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Legal news from Sunday, November 11, 2007
22:11 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Sudan [JURIST news archive] Sunday announced it had laid criminal charges against 25 opposition politicians. The announcement came one month after the country's Court of Appeal rejected a request [JURIST report] for the release of the members of the opposition Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and the [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] is expected to decide this week if a bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive] will grant immunity from prosecution to telecommunications companies [JURIST report] that assisted in government eavesdropping between 2001 and 2007. The bill [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Staff Sgt. Michael Hensley [JURIST news archive] was acquitted [AP report] at court-martial late last week of premeditated murder charges related to the separate deaths of three Iraqi civilians in April and May this year in the vicinity of Iskandariyah [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], according to a statement [text] [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Two Pakistani bar leaders warned Sunday that the government of President Pervez Musharraf is drafting papers to get Musharraf's declaration of emergency [PDF text] and Provisional Constitution Order [text] validated by the new Supreme Court put in place by Musharraf after proclaiming emergency rule. Former Supreme Court Bar Association [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] accused the US military on Sunday of thwarting Iraqi attempts to execute Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in Western media as "Chemical Ali," and two other former members of Saddam Hussein's former regime. The Iraqi Prime Minister [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [official profile] flew into Myanmar on Sunday to investigate the military government's crackdown on protesters [JURIST report] going on since September. Pinheiro's trip comes three weeks after the junta in Myanmar agreed [JURIST report] to allow the UN rights expert [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; BBC profile] said Sunday that Pakistan would hold anticipated parliamentary elections before January 9, but set no time limit to the emergency rule [JURIST report] he declared a week ago. At a press conference in Islamabad Musharraf claimed the state of emergency was [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] United Nations researchers called for a global ban on human cloning in a report [PDF text] issued Saturday. The United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies [official website] did not call for a ban on all types of cloning, recommending that therapeutic cloning for research purpose be allowed to [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Saturday promulgated an amending ordinance to the Army Act of 1952 allowing military courts to try civilians on a wide-range of charges ranging from treason to "assaulting the president." The act as amended also gives Pakistani security agencies wide powers of detention. The ordinance is [read more]

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