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16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Saturday execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] reminds the citizens of Afghanistan that the international legal community has allowed war criminals in Afghanistan to go completely unpunished over the past 25 years, an Afghani human rights leader told reporters Saturday. Ahmad Nader Nadery [official profile; [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Al-Arabiya [media website] satellite television is reporting that Saddam Hussein's body is being transported from Baghdad to his hometown of Ouja near Tikrit for burial, which is scheduled to occur Sunday [AP report]. The provincial governor of Salahuddin along with leaders of Hussein's Albu-Nassir clan are said to have [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein Saturday has drawn sharp criticism from leading human rights groups. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch [press releases] both questioned whether the Iraqi appeals court thoroughly scrutinized the guilty verdict [JURIST report] of the trial court, or merely "rubber-stamped" the lower court's [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] upheld [opinion, PDF] the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) [official website] Friday after inmate Ira Madison sued the Commonwealth of Virginia and various Virginia Department of Corrections officials for a second time claiming he was refused [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] World political and religious leaders were divided Saturday in their reaction to the execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive; BBC obituary]. In a statement released from his ranch at Crawford, Texas, late Friday night Eastern Time US President Bush called [press release] Hussein's trial and execution [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Shiites Saturday celebrated the execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive; BBC obituary]. Since the Iraqi government did not impose a mandatory curfew on Baghdad as it did in November at the time of Hussein's conviction in fear of retaliatory violence [JURIST report], hundreds of people [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for late Iraqi ex-president Saddam Hussein issued a statement [SAPA report] Saturday in response to his dawn execution [JURIST report] declaring that the former leader "died a martyr" and condemning the trial as a "political assassination" that was a "flagrant violation of international law." The statement said that [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Video [via AP] and pictures released by Iraqi state television Saturday confirmed the execution [JURIST report] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive; BBC obituary] which took place around 6 AM Saturday local time (10 PM Friday ET) at an Iraqi facility nicknamed Camp Justice [GlobalSecurity.org backgrounder] in Baghdad's Shiite [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Bulgaria has urged a speedy appeal in the retrial of five Bulgarian nurses [JURIST report] and one Palestinian doctor accused of infecting over 400 Libyan patients, primarily children [JURIST news archive]. The medics were convicted and sentenced [JURIST report] to death in their second trial on December 19 after [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] approved the proposed $86 billion AT&amptT-BellSouth merger [AT&T materials] Friday, after several months delay. The telecom merger was approved [press release] 4-0 by the FCC commissioners, who found that "significant public interest benefits are likely to result from this transaction." The merger [read more]

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