international telephone calls and international e-mail [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] on Friday stayed a trial chamber decision [text; JURIST report] that would have allowed former Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj [BBC profile] to return to political life in Kosovo pending his scheduled trial in 2007 [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] late Friday evening narrowly approved [roll call vote] a tough new border security and immigration bill that includes plans to build a security fence across 621 miles of the Mexican border and authorizes the US Department of Homeland Security to study the [read more]

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