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Legal news from Monday, May 30, 2005
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Despite France's rejection of the EU constitution in Sunday's national referendum [JURIST report], EU leaders are calling on the 15 European nations that have not yet made a decision on the Constitution to continue with whatever decision-making process was chosen for their nation. The next constitutional referendum is scheduled [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba [Wikipedia profile] and former Interior Minister Prakashman Singh said Monday they would bring the Royal Commission for Corruption Control before the Nepalese Supreme Court [official website] for pursuing an investigation of the two former government officials for political reasons. Dueba and Singh [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Associated Press [media website] reported Monday that a new batch of documents received by the press agency under a Freedom of Information Act suit describe multiple allegations of abuse of Guantanamo prisoners by US personnel and inaction by US military tribunals when abuses were reported to them. In [read more]

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[JURIST] The State Crimes Prosecutor for Sudan [government website] has ordered the arrest of Paul Foreman, the head of the Dutch wing of Medecins San Frontieres [advocacy website] who published a report in March entitled The Crushing Burden of Rape: Sexual Violence in Darfur [PDF text] which alleged mass rape [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese President Emile Lahoud [official profile] criticized Lebanon's current electoral law Monday, saying that voter turnout of less than 27% in the first stage of parliamentary elections over the weekend was a clear demonstration of the Lebanese people were unhappy with existing electoral system. The present law allows local [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] US troops detained the leader of Iraq's largest Sunni Muslim political party in a house raid in western Baghdad early Monday, confiscating several items including a computer. Mohsen Abdul Hamid is head of the Iraqi Islamic Party [official website], which called for his immediate release. The Sunni Muslims [Wikipedia [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department [official website] said Sunday that two US citizens have been arrested and charged with conspiring to provide support to al Qaeda [Wikipedia backgrounder] in several meetings with an undercover FBI agent posing as an al Qaeda recruiter and a confidential source. Tarik Ibn Osman Shah [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Air Force General Richard Myers [official profile], Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has criticized an Amnesty International report [JURIST report] comparing American treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to the Soviet gulag [Wikipedia backgrounder] where millions died. Interviewed on Fox News Sunday [transcript], Gen. Myers called [read more]

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