Legal news from Sunday, February 22, 2009
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday staged another hunger strike to protest corruption charges he faces, a Taiwanese official at the detention center where Chen is being held said Sunday. Chen was indicted on charges of embezzlement, receiving bribes, forgery, and money laundering [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt on Sunday called for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to delay issuing an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for a least a year, in order to allow peace talks between the Sudanese government and Darfur rebels to continue. A [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. [JURIST news archive] was convicted Friday on charges [JURIST report] stemming from the 2007 deaths of four Iraqi detainees, and was given a life sentence at a court-martial at a US military base in Germany. Leahy will have a possibility of parole after [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government has reopened the prison formerly called Abu Ghraib [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], promising to operate the prison by international standards and allow inspections by humanitarian groups. In a tour for members of the media Saturday, officials said they hoped to temper the strong feelings many [read more]

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