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Legal news from Saturday, April 5, 2008
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan People's Party (PPP) [party website] spokesman Farhatullah Babar dismissed suggestions Saturday that the party was wavering on its commitment to restore judges fired by President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive]. Influential Pakistan newspaper The News [media website] reported Saturday that "the issue of restoration of the [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Afghan parliamentarian Malalai Joya [BBC profile] said Saturday that she has hired a lawyer and is now fighting her controversial May 2007 removal from the Wolesi Jirga [IRIN backgrounder], the lower house of the Afghan parliament [official website]. Joya was expelled [JURIST report] after she compared the parliament [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Harare High Court on Saturday postponed a hearing on a lawsuit [JURIST report] seeking to compel the country's Electoral Commission [official website] to release the results of last Saturday's elections [JURIST report] after lawyers for Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] were barred from [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Chile [official website] on Friday blocked a government-sponsored program that distributed emergency contraceptives to women as young as 14 free of charge. The program [IPS report], approved by the Supreme Court in February, was introduced by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet [official website], who called it [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Nigerian Federal High Court on Friday formally charged rebel Henry Okah with treason based on an alleged coup plot. Okah, a member of the militant Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) [BBC backgrounder], was arrested and charged in Angola in September after attempting to buy weapons [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A military tribunal in Suriname [government website, in Dutch] ruled Friday that all suspects involved in a 1982 massacre in Paramaribo must stand trial, including former military dictator Desi Bouterse [backgrounder]. Led by Bouterse, the armed forces seized power in 1982 and then executed 15 prominent citizens accused of [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has charged [press release] a civilian contractor working with the military in Iraq with aggravated assault, marking the first time the military has charged a civilian since a 2006 amendment to Article II of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) [text] granting the military jurisdiction [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] on Friday sued Fox Broadcasting Company to collect unpaid fines issued for the broadcast of the controversial 2003 reality show "Married by America." Amending an earlier order, the Federal Communications Commission Enforcement Bureau [official website] issued a Forfeiture Order [PDF text] in [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A former Argentinean army officer and two adoptive parents were convicted Friday of kidnapping and falsifying the identity [JURIST report] of Maria Eugenia Sampallo Barragan, a woman who was kidnapped during the 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [Global Security backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The court sentenced Sampallo Barragan's adoptive parents to [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] on Friday asked a military tribunal to bar the use of statements made by Hamdan that were allegedly obtained through the use of torture and requested that the court declare that Hamdan has been subjected to [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal [official website] has upheld the dismissal of a wrongful death suit brought by Herbert Freeman, Jr. against the state of Louisiana, the city of New Orleans and public officials. Freeman's 91-year-old wheelchair-bound mother, Ethel Mayo Freeman, died September 1, 2005 at the [read more]

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