Legal news from Friday, December 26, 2008
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Azerbaijan's parliament, the Milli Majlis [official website, in Azerbaijani], on Friday voted 100-7 to approve a March 18 referendum [press release, in Azerbaijani] that could amend the nation's constitution [text] to remove presidential term limits. The present law contains a two-term presidential limit, which would bring the administration of [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The French Foreign Ministry [official website] on Friday urged the European Union (EU) to adopt a unified policy [DW report] on whether to accept detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison if US President-elect Barack Obama closes the facility. The French government has said it [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Six criminal trials in four separate courts began Friday in China's Hebei province for six people accused of involvement in the country's recent melamine-tainted milk scandal. The six cattle farmers and milk collectors are accused [Xinhua report] of making several hundred tons of melamine-containing protein powder and adding it [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Zimbabwe human rights activist Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website] has been taken to the high-security Chikurubi prison [AP report] outside of Harare in violation of a court order that she be taken to a hospital, according to human rights lawyers Friday. Mukoko, who is charged with attempting to overthrow [read more]

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