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Legal news from Saturday, March 1, 2008
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic [official profile] has said that Serbia plans [press release] to ask the International Court of Justice [official website] to determine whether the Kosovo's recent declaration of independence [JURIST report] "represents a violation of international law." Jeremic's comments came following a Thursday meeting of Balkan [read more]

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[JURIST] Armenia President Robert Kocharian [official website] declared a state of emergency Saturday, as police forced approximately 15,000 demonstrators to disperse from the capital city of Yerevan. The protests are the result of the contested February 19 presidential election in which Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan [official profile], a Kocharian ally, [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police on Saturday filed preliminary charges against Baitullah Mehsud [BBC profile], the top Taliban leader in Pakistan, and four others in the assassination of former prime minister Benzhair Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The charges were filed at an anti-terrorism court in the city of Rawalpindi and [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi appeals court on Friday overturned the conviction and death sentence of Mohammad Munaf [JURIST news archive], a US citizen and former translator charged with orchestrating the kidnapping of three Romanian journalists [Guardian report] held for 55 days in Iraq in 2005. Munaf's lawyer said that the charges [read more]

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[JURIST] The court-martial of US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich [advocacy website] was postponed indefinitely on Friday to allow prosecutors time to appeal a judge's decision to throw out a subpoena for unaired footage from a CBS interview with Wuterich. Military prosecutors argued that the additional footage contains information vital [read more]

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[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] on Friday brought charges against 20 pro-democracy dissidents under a new security law, charges which carry a penalty of up to 20 years in prison. The dissidents were charged under the so-called 5/96 law [text], which prohibits, among others, any "inciting, [read more]

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[JURIST] Spain's National Court on Friday said that it will drop its prosecution of former Argentine naval officer Ricardo Miguel Cavallo [TrialWatch profile; JURIST news archive] and extradite him back to his home country where he will stand trial for for his role in the disappearance of hundreds of people [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Virginia [official website] on Friday upheld the nation's first felony conviction for computer spamming, rejecting admitted spammer Jeremy Jaynes' appeal of a lower court ruling [JURIST report] that Virginia's anti-spamming statute [text] does not violate the First Amendment or the so-called dormant Commerce Clause of [read more]

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