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15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Belgian school officials announced Friday that Muslim headscarves [JURIST news archive] will be banned in about 700 schools in the Dutch-speaking northern region of Flanders. The move came after an administrative tribunal ruled Tuesday that individual schools could not impose a ban [AFP report] in response to complaints after [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Military lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee and alleged 9/11 co-conspirator Ramzi bin al-Shibh [JURIST news archives] on Wednesday asked [petition, PDF] the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] to declare the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [text, PDF] unconstitutional. Commander Suzanne Lachelier [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband [official profile] announced [press release] Friday that the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) [official website] has referred allegations of torture by its officers to Attorney General Patricia Scotland [official profile] and the Metropolitan Police [official website] for investigation. In an open letter to Shadow Foreign [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] general counsel Jeh Johnson [official profile] said Thursday that the Obama administration remains committed to closing the military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] by early next year. Speaking before the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was found guilty Friday on corruption charges and sentenced to life in prison. Chen's wife Wu Shu-Chen was also given a life sentence [CNA report] after the pair were convicted on charges of embezzlement, receiving bribes, forgery, and money [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) [official website] on Thursday invalidated ballots from last month's presidential election from certain polls in Kandahar, Ghazni, and Paktika [press releases, PDF] provinces. The ECC found "clear and convincing evidence of fraud" at 51 polling stations in Kandahar, 27 polling stations in Ghazni, [read more]

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