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Legal news from Monday, May 7, 2007
19:05 EDT

[JURIST] German president Horst Koehler [official website, in German] has refused to grant a plea for clemency from an imprisoned former terrorist, his office said Monday. Christian Klar [Wikipedia profile], eligible for parole in 2009, was a member of the Red Army Faction [Wikipedia backgrounder], commonly known as the Baader-Meinhof [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) will not try to block Congress's decision to grant immunity to former DOJ official Monica Goodling [JURIST news archive] to testify about the firing of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive], according to Monday reports. In a letter [text] to House Judiciary Committee [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed [Wikipedia profile] arrived in Bangladesh Monday after the government last week lifted a ban [JURIST report] against her returning to the country. When asked if she feared arrest on her return, Hasina described her brief exile to supporters as a "mistake" and [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Gen. David Petraeus [official profile], the top commanding officer of US troops in Iraq, told a gathering of reporters Monday that he was "greatly concerned" by a survey [text; JURIST report] released by the Pentagon Friday that revealed many US troops in Iraq felt that Iraqi civilians did not [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian prosecutors registered their appeal Monday against the acquittal [verdict transcript, PDF; JURIST report] of American Richard Ness [defense website], the regional chief executive of Denver-based Newmont Mining Corporation [corporate website; JURIST news archive], and Newmont's local subsidiary on criminal pollution charges [JURIST report]. An Indonesian court acquitted Ness [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] on Monday suspended an investigation into misconduct charges against Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive]. Pakistan's Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) [governing constitutional provisions] has been conducting an inquiry into Chaudhry's alleged misconduct, but Chaudhry appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A defense lawyer for former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] told the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] Monday that potential defense witnesses are refusing to testify for the defense because they fear the possibility of UN-imposed sanctions. Lawyer Karim Khan told the court [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The convincing victory of conservative French Interior Minister Nicholas Sarkozy [campaign website, in French; JURIST news archive] over Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal [campaign website, in French] in the French presidential run-off election Sunday means that the incoming French president will have the chance to implement a series of [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish parliament opened debate Monday on an amendment to the Turkish constitution [text] that would see the country's president elected by a popular vote rather than by members of parliament, as is current practice. The move comes the day after sole presidential candidate Abdullah Gul [official website; JURIST [read more]

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