Legal news from Saturday, April 22, 2006
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Libyan retrial of five Bulgarian nurses accused of infecting over 400 patients, primarily children, with the HIV virus is scheduled to begin on May 11 in Tripoli, Bulgaria’s foreign ministry [official website] announced [press release, in Bulgarian] Saturday. In December Libya’s Supreme Court overturned [JURIST report] previous convictions [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A presidential doctor in Indonesia [JURIST news archive] Saturday declared former dictator General Suharto [Wikipedia backgrounder] still unfit to stand trial, as he suffers from permanent brain damage and cannot have a logical conversation. Recently renewed efforts to have Suharto stand trial on corruption charges prompted Dr. Marjo Subiandono, [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] formally designated hardline Shiite politician Jawad al-Maliki [Wikipedia backgrounder] to form a new government Saturday, giving him 30 days to present his Cabinet to Parliament for approval. Shiites nominated al-Maliki on Friday after outgoing Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile] gave up his [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court on Saturday certified the final Senate votes in Italy’s disputed April 9-10 election [JURIST report; BBC Q&A], confirming a narrow two-seat majority for Romano Prodi [campaign website, in Italian] in the upper house [official website] of the Italian parliament. The widely expected certification of votes [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese security forces fired rubber bullets and live rounds on tens of thousands of pro-democracy protestors [JURIST news archive] in Kathmandu Saturday, injuring many demonstrators as they marched toward the palace of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile] just one day after his pledge [JURIST report; proclamation text and [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Shirin Ebadi [BBC profile; Nobel autobiography], the Iranian human rights lawyer and activist who won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize [official website], said Friday that Iran [JURIST news archive] would defend itself against any American attack, insisting at a Paris press conference that "We will defend our country till [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] signed off on a new Georgia law [PDF text; bill summary] Friday that will require voters to present a valid photo ID when they vote in elections. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue [official website] initially approved the bill in January after its passage [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] State prison administrators carried out the execution of Willie Brown, Jr. [NCADP profile] on Friday morning at the Central Prison [official website] in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the execution procedure Brown had a brain-wave monitor attached to him to ensure that he was unconscious when he was injected with [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Friday ruled [PDF opinion] that the federal courts were not authorized to grant compensation to the Chagossians [Wikipedia backgrounder], a group of Indian Ocean islanders forced from their homes in 1963 when the US Department of Defense [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief in Iraq [JURIST news archive] said Friday that officials in that country are holding thousands of detainees in violation of Iraqi law and expressed concern about ongoing human rights [JURIST news archive] violations. According to Gianni Magazzeni, over 29,000 people are currently being detained [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Superior Court judge in Alameda County, California on Friday threw out a lawsuit challenging the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) [official website], the $3 billion stem cell research program that was approved in Proposition 71 [CA AG summary, PDF], approved by California voters in a 2004 referendum. [read more]

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