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Legal news from Monday, December 3, 2007
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] said Monday that Russia will recommence participation in the 1990 Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) [text; backgrounder] if western nations ratify the treaty. NATO is currently discussing the possibility of ratifying an adapted CFE, according to a spokesperson. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] Over thirty military officers and supporters involved in an aborted coup attempt [JURIST report] against Philippine President Gloria Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] last week were formally charged with rebellion Monday. Last Thursday, about a dozen officers on trial in the Philippines [JURIST news archive] in connection with a [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] that included retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor ruled [opinion text] Monday that using taxpayer money to fund a faith-based treatment program in a state jail is unconstitutional. The voluntary program, the [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] reported Monday that it has released 8,585 detainees since the middle of November to celebrate progress toward drafting a national constitution [JURIST news archive], but opposition party National League for Democracy said that number only includes 10 political prisoners. International groups [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli cabinet on Monday approved the release of 429 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture of good will toward Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] in the wake of talks renewed peace talks between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website] at last week's Annapolis peace conference [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website] Monday sentenced [ICTR press release] a former witness to nine months in prison for contempt of court and giving false testimony before the tribunal. The witness, who was only identified as GAA, pleaded guilty to giving false testimony during the 2004 [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The retrial of six Frenchmen who were released from the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] began Monday in Paris. The six stand accused of attending combat training at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan. France freed five of the suspects after their repatriation to France [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani election officials ruled Monday that former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile] cannot not run as a candidate in January parliamentary elections because of a 2000 criminal conviction. A rival candidate had challenged Sharif's nomination based on his involvement in an illegal attempt to prevent a plane [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari in three cases [order list, PDF], including Philippines v. Pimental (06-1204) [docket; cert. petition], in which the Supreme Court will consider whether the government of the Philippines had the right to be a party in litigation [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] Monday rejected calls from the United Nations for the country's constitution-drafting process to be opened to outside groups, saying that the new constitution would be drafted solely by a 54-member constitution-drafting commission [JURIST report]. The constitution-drafting commission, announced in October, will [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A unanimous panel of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday denied bail [decision, PDF; press release] to former Khmer Rouge official Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch profile], also known as Duch, for fear that he might flee or threaten witnesses. Defense [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] Monday pardoned British school teacher Gillian Gibbons, convicted of insulting Islam [JURIST report] last week for allowing her students to name the class teddy bear Muhammad. Last Thursday, Gibbons was sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation under Article 125 of the [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Incoming Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd [official profile] said Monday that he has signed [statement] Australia's instrument of ratification for the Kyoto Protocol [PDF text; JURIST news archive], ending nearly 10 years of Australian opposition to the pact. Rudd was sworn in [AP report] as the Prime Minister of [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelans have rejected sweeping constitutional reforms [JURIST news archive] proposed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile] by a narrow margin of 51 to 49 percent, preliminary results of Sunday's constitutional referendum [JURIST report] showed on Monday. Chavez, accepting his first electoral defeat, acknowledged that his proposed reforms - [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin's United Russia [party website, in Russian] party won parliamentary elections Sunday amid claims of vote-rigging and fraud. United Russia won 64.1 percent of the vote according to preliminary results, far ahead of the Communist Party challenger with 11 percent of the votes. Election observers from [read more]

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