Legal news from Sunday, December 2, 2007
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelans went to the polls on Sunday to vote on a controversial set of constitutional reforms [JURIST news archive] proposed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez [BBC profile]. The two-part referendum will determine the fate of 69 proposed constitutional amendments [JURIST report] that would extend the presidential term from six [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte [JURIST news archive] said at the end of a visit to Baghdad Sunday that the US will hold Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali", and two other former members of Hussein's [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte [official profile] said Sunday at a news conference in Baghdad that Iraqi lawmakers must take advantage of what he called the "significant results" of the recent security surge and enact laws aimed at political reconciliation. Negroponte, who was US ambassador to [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian government has released [EIPR press release] two Shiite activists held in Egyptian custody since October who repeatedly criticized the systematic torture of prisoners in Egyptian custody. Mohammed al-Dereini and Ahmed Sobh are charged with “promoting extreme Shi’ite beliefs with the intent of causing contempt of the Islamic [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration is invoking a secrecy defense known as Glomarization [DOJ backgrounder] to avoid disclosing hundreds of documents concerning White House visits by former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive], according to AP citing court papers filed Friday. The administration is relying on a 1976 US Supreme Court [read more]

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