Legal news from Sunday, October 7, 2007
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government said Sunday it would sue the former head of the country's Commission on Public Integrity (CPI) [DOS backgrounder], Judge Radhi al-Radhi, for smuggling official documents, defaming the prime minister and corruption. In testimony [statement, PDF] Thursday before the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian police Saturday briefly detained five foreign activists in Nizhny Novgorod on charges of violating the terms of their Russian travel visas. The activists were detained for approximately four and a half hours, and were ordered to pay a $120 fine. The five, including Neil Hicks, a British citizen [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal in Sudan [JURIST news archive] has rejected a request for the release of 25 uncharged members of the opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), alleged to have plotted the overthrow of the government. Sudan's Criminal Procedure Act of 1983 allows for the detention of suspects under [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-three family members and former associates of late Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] were ordered released [BBC report] on bail Saturday by a three-member panel of an appeals court in Chile. The appeals court upheld a Friday lower court ruling granting the bail. A [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar military leaders increased pressure on opponents [AP report] Sunday, detaining at least 135 Buddhist monks in connection with weapons allegedly seized from monasteries. The ruling junta claims raids have uncovered guns, knives and ammunition and insists they will punish all violators of the law. The crackdown comes on [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) [official website] has submitted a new draft anti-terrorism law that would limit Japan's naval support for US operations in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom [DOS backgrounder] to refueling and supplying water to coalition ships in the Indian Ocean. The latest proposed [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Washington State Supreme Court [official website] has struck down a state statute [text] making it illegal to lie about political opponents. Justice James M. Johnson [official profile], writing the 5-4 majority opinion [PDF text] handed down Thursday, said: "There can be no doubt that false personal attacks are [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Saudi Arabian Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz [WS profile] announced Saturday that 55 Saudi prisoners recently transferred from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] back to their home country will be given a temporary release and stipend of $2,600 to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr [RF [read more]

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