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Legal news from Saturday, December 30, 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

The Saturday execution of Saddam Hussein 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, an official of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Al-Arabiya 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. The provincial governor of Salahuddin along with leaders of Hussein's Albu-Nassir clan are said to have negotiated the burial location with US and Iraqi …

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by Joshua Pantesco

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

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by JURIST Staff

The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) 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 a kosher diet as required by his religion. Madison, who …

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by Katerina Ossenova

World political and religious leaders were divided Saturday in their reaction to the execution of Saddam Hussein. In a statement released from his ranch at Crawford, Texas, late Friday night Eastern Time US President Bush called Hussein's trial and execution "the kind of justice he denied the victims of his …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Iraqi Shiites Saturday celebrated the execution of Saddam Hussein. 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, hundreds of people in the Shiite part of Baghdad's Sadr City took to …

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by JURIST Staff

Lawyers for late Iraqi ex-president Saddam Hussein issued a statement Saturday in response to his dawn execution 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 the defense team "will not close the book on this …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Video and pictures released by Iraqi state television Saturday confirmed the execution of Saddam Hussein 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 neighborhood of Kazimiyah. Hussein, who had been held by the …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Bulgaria has urged a speedy appeal in the retrial of five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor accused of infecting over 400 Libyan patients, primarily children. The medics were convicted and sentenced to death in their second trial on December 19 after the initial guilty verdict was overturned by the Libyan Supreme …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved the proposed $86 billion AT&amptT-BellSouth merger [AT&T materials] Friday, after several months delay. The telecom merger was approved 4-0 by the FCC commissioners, who found that "significant public interest benefits are likely to result from this transaction." The merger has been delayed three times as the proposal …

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