Legal news from Monday, May 26, 2008
17:05 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] has approved the creation of a so-called Truth and Accountability Commission which would allow corrupt officials and businessmen guilty of corruption to avoid jail by confessing and returning money taken, officials said Monday. The commission would operate under the country's new Voluntary Disclosure of Information [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan officials who ignored a Supreme Court [official website] order and went along with President Pervez Musharaff's declaration of emergency rule [PDF text; JURIST report] in November 2007 will be punished regardless of their position, ousted Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] told a rally of [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's draft constitution [JURIST news archive] has been overwhelmingly approved in a national referendum after two rounds of voting with 92 percent of votes cast favoring the proposed charter and 98 percent of the country's 27 million eligible voters turning out, state television reported Monday. Voting concluded [JURIST report] [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian parliamentarians voted 305-103 Monday to extend the country's emergency laws [EOHR backgrounder] for two more years at the behest of the government. The laws, which were first implemented after the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, permit the government and security services to arrest and detain anyone [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Security officials in Nepal [JURIST news archive] banned protests and rallies near the royal palace and the residence of King Gyanendra [JURIST news archive] on Monday, in anticipation of Wednesday's expected abolition of the Nepalese monarchy. Nepal's interim parliament voted in December 2007 to abolish the monarchy [JURIST report] [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Mengistu Haile Mariam [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the former Marxist president of Ethiopia [JURIST news archive], was sentenced to death Monday after the Ethiopian Supreme Court allowed Ethiopian prosecutors' appeal of his January 2007 life sentence [JURIST reports] on charges of genocide, homicide, illegal imprisonment, and illegal property [read more]

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