Legal news from Sunday, January 22, 2006
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The case against Orhan Pamuk [TIME profile; JURIST news archive], Turkey's most prominent writer, was dropped by an Istanbul court Sunday following a statement from the Turkish Justice Ministry. Pamuk, whose work often examines the clashes between society and the role of Islam, was on trial for "public denigration [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former US attorney general Ramsey Clark [JURIST news archive], currently a member of the defense team representing deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], told Reuters Sunday that Hussein's trial should be suspended. Referring to the Iraqi High Criminal Court (formerly, the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]), Clark [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Delegates from human rights groups sent to attend the African Union summit [official agenda] now underway in Khartoum were detained Sunday by Sudanese authorities. Representatives of Amnesty International [advocacy website], Anti-Slavery International [advocacy website] and the International Bar Association [advocacy website] were among those taken into custody, without explanation, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's Justice Ministry [Global Security backgrounder] said Sunday that it anticipates US authorities will release six detained Iraqi women this week despite US denials [JURIST report]. An anonymous Justice Ministry official said a review board made up of six Iraqi officials and three US officers met on January 17 [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A jury of US Army officers late Saturday night found Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer, Jr. guilty of negligent homicide and negligent dereliction of duty in the death of Iraqi Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush by suffocation in a sleeping bag during an interrogation in 2003, two days after [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian court that in December sentenced [JURIST report] opposition leader Ayman Nour [BBC profile] to five years in prison for forging signatures to register his Al-Ghad party in last year's presidential election said Saturday that it had convicted Nour and his six co-defendants because of the danger posed [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Activists opposed to the controversial June 2005 US Supreme Court eminent domain [JURIST news archive] ruling in Kelo v. New London [opinion] which allowed the city of New London, Connecticut to expropriate private property for private redevelopment conferring economic benefits on the community, are protesting this weekend [advocacy alert] [read more]

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