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Legal news from Saturday, August 26, 2006
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] announced Saturday that it has transferred to Afghanistan five detainees [press release] formerly held as enemy combatants in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. It is unclear where these detainees are from and why they were selected for transfer. More than 300 detainees [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner [citations] working in Africa on a National Geographic [media website] magazine assignment was charged in a Sudanese court Saturday with espionage, reporting false information and entering the country illegally. Paul Salopek [official profile], a staff reporter for the Chicago Tribune [media [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock told Australian TV [Sky News Australia report] Saturday that he has received assurances from the US government that it will not seek the death penalty in an anticipated new military trial of Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. Legal proceedings against Hicks [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Louisiana Supreme Court [official website] Friday upheld the constitutionality [opinion, PDF] of two state laws extending the time limit for making insurance claims for damages suffered in Hurricanes Katrina [JURIST news archive] and Rita. The rulings allow homeowners, renters, drivers with auto insurance and nonfederal flood insurance policyholders [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A UN General Assembly panel [official website] late Friday approved by consensus a draft disability rights treaty, clearing the way for its formal adoption by the Assembly at its 61st annual session beginning in September prior to being open to signatures. The draft of the UN Convention on the [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] At the end of the first US trial of a foreign head of government since that of Panama's Manuel Noriega, a US federal judge in San Francisco Friday sentenced former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko [Wikipedia profile; defense website] to nine years imprisonment on corruption-related charges. US prosecutors indicted [read more]

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