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Legal news from Saturday, May 14, 2005
19:05 EDT

[JURIST] As anti-US violence continued for a fourth day in Afghanistan on Saturday, Afghan Chief Justice Fazl Hadi Shinwari [IRIN interview] called for an American apology and punishment for those responsible if recent allegations [Newsweek article] about desecration of the Koran by US personnel at Guantanamo Bay turned out to [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for new Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's Dawa Party [party website] said Saturday that arrest warrants have been issued for two former cabinet ministers in former Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's government. Ex-Transport Minister Louei Hatim Sultan al-Aris and ex-Labor Minister Leila Abdul-Latif are both wanted on [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party [official website] has won the most seats in Saturday's election for a special assembly [Wikipedia entry] charged with considering proposed amendments [Wikipedia backgrounder] to the island country's constitution, a delicate task in light of recent reunification and independence controversies with mainland China. One of [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The head of Uzbekistan's Independent Human Rights Organization was quoted Saturday as saying that some 200 people were killed in the eastern city of Andijan Friday [JURIST report] when government forces backed by tanks opened fire on demostrators in the central square of the city protesting government repression in [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [BBC country profile; US State Department background note] announced Saturday that the country's legislature has adopted a new constitution to replace the transitional document agreed to in South Africa in 2002 to end the DRC's brutal five-year civil war, said to [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A gathering of some 3000 Egyptian judges in Cairo Friday followed up threats first made in April [JURIST report] and agreed by consensus to boycott the upcoming Egyptian national election unless the government gives them full and independent oversight responsibility. Judges are required by Egyptian law to supervise voting, [read more]

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