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Legal news from Sunday, January 21, 2007
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; BBC profile] should be brought to trial for inciting genocide against Christians and Jews during remarks he made last month, former Israeli prime minister and current opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu [official website] said on Sunday. Ahmadinejad said at a two-day conference in Tehran [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Growing criticism [JURIST report] of the circumstances behind the Guantanamo detention of German-born Turk Murat Kurnaz [JURIST news archive] has focused on German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier [BBC profile] following German media reports over the weekend. Kurnaz, arrested by US officials in Pakistan shortly after September 11, was held [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] One of the most complex criminal trials in Canadian legal history gets under way Monday in New Westminster, British Columbia, as Robert William Pickton [CBC case backgrounder] stands accused of murdering 26 women [indictment text], most of them prostitutes and drug addicts in the Vancouver area in the 1990s. [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations will work with Nepali leaders to bring human rights violators to justice, according to a statement [text] from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile]. Arbour is on a six-day visit to the transitioning nation in conjunction with the Office of the UN [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A former Nigeria [JURIST news archive] oil minister, Dan Etete, will stand trial in France to face money laundering charges, according to a report Sunday by the Journal du Dimanche [media website] newspaper. The money laundering is in connection with kickbacks suspected to have been paid by oil companies, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid [official profile], the country's most senior justice official, has drawn up plans to split Britain's Home Office [official website] into two departments covering justice and security matters respectively, according to a reports published Sunday in British papers. The change would be the most drastic [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A UK House of Commons committee called Sunday for the British government to work with the United States to develop an alternative to the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prison and speed up its closure. The panel, seven of whose members visited the US facility in September last year, [read more]

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