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Legal news from Monday, December 31, 2007
17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Doctors at Rawalpindi General Hospital were prevented by police from carrying out an autopsy on former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] following her assassination [JURIST report] last week, a hospital lawyer said Monday, according to CNN. Hospital manager Athar Minallah said that police violated [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] At least 185 people were killed in Kenya [JURIST news archive] as demonstrations against alleged election fraud continued Monday. Protests began Sunday when tens of thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets, accusing Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] of electoral fraud and vote-rigging after Kibaki won a [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Monday signed [official statement] a bill intended to pressure Sudan to stop the violence in Darfur [JURIST news archive] by allowing US states and local governments to sever investment links to Sudan without penalty under federal or state law. Under the Sudan Accountability and [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich [advocacy website] has been ordered to face court-martial on charges of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice in connection to the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005, [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The South Korean Ministry of Justice [official website] on Monday said that 75 politicians and businessmen would receive amnesty as part of President Roh Moo-hyun's last round of presidential pardons. Among those granted amnesty is former chairman of the Daewoo group [official website] Kim Woo-choong [Wikipedia profile], who was [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Suspected Afghan terrorist Abdul Razzak died of colorectal cancer [press release] Sunday while in US custody at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Razzak had been receiving chemotherapy treatment since October after being diagnosed with cancer and is the first detainee to die of natural causes while being held at [read more]

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