Legal news from Sunday, February 4, 2007
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A prominent French Socialist Party (PS) [official website] leader called Sunday for France to recognize its crimes in colonial Algeria [JURIST news archives], including the alleged massacres of 45,000 Algerians demanding independence at the end of World War II, but stopped short of calling for an official French apology. [read more]

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[JURIST] Kuwaiti draft legislation broadening women's rights was approved by a parliamentary panel Sunday and will likely be debated in the house in the next two months. The panel's head, MP Saleh Ashour [Kuwait Politics Database profile, in English and Arabic], revealed that the bill would make government housing, currently [read more]

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[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; BBC profile] introduced Gholam Hossein Elham as his candidate for justice minister to the parliament [official website, in Persian] Sunday. Elham, a strong supporter of Ahmadinejad, currently works as official spokesperson for the Iranian government [official website, in Persian]. In order for Elham [read more]

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[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] spoke out Sunday in support of the Pentagon's decision to recharge 31-year-old David Hicks [JURIST news archive], the single Australian terror suspect at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], notwithstanding US inclusion of a criminal count - providing material support to terrorists - [read more]

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[JURIST] Bangladeshi security forces picked up 13 ex-ministers and senior politicians from their homes in raids in Dhaka Sunday. The government cited recently-promulgated emergency powers as the basis for the detentions. Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] country has been in political turmoil since former prime ministers Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina [read more]

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[JURIST] Former US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [JURIST news archive] made her decision to step down [JURIST report] in July 2005 after consulting with then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist [JURIST news archive], according to a Newsweek interview [text; press release] released Sunday. O'Connor told the magazine, [Rehnquist and I] [read more]

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