Legal news from Sunday, March 30, 2008
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [party profile; JURIST news archive] appeared in court Sunday, shortly after being released from hospital care for severe ear and eye conditions, to face charges [JURIST report] that she received approximately $440,000 in illegal kickbacks on a power-plant deal while in office between [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] British national Simon Mann [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of participating in an alleged coup attempt [BBC backgrounder] against Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo [BBC profile] in 2004, has accused Sir Mark Thatcher [BBC profile] of being involved in the plot, Equatorial Guinea Attorney General Jose [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday criticized Egypt [statement] for arresting over 800 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder], including 148 candidates slated to run in local council elections scheduled for April 8. HRW characterized the arrests as a "shameless attempt to fix [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn [official website] warned Turkey on Saturday that there would be serious ramifications for its bid to join the European Union [JURIST news archive] if the Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website, in Turkish] decides to shut down the ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party [read more]

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