Legal news from Wednesday, November 21, 2007
19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf promulgated an ordinance Wednesday invoking his power to unilaterally amend the country's constitution under Article 2(1) of the current Provisional Constitution Order [text as amended] and making the November 3 declaration of emergency and accompanying orders immune from any legal challenge by deeming them always [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] called on Pakistan to restore judicial independence in comments to AFP Wednesday, saying that an independent judiciary is just as important as free elections to a democracy. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf dismissed 14 Supreme Court judges, including Chief Justice [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors argued before a hearing of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] Wednesday that former Khmer Rouge official Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch profile] should be denied bail to prevent violence that could threaten public order. Lawyers said that Kaing Guek Eav, [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] Wednesday unanimously overturned [opinion, PDF; summary, PDF] a state law that prohibited registered sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds and other areas where children gather. Civil rights groups had criticized the law [legislative materials] as overly strict, saying [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly Third Committee Tuesday approved [UN press release] a draft resolution [PDF text] imploring Iran [JURIST news archive] to "respect fully its human rights obligations." The draft expressed concern about ongoing human rights violations in Iran despite previous resolutions condemning acts including torture, public executions, and [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Representative for the Children and Armed Conflict Unit Radhika Coomaraswamy [official profile] Tuesday expressed concern about the prosecution of Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive], saying that prosecuting Khadr for alleged war crimes committed while he was a minor could set a dangerous precedent. Coomaraswamy [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A French judge Wednesday opened a formal investigation into former French President Jacques Chirac [official profile; BBC profile] for his alleged involvement in a corruption scheme [JURIST report] during his tenure as the mayor of Paris from 1977 to 1995. Chirac allegedly financed the Rally for the Republic (RPR) [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US federal judge who presided over the Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] terrorism conspiracy case suggested from the bench Tuesday that she might order a new trial for a Muslim cleric convicted of soliciting treason, saying that she could no longer trust representations made by the US government [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly Third Committee Tuesday passed a draft resolution [press release] condemning the recent crackdown against political dissidents in Myanmar, calling on the country's military government to release all political prisoners and to cooperate with UN special envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari [official profile]. The resolution passed [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police Wednesday stopped ousted Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] from leaving his official residence in Islamabad notwithstanding a statement by an Interior Ministry spokesman Tuesday that he and other deposed Supreme Court of Pakistan judges were "free to move" [JURIST report] after being under [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani officials said Wednesday that upwards of 5000 lawyers, activists and others detained in the aftermath of President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] have been released. Government Law Minister Afzal Hayder said on state television that the government had freed 5,634 detainees, and that [read more]

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