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Legal news from Sunday, September 18, 2005
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Illinois Governor George Ryan [Wikipedia profile], who made national headlines and won praise in some quarters in January 2003 when just before leaving office he commuted the executions of all Illinois inmates then on death row [CNN file report; Ryan speech], will go on trial [defense website] Monday [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The head of a support group for families of Kuwaiti prisoners held by the US at the Guantanamo Bay military prison has said that American authorities have agreed to release five of the remaining eleven Kuwait prisoners held at the facility, but have not yet agreed to a timetable [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Afghans voted in their first parliamentary elections [JEMB factbox] in decades Sunday, without the significant violence feared by officials [JURIST report]. Anti-government Taliban fighters had agreed not to attack civilian voters, but warned people to stay away from areas where militants may attack security forces and foreign troops [BBC [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Widespread hunger strikes at the US military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] are troubling senior US commanders and presenting serious challenges in managing the detainees, the New York Times reported Sunday. As many as 200 detainees or more than 1/3 of the camp's population, have refused [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's National Assembly Sunday signed off on what a senior lawmaker called the absolute final draft of the country's proposed permanent constitution [JURIST news archive], and said the text had been turned over to the UN for printing. Deputy National Assembly speaker Hussain al-Shahristani told reporters "There is no [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iran [JURIST news archive; IAEA issue backgrounder] cautioned the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] Sunday that a referral to the UN Security Council [official website] may encourage Tehran to begin uranium enrichment. Iran broke seals at a uranium conversion plant [JURIST report] in August, prompting international concern [JURIST [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Chilean President Ricardo Lagos [official profile] enacted a new constitution for his country Saturday designed to improve the nation's democratic system. Chile's previous constitution [text, in Spanish] was approved in a controversial referendum in 1980 under the military rule of General Augusto Pinochet [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive]. The [read more]

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