Legal news from Monday, January 21, 2008
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Four professors at the University of Dhaka [university website] in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] were acquitted Monday of inciting students during campus protests which caused the interim government to impose a curfew [JURIST report] in August 2007. Eleven students were also acquitted for their part in the protests. Four [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the east African state of Djibouti Monday asked the International Court of Justice [official website] to allow the country to take over a French murder probe into the death of French judge Bernard Borrel [advocacy website, in French] as public hearings in Djibouti v. France [ICJ case [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The most popular independent television network in Pakistan, Geo-TV [media website], resumed on-air broadcasting Monday after the government lifted a ban imposed during the declaration of emergency rule [JURIST reports] issued by President Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] in November. The network was allowed to start broadcasting again only [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament [official website, in Arabic] gave first reading Monday to a draft bill forwarded by the Iraqi cabinet [JURIST report] which could allow for the pardon and release of around 5,000 detainees currently held in Iraqi prisons. The bill, approved [JURIST report] by the cabinet in December [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian lawyer whose 2001 video [Malaysian Bar Council report and streaming video] of a deal over a judicial appointment has sparked accusations and investigations into judicial corruption, claimed Monday he must have been intoxicated when he appeared to be arranging for the appointment of "friendly" senior judges. V.K. [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] Sunday condemned the appointment of a suspected Janjaweed [Slate backgrounder] militia leader as an advisor to Sudan's Ministry of Federal Affairs and special advisor to President Omar El Bashir [BBC profile]. Musa Hilal is a tribal leader from northern Darfur [BBC report] and is [read more]

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