Legal news from Sunday, October 3, 2010
21:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two Israeli soldiers were convicted by a military tribunal on Sunday of using a 9-year-old Palestinian boy to search confiscated bags for explosives in during the 2008-2009 Gaza war [Guardian backgrounder]. The boy described the incident in an affidavit to the advocacy group Defence for Children International [advocacy website] [read more]

21:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Afghan government on Sunday began the process of assuming responsibility for the country's security by disbanding eight Afghan and foreign private security firms and confiscating their weapons and ammunition. The banning of the firms [CNN report] is being conducted in accordance with a decree [Reuters report] issued by [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Fijian opposition leader Mahendra Chaudry was arrested by military authorities Friday for allegedly holding public meetings in violation of regulations imposed by the military government of Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile]. Chaudry, a former prime minister who lost power in a coup in 2000, is [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Ecuadorean government will revise a controversial austerity law following unrest and a suspected coup attempt, government officials announced Saturday. The announcement came after days of unrest [BBC report], during which protesting police officers fired tear gas at President Rafael Correa [official website; BBC profile], surrounded the hospital at [read more]

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