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Legal news from Sunday, March 1, 2009
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website], tasked with investigating the February 14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], officially began operating Sunday. The STL will be located in The Hague and the prosecution of its cases will be lead by [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Somali President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed [BBC profile] said Saturday that he would support the imposition of a moderate form of Sharia [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Islamic religious law, as part of a cease-fire agreement with the country's Hizb al-Islamiya and Al-Shabaab rebels. Ahmed said, however, that he would [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] on Sunday charged [Daily Star report] more than 1,000 members of the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in last week's border guards mutiny [BBC Q&A], which killed dozens of top BDR officers, including the force's commander. The government plans to organize a special tribunal [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A military jury in Kentucky on Saturday sentenced US Army First Lt. Michael Behenna [JURIST news archive] to 25 years in prison after convicting him Friday of the murder and assault of an Iraqi detainee. The 101st Airborne Division officer, who claimed he acted in self-defense by shooting the [read more]

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