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Legal news from Saturday, October 6, 2007
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] King Abdullah [official profile] of Saudi Arabia has announced a plan to create a supreme court for the country, as well as new appeals and general courts. The new supreme court will replace the current Supreme Judicial Council, which will be relegated to handling issues involving judicial salaries and [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Bulgaria will not legalize prostitution as previously planned, according to Interior Minister Rumen Petkov, speaking Friday at a Sofia conference on "Legal and Institutional Mechanisms for Combating Trafficking of Women." Bulgarian Prosecutor General Boris Belchev told attendees at the same gathering that although legalization might theoretically yield income for [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The head of a special three-judge panel of Peru's Supreme Court announced Friday that the court would consolidate six separate charges against former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] into three "megatrials" and one other trial proceeding. The first trial, set to begin November 26, will [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A second US Army officer who sat on Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs) [DOD materials] at Guantanamo Bay has made an affidavit [PDF text included in declaration] criticizing the panels for being inconsistent and biased towards the government. Attorneys for Adel Hassan Hamad [IHT profile; JURIST commentary], a Sudanese [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's current president and military leader General Pervez Musharraf [official website] won an overwhelming victory in presidential elections Saturday, according to unofficial results. Musharraf collected 252 out of 257 votes in the National Assembly of Pakistan [official website] and so far has won the support of a majority of [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] spoke by phone Friday about their concerns over potential damage to US-Turkey relations if the US House of Representatives passes HR 106 [PDF text], a resolution labeling the World War I-era killings by Turkish soldiers [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Benjamin Settle Friday temporarily blocked a second court-martial for US Army Iraq war objector 1st Lt. Ehren Watada [JURIST news archive] that had been scheduled to begin October 9. Settle ruled that a second proceeding would include the harm that the double jeopardy clause of the [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] Friday responded to growing concerns over the conduct of Blackwater security escorts working for the State Department in Iraq by directing [press release] that all Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] vehicles be fitted with security cameras and that all [read more]

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