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Legal news from Sunday, November 26, 2006
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazy [official profile] said Sunday that the issuance of arrest warrants for nine senior Rwandan government officials relating to the 1994 plane crash of President Juvenal Habyariman [Wikipedia profile] was simply a judicial act by anti-terrorism judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere [BBC profile] and was not a [read more]

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[JURIST] The chief prosecutor in Saddam Hussein's genocide trial [JURIST news archive] said Sunday that audio tapes and documentation proving that Hussein personally ordered the 1988 gassing of Kurdish villagers will be submitted to the court hearing his case. Munqith al-Faroon told Reuters that he possesses tapes of meetings between [read more]

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[JURIST] Israel's High Court [official website] ruled Sunday that a proposed portion of Israel's Security Fence [official website; JURIST news archive] running north of Jerusalem is legal despite its segregation of five villages and about 1,500 Palestinians from the rest of Israel. Many of the villagers hold Israeli identification cards. [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Independent Expert on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Liberia Charlotte Abaka, recently returned from an 11-day visit to that country, has called on the Liberian government to press ahead with its Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [UN Mission in Liberia news release, PDF] and appoint [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] publicly assumed "full political responsibility" for the actions of his 1973-90 military regime in a statement released Saturday. The statement was read aloud by his wife at the celebration of Pinochet's 91st birthday, and marked the first time Pinochet [read more]

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[JURIST] Nepal's House of Representatives Sunday passed a citizenship bill granting opportunity to apply for citizenship to an estimated four million people living in the Terai region along the country's southern border with India. The bill declares that individuals born before mid-April 1990 and who have been residing in Nepal [read more]

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