Legal news from Sunday, September 19, 2004
16:09 EDT

The Sudanese embassy in Washington has stated that the country will abide by UN Security Council resolution 1564 threatening sanctions on Sudan's vital oil industry unless security is restored to the Darfur region, "even though [the resolution] was unfair and unjust to the Sudan," according to the independent Al-Sahafa newspaper. [read more]

15:09 EDT

Japan and Mexico have signed a bilateral free-trade agreement. The deal, set to take effect in April, is expected to put Japanese industries on equal footing with their US and European counterparts serving Mexico, saving Japan up to 400 billion yen a year and increasing its penetration into the Mexican [read more]

13:09 EDT

Saeed bin Mubarak al-Zaeer, a 57-year-old university professor, was sentenced Sunday by a Saudi court to 5 years in prison for the charges of "sowing dissent and inciting sedition...." Al-Zaeer was arrested in April after appearing on Al-Jazeera television and comparing US killings of Iraqi citizens to the terrorist acts [read more]

11:09 EDT

Lawyers for Saddam Hussein expressed their doubts that the trial for the former Iraqi President will commence in October. JURIST's Paper Chase previously reported the announcement of the October trial by Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. Al-Rashdan, one of 24 lawyers defending Hussein from charges of crimes against humanity pointed [read more]

10:09 EDT

Iran voiced strong opposition Sunday to demands made by the International Atomic Energy Agency that the country cease all work on developing technology to enrich uranium. Read the resolution here [PDF]. The IAEA, serving as a watchdog for the UN Security Council, has been closely monitoring Iran's development of nuclear [read more]

10:09 EDT

With all of the 4,124 precincts now reporting, 78 percent of Louisiana voters have approved a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriages and recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages. The proposed amendment, now passed, may be read here [PDF]. The turnout was a mere 27 percent of Louisiana's 2.8 million voters, [read more]

08:09 EDT

Sunday's New York Times covers former Chinese president Jiang Zemin's transfer of power to his successor Hu Jintao, marking the first peaceful transfer of political power in China since its 1949 revolution. The Times also highlights the reality of electronic voting across the US, Colorado's ballot initiative to split the [read more]

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