Legal news from Monday, December 29, 2008
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean court on Monday delayed ruling on whether leading human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website] and eight other activists charged with plotting to overthrow the government should be released pending trial. Mukoko, the head of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, and eight other activists were charged last week [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin [official profile] has said that Ireland would likely accept detainees [Irish Examiner report] released from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison if US President-elect Barack Obama closed the facility. In an interview with the Irish Examiner published Monday, Martin noted [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Four criminal trials began Monday in China's Hebei province for persons accused of involvement in the country's recent melamine-tainted milk scandal. The four are generally accused [Xinhua report] in connection with the manufacture of two hundred tons of melamine-containing protein powder and adding it to raw milk before selling [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal [governing statute, PDF] on Sunday commenced a new trial of two Saddam-era officials, including senior figures of Hussein's government, for their alleged involvement in the execution of thousands of political opponents during Hussein’s rule. The defendants include Hussein’s cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; [read more]

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