Legal news from Sunday, July 2, 2006
18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivians voted Sunday to elect 255 delegates to a special assembly that will rewrite the country’s constitution [text, in Spanish] and decide whether to entrench greater power in the states or in the national government. The Movement Toward Socialism Party [party website, in Spanish; Wikipedia backgrounder] of President Evo [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi officials disclosed Sunday that Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter Raghad [Wikipedia backgrounder] and first wife Sajida [Wikipedia backgrounder] are named on its most-wanted list along with top Baathists and al Qaeda leaders. Iraqi authorities accuse the two of using secretly-looted money to fund Baathist insurgents. Raghad, now in Jordan, [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Pentagon released a declassified version of a 2005 review of US prisoner interrogation practices on Friday. The review, conducted by Vice Adm. Albert T. Church [Wikipedia backgrounder], found that while "interrogation policy could have benefited from additional expertise and oversight," no uniformed or civilian leader had encouraged prisoner [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Foreign judges who will preside over the trial of former Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] leaders arrived in Cambodia on Sunday in preparation for the genocide tribunal [task force official website; timeline] that is slated to begin proceedings [JURIST report] in mid-2007. The judges, who hail from Australia, Austria, [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A new so-called “shoot first” (alternatively, "stand your ground") law took effect in Georgia on Saturday allowing state residents to use deadly force to respond to threats in public places with no duty to retreat. The law, which easily passed through the Republican-controlled state legislature beginning with the state [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Stankovic [profile, in Serbian] said Saturday that US and British intelligence agents are helping with the search for indicted UN war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The Serbian government holds that it has done everything in its power to locate Mladic, [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of Parisians marched through the city Saturday in a protest [advocacy website, in French] against a contentious [JURIST report] new immigration law [text, in French] passed [AFP report] by the French Parliament [official website] Friday. The new law makes it more difficult for immigrants to obtain residency permits [read more]

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