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Legal news from Friday, August 17, 2007
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Texas oil baron pleaded guilty Friday to charges that he paid millions in bribes to Iraqi officials in connection with the UN oil-for-food scandal. David Chalmers, owner of Bayoil USA Inc and Bayoil Supply and Trading Ltd, pleaded guilty in the US District Court for the Southern District [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the Netherlands reached an agreement with the United Nations Friday to host the ad hoc tribunal that will investigate and try suspects involved in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. A UN delegation will travel to the Netherlands in [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] Friday revoked a previous order transferring the case against 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder] suspect Michel Bagaragaza [TrialWatch profile; ICTR materials] to a local court in the Netherlands. In addition to canceling the transfer, the ICTR issued a new warrant [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Interpol [official website] issued a red notice [official backgrounder] Friday seeking the arrest of Raghad Saddam Hussein [Wikipedia profile], daughter of the former Iraqi dictator, on charges of terrorism. Interpol circulated the notice to member countries, saying Iraq accuses Raghad of supporting insurgencies in Iraq.Last year, Iraq placed [JURIST [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian court has issued a summons for five Argentinean officials, accusing them of fabricating a case against Iran in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center [Wikipedia backgrounder], Iranian media reported Thursday. The Argentineans were involved in an investigation that implicated Iran as partly responsible [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Friday contesting a DC District Court decision [order, PDF] allowing organic food company Whole Foods Market to buy rival grocer Wild Oats Markets [corporate websites]. US District Judge Paul [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army Corps of Engineers [official website] argued Thursday that it cannot be sued for negligence over the collapse of a flood wall and levee caused by Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] because the Flood Control Act of 1928 [text] grants it immunity. New Orleans residents have filed [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani court ruled Friday that government prosecutors may reopen their investigation into alleged corruption committed by exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile], dealing a blow to Sharif's bid to return to Pakistan. Sharif, exiled for 10 years to Saudi Arabia in exchange for the government dropping [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A German court announced the parole of former Red Army Faction [BBC backgrounder] member Eva Haule on Friday, saying that the court believed that Haule no longer viewed violence as an appropriate method of furthering political agendas and thus "no longer poses any danger to the public." Haule, initially [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia reduced the sentences of 10 Islamic militants on Friday for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings and the 2005 Bali bombings [BBC reports]. Originally serving between eight to 18 years, six of the militants received a sentence reduction of five months, while the other four received [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two former South African officials pleaded guilty to attempted murder [plea and sentencing agreement, PDF] Friday for their role in a 1989 plot to assassinate then-opposition member and current Director-General in the President's Office Frank Chikane. As part of the plea agreement with prosecutors, former Minister of Law and [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan opposition party members on Thursday criticized proposed constitutional reforms [JURIST report] introduced this week by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], calling Chavez's proposal a blatant attempt to further consolidate his control over Venezuela. The proposals, which will extend the presidential term from six to [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors presented opening statements in the trial of nursing home owners Salvador and Mabel Mangano Thursday, saying that the operators of St. Rita's Nursing Home were criminally negligent for their failure to comply with the mandatory evacuation order during Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Lawyers representing the Manganos, who [read more]

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