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Legal news from Sunday, June 19, 2011

[JURIST] The Justice Ministry of Bahrain [BBC backgrounder] announced Saturday that the government will be take action to lift the ban on the leading opposition party, the National Democratic Action Society [website]. The leftist opposition party, known as Waad and aligned with the largest Shi'ite opposition group, was shut down … [read more]

[JURIST] Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou [official website] on Sunday, while delivering opening remarks to a three-day session of the Greek Parliament [official website, in Greek], proposed undertaking a constitutional referendum. Papandreou suggested a fall referendum [AP report], arguing its necessity in order to eliminate the systemic governmental inefficiency and … [read more]

[JURIST] The lawyer representing former Tunisian president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday denied the numerous charges facing his client, which range from murder and conspiracy to drug use. Ben Ali's trial in absentia before civilian and military courts is set to begin on … [read more]

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