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Legal news from Saturday, November 10, 2007
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Women's rights activist Delaram Ali [advocacy profile; personal blog] is to begin a sentence [JURIST report] of 34 months in prison and 10 lashes Saturday, despite leniency pleas from Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Change for Equality [advocacy reports]. Ali was sentenced for her part in a 2006 [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian police Saturday fired tear gas and water cannons at demonstrators participating in an unauthorised election reform rally held by the electoral rights group Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (BERSIH) [advocacy website] in the face of official warnings. BERSIH said 23 people were arrested. Marchers managed to reach [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] New Jersey Assembly speaker Joseph Roberts, Jr. [official profile] said Friday that the State Assembly [official website] will vote Dec. 13 on a proposal [A3716, PDF] to abolish the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. If the vote passes, New Jersey would be the first state to abolish capital punishment [read more]

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[JURIST] The Saudi Arabian government said Saturday that 14 Saudi detainees have returned home [SPA press release; DOD press release] following their transfers from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz [official website] said that the ex-detainees would be referred to Saudi courts, but it [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Police blocked former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC profile] from visiting deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] Saturday, despite orders issued Friday lifting her house arrest [JURIST report] and allowing her to freely move about the country. Bhutto used a megaphone to chant "He is [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Nineteen lawmakers in the US House of Representatives [official website] have introduced a resolution [HR 250 materials] to support Taiwan's bid for UN membership. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) [official website] introduced the bill at a Thursday meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee [official website], despite opposition by the [read more]

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