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Legal news from Sunday, September 4, 2011

[JURIST] The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) [advocacy website] reported on Saturday that more detainees have joined a hunger strike [press release] in protest of ongoing trials related to recent pro-democracy protests. The nearly 20 jailed doctors face charges in relation to protests and have begun fasting in objection … [read more]

[JURIST] Panamanian lawmakers approved a bill Saturday that requires runoffs in close presidential elections. The bill mandates that if no candidate amasses 50 percent of the vote after the election, a second round of voting would take place [Reuters report]. A presidential election is currently won by a mere majority … [read more]

[JURIST] Former French president Jacques Chirac [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], 78, and his legal team filed documents with the 11th Criminal Court of Paris on Friday claiming Chirac is too ill to face his corruption trial [press release in Le Monde, in French], just three days before the trial … [read more]

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