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Legal news from Sunday, October 9, 2005
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK House Leader Geoff Hoon [official profile] said Sunday that the government is open to compromise on a proposed addition to the draft Terrorism Bill [PDF text; Home Office overview] that would allow police to detain terrorism suspects for up to three months without bringing formal charges. The proposed [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official profile; JURIST news archive] has signed a bill [text] that bans the sale or rental of violent video games to minors under the age of 17, and requires retailers to label violent games as such. The bill cites several factors to be used to [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A source close to the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive] said Sunday that the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST archive], scheduled for October 19th [JURIST report], might be adjourned after several days of procedural arguments. Hussein's lawyer Khalil Dulaimi filed petitions [JURIST report] last month seeking [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government [official website] Sunday urged Iraqis to vote in the upcoming October 15 constitutional referendum [IECI fact sheet, PDF; IECIQ/A, PDF] and condemned insurgent groups for trying to reduce voter turnout. Iraqi government spokesman Laith Kuba said Sunday that a boycott would weaken Iraq and delay its [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Refugee Agency [official website] has criticized Australia [JURIST news archive] for its strict policy of detaining illegal immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, in comments before an Australian parliamentary inquiry. David Wright, a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said that detention of asylum seekers and [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian government cannot ban Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) [BBC profile] because the government never formally acknowledged the group's existence, Vice President Yusuf Kalla said Sunday. Australia has called on Indonesia to outlaw the group [JURIST report], and Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer [official website] will travel [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Western District of Kentucky [official website] has ruled that the Holy See [official website] is a foreign state subject to immunity protections of the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act [text], placing limitations on a lawsuit by three men who allege a cover-up by [read more]

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