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Legal news from Monday, September 4, 2006
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website; BBC profile] denied rumors Monday that a deal was underway to trade Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Cpl. Gilad Shalit [Wikipedia backgrounder], an Israeli soldier held by Palestinian militants since June 25 [JURIST report]. In a speech to parliament's foreign affairs and [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish; Wikipedia profile], Mexico's leftist presidential candidate challenging the results of the disputed July 2nd presidential election [JURIST news archive], has told supporters that he plans to organize a constitutional convention to draft a new constitution. Lopez Obrador said Sunday that the [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] has warned senior government and military officials that inflammatory statements some made about the recent conflict with Lebanon, such as advocating the bombing of villages that housed Hezbollah rebels, could lead to war crimes prosecutions abroad, the Israeli Army Radio reported [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Eight men allegedly involved in a plot to blow up US-bound planes [JURIST report] leaving a London airport will probably not go to trial until 2008, prosecutor Colin Gibbs told the Central Criminal Court [official website] during a brief hearing in London Monday. It is unclear why they will [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] US military officials in Iraq said Monday that, despite press reports to the contrary, three soldiers killed earlier this summer near Mahmudiya were not involved [press release] in the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl [JURIST news archive] and the murder of her family in that area. The [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The number of terrorism-related prosecutions has sharply declined in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] and less than half of those convicted on terror charges received prison sentences, according to a study [text] released Sunday by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse [official website]. The [read more]

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