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Legal news from Saturday, December 4, 2004
21:12 EDT

[JURIST] Morgan Tsvangiari, the leader of the Zimbabwe opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was arrested and detained Saturday at Harare International Airport. Officials say he was released after a 20 minute detention. Tsvangiari, recently acquitted of treason, had just completed a tour of Europe and Africa. The government, [read more]

20:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Navy has begun investigating a new series of photos depicting abuse of detainees and prisoners of war in Iraq, according to a spokesperson. The photos, while not as graphic and brutal as the ones taken in connection with the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal, appear to have [read more]

19:12 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge Saturday ordered Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, formerly in charge of US prisons in Iraq, to testify in the upcoming prisoner abuse trial of Sgt. Javal Davis. Davis has admitted to stepping on prisoners' fingers and toes, but says that the conduct was tacitly permitted by [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] German authorities Saturday arrested a fourth man in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi during his visit to Germany. None of the names of the individuals arrested have been released, although the fourth man is reported to have Libyan citizenship. A judge [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Ukrainian Parliament Saturday failed to pass an electoral reform package aimed at preventing fraud in the country's upcoming re-run of the presidential election, now scheduled for December 26. The bills had prevously been agreed to in a political deal by opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko and a significant portion [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian officials held an emergency cabinet session Saturday to petition UN Administrator for the Kosovo region Soren Jessen-Petersen to annul the recent election results that put Ramush Haradinaj in the office of Kosovar Prime Minister. Haradinaj has been accused of committing war crimes during the Bosnian conflict, where he [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens said in an interview Saturday that he believed the current UK laws addressing the rights of home owners to defend themselves against intruders needed reform. To avoid liability, the current law requires the homeowner to prove that the force used in resisting [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Columbia's most notorious drug trafficker, Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuelo, was flown to the US early Saturday to face trial in federal court on charges of smuggling cocaine and money laundering. As head of the Cali cartel, Orejuelo and his brother Miguel controlled nearly 80 percent of the world's cocaine trade, [read more]

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