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Legal news from Sunday, November 12, 2006
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Democrats in the US Congress will introduce legislation this week to maintain the authority of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) [official website], according to the New York Times Sunday. SIGIR was originally established to independently supervise and investigate operations of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority [official [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] A landmark international treaty governing the clean-up of unexploded munitions left over from war went into effect Sunday. The Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War [treaty text], has already been ratified by 26 states [text, states party]. Although major munitions-producing nations like the United States and Russia have not [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] A top Iranian prosecutor called for the arrest and extradition of several Argentina officials and judges Sunday in response [IRNA report] to an Argentinean judge's Thursday arrest order [JURIST report] for former Iran President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [official website, in Persian; BBC profile] and eight other Iranian officials for [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Joseph Kony [BBC profile], leader of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army [MIPT backgrounder] in Uganda, asked UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland [official profile] Sunday to work with the International Criminal Court [official website] in lifting arrest warrants [PDF text] issued against Kony and several other top LRA officials. Kony [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Dalai Lama [BBC profile] called Sunday for the sparing of Saddam Hussein's life in the face of the death sentence [JURIST report] imposed on him last Sunday in the Dujail crimes against humanity case, telling reporters "however horrible an act a person may have committed, everyone has the [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair [official website; BBC profile], the United Kingdom's most senior police officer, told a German security summit Saturday that changes to Britain's terror trial laws were necessary to speed up cases and increase public transparency. Blair said the current ban on publicizing case [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) [official website] said this week that the incoming 110th Congress will review the Secure Fence Act of 2006 [PDF text; HR 6061 summary] and may scrap the plan after the new Democrat-controlled Congress convenes January 3, 2007. The bill, if implemented, will result [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] France [JURIST news archive] should acknowledge crimes it committed as the ruler of Algeria [JURIST news archive] in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [BBC profile] reiterated Saturday. France ruled the North African country for more than 130 years and allegedly massacred 45,000 Algerians demanding independence [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Morocco state news agency MAP [media website] reported Friday that a criminal court in Salé, a twin-city of the capital Rabat, has sentenced three former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to prison for their involvement in terror activities. Mohamed Slimani was sentenced to five years in prison for [read more]

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