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Legal news from Saturday, November 17, 2007
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian opposition parliamentarians Dennis Coderre (Liberal) and Paul Dewar (NDP) [official websites] Friday called for Canada's government to stop allowing detainees captured by Canadian forces in Afghanistan to be transferred to Afghan custody, alleging that once transferred, suspects are subjected to conditions that violate the Geneva Convention. Heavily redacted [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraq Deputy Health Minister Hakim Zamili [Iraq Ministry of Health website] and another top ministry official will be put on trial for allegedly assisting Shi'ite militias, the Iraqi government said Saturday. A spokesman said that the trial shows that the government Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] is [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, went on strike Saturday in protest at President Pervez Musharraf's emergency rule. Members of the Karachi Bar Association and other local bar associations followed an earlier strike call from the Pakistan Bar Council [official website] (PBC) and the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). [read more]

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[JURIST] The Zimbabwean government has introduced a draft bill meant to reform the country's election procedures, the state owned Harare Herald [media website] reported Saturday. The Electoral Laws Amendment Bill 2007 would combine presidential and legislative elections and allow candidates to demand vote recounts. The bill would also prohibit the [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Federation Council of Russia voted unanimously on Friday in favor of a measure that would suspend the nation's responsibilities under the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty [text; backgrounder]. The Russian upper house's vote follows a unanimous vote in favor of suspending the CFE that occurred in the [read more]

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[JURIST] Over 10,000 protesters, most of them African-American, marched in front of the US Department of Justice [official website] building Friday to highlight what they claim are inadequate efforts to prosecute a spate of recent race-related crimes across the country. A focal point of the march was the prosecution of [read more]

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