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17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The upper house of the Austrian parliament [official website, in German] Thursday voted 151-27 [press materials, in German] to approve the EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text]. The treaty now goes to Austrian President Heinz Fischer for signature. [read more]

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[JURIST] Myanmar voters will be permitted to observe ballot counting in a scheduled May national referendum [JURIST report] on a draft constitution [JURIST news archive] put forth by the country's ruling junta, according to Thursday state media reports. Government officials said that this would ensure that the referendum was fair, [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that the court expects to complete an investigation into former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch profile], also known as Duch, by July. In a statement [PDF text], the [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian police Thursday arrested a fourth man suspected of involvement in February assassination attempts against East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao [BBC profiles]. Last week, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that police had arrested three other suspects in the attacks. Last month, another [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Taiwan [official website] Thursday upheld a December 2007 ruling [JURIST report] by the Taiwan High Court acquitting Taiwanese President-elect Ma Ying-jeou [personal website, in Chinese] on graft charges. Prosecutors had filed an appeal [JURIST report] of the High Court decision, asking the Supreme Court to [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The German Bundestag [official website, in German], the lower house of parliament, voted 515-58 [press materials, in German] Thursday to approve the EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text]. The upper house is expected to ratify the treaty next [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Georgia court has scheduled the execution [press release] of a convicted killer after the US Supreme Court last week upheld Kentucky's lethal injection protocol [JURIST report], ending a de facto national moratorium on the death penalty. William Earl Lynd, who was convicted of the 1988 murder of his [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The High Court in London ruled [text] Thursday that the British Treasury Department [official website] may not freeze the assets of suspected terrorists without going through Parliament first. Five UK terror suspects who had their assets frozen [BBC report] pursuant to two Orders in Council [backgrounder], the Terrorism (United [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former White House advisor Karl Rove [official profile] was allegedly involved in a 2004 scheme to have Chicago-based US Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald [official website] fired, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. According to the prosecutor, a witness at the corruption trial of political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko [Chicago Tribune [read more]

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[JURIST] The trial of former Saddam Hussein-era Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and six others will begin next week, an Iraqi judicial official said Wednesday. The seven former officials face charges related to the 1992 execution of 42 merchants accused by Hussein's government of causing [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has ruled [PDF text] that a school district in Louisiana must stop allowing the distribution of Bibles in schools, saying that the distribution is "a religious activity without a secular purpose" in violation of the First Amendment. The Tangipahoa Parish School System [official website] allowed The [read more]

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