Legal news from Sunday, June 4, 2006
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) - formerly known as the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] - has approved the disinterment of bodies buried in mass graves [AHR backgrounder] southwest of Baghdad, where forensic experts worked over the weekend to unearth alleged victims of a suppressed 1991 Shiite uprising [Washington [read more]

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[JURIST] The American Bar Association [profession website] Board of Governors [ABA backgrounder] voted unanimously Saturday to launch an inquiry into President Bush's frequent use of signing statements [1993 US DOJ backgrounder] to bypass new laws because of his interpretation of presidential and executive powers under the US Constitution. The President [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi lawyer related to several Iraqi civilians who were among the 24 allegedly killed by US Marines in Haditha [JURIST report] last November denounced the US military Saturday via videotape, claiming US "compensation money" of $2,500 per victim to the families of each casualty were insufficient. Khaled Salem [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Parliament [official website] of Montenegro [JURIST news archive; government website] issued a declaration of independence [text in Serbian; declaration to citizens, in English] Saturday on the basis of the May 21 referendum [JURIST report; CDT materials] in which 55.5% of Montenegrins voted in favor of independence from Serbia [read more]

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