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Legal news from Friday, May 2, 2008
18:05 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz filed an appeal Friday against the court's acquittal of former Kosovo Prime Minister and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander Ramush Haradinaj [TrialWatch profile; ICTY case backgrounder, PDF]. Brammertz asked that the case [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ousted Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] and all other judges removed by President Pervez Musharraf last November after his declaration of emergency rule [PDF text; JURIST report] will be reinstated on May 12, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [JURIST news archive] said Friday. Sharif's [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Italian dairy giant Parmalat SpA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Friday reached a settlement [press release, PDF] with shareholders, agreeing to issue 10.5 million shares of stock, valued at almost 24 million euros, to satisfy a securities fraud class action filed against the company. The suit was filed by [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition Movement for Democratic Change [party website] candidate Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] won a slim majority in Zimbabwe's contested March presidential election [JURIST report] but not enough to avoid a run-off vote against current Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], election officials said Friday. The Zimbabwe [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Three Indonesian Islamic militants sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder] will file for a third appeal, according to their lawyer. The three men - Mukhlas, Amrozi, and Imam Samudra [BBC profiles] - Wednesday gave separate review requests to the head Java [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court has agreed to consider whether the UK government must put the ratification of the new EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text], to a public vote. Influential UK Conservative Party donor Stuart Wheeler [BBC profile] [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Liberian President Charles Taylor [SCSL case materials; JURIST news archive] controlled about five billion dollars held at two US banks during his presidency, Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] head prosecutor Stephen Rapp told the BBC Friday. It is unclear what funds Taylor still holds, but a [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Al Jazeera [media website] cameraman from Sudan who had been detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] since 2002 was released from the prison [press release] on Thursday and flown back to Sudan early Friday morning. Sami al Haj [advocacy website] was among nine prisoners who were transferred [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] A former US Marine sergeant, charged [JURIST report] with two counts of voluntary manslaughter for allegedly killing two Iraqi insurgents during the Multinational National Force-Iraq's November 2004 offensive in Fallujah [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], can stand trial in federal court, according to a ruling from US District Court Judge Stephen Larson. [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] voted Thursday to approve a ban prohibiting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] from allowing private contractors to interrogate detainees. The ban is part of a bill authorizing intelligence expenditures for the 2009 fiscal year which would also require [read more]

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