Legal news from Sunday, April 13, 2008
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Khasan Yandiyev, deputy head of the Supreme Court in Russia's Ingushetia province [official website, in Russian; BBC backgrounder] was shot dead Sunday while changing a car tire near the town of Karabulak, according to a regional interior ministry spokesman quoted by Russian media. His killers have not yet been [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Internecine conflict among factions of the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in Uganda has killed a rebel commander wanted [arrest warrant] by International Criminal Court [official website] prosecutors, according to sources speaking to Reuters Sunday. Okot Odhiambo had been charged with crimes against humanity [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim [personal website; BBC profile] will return to political life Monday as the leader of opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat, marking the expiration of his 10-year ban from public office arising from corruption and now-overturned sodomy convictions [JURIST reports]. In the country's March 8 [read more]

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[JURIST] Zimbabwe's High Court Sunday ordered the country’s Electoral Commission [official website] to refrain from recounting the results of the combined March 29 elections [JURIST report] until the presidential poll results are announced. Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] sought to enjoin the Electoral Commission following [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani rights group Sunday urged Pakistan's new government to immediately release dozens of people its security agencies have secretly detained as part of President Pervez Musharraf's cooperation with the US [USIP backgrounder] in its "war on terror" [JURIST news archive]. Defense of Human Rights and other critics of [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Several top military officials in the Philippines on Sunday called for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] to pardon the nine officers sentenced [JURIST report] this week for their role in a failed 2003 coup [BBC report]. General Hermogenes Esperon, head of the armed forces and [read more]

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