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Legal news from Sunday, February 17, 2008
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] on Sunday called on Kenya's political leaders to enact reforms that would hold both recent and past human rights violators accountable for their actions in order to ensure lasting stability in the country. HRW's statement [text] praised efforts by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Assembly of Kosovo [official website] on Sunday declared the disputed territory independent [recorded video via BBC News] from Serbia, formally marking the erstwhile Serbian province's bid to become "an independent, democratic and sovereign state." Kosovo's Prime Minister Hashim Thaci [official website, in Albanian; BBC profile], President Fatmir Sejdiu [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak [official website] was questioned Sunday by a special prosecutor's team regarding his alleged involvement in a 2001 stock manipulation scheme involving a former business partner and the investment firm BBK [corporate website]. Lee, former mayor of Seoul, had previously been cleared of the allegations, [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Paul Rester, chief military interrogator at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and director of the Joint Intelligence Group, said in an interview with AP published Saturday that most of the intelligence obtained from detainees at the prison has come through non-coercive questioning and "rapport building," not harsh interrogation methods [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish officials said Saturday the remaining members of Basque separatist group ETA [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] allegedly involved in the December 2006 Madrid airport bombing [CNN report] were arrested Friday in France. The suspects, Mikel San Sebastian and Joseba Iturbide, were reportedly members of the Elurra commando, one [read more]

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