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Legal news from Saturday, December 9, 2006
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese President Emile Lahoud [official profile] formally announced Saturday that he would not approve the Lebanese cabinet's latest endorsement [JURIST report] of a plan to establish a UN-supported international tribunal [JURIST news archive] to try suspects accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. A statement [read more]

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[JURIST] Egypt officials announced Saturday that they will release from prison two leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] who were jailed in May for their involvement in pro-judicial independence protests [JURIST report]. Essam el-Erian and Mohamed Mursi were previously arrested in 2005 for protesting a constitutional [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The federal government of Germany [JURIST news archive] has scrapped a proposed nationwide ban on smoking in restaurants amidst concern that it would impermissibly intrude on police powers guaranteed to the states in the wake of landmark federalism reforms [JURIST report] approved [JURIST report] this summer. The government will [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Abuja High Court ruled Friday that Nigeria's ruling political party violated the country's constitution [text] by suspending Nigeria's Vice President from membership. The decision sustains the presidential hopes of Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official profile; official website], who has announced his intention to run in Nigeria's 2007 presidential [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of people have lobbied Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office for the position of hangman for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] if he is actually executed, according to the New York Times Saturday. A top aide to Maliki has speculated that so many people were interested in executing [read more]

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[JURIST] Mexican ex-president Luis Echeverria [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] was found unable to undergo a psychological examination Friday due to his deteriorating health, according to his lawyer. The former president, who held office from 1970 to 1976, has been charged with genocide and other crimes committed during his [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] passed a bill [HR 4709 text] by voice vote Friday that would make obtaining phone records through fraud or lying a criminal act. People found guilty of so-called "pretexting" would face fines and imprisonment for up to 10 years. Punishment may be doubled if [read more]

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