Legal news from Sunday, February 11, 2007
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in the ongoing genocide trial [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline] of Saddam-era officials before the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] introduced a videotape Sunday of executions and destruction of Kurdish homes during the "Anfal" campaigns [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of the 1980s, which claimed an estimated [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT) [official website; HRW backgrounder] Sunday to spare the life of former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] citing a lack of evidence tying him to the 1982 Dujail killings for which [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A referendum on Portugal's strict abortion laws indicated Sunday that a majority of voters support loosening the current law [text, in Portuguese], but turnout was likely too low [AP report] to give the decision legal force. Exit polls from Radiotelevisao Portuguesa [network website, in Portuguese] showed that between 57 [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso [JURIST news archive; official website] urged swift resolution on the issue of the European constitution [JURIST news archive; text] at a press conference with Polish President Lech Kaczynski [official website, in Polish] Saturday. Barroso said, "We are not credible when we say that [read more]

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