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Legal news from Sunday, September 26, 2004
22:09 EDT

Australian military lawyer Major George O'Kane has been censured by a US Army investigation for inadequately responding to Red Cross warnings about prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. Major O'Kane is accused of "glossing over" reports of prisoner abuse and humiliation in his December response to a Red Cross inquiry while [read more]

21:09 EDT

Indonesian prosecutors are expected to file charges this week against alleged terror leader Abu Bakar Bashir. Bashir, a Muslim cleric, faces charges related to his alleged involvement in last year's hotel bombing in Jakarta. A spokesman for the Indonesia attorney general's office told reporters that the evidence against Bashir "is [read more]

19:09 EDT

Following up on a story previously reported in JURIST's Paper Chase, US Airways released a statement earlier today announcing that it has reached a new union contract with flight instructors. The airline late Friday had asked a federal bankruptcy court to allow it to impose substantial wage cuts on union [read more]

17:09 EDT

In an emergency session, the Turkish parliament Sunday passed a reformed penal code viewed as crucial to its admission to the European Union. As previously reported on JURIST'S Paper Chase, after meeting with EU Enlargement Commissioner Guenter Verheugen, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on parliament to return from its [read more]

16:09 EDT

The European Union Court of First Instance in Luxembourg is set to rule this week on a $120 billion deal that MCI-WorldCom made in 2000 in an attempt to take over rival Sprint. The move was blocked by both the US Justice Department and the European Commission on antitrust grounds. [read more]

15:09 EDT

Less than two weeks after US authorities named Talib Abd Ghayib al-Lahibi to lead three battalions of the Iraqi National Guard in the Baquba area northeast of Baghdad, international forces have arrested him for possible ties to militant groups fighting in Iraq. According to a US military statement, "Lahibi was [read more]

15:09 EDT

For the second time in a decade, Swiss voters today rejected legislation (in French) intended to make it easier for second- and third-generation immigrants to acquire Swiss citizenship. BBC News has more. The reforms [PDF, in French] would have given the federal government authority over naturalization requests, which are currently [read more]

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