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Legal News
15 Mar 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Tunisian lawmakers voted on Friday to establish a deadline for elections and an initial draft constitution. The draft constitution must be completed by the end of April and elections must be held by December. A spokesman for Mustafa Ben Jaafar, speaker of the constituent assembly, stated [Reuters report] that … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Jaafar al-Moussawi, the chief prosecutor in the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archives] says he has been demoted and transferred from Baghdad to the northern city of Sulaimaniya after speaking out against the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website, JURIST news archive], according to Reuters Friday. Al-Moussawi claims he … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2007
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament Saturday ordered an investigation into the delay of a referendum on the future of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk [Global Security Backgrounder] after Kurdish leaders accused the Arab-dominated Iraqi central government [official website, in Arabic] of blocking the vote, which could result in the city joining … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 Aug 2007

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law says that the execution of "Chemical Ali" for the Anfal genocide against the Iraqi Kurds should be postponed so that his role in subsequent cases exploring other atrocities can be fully explored... Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known in the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Iraqi prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi announced additional charges Monday against Saddam Hussein's cousin and former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for the violent response to the predominately Shi'a uprising [HRW backgrounder] in southern Iraq following the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Al-Majid, also known as … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official profile; BBC profile] asked Iraq's leadership to postpone a decision on future control of the city of Kirkuk [Global Security backgrounder] on Tuesday, citing concerns for the growth of a Kurdish insurgency in Turkey. The Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive], however, mandates … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2007
by Robert DeVries

[JURIST] More than a hundred officials of Saddam Hussein's regime have been charged for their roles in quelling the Shiite uprising [HRW report] following the 1990-91 Gulf War that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Shiites, according to Iraqi High Tribunal prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi [JURIST news archive]. … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] told the BBC Wednesday that he expects Saddam Hussein to be executed before the end of the year [BBC interview], pending the conclusion of the appeal process. Al-Maliki seemed undeterred by the predictions [JURIST report] of chief prosecutor Jaafar Moussawai, who indicated … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Jaafar Moussawai [JURIST news archive], chief prosecutor in the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] for crimes against humanity in Dujail, said Monday that an appeals panel would likely rule on his verdict and sentence in mid-January 2007, setting the stage for his possible execution in mid-February. His … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Iraqi High Tribunal officials said Sunday following the handing down of death sentences [JURIST report] to Saddam Hussein and two others in the Dujail crimes against humanity case that they would file complaints against several defense lawyers for alleged misconduct. Chief prosecutor Jaafar Moussawai [JURIST news archive] told a … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2006
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Jaafar al-Mussawi, chief prosecutor in the trial [BBC timeline] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] for crimes against humanity, said Sunday that the trial verdict could once again be delayed. The Iraqi High Tribunal [JURIST news archive] had postponed the original October 16 verdict [JURIST report] until at least … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The Iraqi High Tribunal [JURIST news archive] convened briefly Monday and announced that the next hearing on the crimes against humanity charges [JURIST report] brought against Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] will be on November 5, though the court refused to say whether a verdict will be handed down … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2006
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Jaafar al-Mussawi, chief prosecutor in the trial [BBC timeline] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Sunday that court proceedings will not resume Monday as scheduled. The Iraqi High Tribunal [JURIST news archive] is instead expected to announce the date the verdict against Hussein and his co-defendants will be … [read more]


Legal News
12 Aug 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] A former Iraqi Minister of Electricity was named Saturday as one of a number of former and current officials charged with corruption by Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity [US State Dept. backgrounder; CPA press release] or ordered to appear before Iraqi judges for further investigation. Muhsin Shlash, cited but … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A Jordan military court Sunday convicted two lawmakers from the Islamic Action Front (IAF) [party website, in Arabic], the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder], for expressing sympathy after the death of al Qaeda Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [CTV report; JURIST report] when they … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has been hospitalized and is being fed through a tube after a hunger strike now into its third week rendered his health "unstable," according to the chief prosecutor for the Iraqi court currently trying him for crimes against humanity. Jaafar al-Moussawi said Sunday that … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2006
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] Lawyers for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] turned to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Thursday, asking it to investigate alleged violations of law regarding his treatment and that of defense witnesses by US personnel. A copy of the application obtained by AFP argued that the Iraqi trial … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and at least six co-defendants will face a second trial beginning August 21 for allegedly killing 100,000 Kurds during the so-called "Anfal" operation [HRW backgrounder] in northern Iraq in the 1980s, the Iraqi High Tribunal said Tuesday. The tribunal filed genocide and crimes against … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jun 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The prosecution in the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] presented closing arguments Monday, calling for the death penalty for Hussein, his half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti, former chief judge of the Revolutionary Court Awad Hamed al-Bander, and former senior regime member Taha Yassin Ramadan. Chief Judge Raouf Abdel-Rahman [BBC profile], … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] Four defense witnesses in the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] said Monday that they were coerced into testifying by the former Iraqi president's bodyguards and coached by his lead lawyer. Two of the witnesses said in confessions read in court that they had been offered $500 bribes … [read more]

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