Legal news from Saturday, December 24, 2005
21:12 EDT

[JURIST] Election officials announced Saturday that citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] approved a new constitution [draft text in French; AP summary] in a referendum [JURIST report] held December 18. The charter is designed to bring peace to the country after five years of war and [read more]

19:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US military will not transfer detainees [JURIST news archive] to Iraqi-operated prisons or transition US-run facilities to Iraqi control until military officials are satisfied that Iraqis have met US standards for the treatment of detainees, according to Maj. Gen. John D. Gardner, commanding US-run prisons in Iraq. The [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi court ruled Saturday that some 100 as-yet-publicly-unspecified candidates - most believed to be Sunnis - who ran in the December 15 Iraqi parliamentary elections will be struck and not allowed to serve in the next national assembly due to previous associations with Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath Party [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Peru has approved 12 of the 17 charges proposed by the country's Supreme Court against former president Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive], currently detained in Chile after being arrested [JURIST report] there in November when he returned from self-imposed exile in Japan. Peru is [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] French Judge Brigitte Raynaud has decided to open a formal investigation into accusations that French soldiers may have acted in complicity with Hutu militias who killed between 500,000 and 800,000 Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder]. Several Rwandan survivors filed a lawsuit [JURIST report] against the French [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] has again cautioned the Uzbekistan government to observe fair-trial standards after Uzbek courts sentenced another 42 people to 12-20 years in prison [JURIST report] during closed hearings Wednesday. Arbour, concerned that the latest trials may have been plagued by [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The United Kingdom and Lebanon [JURIST news archive] have signed a memorandum of understanding that specifies that non-UK citizens deported from Britain to Lebanon will not be mistreated. According to a foreign office spokesperson in London, the agreement seeks to protect the human rights of any person deported to [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Egyptian presidential challenger and Al-Ghad opposition party leader Ayman Nour [JURIST news archive; Wikipedia profile] was sentenced Saturday to five years in prison on charges that he forged signatures required for his name to be on presidential ballots. Nour's lawyer said "This is a political verdict that will [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] National Security Agency [official website] technicians have been analyzing large volumes of phone and internet traffic information going through American telecomunications data hubs as part of the warrantless surveillance program authorized by President Bush [JURIST report] to identify individuals having connections to Al Qaeda, according to officials quoted by [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the Iraqi High Criminal Court (formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]) trying Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants said Saturday that a Kurdish investigative judge for the tribunal had been targeted in an unsuccessful assassination attempt. Munir Hadad [JURIST report; Al-Arabiya TV interview transcript], one of [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] An FBI official Friday confirmed a US News and World Report article claiming that since 9/11 the US government has been clandestinely monitoring radiation levels at over 100 Muslim locations in the Washington DC area - including mosques, businesses and honmes - in search of nuclear bombs. Monitoring had [read more]

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