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Legal news from Saturday, February 23, 2008
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnian Serb lawmakers have backed a resolution calling Kosovo's declaration of independence [text; JURIST report] from Serbia illegal and threatening to call a referendum on their own possible separation from the amalgamated state of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). The resolution, passed late Thursday by the People's Assembly of Republika Srpska [official [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] British troops may have tortured and executed up to 20 Iraqi civilians after a 2004 clash between insurgents and a British convoy in Majar al Kabir [Guardian report], according to evidence released Friday by the lawyers of five Iraqi men detained after the battle. The evidence includes testimony from [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian official with the country's Supreme National Security Council said Saturday that a potential UN Security Council [official website] resolution imposing new sanctions on Iran in connection with its nuclear activities would be "legally and technically baseless," according to the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA). On Friday, the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey and US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell [official profiles] said Friday that some telecommunications companies are circumventing wiretapping orders after the temporary Protect America Act [S 1927 materials] expired [JURIST report] last week without an agreement in Congress on replacement legislation, causing intelligence [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba [official profile] urged the US Friday to adopt preventive measures to stop further crimes by American troops in Japan. The warning comes after a US Marine was arrested [Reuters report] last week for allegedly raping a 14 year-old girl on Okinawa, an incident that [read more]

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