Legal news from Sunday, October 29, 2006
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Last-minute voter turnout pushed the proposed new Serbian constitution [DOC; text] over the required 50% margin for adoption late Sunday. The two-day referendum on the draft charter, which includes a controversial preamble asserting Serbia's ongoing claim to Kosovo, got off to a slow start [JURIST report] on Saturday, with [read more]

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[JURIST] Israeli President Moshe Katsav [official website] Sunday evening rejected a recommendation issued earlier in the day by Israeli Attorney General Menahem Mazuz [official profile] that he voluntarily suspend his presidential duties pending the conclusion of a criminal investigation into alleged sexual harassment. In a legal opinion, Mazuz had informed [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] China's legislature Saturday finished the unprecedented sixth reading of a landmark private property bill [Xinhua backgrounder] intended to protect state, collective and private property [CRI report]. If the National People's Congress [official website] passes the legislation next March as anticipated, it will be the first bill in China's history [read more]

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[JURIST] A UK proposal to criminalize flag burning has drawn the ire of human rights groups, according to the BBC Sunday. The idea, submitted by Scotland Yard to Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile], is aimed at curbing unruly protestors and suppressing opportunities for incitement to violence by banning flag [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] More than 300 prisoners now held by the US at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] could remain there under US military detention for the rest of their lives, DOD Deputy Assistant Secretary for Detainee Affairs Charles "Cully" Stimson [profile] told Reuters during a routine visit to the base last [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Jaafar al-Mussawi, chief prosecutor in the trial [BBC timeline] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] for crimes against humanity, said Sunday that the trial verdict could once again be delayed. The Iraqi High Tribunal [JURIST news archive] had postponed the original October 16 verdict [JURIST report] until at least [read more]

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[JURIST] Halliburton [JURIST news archive] subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. (KBR) has been violating a US Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) [official website] direction on classifying proprietary data by claiming protection for information normally in the public sphere, according to a report [text, PDF] issued Friday by Special Inspector [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Halliburton [JURIST news archive] subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. (KBR) has been violating a US Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) [official website] direction on classifying proprietary data by claiming protection for information normally in the public sphere, according to a report [text, PDF] issued Friday by Special Inspector [read more]

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